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When You Feel Like Giving Up
By Rick Warren

“All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.” Hebrews 11:39-40 (NLT)

It’s not easy to live by faith. We live in a broken world. The weather doesn’t work right. Our bodies don’t work right. Our relationships don’t work right. 

When God sent Adam out of Eden, he told Adam that life would be hard. And it is. There’s a cosmic battle for your life going on inside of you and outside of you. You battle with your own sinful nature. You also battle against Satan himself, who wants nothing more than to “steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10 NLT).

And sometimes it just gets to us. We just want to give up. 

But in Hebrews 11, God urges us to hang on because he hasn’t forgotten us and will fulfill his promises one day. He promises to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He promises to take away our tears (Revelation 7). And he gives us multiple other promises throughout his Word. 

Hebrews 11 mentions a variety of biblical heroes who demonstrated faith in God’s promises—Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Rahab, Moses, David, Gideon, Samson, and others. Though they endured many difficulties, they kept going in their spiritual journeys. 

Hebrews 11:39-40 says, “All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us” (NLT). 

You can trust in God’s promises. Don’t give up!

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