Don’t Give Up, Christian, You Aren’t Alone!

Dont-give-upI have no doubt that each of us, the true lovers of Christ, our Lord, come to a point in our lives that we say, “What’s the point? Am I really making a difference? I am just one drop in an ocean of sin and no one listens.” Do you ever feel like this? Do you ever feel tempted to just stop witnessing? Does it seem hopeless or does your life seem wasted concerning God’s business?

I say this: I’ve felt that too, Brothers and Sisters! And here should be our response: “Lord Jesus, Strengthen our resolve, increase our faith and put satan far from us! When we are weak, YOU are strong!”

We are in an age, friends, when true believers tend to be isolated from one another. I am glad, so glad, to have the internet for this reason. I want for you all to friend one another for this reason. While there might be a few of you who aren’t Christians ( a few family & friends), 99.99% of the friends on my page are all true believers. And that is hard to find anywhere! To have that kind of contact is wonderful. To have that kind of prayer support is wonderful. We NEED it when we get down. We rely on it when we are weak- and especially if we ever feel like quitting.

Look, while we might feel like we are alone- especially in America and Europe, the Church is growing exponentially in other parts of the earth!! It’s going crazy in China, India, Africa and now, even in the Middle East because of so many people being exiled through Muslim violence. Let us extend our love and the message of Christ through social media! Let us not lose hope. We need to encourage each other and keep one another company right here in America and remind each other that Christ is ALIVE.

And while we are at it, let us pray for a revival of the Holy Spirit here in America. And in Europe. It might look hopeless, but in Jesus, all things are possible. And we are the leavening.

We can never lose hope. Never. That is our calling. We are all called to the Great Commission. Let us all use social media to witness to the greatness of God and to the love of Jesus! Amen?

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  1. This is a private note to Susan:

    I just stumbled across your blog after having read the WP article regarding the case. I initially judged you (the wrong kind of judging; please forgive me) and then when I came across Jackman’s comment about you being a Christian blogger, I thought “Oh, wait a second!” Long story short, it could not be more obvious to me that you are being persecuted because of your love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to God for this marvelous privilege!

    I can only image the amount of pain that you and your family have endured as a result of this trial, and I pray that you would know the Holy Spirit’s comfort and fellowship in a way that only a trial (both literal and figurative) of this magnitude could bring. I wish I could give you the money, I wish I could give you something. I want to encourage you that the Lord is using you mightly! I’ve only read a few of your posts and have already spent some time in prayer over the conviction that I am not proclaiming Christ, that I am not pursuing Him whole-heartedly, that I have been horribly disobedient, that I am not living out what He has called me to live out. I have made excuses. I have sinned.

    Thank you! Thank you, dear sister, for your bold love of Christ and for your boldness in proclaiming Him crucified. I don’t know how to else to encourage you except to continue to spur you on to love and good deeds. Do not lose hope! Do not grow faint of heart. God is using you mightly! Think of how many unbelievers might come across your blog as a result of this trial and might be introduced to Christ! Think of how many might be saved! I am praying to that end.

    One of my favorite passages has always been Ephesians 2, especially verses 4-10. You probably have it memorized, but here goes: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

    Dear Susan, you are living out vs. 10. YOU ARE DOING IT! Good works are painful. Good works are the cross. Oh, may “the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you” now and forever. Amen.

    In Christ,
    Roxana Thisse

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  2. Reb, a short story which relates to your post… there was an old baptist tent preacher by the name of Mordecai Ham. He preached his heart out one night and at the end of his sermon gave an altar call. Only one answered the invitation. He was absolutely devistated and cried out to the lord, “what must I do to show them you are the answer?” The one who answered the call that night… Billy Graham! One person CAN make a difference. Shalom

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      • Reb, what I can confirm is that Mortecai Ham was a Baptist preacher and on November 1,1934 in Charlotte, NC, at one of his meetings, Billy Graham surrendered his life to Christ. This is verifiable through documents in the Billy Graham Library. Whether poetic license was taken with other comments I can not say. When I use this illustration from the pulpit, I will comment about Ham’s crying out as perhaps being the stuff of legend. The overarching message here however is that ONE person CAN make a difference. At a personal level I can share the following… I went through a season where I believed I was doing all the Lord asked of me, but was not seeing the fruit of my labor. In prayer I “heard” the Lord say, “continue to do what I ask and don’t worry about fruit, I will produce it in season. If you’re focused on the fruit, you’re focused wrong, obedience is what I desire.” I consider myself a “Johnny Appleseed” preacher who’s charged to plant seeds. Praying about this very idea, the Lord responded by impressing my heart with the following, “you may not fully understand the extent of your ministry until you get to Glory, where people will approach you and say thank you for what you shared because of it I was compelled to seek Him.” Don’t ever be ashamed to provoke people to jealousy to come to know the Christ you have fallen so deeply in love with.

        As a minister of the Gospel, I can fully understand the idea of crying out to the Lord with, “Lord WHAT must I do to show them…” I am quite certain also that you can fully understand and identify with that very truth as well! I believe and have preached from the pulpit the idea conveyed in what I shared with you about Ham and Graham; you never know if you’re ministering to the next Billy Graham or Paul etc. The Book of Acts, the birth of Christ’s earthly church, has not yet been closed, we still live and minister within its context.

        Hope this in some way helps… Shalom and blessings

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  3. Give you a testimony about not giving up. 3 years ago lost my older brother who was like a father, then son 2 years ago, then mom last year, business fell apart, car repossessed, alone in the world, down to last $200.00. Took all the faith in scripture to believe God had NOT abandoned me, I prayed Jacob’s prayer, two hours “I will not stop until you bless me”, next day sell $30,000.00 worth of business, this won’t bring family back, but I was one week from homelessness, and most assuredly a loss of faith.

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    • Michael, I am so glad that God answered your desperate prayer. Here is what I know: it wasn’t the type of prayer, it wasn’t how long you prayed- but it was because you put all your faith in God that God answered you. Sometimes, it is when we are most desperate that we finally come to God as we should have all along. We need to lean on him 100%. Trust him 100%. Believe in him 100%. But like the wandering Jews, we don’t. Every time God does a miracle for us, we rejoice and then.. soon enough, we lose faith and begin to count on other people, banks, Congress, etc, to help us out BEFORE we finally come to God. But the reality is that God wants and yearns for us to trust him like that every day of our lives. It wasn’t Jacob’s prayer that saved you, it was your FAITH in God that saved you. I hope that you continue to remain faithful and steady in Christ, Michael. Tell people what God did for you. And read your Bible to deepen your faith. God bless you and thank you for sharing your story. Susan

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