by Stan Coffey

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Don't Give Up - Look Up (2 of 6)
Series: Be All You Can Be
Stan Coffey
Luke 19:1-8

Being all God wants you to be - don't you want to be everything God wants you to be? One of the ways to do that is to learn that when tough times come, ''Don't Give Up! Look Up!'' That is what I want to talk about this morning. Turn to Luke 18. Someone has well said the mark of mature faith is a faith that continues when it seems that there is no answer. Maybe you have been praying for something and the answer hasn't come and you are wondering should I keep on praying or should I give up. Jesus tells us that we should always pray.

Luke 18:1-8 (KJV) ''And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ''

I can imagine that the disciples of the Lord got some humor out of this story, seeing how a powerless widow was able to overcome a very prestigious judge. The Bible says the whole point of is that he spake a parable that we should always pray and we should never faint. We should never give up because as believers we ought to look up in prayer. We should never despair but we should depend on prayer. That is what Jesus is saying in this passage of Scripture.

And this is a parable of contrast. What Jesus is saying is the Lord is not like the unjust judge. Here is a widow, t ...

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