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Don’t Give Up 4

Don’t Give Up 4. Do you remember the story of Job in the Bible? His story is one of the most inspiring ones in the Bible, and it’s not because his life was perfect but because He survived extraordinarily.  Despite all the calamities that he faced, he never gave up. Job 14:7-9 NLT

Last week, we emphasised that trials never leave us the same; they either leave us better or bitter. (James1:2-4 MSG). These experiences that you are going through are reducing the deficiency in you. (2 Corinthians 1:8 MSG). Trusting God is not a bad idea because He can raise the dead. The greatest challenge in tough times is keeping our focus on God but we must because He is the only one who can leverage the trials we are going through to transform us. He is the only one who can take the lousy hand that we have been dealt and turn it into good.

Not shifting your focus will be tough, and it will be hard, but we must make up our minds that we won’t shift our focus. Distraction is the devil’s strategy to shift your focus away from God. The moment you start looking at the problem like it is larger than life, you begin to chase its symptoms, and you have shifted your focus from God. Every interpretation that satan gives about your situation is a lie.

(Ephesians 6:12). A lot of us want to turn the source of our problems to flesh and blood so we can blame someone. 

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (Matthew 6:34 MSG.)

In the midst of the gloom and the gloom, stop looking for who to to blame and start looking for what God is doing. You might have to look hard to see it but you will see what He is doing. Focusing on God keeps us open to revelation, it becomes easy for us to hear him. Focusing on God helps us to endure tough times and eventually results in our transformation. To keep your focus on God, pray continuously, there is nothing off limits to discuss with God. 

An excerpt from the sermon by Pastor Boye Oloyede on Sunday, October 22, 2023

Watch this sermon here.