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Date: 01.31.18
How to Keep Going

I am always grieved when I hear stories of people who have walked away from Christ because something bad has happened to them or to someone they know. It’s tragic because God has told us we will suffer this side of heaven (Romans 8:18); He’s told us that the whole world is under the sway of the evil one (1 John 5:19), and we know this isn’t heaven. But because we know God is good, we may wonder, But why isn’t He making it good right now?

I believe the person who lives by faith is neither overly optimistic (they don’t expect life to be a bed of roses), and neither are they pessimistic. Instead, they are realistic based on what Scripture says. They know that until we get to heaven, that our days will be split between blessings and hardship, even while we always have Christ’s presence (Hebrews 13:5). They also know that when Christ comes, He will give relief to those who belong to Him (2 Thessalonians 1:6) and He will reward them (1 Corinthians 9:25; 2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 2:10)

Until then, we are called to persevere.

James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man [or woman] who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

My New Testament Word Study Bible says that the person who perseveres is the one “who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose or his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.”

What’s your greatest trial and suffering? Have you persevered and kept your loyalty to faith? Are you standing strong in spite of what you see in your circumstances?

In light of these questions, I wrote out the following for myself. Perhaps you’d like to claim it as your own and maybe add a line or two.

When it takes longer than I’d like for a prayer to be answered, I will persevere and keep believing.

When I lose someone I love, I will persevere and keep believing.

When others mock me for my faith, I will persevere and keep believing.

When my plans for my purpose don’t turn out like I planned, I will persevere and keep believing.

When my loved ones don’t meet my expectations, I will persevere and keep believing.

When I sin and fail God, I will persevere and keep believing.

If I become ill, I will persevere and keep believing.

If my dreams don’t come true, I will persevere and keep believing.

In even the greatest trials and sufferings, I will persevere and keep believing because that what true believers do.

They persevere. They believe.

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27 thoughts on “How to Keep Going

  1. Shana, I have never met you, but I feel as though God has appointed and anointed you with such a beautiful gift…not only with the ability to write and express the truths of scripture and promises in a profound yet simple way, but your HEART and essence as a woman in Christ who is open to sharing, encouraging and rejoicing with us all. Today’s devotion is yet another example of a message given in just the right time, in just the right way. Thank you Shana. May you continue to be used by God to shine brightly in this world of discourages, broken and lost souls…as well as to those believers who sometimes need a reminder of God’s everlasting love! Be blessed!

    1. Hi, Heather.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am grateful for them and grateful that you have been encouraged by the words the Lord has given me. He is faithful.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  2. I look back at the trials in my life ane see that GOD was with me and brought me through the hard times with love and mercy. Thank you Jesus!

  3. I am lying next to my little dog who taking his last breaths. My heart is breaking but I am so happy for the years of total joy this little guy has given me. I am leaning on the Lord for peace and wisdom. Your post is exactly what I need in this moment of sorrow. With my Savior, I will persevere. Thank you and God Bless You.

    1. Jody,

      I am so sorry to hear about your sweet pup. Our furry friends are family for sure. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace as you say goodbye. I know first hand there will be lots of tears and you will make it. (We lost our Border Collie about 18 months ago.) You will carry your beautiful memories in your heart and they will give you joy in the days ahead.

  4. This so true. As you said, there are those that were once strong in their faith then a tragedy struck them and they turned their backs on God because they believe he turned his back on them. My youngest daughter is a prime example of this. Her first love was killed even though she prayed for God to heal him. It has been over 20 plus years and she has not been to church since. We are not allowed to take our Grandchildren to church. She will not allow them to hear about Jesus but we do tell them anyway. My prayer for her and family..

  5. This blog really minister to my life right now that is exactly what going on in my life right now. But inspite of all the difficulties I’m going through I will continue to persevere in my walk with God quitting is not an option. Thank you so much Shana for the way the Holy Spirit used you to minister to my heart.❤️❤️❤️💕

  6. Shana I just recently began reading your blog and your messages are so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for allowing God’s love to flow through you enabling others like me to be blessed by reading them.

  7. Of course this reminder comes in His perfect timing! Patience and Perseverance. They sure seem to go hand in hand don’t they?
    He has so much more for us then we can think, hope or imagine. Just persevere. His timing is perfect.

