The truth is, many of us at some point in our lives, have felt like giving up and throwing in the towel. Life seems to throw the worst our way but it’s roses for sinners. Yes, we have all been there. However, the following uplifting Bible verses below will give you the push you need to persevere and not give up.
What Does the Bible Say About Never Giving Up?
There is a plethora of Bible passages that states why we should never up. The Bible encourages that by not giving up we will receive that which He promised us (Hebrews 10:36).
It also indicates when and what we should give for His sake. But with that that said, we can rest assure that in His Word we can find strength.
What Does God Say About Quitting?
Have you ever heard the phrase “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins?” Well, this phrase pretty much sums up what God wants us to know.
God said even if your faith is small as a mustard seed, He will work with you, but to simply give up is not the answer. You don’t just give up because the first three times you threw your rod out, there was no fish, no, maybe you need to cast it on the other side and keep fishing (John 21:5-6).
He said the only time you should quit is those instances that separate you from Him. So whenever you feel like quitting, just remember God’s Word, “be steadfast in the work of the lord, for your labor is not in vain,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Inspirational Bible Characters Who Didn’t Give Up
Ever hear the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Well here are a few warriors of God in the Bible that bad things happened to but never gave up.
Job, a well-known character, had lost his money, family, and animals, basically all that made him wealthy had been taken away, and on top of that, his body was full of leprosy.
Did Job want to give up? Of course, he even cursed the day he was born. However he never once gave in to the negative thoughts.
Hannah for 12 years, was not able to conceive a child, desperately prayed night and day for God to bless her with a son but for years, nothing happened. Hannah, despite being ridiculed by her peers, thanked God every day and never lost hope in Him.
She lived in the peace of God, and believed that in due time her prayers would be answered. And because she did not give up on God, He blessed her with not only one child but five more after that.
Nehemiah was another strong character who stuck to the job that he was called to do despite daily oppression from persons who wanted the rebuilding to stop. He had a job to do and he wanted to see it through.
The woman with the issue of blood
This is the story about a woman who was suffering from a bleeding condition, and apparently, no doctors could help her solve this problem. She was ridiculed, scorned and labeled unclean.
How lonely, tired, and stressed out she must have felt. When she heard that Jesus was in town, she believed that once she touched the hem of His garment she would be healed.
Pushing through the dense crowd, she indeed touched his clothes but it was not His clothes that healed her, it was because she did not give up.
Bible Verses About Giving up Everything to Follow God
Matthew 19:27-28 “27Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Are we willing to give up everything to follow Christ? Here, Peter recalled what Jesus had told him about the young rich ruler. Jesus had told the ruler to give all his wealth to the poor and follow Him, but he refused.
In the example that God gave them, he was illustrating how the love of money, for example, proved one’s unwillingness to put Him first (v.21).
Unlike the rich man, Peter and the other disciples’ wealth did not come from money, but they had left everything behind to follow Him because He reassured them that they would receive treasures in the new Jerusalem.
Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
In truth, self-denial is a common theme that all followers of Christ should practice. Jesus was saying to His disciple and those who wish to follow Him, they must first deny sinful pleasures, worldly lust, and all other forms of ungodliness.
And to take up their cross, however heavy it may be and press toward the higher calling.
Luke 14:33 “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”
To follow God means to recognize that all we have belongs to Him, even if that means giving up our lives. The Bible says in Luke 9:24, “Whoever saves his life shall lose it, but those who lose it for His sake, He will save it.”
So choosing to follow God, you have to consider all that and decide if you’re in or out. If you truly want to be part of His team, then there is a choice we all have to make.
Encouraging Bible Verses About Staying Strong And Not Giving Up
Isaiah 40:31 “30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
This verse was a message for the Israelites who had been worn out and tired from their hardship, they were a people living in exile and were losing confidence in God (Isaiah 40:27).
And so this message was for them and Christians today that whenever hard times come up against you, the Bible said God will give you strength. When you feel like you can’t walk another mile in your righteous race to glory, He promises a renewal of your strength.
The feeling of exhaustion is a feeling we all know too well, but the Bible reminds us for when difficulties come, with Christ, even when we are weak, we are made strong (2 Corinthians 12:10), for the love of God will lose its power.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
In this verse, we see where perseverance shines again. It is not an “if” we will be tried, it is a when, even Christ himself suffered, and so it is inevitable that we too will have trials of many kinds.
