“But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. 

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:

“For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith;
But if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”

But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” 

Hebrews 10: 32-39

A story is told that Andrew Jackson’s boyhood friends just couldn’t understand how he became a famous general and then President of the United States. They knew of other men who had greater talent, but never succeeded like little “Andy” did.

One of Jackson’s friends said, “Why, Jim Brown was not only smarter, but he could beat Andy three times out of four in a wrestling match. But look where Andy is now.” Wrestling 1Another friend responded, “How did there happen to be a fourth time? Didn’t they usually say three times and you’re out in wrestling?”

“Sure, they were supposed to, but not Andy. He would never admit he was beat. Jim Brown would get tired, and on the fourth try Andy would always beat him.”

Picking up on that idea, it’s been said, “The thing that counts is not how many times you are beat, but whether you are willing to stay that way.”

In life, you will face setbacks, but what really matters is whether or not you take courage and go forward in faith despite the challenges and even defeats you will encounter.

For the real battle is the Lord’s.

So when it comes to facing life’s struggles, get back up when you get hit because in Christ, your victory is already won.

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to give you the strength to get back up when life knocks you down— and remind you that your victory is already won.



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