Disappointment, heart break and failure are hard to recover from. The pain from these gut wrenching experiences attacks one’s confidence. Whenever you lose hope or faith, thoughts about quitting begin to surface. As soon as this arises, you must suppress the urge to quit.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7.
The apostle Paul compares life to an Olympic race, similar to a marathon. Thus, when a spirit of doubt creeps inside your mind, you must battle this like a heavy weight champ. If you allow negativity to fester, your invisible opponent’s power will strengthen to the point of overwhelming wounded souls.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13.
When you don’t have the strength to carry on, the apostle Paul introduces a trump card. Despite the pain Jesus endured, he suppressed any desire to quit by fulfilling God’s plan and purpose. Therefore, the next time you feel like giving up, call out to Jesus in prayer to suppress the urge to quit.
by Jay Mankus