When You Feel Like Quitting

Written by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on Apr 17, 2016 in - No Comments
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Adam FaughnHebrews 12:1-3

Introduction:

A. As a Christian, have you ever felt like giving up? Frustrated? Battered and bruised? Like the finish line was too far away?
B. God understands that we are going to be troubled at times; thus, the Bible is filled with encouragement from beginning to end.
C. Hebrews was written to Christians who were thinking of quitting, but the encouragement of Hebrews 12:1-3 is enough to help us keep going when we, too, think of giving up.

Body:

I. Recall the Previous Champions
a. “Therefore” connects this great passage to Hebrews 11, the “Hall of Faith.”
b. They are our “cloud of witnesses.” They are, as it were, all around us, communicating with us through their example (Hebrews 11:4).
c. You are not the first to struggle, but remember: these made it through!

II. Remove Obstacles
a. Runners do not do well with extra weight. We are told as Christians to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.”
i. “Weight” means “something prominent” or “a mass.” NASB uses “encumbrance.” This is anything that could hold us back from full faithfulness.
ii. “Sin” can cling to us and hold us back, like a runner striving to continue with a garment dragging under his/her feet!
b. These remind us that nothing is more important than faithfulness and finishing!

III. Run, Run, Run!
a. The Christian race has often, rightly, been compared more to a marathon than a sprint.
b. We are to “run with endurance” (KJV, “patience”) our race. Literally, “abide under.”
c. Aged Christians provide so much motivation to younger Christians! They have run with endurance, made it through struggles, and continue to work for the Lord. (Galatians 6:9)

IV. Remember Jesus
a. While human examples mean a great deal, we can always find faults. Not so with Jesus!
b. We need to be “looking” to Him. Look away from everything else, and gaze at His life and example. His life was not easy, either, but He refused to give up!

Conclusion:

A. Being frustrated and down as a Christian is going to happen. It is a normal part of our walk.
B. But we must never quit! There is a finish line, and the One who leaves us our perfect example is waiting there to reward you!

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