Rev. E. Anderson
NEVER QUIT – PERSEVERE
Reading Luke 18
Texts Luke 18: 1 Gal: 6: 9
ENCOURAGEMENT: No matter what a good character one may possess, gifts and talents may be, there is always the need for an inspired word of faith, hope and strength. The ministry of encouragement, the putting of fresh heart and courage into a person will always be required.
DANGER: There is always the grave temptation of easing off , losing heart and of giving in. When difficulties and pressures are in manifestation, weariness, fatigue, tiredness and despondency can move in and so reduce an individual to the point as to whether they should go on. It is a good thing to remind oneself that in God one was born to be a winner, not a quitter.
ELEMENTS: What is required when the demands are so great is a great deal of courage, will, fortitude, resoluteness, determination, verve etc to win through. There is a phrase used in the Bible ‘do not faint’ – 2 Corinthians 4: 1; Ephesians 3: 13; Hebrews 12: 3; Galatians 6: 9.
Winston Churchill was once asked to address his old school in later life. The headmaster sought to prepare all the boys for the famous speech of the statesman – message never likely to be forgotten – thrice he repeated – ‘never give up’.
Ray Belfield – message entitled ‘The Will to Win’.
Mountaineers, pioneers do not quit!
1/. WHEN BUILDING A MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
An outstanding individual in the early part of human history struck up a dynamic relationship and friendship with God and he wanted it to be meaningful, lasting and profitable – Genesis 5: 21-24. He entered into a rich accord with God that lasted for some considerable time – 300 years! Life was to be lived with a fresh inspiration and government and this person was ready for it and stuck with it.
2/. WHEN GIVEN A MAJOR TASK TO PERFORM
One man was given a mammoth task to perform that was quite mind-blowing – Noah – Genesis 7: 1, 5. An assignment was given of a tremendous size and Noah did not react negatively at the demand. If it was possible for him to succeed amidst all the problems of his day and task, so can we.
3/. WHEN A PROMISE HAS BEEN GIVEN BY GOD
An assurance was given to a man at 75 that did not look likely of being fulfilled. It was in complete conflict and contrast to the natural laws of natural birth. Abraham was informed that God would give him a son in late life when it was impossible. Romans 4: 16-21 gives us Abraham reaction to this and God was pleased and honoured His pledge even though it did come to pass until 25 years later.
4/. WHEN CALLED TO MAKE GREAT SACRIFICE
When God called Abraham He knew his man. He was sure that whatever challenge he would place before him He knew he was big enough to rise to it. He put this patriarch on the line and tested him as to whether he was up to making an incredible sacrifice
“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then there is no sacrifice e too great for me to make for Him” – Count Zinzendorf
5/. WHEN SUBJECTED TO FALSE ACCUSATION AND IMPRISONMENT
It was a challenging moment for Joseph when he had scaled to the heights of prominence through righteousness and grace only to be falsely accused of immorality etc. It could have been a moment when quitting was a possibility – Genesis 39. Was it worth living and leading a life beyond reproach and be subjected to such an ordeal!
6/. WHEN APPOINTED TO DIVINE LEADERSHIP AND HAVING TO GIVE TREMENDOUS LEADS
Moses serves as an enduring and inspiring example of a man born to win even as a leader amidst an amazing period shepherding over 3 million people. He could have easily run when the pressure built up, when gigantic need and challenge presented itself and the people were not in the best of moods – see book of Exodus and Numbers. Made it until he was 120! See David at Ziklag – 1 Samuel 29 & 30.
7/. WHEN SEEKING AN ANSWER TO PRAYER
Jesus taught that there had to be dogged persistence and perseverance when it came to the all important issue of prayer. She had every reason to quit as she considered the judge and his attitude towards her and her request. But she wasn’t to beaten and was ready to give the judge an hard time of – Luke 18: 1-9. Our father is not reluctant to respond to the requests of His people – see John 11: 41, 42.
8/. WHEN REACHING OUT FOR A MORE DYNAMIC LIFE AND MINISTRY
A great illustration and example of not quitting is seen in the young prophet Elisha – 2 Kings 2. Hew saw big possibilities and felt an opportunity would be his of adding something significant in his day and take th cause of God on. He would be his own man and blaze a trail for others to be inspired with and emulate.
9/. WHEN REQUIRING PHYSICAL HEALING AND DELIVERANCE
When sickness and pain attack and it is of a prolonged order it is easy to sit back given in and reckon this is to be a chronic state. The more-long standing the affliction, the more likelihood of a defeated attitude prevalent. But God does meet those who seemed to be so place –
Illustration: woman with the issue of blood – Matthew 9:20; Man with infirmity 38 years – John 5
In every area the Christian is called to be a winner and a loser.
There is no will to quit not matter what appears to stand in the way to frustrate.