December 2, 2018
Don’t Quit – Ps. George Mosena
Matthew 26:36-45 (NIV) — Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
When Jesus was faced with tough times ahead, there was a time that He contemplated quitting. However, when He was at that point He says, “Father, not my will but your will”.
There are times when we are faced with seemingly insurmountable tasks that quitting seems to be a viable option. God has given you the power to not quit.
History remembers those that did not quit! Christopher Columbus, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Mandela, … the list is long. They are all remembered because they did not quit.
Jesus did not quit. It was not only the garden of Gethsemane, but the whole journey to Golgotha was tough. The whipping, the ridicule, the heavy cross and painful death.
What ever you are going through … a failing business, a difficult marriage, errant children, struggling with finances … DON’T QUIT!
John 16:23 -24 (NIV) — In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
There are times when we get weary, tired and frustrated, … times when we even begin to doubt the voice of God.In the midst of your frustrations and weariness, … DON’T QUIT!
In the process of fulfilling God’s purpose for your life, sometimes it is necessary for a Judas to come and betray you, for the crowd (haters) to ridicule you. It might be difficult, but go THROUGH the entire PROCESS. Imagine what would have happened to God’s plan of salvation if Jesus had quit on the process of crucifixion.
The determination to never quit needs to be settled deep in your spirit.
How Did Jesus Overcome The Spirit Of Quitting?
- Jesus DEPENDED on the direction of the Father not to quit. When things are tough depend on God for strength and direction.
- Jesus PRAYED. When the going got tough, Jesus went to pray.
- Jesus sought HELP from those around Him. He took Peter, James and John to go and pray with Him in Gethsemane.
- Jesus was RELENTLESS. He was not willing to quit. There are certain battles that you must be willing to fight on your own.
- Jesus walked by FAITH. Jesus believed God in spite of what He was going through. He did not walk by sight.
- He OBEYED God. He believed and obeyed God’s Word unquestioningly.
- Jesus CONCEDED to the will of God rather than His human will.
History is only written about those who did not quit, so DON’T QUIT!