I Didn’t Hear Any Bell Yet!

I’m a big fan of all the Rocky movies. I can quote almost all of them! They all have a lot of classic one liners.

In Rocky 5, Rocky is fighting Tommy Gunn in the street. Tommy Gunn comes up from behind and starts beating Rocky. Rocky gets up from the beating and says, “Yo Tommy, I didn’t hear no bell."

In other words I’m not done, I’m not quitting, I’m still here! Rocky never gives up. No matter what comes his way or what life throws at him, he just doesn’t quit!

Webster defines the word “discouraged” as: “to deprive of hope or courage to be disheartened; have difficulty to hinder; to be down.”

I don’t know about you but I really don’t need a dictionary to describe the feeling of discouragement to me. I have been there and know the feeling all too well!

Many people are disillusioned, discouraged and are ready to give up on life. No one is immune and the feelings can come in an instant. We are prone to become discouraged – to lose heart and give up.

Did you know that one of the main strategies of the devil is to discourage you? It is a spiritual attack, he wants to make you feel down and frustrated, make you lose heart. It may be through your marriage, your job, a relationship, a particular ministry, in your Christian life, finances, health issues, emotional issues, etc… Maybe it’s just that things are just not going as you planned.

Galatians, chapter 6, verses 9-10 says, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” What an incredible promise!

This is a great promise but it is a promise with a condition. The promise is for those who do not quit. You can’t claim the promise if you quit! You’ve come too far in your life. Don’t quit now – don’t give up. Hang in there, God’s not through with you!

No matter what comes you way, no matter what trial you are facing today, no matter how bad the odds are against you, no matter how discouraged you might be, no matter how dark the storm is…
I haven’t heard any bell yet!

2 thoughts on “I Didn’t Hear Any Bell Yet!

  1. Life is tough! We run into obstacles, barriers and other things that try to throw us off course! We get hit in the gut and get the wind knocked out of us but it is during those times that God shows Himself to be faithful in our lives! May we remember that this life is not a 40 yard dash but a marathon and may we remember Hebrews 12:1 — “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run the race with perseverance the race marked out for us.” and 2 Timothy 4:7 — “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.

  2. So Motivational it Amazes me that Steve devotes his life to encouraging all of us of the awesomness ,Happiness, Love, that is already right in front of us I am so motivated, rejuvinated,Happy and full of life after my Sunday service Thank You

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