When You Feel Like Giving Up


When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. — Acts 18:5-11

The stamina of Paul is incredible. I cannot imagine what it would be like to continue to preach and experience rejection day after day by your own people. Remember, Paul’s witness is being rejected mainly by those who share the same heritage as him. But despite his heritage, education, and determination, his people continue to reject him. And in Corinth, it appears that he is going to quit on them. But actually, he doesn’t. In his frustration, he goes next door. Literally next door to the house of Titus, who becomes a long-time good friend. And from Titus’s house Crispus, the leader at the synagogue next door, becomes a follower of Jesus Christ.

I don’t know about you, but there are moments every year I want to hang up my hat and be done. And I bet you have these moments too. But often, right at that moment, something happens. Someone sends an email. Someone calls and prays. Someone takes me out to lunch. Or someone shares a testimony that lifts my spirits just enough to keep me moving forward.

And that’s what happens to Paul. God sends four encouragements to him. First, a Greek brother who provides a strategic location. Second, the conversion of a Jewish leader who would help him with the advancement of the Gospel. Third, reconnection with traveling brothers that traveled from Macedonia to be with him. And fourth, a vision of comfort directly from God that communicated the one thing he needed to hear from God at that moment — “Don’t give up.”

I don’t know if you feel like quitting today. Giving up on a job, marriage, friendship, relationship, or even a battle with sin. But I do know this, if you do, you might regret it. Because right when you feel like giving up, God often provides encouragement. So today, instead of quitting, look around and up for divine encouragement. It might be heading your way.

ASK THIS: Where do you need encouragement today? (Share it below, and let a brother encourage you).

DO THIS: Look for God’s encouragement.

PRAY THIS: God, I need you to encourage me.

PLAY THIS: Don’t Give Up — Calling Glory.


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When You Feel Like Giving Up

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52 thoughts on “When You Feel Like Giving Up

  1. Jason says:

    I have struggled with porn addiction. I’m in a study group for the last month on this and it has been quite encouraging. Please pray that I can be healed as I know it takes a long time to heal the brain.

  2. Curt says:

    I’m semi retired,but I like driving truck,so I start hauling gravel n it gets pretty mundane,this other company call just as I’m ready to quit..I’ve got a few options n I’ve bin praying,so thus is perfect timing.thanks Vince,I know God is lookin out for my needs

  3. Alexander Riddle says:

    I need encouragement in the area of my battle against infertility and the affect itbhad on my marriage. I also have to make a decision about employment this coming Monday that will cause me to have say goodbye to some people I have grown close to. Change is difficult

  4. Jason B. Taylor says:

    I need encouragement in several areas of my life. It was an especially hard day yesterday. Last night I told my high school senior daughter that God’s grace and mercy are new each morning but it was harder than usual for myself to see that truth this morning. This devotion was great timing for me. Thanks, Vince, for your commitment to God’s ministry in your life. The song included today and the song, “While I Wait” that you you’ve included in the past have helped me in encouragement.

  5. Dennis says:

    I recently wanted to give up on the small group I facilitate on Zoom every two weeks. I often feel at times more like I am babysitting rather then mentoring. I needed this devotional Vince! God’s perfect timing.

  6. Rich Bruce says:

    Hey Vince, thanks for those encouraging words. We did lesson 5 (on sin) this morning in the Fundamentals for Men study. Wow it was a quiet room when we were finished. Very insightful and impactful. Thanks and keep teaching!

  7. Rusty says:

    Vince time and time again God speaks through you to me. I have been struggling lately that I am not doing any good with my men’s ministry because of my health and just being fatigued. God has spared me for something. He has chosen me to battle stage 4 lung cancer and be a testament to his greatness. I received 2 calls yesterday that made an impact on me to not quit and then today your message and that song. I felt as if God was hugging me at that moment talking to me. Pray for me to be steadfast .

