Never Give Up part 2 Hebrews 10: 35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Why should we not “throw away our confidence”? A couple of reasons. 1. Because it has a great reward. Verse 34 says …knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. God has a reward waiting for us, if we will stay the course. Paul looked forward to receiving His crown of glory when he walked into the Father’s presence. Jesus talked about storing treasures in heaven, not on earth. 2. Because we have need of endurance. That confidence that says “I know I’m in the right. I know that as long as I’m doing God’s work God’s way, He has my six” gives us the energy, the will to keep going when things get tough. In Joshua 1 God says 8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Why would we throw away our confidence? 1. Pressure, discouragement, feeling of defeat. Jesus warned Peter about that in Luke 22 when he said that satan wanted to sift him like wheat. Think of a dog shaking a rag doll. Satan is the accuser, and if we get our eyes off Jesus and listen to the accusations, we start feeling like major losers. 2. Getting distracted by the things of this world. Paul wrote about that in 2 Timothy 4: 10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; 3. Giving in to the world’s pressures. Compromising the convictions God has given us, so that we can “go along to get along”. Antidote: 1 John 4 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. How would we throw away our confidence? 1. Esau—sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. He let his body’s appetites rule his life and lost something vital, his future reward. 2. Israel—became self-satisfied when they got settled into the Promised Land, and started loving the world and the things of the world. They did just what God warned them against while they were in the desert. They felt they were self-sufficient and no longer needed God’s protection or provision. 3. Saul—became power hungry. God promoted him to be king of Israel. All that power and authority he had went to his head and he became paranoid. He saw David as a threat to his kingship and tried to kill him. Antidote: 1 John 2 15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. Never give up. The confidence God gives us will give us the endurance to stay the course, and win through to the reward God has waiting for us.