Down for the Count

II Corinthians 4:8-9

If someone hast lost a struggle, it can be said that they are “down for the count,” like a boxer who has been knocked out.  Thankfully, no Christian is ever down for the count, because faith in God ensures that no struggle is ever lost.

What struggle can separate us from the love of Christ?  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35-39).

 What struggle can overcome the power we have through Christ?  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13).

What struggle is so distracting that it can draw our attention away from heaven?  “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).

What struggle is so troubling it can cause God to stop caring for you?  “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:6-7).

The next time one of your adversaries is watching you struggle, perhaps even counting, “one…..two…..three……….” get up, my friend, for no Christian is ever down for the count!

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