Refuse to Give Up
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” –1 John 5: 4-5
In football, or any sporting event, those who take the prize are those who refuse to give up. There have been Olympians who competed with broken bones, football players who played with painful injuries, and high school athletes who pushed past criticism and ridicule. The bottom line is, you can’t take the prize if you aren’t even in the race.
That’s why Paul said in First Corinthians 9:24-25, “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So, run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”
Notice that Paul says, “everyone runs,” so just being in the race is not enough. Everyone runs a race—whether they want to or not, so we must be running our race to win.
God intends for you to be victorious in life! When you understand your covenant rights as a child of God, it doesn’t matter what you are going through; the victory is available in Christ Jesus. “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Overwhelming victory. That’s worth staying in the game for, isn’t it? Say, “I will not be defeated in life, and I will not quit!”