“Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the main event! The title championship boxing match of life. Now in the blue corner, weighing in at measly eighty-seven pounds is Satan the Defeated Foe, The Serpent. And in the red corner weighing in at (you really think I am going to tell you my weight!?) is the Royal Priesthood, The Overcomer. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!”
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, the bell sounds and immediately contenders from corner red and corner blue race towards one another with pure aggression in their eyes. Left jab, right cross, upper cut, hook. Four really good punches with a few good contacts. As the Overcomer steps back to rethink his strategy, WHAM! A hard blow right to the face. He staggers back only to fall to the ground. The referee begins to count “ONE . . . TWO . . . THREE.” The Overcomer lies on the ground, struggling to get up. “FOUR . . . FIVE . . . ” Slowly he stands to his feet and the crowd goes wild! The bell sounds, and round one is over.
As Christians we have a blue corner contender, and his name is Satan. Each day when we wake up and put our feet on the ground, the enemy charges at us with full aggression, hoping to knock us out. We have our good days, our decent days, our bad days, and the days where all hell breaks loose. This is his intention, to knock us off our feet and bring adversity in our lives. Every day we are faced with adversity, ranging from things such as a broken down car or a sick family member. We have a choice whether or not to lend our face to the hooks of the enemy or dodge and counter them.
According to Proverbs 24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” Jesus said that we would have trials and tribulation. We live in a fallen world; it is inevitable. But thanks to the blood of Jesus, we don’t have to have small strength. Jesus’s death on the cross gave us victory. When we have faith in Him, we automatically have that victory. According to Romans 8:37, we are more than conquerors. This means we walk into the ring of life knowing we already won!
With this in mind, what do we do when our surroundings don’t line up? We fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12)! We begin speaking and declaring victory over our lives. Find those scriptures pertaining to your situation and fight with your mouth to defeat your adversary. Your car is broken down with an empty bank account . . . What do you say? All my needs are met according to his riches and glory (Philippians 4:19). A family member is sick in bed and the odds don’t look favorable . . . Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals ALL your diseases (Psalms 103:2-3). This is fighting the good fight of faith. Don’t ever let your sight or perception dictate your faith. We are not moved by what we see. Our faith and victory are verbal. Don’t be faint-hearted by allowing your situation to be finalized without a fight.
Ding, Ding, Ding. Round Seven starts. It has been a pretty close fight, each contender getting their fair shares of punches but getting tired and weary. “Jab, jab.” You dodge each attempt then WHAM! A straight punch to the face. You stagger back again but something different is in your posture. You give the blue contender the crazy eye, and with all the might that you have, you launch a straight upper cut to the chin. BAM! The Serpent is on the ground! The official begins counting “ONE . . . TWO . . . THREE . . . FOUR.” Victory is looming. “FIVE . . . SIX . . . SEVEN.” Your opponent tries to gain his footing. “EIGHT . . . NINE . . . TEN!” The official waves his hands. It’s over, it’s a KNOCKOUT! It’s your Rocky Balboa moment. You lift your arms in victory and are awarded the champion’s belt.
This is the life we live. No matter what adversities we face, we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed but of those who believe and are being saved. Have a determination that when you face trials, the enemy doesn’t win. We don’t shrink back, we don’t accept defeat.
When you have done all that you can do to stand, stand therefore.
I am an African American woman who is zealous for God and sold out to helping other change their lives. I want to empower others to live boldly for Christ through the knowledge of the Word of God. I am convinced that when you have a foundation from the Word, no one or nothing can deceive you into believing otherwise. I want to help others—especially the younger generation—understand that you don’t have to be conformed to society’s standards. That no part of you is a mistake and you are a product of an intricate, unique, well-thought-out design. That everyone is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. I want to live boldly for Christ and be an agent of change everywhere I go. I want to love people, not just with my words but with my actions, and live up to the full potential that God has placed on the inside of me. I am confident and unashamed, and I will change the world and fulfill the call of God on my life no matter what the cost. That is why I am who I am.
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