Stay Strong. Keep Going. Don’t Tap Out.
Are you feeling as if you’re ready to give up the fight? Do you want to throw in the towel because you just don’t see a way out of your situation? Elder Charles Blake II shares insights and Biblical wisdom on perseverance and staying in the ring until you get the victory.
When I was a young man in college I used to consider myself somewhat of a martial artist. I trained as much as I could and was told that I was pretty good: until one day I met some real martial artists. They had dedicated their lives to the practice and worked toward making a living at it. I soon found out that I was not nearly the fighter I thought I was, but these martial artists let me train with them anyway, and eventually adopted me into their band.
While sparring and training together, we would practice moves which were meant to bring our opponents into submission. When done correctly, these moves could cause them great pain and injury. To let your opponent know when to stop doing a move, we would do something that we called “tapping out”.
When someone taps out, they’re surrendering to their opponent. Surrender, by definition means:
to give oneself up, as into the power of another; to submit or yield.
To surrender – or to “tap out” – means that they are “throwing in the towel”; they’re giving up: quitting the fight. You win. It’s over. I’m done. It is finished.
YOU HAVE THE VICTORY
All of us like sheep have gone astray. We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We have all tapped out at some point in our lives. But the Bible tells us that yes, our sin has consequences: but help is on the way.
Hebrews 12:2-3 tells us to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
Whatever it is that you are facing, it will not last longer than you. Whatever your situation, in the name of Jesus you have the victory: just don’t tap out. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.
Just keep fighting a little while longer. If you have Jesus, you have everything in you that you need to win if you just hold on. With Jesus, you have the victory.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Hebrews 12:2-3, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 40:31, 1 Corinthians 15:57.
Adapted from the sermon, “Don’t Tap Out”, by Assistant Pastor Elder Charles Blake II, at West Angeles COGIC. Featured image, Andre Hunter for Unsplash.