Do Not Give Up; The Best Advice is Here

Last update: Saturday, February 13, 2016

Do Not Give Up
Introduction
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“God cares for you, so turn all your worries over to him.”
1 Peter 5:7 (CEV)

Do not give up, the best advice is here through the word of God.

1 Peter 5:7, 10 7Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT) 10 Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever. (ERV) [read 1 Peter 5:5-11 (key verses: 7-10]

Never give up; it will be worth it

Do Not Give Up; the best advice is here” is a five-part Bible study created for those going through trying times. One thing we should know about living a Christian life, we will go through many tribulations {things, hard times or troubles}. Did you think your problems would end when you became a child of God? Please be encouraged as you face each trial or test and do not give up. Endure (go through) until the end of this life on earth. Take this journey through the Scriptures to see why it is worth it.

Paul, after being stoned (i.e. with rocks; not getting high, lol), told the disciples they would have hard times. He also urged them to accept the hard times; by faith the reward is a life without misery.

Acts 14:22 “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. “We must endure many hardships,” they said, “to get into the kingdom of God.”’ (ISV) [read Acts 11:19-26 and 14:21-28]

Jesus told us about some of the things that we will experience and let’s us know the reward if we do not give up.

Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all men for my name’s sake, but he who endures to the end will be saved. (WEB) [read Matthew 10:16-26 {compare Mark 13:9-13 and Luke 21:12-17}]

Whatever you are going through, any kind of hardship or sickness, keep the faith. All faithful Christians will receive the reward of eternal bliss in heaven.

The word Christian is from the Greek word Christianos (khris-tee-an-os’) used first in Acts 11:26 “…the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” A person that believes in, follows the examples/teachings of and is related to Christ through His blood. {The word Christian is another topic planned for a future Bilbe study}

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Do Not Give Up
Never Give Up Hope
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“Feel like giving up? Don’t do it!”

2 Timothy 2:12 (paraphrased) If we don’t give up [if we endure suffering, troubles and hard times], we will rule with him. If we deny that we know him [disown, reject him], he will deny that he knows us.

Life seems like a roller coaster at times, many ups and downs; sometimes more downs than ups, please never give up. You know what is going on in your life; I do not need to paint a gloomy picture by using a lot of statistics. This message is for YOU yes, YOU, the one that feel like YOU cannot take it anymore.

Colossians 1:11 God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come, but you will be patient. (NCV)

Whatever the problem or situation, never give up. I have been there and asked God to give me a break, yes, I cried out to my Father and He gave me what I asked for. The break lasted long enough for me to get my act back on track. When the break ended, I was strong enough to finish the test. Once the test was over, He changed the situation and gave me what I needed, but keep this in mind, I had (YOU have) to pass the test. Hold on, never give up; pass the test!

Psalm 34:17-18 The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. (GNT)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Living by Faith” That is why we never give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. 17 We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 18 So we think about what we cannot see, not what we see. What we see lasts only a short time, and what we cannot see will last forever. (ERV)

Psalm 31:23-24 Love the Lord, all of you who are faithful to him! The Lord watches over the faithful. But he completely pays back those who are proud. 24 Be strong, all of you who put your hope in the Lord. Never give up. (NIRV)

It is so important for us to understand that we should never give up when we face difficult and challenging times. Please do not give up there is hope in the Lord.

Question for ‘do not give up; never give up hope’: Have you asked the Lord for help?

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Do Not Give Up
Do Not Give Up Hope
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“Hang in there – don’t give up”

Have you ever reached a point in life that you wanted it to end. I am not talking about wanting to commit suicide, but needing a break—a vacation from life. Sometimes it seems like you cannot make it through another crisis. One thing after another hits you and sometimes, you just want to yell STOP! Of course, I am not talking about you, it’s the other people who go through those experiences. You might wonder, “am I being punished”?

Galatians 6:9 We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive [everlasting life] at the proper time, if we don’t give up. (GW) [Galatians 6:6-10; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (1)]

Do not give up hope

James 5:7-11 Be patient, then, my friends, until the Lord comes. See how patient farmers are as they wait for their land to produce precious crops. They wait patiently for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Do not complain against one another, my friends, so that God will not judge you. The Judge is near, ready to appear. 10 My friends, remember the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Take them as examples of patient endurance under suffering. 11 We call them happy because they endured. You have heard of Job’s patience, and you know how the Lord provided for him in the end. For the Lord is full of mercy and compassion. (GNT) [Hebrews 3:6-15; James 1:12-18]

There are so many things that happen in life that can bring us to ‘the breaking point’, I could not possibly list all of them. Here is a list that covers some of those things that cause us to want to give up:

  • When it seems like you are not progressing in life
  • Too many bills and not enough money
  • You get tired of the repetition and routines of life
  • Duties and requirements are overwhelming you
  • You feel like you are being punished
  • Temptations are starting to wear you down to the point of giving in
  • Feeling unappreciated or neglected
  • Tired of exercising, dieting and going without the foods and beverages you really like

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (RKJNT)

Hebrews 3:12-15 So brothers and sisters, be careful that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that will turn you away from the living God. 13 But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” [a] Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you. 14 We all share in Christ if we keep till the end the sure faith we had in the beginning. 15 This is what the Scripture says: “Today listen to what he says. Do not be stubborn as in the past when you turned against God.” (NCV)

[reference Psalm 95:7–8] [a] Footnotes: Hebrews 3:13 “today” This word is taken from verse 7. It means that it is important to do these things now.

