Down, But Not Out

Down on the mat, the referee is counting down the number of minutes you have to be down there before you are considered knocked out. You hear him calling out the numbers, you’re down there because you have been hit so hard you could no longer stand on your feet. Sweat is beading on your forehead and pooling under your armpits. Your heart is beating fast and you can’t concentrate on any one thing. You keep asking yourself in hyper speed how did this happen? Did I let my gaurd down? Was my chin unprotected? Was this a body shot? How did I get here?

The seconds creep by and the number count is nearing that number that says you have been TKO’d, technically knocked out. Your spirit is shouting to God, HOW DID I GET HERE? And then the spirit of God reminds you who YOU ARE!

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:30-31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Your troubles may have you on the ropes, you may even hit the mat, but count it all joy. You may be down, but you are not out.
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:25‬‭NIV

“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:22-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So get up, pick your head up. Shake off the punches being thrown at you. Plant your feet about shoulder width apart, bend your knees, slightly, just enough to settle yourself in your position. Put your dukes back up, but don’t throw a punch, just stand there. Jesus himself said this:

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭21:14-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Now that’s good news🙌🏽

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