Ever been in situations that really challenge your faith in life? I have been; several times. However, one thing I chose to do in my life to never give up. At one time the roof of our church which we were building fell down. It was not an easy time.
People talked a lot and began to call me “the pastor whose roof fell”. What was I to do to manage the situation? Quitting? No. Never! It was hard, but I said No, I will not give up, I am not a quitter.
Quitters never win and winners never quit. Today I have one good word for you, don’t be a quitter! Discover the priceless power of not giving up in life.
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a drought’. And Simon answering said unto him, ‘Master we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net’.
“And when had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both ships, so that they began to sink.” (Luke 5:4-7.)
This is a remarkable story of how Simon Peter and his friends experienced a miraculous catch of fish. It was so abundant such that their ship and that of partners they had called began to sink.
In 2014, God has surprises for you. He will astonish you with how he will bless your family, children, finances, health and all key areas of your life.
Here is where the story began.
Jesus had a crowd around him and wanted to preach to them. They pressed so hard and he was near a sea shore. He then asked for Peter to give him his boat to use as a preaching platform, and the people would not press him. Peter said ok.
Friend hear me clearly, when God asks something from you, don’t deny Him or give Him an excuse. If you do, you will be closing your doors to great blessings.
Never deny God – whatever he asks you. As you keep serving Him, I assure you, you will one day go through the door. You will encounter your miracle, definitely.
After He had used his ship, Jesus then said to Peter, ‘Launch your nets into the deep. Peter, a professional fisherman, told him how they had toiled all night but caught absolutely nothing. He also knew fishing was not done during the day or right in the deep waters.
But he chose to obey Him and took Him at his word.
Right now you could be saying, “Eh but pastor, I have gone through so much misery in my life. Family, marriage, finances, business and even health are all crumbling! It needs us to sit down and talk.”
You are the right person for this message and it’s good you are holding this newspaper right now or surfing online – we are already talking!
The Bible said he had toiled all night and suffered much loss but at Jesus word He said I will do it again.
No matter how many times you have failed it’s time to shake yourself and tell yourself, “I am a child of the kingdom, I was not born to fail because I am a creature of dominion! O hallelujah”.
Another problem that causes many people to give up and be quitters in life is what they hear.
You sit down and they begin to tell you, “O, even that aunt from Filabusi, uncle from Hurungwe, and another one from Shangani have all gathered for a serious meeting that will affect our lives.”
By the end of it all, nothing but fear grips your heart and you give up on whatever good thing you wanted to do.
If you want to run a supermarket rather go and talk to the manager at OK or TM, not to waste time with someone struggling to manage their own personal finances and projects. No.
What you will be told by that person will cause you to abort your vision.
Friend, no matter what you hear at work or anywhere else, don’t be a quitter.
Peter, at Jesus word, obeyed and got the catch of a lifetime. If you just obey you will experience a great blessing of God in your life.
However, don’t be enticed by the enemy into perverse instant “blessings” which are temporary and will cause you pain tomorrow and even get you in trouble with the police.
Stand on the Word of God.
Some of you even buy stolen things and say “God has blessed me.” No, no, that’s not a blessing. Don’t do it. Somebody will be crying over what will be stolen from him/her.
Avoid shortcuts in life. Backdoor is not blessing. Blessing is blessing.
Years ago near Manica House in Harare, a man came to me with a bag revealing just the legs of a nice suit.
He tried talking me into buying it very cheaply, but I said “No sir, I don’t have the money.”
He left me alone and went to another person who was told to pay quickly for the special offer. As soon as he paid, the man disappeared into the crowd.
Upon fully opening the bag, the man discovered he had bought not a suit – but just pieces of trousers legs. All else in the bag were stuffed papers. Oh what a loss!
In your road to success, avoid shortcuts.
It could be in your marriage; don’t be a quitter. The word of God exhorts families and marriages to stay united and one, in joy and happiness.
It’s the small things that can bring happiness in your marriage. A single rose as a gift to your wife can bring more joy than you ever imagined.
Fight for peace in your family. Friend, fight and never ever give up.
Peter caught a great catch because despite toiling all night and catching nothing, he refused to give up. He told himself, one more time, let me do it; let me go for it.
You could have been hoping for something but had begun to reason and think haaa it’s impossible and unattainable? I have a word for you, one more time go back at it again. Start again.
After the roof of our church fell, I told all people, “The roof may have fallen, but God is still up there!”
O hallelujah! It was a bold statement. We went back at it again and built a more beautiful and stronger roof which made engineers wonder where such a design came from! O glory to God.
Not only that, but we managed to build many other buildings across the nation, in Africa and an academic school and Bible Institute.
Had we thrown in the towel, all these would be non-existent.
Friend, never ever give up in life and of all things, don’t be a quitter! For with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).