DON’T GIVE UP
It is quite possibly the greatest scene in movie history. Rocky Balboa gets to the point in Rocky 3 when he the “hero”, the “Stallion” admits, “I AM AFRAID! WHAT IF I LOSE?! Nothing is real if you don’t believe in who you are!!”
Rocky Balboa is on the Beach, and he and Adrienne are having ‘the talk’. It is the talk of all talks, it is the talk all winners and dreamers have. The defining moment… WHAT IF I LOSE?
You Can Watch the Movie Clip HERE
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe, as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Phil. 2:14-16 NIV
We all need to believe that we cannot lose. We all need to understand that the battle has been WON.
Jesus said: “I am the living one. I died, but look–I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” Rev. 1:18
Look closely at what Jesus says in Revelation, He says “I HOLD THE KEYS OF DEATH AND THE GRAVE.” Literally He is saying, “I have been to hell, I have conquered the grave, I AM the key, LOOK TO ME, FOLLOW ME.”
I am here today to encourage you, YOU CAN’T LOSE when you look at Jesus!
Ok, ok, that is all good, but how do I look to Jesus, when I cannot “see” Him? The simplest answer that I have, is found in the educating you in the fact that you can indeed see Him and know Him, if you would but believe.
Eventually everyone, even Champions have to do things for themselves.
In the movie, Rocky Balboa has lost his belief. How can this be? He is in the best shape of his life, he is a champion, and yet he admits to his wife on the beach, “I AM AFRAID. I AM AFRIAD I WILL LOSE!” He has lost his coach, and has not been feeding himself the thoughts on his own for success. Without his coach telling him and guiding him, he now has to go it alone and on his own… he has never had to fight on his own. Without someone prodding him, even this champion could not believe. Eventually everyone, even Champions have to do things for themselves.
If you do not have the belief you need for confidently living life, you have nothing. Believing in God, and the power that He has put within you to do the impossible cannot come from conjuring, mystic repetitive speech, or even the coaching of others. It can only come from beginning to change the way we see ourselves. How we see ourself is determined best by this question… “Do I see myself as a child of God, or do I see myself as a happenstance?”
If you see yourself as a child of God, YOU MUST begin to read your Bible for yourself. You must draw from the power within its pages, if you were the son of Donald Trump, and had just found out about it, wouldn’t you do everything you possibly could to find out about your father? Wouldn’t you read every article, learn every family member, find out what he eats, where he sleeps, and why he believes the way he does… wouldn’t you WANT to? I mean you would want to become his favorite kid! Why? Because there is great benefit in knowing your father… especially when he is loaded!!
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists AND that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Heb 11:6
If you see yourself as just a happenstance, you may feel as if you can do whatever you want. Unfortunately, those who do whatever they want, are often limited to finances, social status, gender discrimination, race discrimination, persecution from friends and family, and will ultimately end up miserable but not knowing why. Happenstance people seem to believe that things just “happen”, and that no amount of effort or belief can change things, so why try? Just settle. Settle for everything, because settling just happens. My question to the happenstances is, is settling enough? If so- be free! Be free to settle! I cannot guarantee for you success however, like I can to those who read The Word for themselves, and grow in the belief that they were created on purpose by God and in the image of God. (Gen 1:27)
The secret to “seeing” Jesus and looking to Him, as the holder and key to overcoming the enemy is found within every single page of the Holy Bible! From Genesis to Revelation.
(Here is a list of the 66 places and examples of Jesus that you will begin to find as you read throughout the entire Bible. http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/jesus66books.htm).
Jesus is shown in Genesis as ‘The seed of woman’, He is shown in Joshua as ‘The Captain of our Salvation’, the list goes on and on!
Remember, you CANNOT LOSE. Christ died for us, and in Him we can boldly say…
I am MORE than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:37
I am the HEAD and NOT the TAIL. Deut. 28:13
I am ABOVE and NOT beneath. Duet. 28:13
I am made in the IMAGE of GOD. Gen. 1:26
I have DOMINION. Gen.1:26
CHRIST has reversed the curse, in my LIFE. Gal. 3:13
I am GOD’S. John 10:34
The Kingdom of God is within me. Luke 17:21
I AM BLESSED. Psalm 34:8, Deut. 28:3
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