"You Can't Quit NOW!" by Billie Miller
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What other people are saying…
“Praise be to the Almighty God. Thanks for that encouraging Word, for sure I have been passing through a hard time and asking God questions. Thanks so much.” — Lucy M.
“Thank you so much Billie, may the God of Isaac, Abraham, and Jacob richly bless you and increase your territory. This Word is so timely, very personal, and on season. I thank God for sending me to you at a time when I felt like giving up, three years after graduation and jobless. I’ve been sending applications in every hospital and clinic, still nothing. After reading this, I’m so motivated, I feel it in my spirit that God will do a new thing in my life. He will open the closed doors. He will give back what the locusts have stolen. Despite what I have been through, I still believe that my Redeemer lives. He is a God of restoration and He wasn’t playing games on the cross when He said, ‘It is finished’. Thank you once more. I receive.” — Nokubekezela S.
“WOW, this Word is amazing. It’s like God has spoken to me in person.” — Linda N.
Copyright © 2013, 2017 by Billie Miller
JUST SPEAK A WORD
One word from God can change your Life. You don’t believe me? Then just ask Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples. Let’s recap back to the time when he and the other disciples were in a boat during a storm. The wind was very strong and the waves were battering. Then Peter and the others noticed a figure walking on the water toward them. “It’s a ghost!” they screamed out in panic. But it wasn’t a ghost. It was the One filled with the Holy Ghost – JESUS. He quickly said to them:
“Calm down! It’s Me. Don’t be afraid!”
~ Matthew 14:27 GW
Then Peter, realizing Who He was, said, “Jesus, if it’s really You, give me permission to walk on the water to You.” Now catch what’s going on. Peter knew that it was impossible for a man to walk on water. But he also knew that through Christ all things are possible. He knew that if the Son of God told him that he could do it, then he could. All he needed was one word.
“Jesus said, ‘Come.’
And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus.”
~ Matthew 14:29 NCV
When Peter heard that one Word from Jesus, he took a step of faith. Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus. Peter started doing the impossible. Peter started doing what others said couldn’t be done.
DON’T LET YOUR EYES BLIND YOU
Peter acted on that one Word from Jesus, which demonstrated his faith. One of the definitions of the word “faith” is acting on the Word of God. What has God spoken to your spirit? What has God told you to do? What vision has He placed in your heart? Oh, and don’t think that just because you decide to fulfill your vision that everything’s going to be peachy keen. Don’t think for one minute that satan’s going to roll out the red carpet for you or give you a free pass just because you decided to be somebody; just because you decided to live for God; just because you decided to go after your dreams. The devil hates you and doesn’t want you to succeed. So once you step out in faith, he’s going to apply even more pressure.
Even though Peter was doing the impossible, he still had to face challenges. While Peter was walking on the water to Jesus, the storm grew worse and the wind blew stronger. Storms and winds are symbolic of bad situations and circumstances. It represents the outward appearance. It affects what you see, hear, or feel and it pressures you into quitting. Peter got distracted by the storms and the winds. Many Christians today get distracted by the storms of life:
They get distracted by their bills;
They got a bad report from the doctor;
Maybe a broken relationship threw them off course;
They had a death in the family;
They got fired from their job.
These are typical challenges that you are bound to face at some point in your life. Nevertheless, you can’t let your circumstance and condition get your focus off of Jesus.
IT’S ALWAYS TOO SOON TO GIVE UP
When Peter got his eyes off of Jesus, that’s when he began to sink. Likewise, you will fail if you get your eyes off of Jesus. If you do get distracted…if you do fail…it’s not over for you. It’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. Do what Peter did when he fell. Once he started sinking, he got his eyes back on Jesus. “Lord, save me!” he cried out.
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
~ Matthew 14:31
Notice that the previous Scripture said that Jesus stretched out His hand and saved Peter. Do you see how close Peter was to Jesus? He was no more than an arm’s length away. Jesus was close enough to stretch out His hand. If Peter was that close, he could’ve stretched his own hand towards Jesus. But he allowed the enemy to divert his attention to the storm. How many times have you quit right before you received the promise?
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one-yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.” ~ H. Ross Perot
You don’t realize how close you are to your goal. The reason I know that you’re so close is because that’s when the enemy adds the most pressure. That’s when he tries to do everything to distract you from winning. That’s when he tries to persuade you to quit. But you can’t quit now! Not when you’re so close. “But Billie, you know that the devil’s busy…” Yeah, but God is busier! And He’s bigger! And better!
THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY.
You are a winner in Christ Jesus. I know that may sound cliché, but it’s the truth. As a matter of fact, confess this aloud with boldness, “I’m a winner in Jesus’ name.” One thing that winners do is they always find a way to win. So no matter what happens, regardless of what you’re going through, find a way to win, because there’s always a way.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
Let’s examine the above Scripture carefully:
- “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.”
Sometimes you may think that you’re the only one who’s facing severe challenges. You may think you’re the only one who’s going through something and you take on the “Why me?” attitude. But guess what? Your struggle is no bigger than the next person. “But Billie, it seems like the bad people prosper more than the good people…” If you believe that then you’re already deceived.
“But my feet had almost slipped. I had almost tripped and fallen. I saw that proud and sinful people were doing well. And I began to long for what they had.”
~ Psalm 73:2-3 NIRV
That’s a tactic the enemy uses to discourage you to get off course. Don’t fall for it! You don’t know their life! Stop focusing on what other people look like and start focusing on what God has called you to do.
- “And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand.”
God is a faithful God. Let’s examine the word “faithful”.
Faithful – firmly fixed in place; not subject to change; immovable; loyal; constantly and consistently the same.
God knows what you’re going through. He sees your struggle. And He’s constantly working on your behalf. He is always there, even when you don’t think He is. You can trust Him, because He’s faithful.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13
God is not unjust to forget you. You’re constantly on God’s mind. He has not forgotten about you. He’s faithful and just to keep you. With that said, just know that whatever challenges you are facing, you can handle it. God wouldn’t allow it if you couldn’t.
- “When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
The last part of this verse shows us that with every temptation, attached to it, is a way out. It’s a package deal. Temptations can’t show up without “A Way Out” attached to it. But you’ll never see the way out if you’re mad at God. You’ll never recognize your answer if you’re upset at God and constantly blaming Him for your troubles. Don’t be upset at the very One Who can help you. You can’t quit now! This is the time that you should go to Him even more. Run to Him. Connect with Him. He’s your Life!
Refusing to Give Up on God,
Billie Miller "The Motivational Minister"
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