Joyce Meyer - Never Give Up
Today, I want to talk to you about something that I think is actually one of the most important things that we need to do in our life and in our walk with God. And that is just being a determined person who makes your mind up from the beginning that whatever your goal is, you are never going to give up until you reach that goal. Never going to give up.
And there's going to be lots of times when you're going to want to give up. There's going to be a lot of times when it looks to you like that there's no way that what you're wanting to take place in your life is ever going to happen. There's going to be times when the enemy's going to come against your mind. You may have times when people will even try to tell you that it's never going to happen. You're never going to change, you can never get over your past, all the different things that people come up with.
But the devil is a liar. And you know, there's so many people in the world that have been hurt. I mean, it's amazing how many people have been abused, how many people have been rejected, how many people have had things happen to them in their life that has left them dysfunctional. And all that really means is that they come out of that pain functioning in a way that's not healthy or a way that's not God's best for them.
You know, just because we learn how to function in life or in relationships, that doesn't mean that we're functioning the right way. For example, I was abused growing up by a father who was very controlling and manipulative. And so, one of the things that I came out of that with was a fear of ever letting anybody else be in control but me.
Well, I managed to find a way to function like that, but it wasn't very good for relationships. And there's not too many people that are going to long term put up with somebody who has to have their way all the time in order to be happy. But I wasn't doing it even because I wanted to control, I was doing it out of fear, but I didn't know that.
So, a lot of times, our behaviors have roots to them that only God can show us. And the only way that we can ever get from where we are to where we want to be is to realize it's going to be a journey and that we are going to never give up, that's not good. We're not going to give up, we're going to never give up.
And I always try to tell people that there's a beginning, and we're headed to the end, but there's always a middle. And it's the middle part that gets a little bit challenging sometimes.
Now, it intrigues me or it interests me that out of all the people in the world that have been hurt, some very, very badly, some get well, they get beyond the things in their past, and they go on and they do really great things with their life. They have happy lives. And then there's others who just are always forever their whole life in recovery. They never seem to make it.
I had a brother like that. And actually, I was, if you want to compare being mistreated, I was mistreated a lot worse than he was. But I was able, through the grace of God, to get hold of that amazing whatever it is in us that helps us press through things, and go ahead and overcome those things. He was not. And his life ended when he was very young, and it was very sad even during the times that he was here.
And so, in asking God to show me what is that thing in people, I really believe that it's this determination factor that you are just not going to give up. And I don't think that God plays favorites. I don't think it's ever a situation, well, here's ten people that have been wounded, I'm going to heal five of them and five of them are going to just have to be in a mess their whole life.
There's a part of it that only God can do, but there's a part of it that only we can do. And a large part of getting well from any kind of tragedy in your life, whatever it might be, it might be something that was done to you, it might be something you did that you're having a hard time getting over, but whatever it is, the bible says, "If you continue in God's word, you'll know the truth. The truth will set you free".
And I can tell you that facing truth is a pretty gut-wrenching thing, especially if the truth that you need to hear is something that's going to cause you to have to take the responsibility for the way things are in your life now.
You know, it's easy to blame all of our bad behavior on something that happened to us back there, but the thing that God put on my heart and the thing that I like to share with people is what happened to me was a reason why I was the way I was, but I could not let it become an excuse to stay that way. And that's what so often people do.
It's always because, because, because. But Jesus said that if any man is in Him, he is a new creature. Old things pass away. Let's think about that, old things pass away.
So, if you're watching today from home, or on your ipad, or computer, or wherever you might be, and you're just thinking, "Well, you know, there's no hope for me," that's just absolutely not true because if you receive Christ as your Savior, you get a brand new beginning. And not only that, His mercy is new every day. And I want you to keep this in mind, God will never give up on you if you will never give up on Him.