As members of the body of Christ we are to encourage each other daily maintaining the hope we have in Christ so we do not give up. Let’s go through sufferings and disappointments patiently holding on to our faith in our Savior.

Question for do not give up hope: Are you holding on to hope and trusting God?

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Do Not Give Up
You Can Make It
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“God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13b (The Message)

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to endure; but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it. (RKJNT)

You can make it through the tests and troubles (problems). I want to emphasize the fact that God is faithful—will never let you down—and will make your situation bearable. There are many types of tests that we face during our lives, some are physical, mental and Spiritual in nature or impact. Regardless of the nature or impact—pain, guilt or feeling like giving up—God will help you. In a future post, I will go further into the reasons we go through tests and suffering using scriptures. Be encouraged to endure, you are not alone, do not give up and never quit trying; you can make it!

Galatians 4:13-15 You know it was because of infirmity of the flesh that I first preached the gospel to you. 14 And though my fleshly condition was a trial for you, you did not despise or reject me; but received me as an angel from God, as Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where then is the blessed joy you had? for I bear you witness, that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. (RKJNT)

Do not give up, you can make it!

If you ever feel like God has abandoned you we must remember the examples of those who suffered in the Bible; Paul is a good example. Though it is not clear what Paul’s ‘infirmity of the flesh’ or ‘fleshly condition’ was, he did not let it stop him from continuing to trust and obey God. Please do not give up, you can make it with help from the Lord!

Paul had asked three times to be delivered of affliction, but God did not heal him. The reason is obvious, as is stated by Paul himself, that it was to keep him humble (2 Corinthians 12:7). It is worth noting that our afflictions which are permitted by God are often for the same reason. We cannot see how pervasive sin really is in us, and sometimes we’re humbled by our afflictions and return to God and trust him. This, of course, is a good thing. – What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? | Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

Do Not Give Up Challenge:

Can you find the types of tests (examples: patience {especially during persecution and lack of what you need}, love, faith and faithfulness) in Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 10:13 and / or Galatians 4:13-15?

Please do the research and share the information in the comments area below.

Scriptures to read and study:

Romans 8:18-30; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Galatians 4:8-20; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7; Galatians 6:6-10; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (key verse: 1); Hebrews 3:6-15; James 1:12-18; 2 Timothy 2:1-13 (key verses: 11-13); Colossians 1:3-23 (key verse: 11); 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 (key verses: 16-18); Psalms 142:1-7

Do Not Give Up
Closing
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Do not give up – God’s plan for you lover of God, allows for life’s troubles and hard times. It is for your good; He chose YOU, He will help you. – from Romans 8:28

Romans 8:18 and 28 (RKJNT) 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.

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Do not give up – God’s plan for you lover of God, allows for life’s troubles and hard times. It is for your good; He chose YOU, He will help you. – from Romans 8:28

The Best Advice

No matter how difficult things are remember, nothing bad happens to those who love God. All things will ultimately work for good. Jesus gave us the best advice, “the person that endures to the end will be saved”. Do not give up you can make it God is on your side and He will reward you faithfulness—be blessed—Tim.

Question for do not give up: Do you believe you can make it through with the help of the Lord?

Related Bible studies:

What We Hope For | Maintaining a Positive Attitude | Unwavering Hope Unwavering Faith

See what is available on the Sound Truth Ministry website

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Scripture quotations marked (CEV) are from the Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission. || (ERV) Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation Center, Inc. and used by permission. || (GNT) and (TEV) Scripture quotations marked (GNT) are from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. || (GW) Scripture is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group. || (NCV) Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. || (NIRV) Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version®, NIrV® Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com The “NIrV” and “New International Reader’s Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ || Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved. || (The Message) Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.


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11 Comments:


  1. In the process of updating this Bible study! It’s done, please enjoy! I pray that you are well and having a wonderful day, blessings—Tim


  2. TY Bishop


    • As always, you are welcome my dear Sister Chawn. Thank you for your support!


  3. I really appreciate you and I really needed this….Whew…. I’m so tired…. But I won’t quit….My GOD will see me thru….


    • I praise God for what He does in our lives; sometimes it requires much patience. He will not fail you.


  4. God bless you and your ministry !


    • Thank you so very much for the blessing, I pray that you were blessed by the “Do Not Give Up”!

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    Nice


    • Thank you!


    • Thank you rosebright60!

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