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Don't Give Up on God

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Sermon shared by Cathy Mangum

March 2004
Summary: This sermon is based on the faith of Christians, and dealing with the story of Lazarus,Mary, and Martha.
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Donít give up on God!
Coming up out of a Dead Situation!

John 11:20-23
20 Then Matha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

The topic today deals with a real issue, maintaining our faith. Not giving up on God. So many times in our life, we find that we lose hope, but Iím here to tell you today, Donít give up on God! There is a reason why youíre going through what youíre going through. You may not even realize it, but God is allowing you to go through this thing for a strengthening season. Oh somebody ought to feel this thing with me up in here because God has given me an awesome word. As I was preparing my sermon for today, I had been fasting a lot last week, preparing for a sermon, not knowing that God was equipping me for the sermon that I had to deliver today. As I began to work on a sermon today, and got it to completion, it came up in my spirit that this was not going to be the sermon that I was to preach on tonight. As the hour grew longer, God began to minister to me, yet again and said Donít Give up on me! Whew!
Somebody ought to get excited about that thing on this eveningÖ.someone in here this very night was just about to give up, was just about to let go, but God told me to tell you, Donít give up on me.

God said I know the situation youíre facing now seems unbearable, I know that no one knows what youíre going through, I know that you havenít spoken a word of this to no one, but donít give up! Look at your neighbor and say donít give up, donítí give up, donít give up!

God wants you to know that the waiting period is almost over and all you have to do is reaffirm your faith in him. Not only that, but he wants you to stand on his word like never before. He said there are doors opening up for you right now, there are yokes that are being broken right now, there are binds that has been made for you that has been released right now! God said he knows that your financial situation is in turmoil right now, and that youíre writing checks that has been bouncing left and right, because you thought the money you were looking for would have been here to cover those expensesÖbut God said Donít give up. He said he knows how youíve labored he knows how youíve prayed, he knows the sleepless nights that youíve spent, praying, fasting, crying out to him, kneeling praying, laying prostate! God said HE KNOWS!!!!

He said donít give up! Thereís a reason for the delay in the breakthrough, thereís a reason for the slow releaseÖbecause you were just like an impregnated motherÖbut you had to go through the growing process and make sure that when your breakthrough comes, that it will be a healthy one. In other words, not something that heís going to set you free for a minute, but for a lifetime!

Now tell your neighbor, Donít give up on God!
The Scripture takes us to a story that we all should be pretty familiar with. The story of Lazarus, and how he had fallen ill. It would seem, in verse 4 of the text, that Jesus had prophesied that the illness would not result in Lazarusí death, but rather a revelation by God of Jesusí true Glory. So inspite
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