“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair,persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
Boxing is not one of my favorite sports at all. I see it as a legal way to really beat each other up and it can be real as you want it to be. Before the fight, each fighter is fully aware of the risks of boxing, they know that serious injuries can occur or even death. And yet, boxing continues to be a well-supported and well-funded sports in America and worldwide.
But what about the spiritual boxing? No one is willing to sign up to be beaten or chastened but it somehow finds us. somehow it is a part of our Christian journey that we cannot escape. But interestingly this kind of beating is necessary for us as believers because it qualifies us as legitimate sons and daughters of God (Hebrews 12:6-11). And though this is important we still fight back when problems shows it’s face because the pressures of life can become so challenging that, instead of us overcoming and evolving during chastening, we begin to feel like a losing fighter in the boxing ring. Whenever this happens, know that you are not unique to this feeling. It is a common feeling that has happened to most of us at some point in time.
Someone once told me that she experienced an unbelievably bad season in her life. She felt defeated in every way and she was losing the fight. She said one day she looked at herself in the mirror and had a conversation with her reflection and that was her wake up call. She spoke herself out of her troubles by talking faith to the person in the mirror. Today If you have fallen down because your problems got the best of you, try the mirror talk, speak up and begin to prophecy over yourself by faith until you are confident enough to know that God is still in control. As the song says trouble does not last always. This too shall pass, and you will rejoice. God is not finished with you yet, he promised us beauty for ashes and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3). Do not let your problems get the best of you, fight back in the spirt, and God will take it from there.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Thank you that even though life’s issues are challenging, you are still there holding my hands and keeping me safe in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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