  8. Chuck Morelli says:

    Vince, I actually want to offer you my prayers and encouragement for your talk this afternoon. May god bless you and your words.

      • Chuck Morelli says:

        Vince, I actually watched for about an hour. Interesting information on narcissism. When I attempted to control everything I was 3 of those traits. Now that I have given control to my God I am down to occasionally attempting to regain control but I now pray to give it back.

      • Chuck says:

        Vince, I actually watched for about an hour. Interesting information on narcissism. When I attempted to control everything I was 3 of those traits. Now that I have given control to my God I am down to occasionally attempting to regain control but I now pray to give it back.

  9. Ed says:

    My job and a struggle with repetitive sin……. It’s a grind at work with management that is disconnected and cold. So disappointed in myself at times with my lack of discipline. Struggling to have empathy for others

    • Tim says:

      Ed, I will pray for you. I have same issues. Guilt is overwhelming when I sin the same old sins. But God is good. He will carry us through!

      • Ed says:

        Thanks Tim
        I will also pray for you.
        Romans 8 starts like this after the mayhem and exasperation in romans 7

        8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation(A) for those who are in Christ Jesus,(B) 2 because through Christ Jesus(C) the law of the Spirit who gives life(D) has set you[a] free(E) from the law of sin(F) and death. 3 For what the law was powerless(G) to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b](H) God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh(I) to be a sin offering.[c](J) And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement(K) of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.(L)
        While we may be slow to forgive ourselves, agog is there to forgive us. We are convicted of our sins by the spirit but NOT CONDEMNED.. rather we are pointed to the cross where Jesus indeed finished what we cannot …. Paying the price for our sins

  10. Tom says:

    For the first time in a very long time, I feel like throwing in the towel. I’m tired and feel like I’m standing with dark clouds all around me and everywhere I turn. However, I have come to understand that Men of THE Kingdom of Christ cannot give up. I must win this raging battle in my mind so that His victory will flow out of my heart and into my actions. Thanks Pastor Vince for being a ring on the target that keeps me looking for the bullseye (Christ). I love and appreciate YOU! Keep up the great work!

  11. Trent says:

    My biggest struggle right now is 2 boys (13 and 12). I struggle with my expectations of them. I am an old soul. They are new age tech. Raising kids in today’s world is tuff and frustrating. I know I need to pass on my learnings and bit of wisdom and then let God mold them into what they need to be. I struggle with trying to force them to be what I think they need to be. Warmth fills me when my older boy (29) tells me that “I learned that from you”. I never thought he would “get it” either and now I am so pleased with the man he has become. Lord give me strength to raise these young ones in the way they should go and patience while you complete your good work in them. Amen

    • Jason says:

      Amen! Thank You Trent for your words of encouragement, along with Vince’s. We know that it is worth it, that it’s a season of planting, and watering, and cultivating… but man, it sure can seem like the harvest is a long way off and may never come!!! I needed this today, struggling with kiddos, too…daughters, in the pre-teen stage. Thanks for sharing your struggle, you have reminded me that we’re not alone, and it does matter that we keep going faithfully!

  12. Brian says:

    Wow what timing, I really needed to here this today. I have shared before about my marriage being in the rocks because of my adultery. My wife asked me to move out and I want to quit. Well not really I want to keep my family together but I am so close to empty.
    Thank you everyone for your past and future prays. I love this group.
    Thank you Vince you daily devo have been helping me so much of the last few years. I have learned a lot from them and your books. You are making a difference in people live, you have mine. THANK YOU

    • Brian says:

      Hi David,
      You are not alone I am in the same boat. Hang in there. I wish I had some great words for you but I can’t find. I will pray for your you and your marriage take you maybe lifted up today and that God restores it. Take care.

    • Dennis Burk says:

      I hear you. Do you know your wife’s love language? Not what makes her happy? Not you.
      Hang in there, every day. It’s a daily walk.
      Be blessed

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