No Retreat, No surrender, Evans Olang

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2Corinthians 4:1, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart (We faint not)”

There are times in life where you have more questions than answers. The more you live it the more you discover your purpose so as to live it fully. Many stop living either through terminating their lives before time or they are just there with no purpose in life. This is living a defeated life. Why live miserable life when we see so many avenues to live? I see so many opportunities God has given each of us to live this life to the fullest. It’s a God given life, why waste it? As long as the doors are opened, we ought to walk through them. If the doors are shut as you try to walk through them, praise God and move on to the next opened door, what is not of Him and His plan for your life He will shut. It is interesting to see some Christians waste their lives waiting for God to say something He already revealed to them. They sit frustrated and defeated because they missed seeing the opportunities God had displayed.

You can stop trying because someone said you are not good enough. If anything to say “not good enough” ought to be a compliment, we will never be good enough. It is God who works in you to become. Read what Paul writes, Philippians 3:13, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead“, Paul did not consider himself as someone who had arrived, he therefore wouldn’t stop living despite the many challenges he faced in his life as a servant of the Lord. As long as God gave him breath, he would live to serve Him till the end. He was taking another opportunity to forget those things behind and press on wards. Whether other people forget your failures or not should not be an issue, you are the one who has to forget those things, put them behind and move forward. I have to keep fighting my way through oppositions, persecutions, frustrations and defeats for my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus. God does not evaluate our worth and victory based on people’s opinions and ours, He bases it on what He has done.

We all long to have a meaningful life worth fighting for. God our creator has given us such a purpose. If we graced even 10% of the significance of His purpose, it will give our lives a deeper meaning, high motivation and sense of worth, in other words a reason to live. 2Corinthians 4:1, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart (We faint not)”, I have my family, ministry etc., what God has provided through His grace and mercy. I earned none of it yet He has bestowed them in my life. I have no reason to loose heart or faint, God has provided that which gives me a purpose for living. Yes there are days I am down and times I feel like throwing in the towel and calling it quits yet I pick myself up and keep on moving. Paul had those days but listen to what he says, 2Corinthians 4:8, “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– 10, always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11, For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh“. What away to say no retreat, no surrender. Things will stand in the way but none can terminate what God is not done with. Jesus lived His life to fullest here on earth; His ultimate goal was to die on the cross. All the beating could not kill him because He had a destiny. This is a will to live till the end. That was Paul’s desire and that is my desire to allow the life of Christ be manifested in my mortal body, the life that did not retreat or surrender till the end and this goes with prayer too. “There is no weapon formed against prayer that can neutralize it. Some things can delay answers to prayer, but nothing can stop the full purpose of God. “Though it tarry, wait for it.”, Leonard Ravenhill. Blessings Ev

 

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4 thoughts on “No Retreat, No surrender, Evans Olang

    lightbearer61 said:
    11/26/2012 at 5:04 PM

    Thank you Evan. This post has spoken to my heart and inspired me in the Lord. Blessings to you.

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      magnifyhisword said:
      11/26/2012 at 5:08 PM

      @lightbearer61, thank you for your comment. we have an opportunity to impact people like you. keep reading more and more and tell others about us. I believe God has something for you here. be blessed

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    Alex Juwah said:
    08/14/2014 at 12:14 PM

    “No retreat, no surrender” summarizes life’s bottlenecks that sometimes we resign ourselves or erk around the helplessness of giving up. This lesson should serve as memory verse for each sentence, not just verses. May God bless the writers of this marvelous message of hope, faith in Him, and comfort that we all need from time to time as we struggle through life’s challenges……remembering that even the only begotten son of God did not go through life with much comfort!

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