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DON’T GIVE UP! YOU CAN MAKE IT!Text: Judges 11:1 ¶ Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, andhe was the son of an harlot and Gilead begat Jephthah. 2 And Gileads wife bare him sons; and his wifes sons grew up and they thrustout Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our fathers house; forthou art the son of a strange woman.3 Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and therewere gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him. 4 ¶ And it came to pass in process of time, that the children of Ammon made waragainst Israel. 5 And it was so, that when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, theelders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob: 6 And they said unto Jephthah, Come and be our captain, that we may fight withthe children of Ammon.7 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel meout of my fathers house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are indistress8 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to theenow, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, andbe our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. 9 And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fightagainst the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I beyour head?10 And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness betweenus, if we do not so according to thy words. 11 Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him headand captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD inMizpeh Life presents us with lots of opportunities to give up! Pilots that give up on the way never get to their destinations
Drivers that give up on the way never get to their destination Students that give up never graduate Researchers that give up never discover anything Business men that give up never have breakthroughs Those who give up in relationships never marry the bestWHY DO MEN GIVE UP? They look at their background They take off their eyes from the goal and end Mt 14:30 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink he cried saying Lord, save me” Friends 1Corinthians 15:33 They see others giving up! 1Samuel 31:5 “And when his armour bearer saw that Saul was dead he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him” Satanic attacks Discouraging situations and circumstances-Mountains Not ready to pay the price! FearHOW NOT TO GIVE UP IN LIFE: Don’t depend on your background Keep your eyes on Jesus Hebrews 12:1-3 Keep your eyes on the cloud of witnesses The right company-good coach, good fans, good friends, good family, great mentors, etc Keep your eyes on the goal 1Corinthians 9:26 Keep praying Luke 18:1 Confessions of faith Mk11:22-24 Strong wholehearted determination to please God-Joshua 14:10-14 Right attitude“A middle-aged man from New Zealand painfully hauled himself up the last few feet to thesummit of Mount Everest in May, 2006. Nothing so unusual in that - after all, climbing Everesthas become so popular that its slopes are often crowded, and more than 100 people have scaledthe mountain already that year - but Mark Inglis is different: he has no legs. Mark Inglis, 47,reached the peak of the worlds tallest mountain on 16/05/2006, phoning his wife Anne on theSouth Island to say he had made it and returned to his partys base camp. Mount Everest is29,035ft high and Inglis had spent a gruelling 40 days on the mountain”. 1951 Edmund Hillary was defeated by Everest but won on May 29, 1953
BRO ABRAHAM LINCOLN NEVER GAVE UP IN THE FACE OF DISCOURAGEMENTThe story of Abraham Lincoln is one of the most fascinating testimonies of a man whonever gave up. He had less than 1 year of formal education and failed miserably in business in 1831 He was defeated for the legislature in 1832 He lost his job in 1832 He was elected to the legislature in 1834 He suffered the death of his sweetheart in 1834 He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836 He was defeated for Speaker of the State Legislature in 1838 Only one of his four sons lived past the age of 18 in 1842 He was defeated for nomination for congress in 1843 He was elected to congress in 1846 He was rejected for the position of Land Officer in 1849 He was defeated for the Senate in 1854 He was defeated for the nomination for Vice-President of the United States in 1856 He again was defeated for the Senate in 1858 He was elected President of the United States in 1860. This man who never gave up went on to become one of the greatest Presidents of the United States and the most quoted of all-Abraham Lincoln.1Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye stand fast in the faith, quit you like men be strong”
An amazing scene in which Israel was conquered in spite of possessing theark for these men refused to give up: 1Samuel 4:9 “Be strong and quit yourselveslike men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they havebeen to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight”