1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
In my 72 years of living, I have met many people. Almost everyone I have ever had the privilege of meeting has a will to win. In short, they have no desire to lose. They know that winning is always better than losing. They also know that in the reality of life, if you don’t win, you lose. In real life, there is no such thing as a participation trophy. Winners get the trophies, and losers go home. I know that’s a hard saying, and many people may not like it. But like it or not, that is the reality of life. In real life, you’re blessed or you’re cursed. It’s heaven or hell. In the end, it’s eternal life with the Lord Jesus, or eternal damnation in the lake of fire with your master, the devil. There is no middle ground. It’s time for the church to grow up into Christ, know the truth, and walk in it.
Once again, almost every person I have ever met has the will to win. They don’t want to lose. I’m sure the same could be said about you. But what is it that makes champions in life? What is it in the life of a person that causes them to be able to stand in the winner’s circle? I can tell you for a truth, it is NOT the will to win. Rather, it is the will to prepare to win. For a boxer, it is the thousands of sit-ups, push ups, and hours on the punching bag and speed bag. It is untold miles of roadwork in all kinds of weather. It is the days and days of sore muscles, and even ribs and jaws from the multitudes of punches and jabs taken in round after round of sparring. It is waking up day after day for another day of the same punishing routine of conditioning and preparation for actual competition when the fight is for real. No boxer enters the ring without the will to win. But it is the one who has made the ultimate preparation to win who walks away with the title, the title belt, and the big payday.
My dear friend, it is the attitude of the ultimate champion boxer in his weight division that must also beat in the heart of the victorious child of God. Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. The willingness to prepare to win is the willingness to pray without ceasing, pray, at times, all night, to pray in the Spirit, to pray with all kinds of prayer. Our willingness to prepare to win may even cost us physical suffering and discomfort, our enemy will attempt to drag us into absolute anything that would diminish our spiritual capacity, rob us of the Word, and diminish our faith. We must be long-suffering, and having done all to stand, STAND! It is your will to prepare to win that will be your ultimate daily battle you must win. Fight the good fight of faith. The victory belongs to you.
Manna for Today – 1 Peter 5:1-11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12:1-21