A Matter of Determination

Dear Church Family,
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
 
Quitting is defined as “stopping or discontinuing an action or activity.” It saddens me when I think about the people I have seen in my thirty-plus years of ministry who have quit walking with Jesus. Quitting is a decision that is made prior to the action. Long before people actually quit they make a decision to quit. When asked what his secret was to longevity in ministry, Dr. Lester Sumrall replied, “I didn’t quit!” Regardless of which area of life we are speaking about, Dr. Sumrall’s answer reveals that continuance in anything is a decision first. The simple truth is that if you have determined to not quit, you probably will not. 
 
James 1:2-3 ESV: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
 
Trials imply adversity. Adversity works in us, trying our faith; and the trying of our faith produces steadfastness, or endurance. It is endurance that gives us the “in it for the long haul” attitude or a “won’t quit or give up” attitude. As people who walk with God, we must understand that if we do not quit, we will win. The Holy Spirit will complete the work in us that He began. Whatever battle we might face in this life, we can know that God will sustain us, make a way for us, and fight the battle with us. I want to encourage you to not quit. Don’t quit fasting, don’t quit praying, don’t quit studying, don’t quit witnessing, and don’t quit coming to church. If you should feel like quitting at any point, it is at that point that you need to buckle down and press on. Determine not to become a statistic or a casualty. Develop an “I can” attitude and whatever you do, do not quit. I have a friend who said once, “Every time you see me I am either up or I am getting up.” As long as you keep getting up and as long as you refuse to surrender, then you will never be a quitter. 
 
I call you blessed,
Pastor