  8. Dear Shana one hour after reading this post I received an emergency phone call from work only to find out they are closing the factory . Over 600 employees and their family’s will be affected. Your encouragement came at the right time. Praise God !

  9. This is so awesome , what a great reminder for us all Shana. Sometimes hard to take a no…a fallen dream, losing a loved one but we know we must not give up but go in leaning in to Christ and his strength. He bears the weight of the world. Thank you.

  10. I saved this article because I knew I would need it soon. Things had been piling up and troubles were mounting, but I was dealing with it. Today is that day where I finally say “Enough”. Everything in me wants to give up: stop praying, stop hoping, just watch TV and escape until God calls me home. I am absolutely overwhelmed with life and the pain that comes with it. This world is messed up – I am too! – and I can’t wait for Heaven. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going. I’m still not sure why God isn’t making things good right now. However, I’m going to meditate on the verses you shared until I can claim those last lines with you: I will persevere and keep believing.

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  • Shana, I have never met you, but I feel as though God has appointed and anointed you with such a beautiful gift…not only with the ability to write and express the truths of scripture and promises in a profound yet simple way, but your HEART and essence as a woman in Christ who is open to sharing, encouraging and rejoicing with us all. Today’s devotion is yet another example of a message given in just the right time, in just the right way. Thank you Shana. May you continue to be used by God to shine brightly in this world of discourages, broken and lost souls…as well as to those believers who sometimes need a reminder of God’s everlasting love! Be blessed!

    • Hi, Heather.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am grateful for them and grateful that you have been encouraged by the words the Lord has given me. He is faithful.

      Many blessings,
      Shana

  • I look back at the trials in my life ane see that GOD was with me and brought me through the hard times with love and mercy. Thank you Jesus!

  • I am lying next to my little dog who taking his last breaths. My heart is breaking but I am so happy for the years of total joy this little guy has given me. I am leaning on the Lord for peace and wisdom. Your post is exactly what I need in this moment of sorrow. With my Savior, I will persevere. Thank you and God Bless You.

    • Jody,

      I am so sorry to hear about your sweet pup. Our furry friends are family for sure. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace as you say goodbye. I know first hand there will be lots of tears and you will make it. (We lost our Border Collie about 18 months ago.) You will carry your beautiful memories in your heart and they will give you joy in the days ahead.

  • This so true. As you said, there are those that were once strong in their faith then a tragedy struck them and they turned their backs on God because they believe he turned his back on them. My youngest daughter is a prime example of this. Her first love was killed even though she prayed for God to heal him. It has been over 20 plus years and she has not been to church since. We are not allowed to take our Grandchildren to church. She will not allow them to hear about Jesus but we do tell them anyway. My prayer for her and family..

  • This blog really minister to my life right now that is exactly what going on in my life right now. But inspite of all the difficulties I’m going through I will continue to persevere in my walk with God quitting is not an option. Thank you so much Shana for the way the Holy Spirit used you to minister to my heart.❤️❤️❤️💕

  • Shana I just recently began reading your blog and your messages are so encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for allowing God’s love to flow through you enabling others like me to be blessed by reading them.

  • Of course this reminder comes in His perfect timing! Patience and Perseverance. They sure seem to go hand in hand don’t they?
    He has so much more for us then we can think, hope or imagine. Just persevere. His timing is perfect.

  • Dear Shana one hour after reading this post I received an emergency phone call from work only to find out they are closing the factory . Over 600 employees and their family’s will be affected. Your encouragement came at the right time. Praise God !

  • This is so awesome , what a great reminder for us all Shana. Sometimes hard to take a no…a fallen dream, losing a loved one but we know we must not give up but go in leaning in to Christ and his strength. He bears the weight of the world. Thank you.

  • I saved this article because I knew I would need it soon. Things had been piling up and troubles were mounting, but I was dealing with it. Today is that day where I finally say “Enough”. Everything in me wants to give up: stop praying, stop hoping, just watch TV and escape until God calls me home. I am absolutely overwhelmed with life and the pain that comes with it. This world is messed up – I am too! – and I can’t wait for Heaven. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going. I’m still not sure why God isn’t making things good right now. However, I’m going to meditate on the verses you shared until I can claim those last lines with you: I will persevere and keep believing.