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  • DO You FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

    I found this article by David Wilkerson so have some valuable truth in it.

    DO You FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

    by David Wilkerson


    A growing number of ministers have been writing to me in recent

    months, telling of their concern for those in their flock who are

    simply giving up. Today, more and more Christians are at the

    breaking point. None of the talk about giving up has to do with

    the Lord. Few Christians would even dare entertain thoughts of

    quitting on their love for Jesus. Most despairing Christians think

    only of giving up on themselves. You hear it so often now, "I can't

    go on anymore. I just can't make it. It's totally hopeless! Why try?"


    I hear some ministers today who continually preach only a positive

    message. To hear them tell it, every Christian is receiving miracles-

    everybody is getting instant answers to prayer-everybody's feeling

    good, living good, and the whole world is bright and rosy. I really

    wish all those good and healthy things for God's people, but

    that's not the way things are for a great number of very honest

    and sincere Christians. How sad to hear such shallow theology

    being pushed from pulpits today. It's an insult to a lowly Jesus

    who became poor, who died a failure in the eyes of the world. It

    is this kind of materialistic preaching that has so ill-prepared an

    entire generation of Christians to endure any kind of pain. They

    have not learned to be content with such things as they have-to

    be abased and not always abounding. Serving God becomes a

    kind of Olympic race in which everyone must strive for gold medals.


    No wonder our young people give up in defeat. They can't live

    up to the image created by the religion of a happy-go-lucky, rich,

    successful, always positive-thinking Christian. Their world is not

    that idealistic. They look in a mirror reflecting a face covered with

    ugly pimples. They live with heartbreaks, hour-by-hour crises,

    and horrible family problems. They look into the uncertain future,

    frightened and worried.


    Positive thinking won't make their problems go away. Confessing

    that these problems don't really exist doesn't change a thing.

    These "apostles of the positive" should not exclude the Gethsemane

    experiences of life. The cup of pain, the hour of isolation, and the

    night of confusion were all part of the Master's lifestyle. Our great

    achievements, our successes, ought to take place at Gethsemane,

    not Fort Knox!...

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    I found this article by David Wilkerson so have some valuable truth in it.

    DO You FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

    by David Wilkerson


    A growing number of ministers have been writing to me in recent

    months, telling of their concern for those in their flock who are

    simply giving up. Today, more and more Christians are at the

    breaking point. None of the talk about giving up has to do with

    the Lord. Few Christians would even dare entertain thoughts of

    quitting on their love for Jesus. Most despairing Christians think

    only of giving up on themselves. You hear it so often now, "I can't

    go on anymore. I just can't make it. It's totally hopeless! Why try?"


    I hear some ministers today who continually preach only a positive

    message. To hear them tell it, every Christian is receiving miracles-

    everybody is getting instant answers to prayer-everybody's feeling

    good, living good, and the whole world is bright and rosy. I really

    wish all those good and healthy things for God's people, but

    that's not the way things are for a great number of very honest

    and sincere Christians. How sad to hear such shallow theology

    being pushed from pulpits today. It's an insult to a lowly Jesus

    who became poor, who died a failure in the eyes of the world. It

    is this kind of materialistic preaching that has so ill-prepared an

    entire generation of Christians to endure any kind of pain. They

    have not learned to be content with such things as they have-to

    be abased and not always abounding. Serving God becomes a

    kind of Olympic race in which everyone must strive for gold medals.


    No wonder our young people give up in defeat. They can't live

    up to the image created by the religion of a happy-go-lucky, rich,

    successful, always positive-thinking Christian. Their world is not

    that idealistic. They look in a mirror reflecting a face covered with

    ugly pimples. They live with heartbreaks, hour-by-hour crises,

    and horrible family problems. They look into the uncertain future,

    frightened and worried.


    Positive thinking won't make their problems go away. Confessing

    that these problems don't really exist doesn't change a thing.

    These "apostles of the positive" should not exclude the Gethsemane

    experiences of life. The cup of pain, the hour of isolation, and the

    night of confusion were all part of the Master's lifestyle. Our great

    achievements, our successes, ought to take place at Gethsemane,

    not Fort Knox!...
    Beautiful thoughts, and very encouraging.....

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

      Beautiful thoughts, and very encouraging.....
      Thanks for the reply Tom.

      Many so called preachers claim that if you are not rich and have no troubles in your life , that you are doing something wrong. BUT they do not preach on many passages of the Holy Scriptures such as the one that follows:

      Luke 6
      Blessings and Woes


      17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.

      20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

      “Blessed are you who are poor,
      for yours is the kingdom of God.
      21Blessed are you who hunger now,
      for you will be satisfied.
      Blessed are you who weep now,
      for you will laugh.
      22Blessed are you when people hate you,
      when they exclude you and insult you
      and reject your name as evil,
      because of the Son of Man.

      Note: notice that they are poor now, and hunger now, and weep now in the present tense, BUT they will be satisfied, and will laugh in the future tense. BUT the Kingdom of God is their's now.


      23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

      24 “But woe to you who are rich,
      for you have already received your comfort.
      25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
      for you will go hungry.
      Woe to you who laugh now,
      for you will mourn and weep.
      26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
      for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets
      .

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      • #4
        From Linda:

        Linda Shaffield Cook I certainly felt like giving up yesterday. I had my first migraine in 17 years. I had myself a big pity party and a big cry. Today, I felt fine. Rode two hours to the doctor, passed with flying colors, visited with my daughter, then rode two hours home. I am still feeling ok
        Thanks for sharing with us Linda.

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