11I always tell people, “I never preach something that God isn’t also preaching to me.”

It’s interesting being “the preacher” who delivers a message from God to people. But, in all honesty, I am also a recipient of these words. I really don’t know how God delivers them through me, to you, except by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In this series, “I Give Up” God has really been preaching to me, even though I don’t necessarily want to hear it.

I spoke very personally during the week about giving up power regarding the ongoing battle we’ve been having with my daughter Phoebe’s skin. I’ll tell you what, things have not been getting better or easier for us (or her) during this season of Lent. As a matter of fact, I think things have actually gotten worse. Next week, we will be traveling to see a different doctor than we had originally been seeing. Please keep praying for us – and particularly for her – that God will provide the treatment to bring her healing.

Honestly – things aren’t necessarily going the way that I wanted them to go.

And yet…God preaches to me, “Aaron – give up comfort. Aaron – give up pride. Aaron -give up power. Aaron – give up control. Aaron – I’ve got this.”

Alright Lord.

“And Aaron…don’t give up. Don’t give up hope. Don’t give up faith. Don’t give up on me.”

Thanks God!

This next Sunday will conclude the “I Give Up” series with the final topic “Giving Up.” I Give Up Giving Up.

It’s easy to give up. To give up hope. To give up on life. To give up on the people we love. That’s the easy way. But through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we don’t need to give up on those things. No – in all the difficulties in life, we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. Through him. Through Jesus. We are more than conquerors.

Give up giving up. And give it all up to the one who gave it all! He’s got this. He’s got you. Now and forevermore!