“I quit!” Have you ever told this to God? I have.
Never in the sense I quit believing in Him. But I have said,
I quit believing for this promise
I quit loving and honoring people who don’t reciprocate
I quit showing grace when I just want to slap somebody upside their head.
I quit extending forgiveness to people only to have them do it again.
I quit dreaming big dreams only to be disappointed.
I’ve said it, but I have never actually done it.
So many times, every iota of my soul wanted to give up. There have been times when believing has physically hurt and my mind, will, and emotions scream, “QUIT. GIVE UP. NO MORE.”
But within me is the seed of faith, a mustard-seed-sized faith that whispers, “God is faithful. God is good. He keeps His promises.
And that whispers propels me once again to believe, to pray, to persevere, to get up in the morning, to have joy.
Paul put it this way,
“Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out. (II Corinthians 4:8-9)
This is the life of a Christian. Never crushed. Never quitting. Never forsaken. Never Out.
So on those days when the pressure feels like too much, when I don’t know what to do, when I’m persecuted, when I’m knocked down, that mustard-seed-sized faith arises within and I believe. I believe and then I speak with my mustard-seed-sized faith. I declare God’s promises. I stand on His Word. I trust in His faithfulness. I take comfort in His character.
I do not quit.
We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, “First I believed, then I spoke in faith.” So we also first believe then speak in faith.”
2 Corinthians 4:13 TPT