And our strength doesn’t lie in how many hurdles we jump but it is our willpower to endure to the end. It is easier to just give up, but what happens to our soul then? This verse encourages us that we ought to stand firm when we are tried so that we can receive the crown of life.
2 Corinthians 12:10 “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
As human beings, no one takes pleasure in distress or persecution, and as such giving up seems like the best option. In this verse, Paul was living with a thorn in his body, whether that was a physical or metaphorical thorn.
He begged God three times to remove this thorn from his life, but Paul later understood that He didn’t remove the thorn to teach him how to push through his weakness and to trust God even with the thorn in his side.
It was for Christ’s sake that Paul found contentment, and so whatever thorn that is in our lives, let us not give in, for God is our strong tower, and source of perfect strength.
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
Young men, old men, “I call upon you because you are strong.” This is an encouragement to both males and females, young and old, that with Christ in the vessel you can withstand any storm that may rock your boat.
Paul reminds us that if we rely on our own strength, then we are like a soldier without his armor, powerless against our enemy. Paul is encouraging us that as Christians, our strength lies “in” God.
So before you give up, put on the full armor of God, and keep fighting the good fight.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Countless times throughout the Bible, God has commanded us to stay strong. We might not have all the answers to life’s challenges today, but God wants us to draw our strength from the Lord God.
The Bible tells us that we should rejoice in suffering because we know that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance brings character, and character hope.
Philippians 4:12 ”I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
There are a lot of faithful Christians in the Bible that have gone to bed hungry, or who have suffered loss, but remained content. And this is because they chose not to give up and trusted in God, He gave them the strength they needed.
Maybe you know the feeling of going to bed hungry a few nights, having missed a few bill payments, but like Paul who learned how to be content, we too should follow his example.
The very things that have the power to hold us down, can be a testament of our greatest strength. Life is quite a journey, and it’s up to us to decide if we want to continue riding or get off at the next stop.
Luke 18:1 “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
In this parable, Luke was encouraging God’s people to keep praying, and not grow weary or give up when times get hard.
“For these momentary afflictions is only preparing us the eternal weight of glory,” 2 Corinthians 4:17. So continue to seek your strength in God so that when trouble comes knocking, you will not lose heart.
Bible Verses When You Feel Like Giving Up (When you feel, ‘God, I can’t do this anymore’)
Hebrews 12:12 “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees;”
As Christians, we all have a long and hard race to run, and there will be days when we want to drop out, feeling like we’ve used our last.
The Word says the righteous falls seven times, but always rise again. Like the Hebrews, your eyes are tired from crying, and your legs can’t jump another hurdle, but God is saying to somebody, hold on a little longer, He is the founder and perfecter of your faith.
In verse 2 it says look to the Lord, for he too endured the cross and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. So don’t give up, your victory might just be a hurdle away.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Know this, no matter how long you have been waiting for your breakthrough, God sees you, he hears you, and whatever test we are going through, the Bible says to the faint he gives power, and to them that have no strength, He increases their strength (Isaiah 40:29), and promises a perfect peace.
The holy Bible says when you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death “Fear not” for the Holy Spirit is with you. So don’t be afraid when the giant in your life looks unbeatable, God is your present help in tough times and the stronghold of your life.
2 Chronicles 15:7 “But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
One of the easiest decisions in life is to give up, but to pull yourself together and face your challenges when they come, shows true strength. When we are so frustrated with our life not being the way we want it to be, this verse is telling us not to give up, and keep persevering in our good work.
And take comfort in knowing that your reward is far greater than these momentary troubles you are facing, it’s just a testing of your faith, and in due season, you will be rewarded tenfold, and surely good things come to those who wait.
Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
As humans, there is only so much we can bear. And the easiest solution to that is just to give up. But know that God is bigger than our problems, He is bigger than the things that want to tear us apart.
The Word of God remind us “Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6.
And not to rely on our own understanding especially when they are times when we feel giving up is “what’s best” but rather finding the confidence in Christ, and knowing that He has you. In the strength of the Lord God, we can overcome all obstacles.
When you feel like you’re at the edge of a cliff the Bible says but you, be of good courage! When it feels like you can’t catch a break and trouble keeps crouching at your door, do not give up! Keep pressing and keep on keeping on.