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This year, I quit

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And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (Genesis 18:10b-12).

Sarah laughs as God tells Abraham of a son that would be born to them in the coming year. Upon hearing God’s words of a promised heir, old Sarah laughs. The childbearing years had come and gone, yet God says she and Abraham, in their golden years, will conceive? How insane! How ludicrous! In her disbelief, she laughs.

After denying she uttered a giggle, God confronts her. “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” No, nothing is too difficult. The next year, Isaac lays nestled in Sarah’s arms. The promised son has come.

Sarah quit laughing.

74 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. (Matthew 26:74-75)

Peter: bold and passionate Peter. He had been warned. Jesus told Peter he would deny Jesus three different times. “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” Peter proclaimed. Yet there you stood, Peter, hours later. The rooster was crowing and three times you had denied Jesus.

Peter peered into the empty tomb. He later saw Jesus stand again in their midst. While out fishing, Peter began throwing off his clothes and jumping into the sea when he realized Jesus was there. Peter believed and proclaimed the Savior’s name.

Peter quit denying Jesus.

This year, I have chosen to quit. No resolutions for me, just a year of quitting.

I quit doubting.

I quit wondering if God hears me or sees me.

I quit believing He does not care for me.

I quit self absorbed thinking.

I quit planting seeds of negativity.

I quit believing lies.

I quit questioning my gifts, my abilities, my strengths.

I quit placing more emphasis on my physical strength than my spiritual strength.

I quit entering the same crazy cycles of the past.

I quit looking backward.

I quit complacency.

I quit withholding love.

I quit being short on patience and big on pride.

I quit wanting the spotlight.

I quit people pleasing.

I quit shrinking back.

I quit sinking glory or fame.

I quit.

20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

This year, I quit. I quit because I want to see God do far more abundantly than I could ever ask or imagine. I quit because I want to see His name be made great in this generation. I quit because without Him, I have nothing, I can do nothing. I quit because He never fails.

What will you quit this year? What belief or action is God calling you to quit? Trust me when I say it will be worth it. God is fighting for you, you need only to be still. You and I can open our hands fully, letting go of our desire for control and comfort, and trust the God who was, who is, and who will always be.

This year, I quit

And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (Genesis 18:10b-12). Sarah laughs as God tells Abraham of a son […]

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