I don’t know about you but I need to be reminded that we win. Sometimes life, church and family situations get so overwhelming that you just want to say, “I quit.” It is hard to persevere during these tough times.
The enemy is strong; he turns up the heat and many times it feels as if it is too much to bear and that we are losing the battle. (Please tell me that I am not alone in feeling this way!)
In Acts, chapter 14, we read where Paul was being stoned at Lystra. He was doing what God called him to do…preaching the gospel and watching God do the miraculous. After a man who was crippled was healed, Jews from Antioch and Iconium stirred up the crowd and the Bible says they stoned Paul.
Can you imagine having rocks thrown at you? (the physical kind) The Bible says in verse 20 that Paul got back up and went back into the city.
Listen, be prepared. People are going to oppose you and will throw rocks at you. They may not be actual rocks but you will on occasion be knocked to your feet, and even flat on your back.
Do what Paul did…get back up! Go and continue what you have been called to do.
Persevere no matter what the obstacles. I know it is easy preaching and hard living but let me encourage you to get back up!
Paul didn’t quit. People and circumstances will do everything to bring you down. You are going to want to throw in the towel. I speak from personal experiences, I have wanted to quit several times in my life.
I love this quote by Booker T. Washington, “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.”
I’m glad Paul shows us that even during the most trying times, we can persevere. We can get back up and not only persevere, but win.