So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. —Hebrews 10:35-36

The battle is not about what you’re facing. The battle is not with your family or marriage, a financial problem or an illness. The battle that must be won first is in your thinking.

The devil desires to break down your mind. He wants to break you down mentally, to cause you to give up, to quit, to say, “I can’t take it anymore. I’m going to use my quit option. I’m going to ring the bell and go back to how things used to be.” You get to the point where you believe you have no more energy to fight and no ability to overcome. I’m here to remind you that you are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, in His strength. But the only way that will become a reality in your life is if you remove the quit option. When you do that—the real battle is already won.

I love Hebrews 10:35-36 because so many really do start out strong. They start out on fire for God, but somewhere along the way they enter into their own Hell Week and trouble starts breaking loose on every front. That’s when they start looking for the bell to ring; because they never got rid of that “quit option” before they started. It doesn’t matter how strong you start if quitting is always an option.

If the Lord were to never answer another prayer, I will still never ring that bell. As Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). Job had thrown away the quit option. The three friends of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, had thrown away the quit option. They told king Nebuchadnezzar, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Dan. 3:17-18).

Make up your mind that no matter what the enemy throws at you, you’re not turning back. I have had prayers answered and I’ve had prayers go unanswered. I have had miracles happen and I’ve endured huge disappointments. But I am not in this for what I can get out of Jesus. I’m in this because He loved me first and gave Himself for me.

When we recognize our weakness and trust in His strength, He will give us the mercy and grace to endure.

The Fasting Edge