Maybe you slipped up a couple of times, 0r received a few discouraging remarks from a friend, or maybe you just got sick of walking the straight and narrow.
Whatever it was, all of a sudden, you became convinced you could not change.
And so you gave up.
This has happened to me so many times I can’t even count them. My tendency is to wallow in I-can’t-do-this-land. The only way I can continue to pursue growth is to rely on the One who has the power to change me.
If you’re struggling to follow God in some area of your life, here are a few tips:
1. Pull out your spiritual weapons.
Sometimes we forget we’re in a spiritual battle. Satan doesn’t want us to break free from our strongholds, and the easiest time to attack is in the beginning, before we’ve made much progress. If you feel like you’re being attacked, fight lies with truth.
2. Remember that growth is not a diagonal line.
If you’ve ever seen a stock market chart of a rising stock, you’ll notice the stock doesn’t go up in a nice smooth diagonal line. Instead it goes up a little, then down a little, up a bunch, then down another little bit.
If you were to sell your stock in one of those downward jags, you’d miss out on a lot of income.
It’s the same way with a renewing of the mind project. Some days you feel like you’re already living in victory land. You can’t believe how much you’ve grown. And then the next day, you’ll feel like a failure.
Don’t give up on those failure days. Just keep renewing your mind and wait patiently for that line to start going up again.
We are transformed by the renewing of the mind. If we keep renewing our minds, God will transform us. How fast that happens is up to God, not us.
Remember Jericho? They had to walk around that big city 7 times. Remember Naaman and his leprosy? He had to jump in the river 7 times. Remember the Israelites? They had to sit through 10 plagues before they were able to escape from their slavery.
When you’re tempted to give up, remember all those Bible guys that came before you – and keep pressing on.
4. Don’t beat yourself up.
Don’t be surprised when you fail. Of course you’re going to fail. If you were perfect, you wouldn’t be in this boat! It takes all kind of little failures to reach the point where you’re no longer failing. So rejoice that you’re still trying. If you weren’t trying, you wouldn’t be failing.
Remember, God convicts. Satan condemns. If you’ve sinned, ask God for forgiveness and move on. If you’re struggling with self-condemnation, try this Bible study on failure.
5. Enjoy your time with God while you’re waiting.
For me, the best thing about renewing my mind is the fellowship I experience with God. He loves me right now. Before I change. While I’m changing. And after I change. I don’t have to measure up for Him to love me. I just have to turn to Him.
And that’s incredibly comforting.
Question: What do you do when you feel like giving up?