Despite the darkness they face, these strong Christians can be a light to those around them. They continue to be Christ like in a fallen world, even when making that choice opens them to difficult battles.
The joy of the Lord being their strength is evident in their words and actions.
How do they do it? How do they press on when the temptation to wonder if it’s worth the struggle creeps in?
They know it is always worth it because they are intentional about focusing on their faith. They are in fellowship with God. They are in fellowship with other strong believers. They seek truth and make sure it speaks louder than their doubt.
7 Characteristics of Christians Who Don’t Give Up
Christians who don’t give up when facing hardship are rooted in truth which speaks louder than their doubts. They are able to focus on His promises and not their circumstances.
Here are 7 characteristics of strong christians who don’t give up in hardship:
#1: They Stay In The Word And Choose To Believe It
Strong Christians drown out doubt by staying in the Word. They trust the promises they read and know that some promises aren’t fulfilled until eternity.
God does promise if we walk with Him we can have peace which passes all understanding, but the Bible is very clear we will face hardships.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
When hardship comes, they know it is not because God failed to fulfill a promise. They trust what they read and know that while they will face difficulties, God is with them and has ultimately overcome the world.
No matter what these earthly trials bring, they know God’s eternal promises. They keep their eyes focused on God and eternity and not on their present circumstances.
#2: Strong Christians Are Connected And Involved In Their Church
Strong believers don’t simply attend church once or twice a week. They tend to be the volunteers. They plug in to small groups and have accountability with one another.
Strong Christians aren’t focused only on their life but in helping share Christ’s love with those around them.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrew 10:24-25
They know that surrounding themselves with likeminded believers can help them stay focused on His truths. Fellowship provides accountability and encouragement to live out your faith.
When you’re facing a trial, it can be easy to withdrawal. However, if you’re typically plugged in, that accountability can be invaluable as your fellow believers seek you out to encourage you to fellowship again.
#3: Strong Christians Know He Is Strong In Their Weakness
A strong believer isn’t strong on their own. They do not boast about their faith but rather about God’s strength and faithfulness. They aren’t ashamed of their weakness because they know that it is through weakness His strength shows.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Being a strong believer isn’t about having it all together. It isn’t about looking like your life is great. A strong believer knows through their weaknesses Christ’s strength shines.
#4: Strong Christians Remember God’s Faithfulness
When we look back, we can undoubtedly see the many times God delivered us through hardship. A strong believer can look back and remember those times while facing a new trial.
When they’re facing their biggest hardship to date, they can look into the Word and see the many promises already fulfilled. They can read through the Old Testament, through Psalms and the fulfilling of Jesus’s birth to remind them that God is always faithful.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; – Psalm 119:90
They do not focus on their circumstances, but rather in trusting His faithfulness and promises.
#5: Strong Christians Walk With Others
Strong believers know the value of deep fellowship with other believers. They don’t attempt to walk this journey on their own. They share their struggles and burdens with one another so that they can pray and give practical support.
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
They know that God calls us to care for one another. They are humble and not ashamed to share their struggles knowing that in weakness He is strong.
#6: Strong Christians Know They Can Draw Others To Him
Strong believers know that they can help bring others to Christ by being Christ like. When a believer maintains hope and faith through hardship, they are modeling peace which passes all understanding. They show those around them that God’s grace is sufficient regardless of their circumstances.
When we go through hardships, it is easy to fall into temptation. It is easy to let bitterness and envy takeover. However, if we are able to keep our eyes on Him and continue to live out our faith, we show those around us that God’s faithfulness is real.
“It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:7-8
#7: They Cry Out To God
Believers who know the Word, who know God’s promises, know that God is big enough to handle their questions, doubts and big emotions. They know the Psalms and that they can cry out to Him in despair.
They read David’s cries to the Lord which eventually end in praise. They know God loves them, sees their pain and can give them peace even when they don’t understand their circumstances.
Lord, listen to me and answer me.
I am poor and helpless.
Protect me, because I worship you.
My God, save me, your servant who trusts in you.
Lord, have mercy on me,
because I have called to you all day.
Give happiness to me, your servant,
because I give my life to you, Lord.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving
and have great love for those who call to you.
Lord, hear my prayer,
and listen when I ask for mercy.
I call to you in times of trouble,
because you will answer me. – Psalm 86:1-7
I encourage you to read the rest of Psalm 86 as David’s prayer is an amazing example of crying out to the Lord while focusing on His character and promises.
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