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Back against the wall

If you enjoy sports as much as I do you enjoy a game right down to the wire, a buzzer beater. It is always a good feeling when your team responds well to adversity when their back is against the wall. Players that respond well to pressure are often said they have ice in their veins, they are unfazed. No one likes the feeling of their backs against the wall, but the thing is we all will face that at certain times in our life. The question is not if we will face that situation but how we will respond when presented with that situation? The sports analogy may fall on deaf ears for some people. However, in our spiritual lives we have all been a position where our backs are against the wall, its do or die time. How will we respond?

What does the Bible say about responding appropriately in these situations? Paul told the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." When our backs are against the wall spiritually we are expected to be immovable and continue steadfast. How are you doing in that regard.

Galatians 6:9 tell us "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

The same sentiment is expressed in 2 Thessalonians 3:13 which says "But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good."

The Christian life is often referred to as a race and when the race gets hard will you give in and quit or will you continue steadfast? The objective as a Christians is to continue steadfast even when your back is against the wall.

We know that if we stand up straight and face the challenges of life as a faithful Christian we have a reward that awaits us, something way better. Hebrews 12:1 tells us "to run with endurance the race set before us."

How can we gain endurance? Through prayer, through study, through personal growth. Knowing that we are in this race with other Christians will help us.

What's the point here? Hopefully if you are a Christian you can learn to face adversity head on and pull through the other side. Hopefully if you are a not a Christian, you realize the impact becoming one can have when you face challenges in life. Having the hope of heaven helps us to remain steadfast even when our back is against the wall.

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