In the famous Rocky movie series, Rocky (Sylvestor Stallone) is a boxer who has Mickey (Burgess Meredith) as his manager, trainer, and father figure. Mickey trains Rocky, encourages him, disciplines him, motivates him, and loves him. It is safe to say that without this highly influential person in his life, Rocky would likely not have achieved the heights that he did.
It is the same with us and God.
If we let Him, God will be our manager, trainer, and Father who loves us, lifts us up, and, yes, even provides discipline. He motivates us and trains us to be our best, if we will listen and follow His lead.
With God on our side, we should feel confident that we can get in the "ring of life" day after day and win the battles.
In Rocky V, there is a scene where Rocky reflects on all the things Mickey said to him over the years and how he cared for him. In the scene, Mickey gave Rocky a gift, his most prized possession, a necklace.
God gave us his most prized possession, Jesus.
Mickey tells Rocky that when he feels he's going down he should hear an angel on his shoulder yelling "Get up because Mickey loves ya!"
When we are fighting in the ring of life, God tells us "Get up, because I love you!"
Two Ways We Win In The Ring
1. With God's love
2. With active faith
With God's Love
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39 NLT)
God's love is the most powerful force that ever was or ever will be...and His love is for US!
God's love is the reason we have the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. God's love is the reason we have the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
God's love is why those who follow Jesus Christ are guaranteed to WIN and have abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven.
It is all because of God's love; that is how and why we WIN. We also need to help others WIN by showing them God's love through us.
With Active Faith
God's love is all-powerful and transforms our heart and the hearts of those with whom we share it. However, we must have FAITH in God and His power and love. We must have FAITH in Jesus Christ and we must LIVE IT.
In order to take full advantage of God's love, forgiveness, and power we must have ACTIVE FAITH.
What Is Active Faith?
Faith means believing in God and His promises. Faith means believing Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life. Active faith means living like you believe that.
Here is what I mean...
-Engage with God in prayer and studying the Bible outside of church on Sunday
-Listen to God and obey God
-Evaluate where you are spending your time, talent, and treasures (How much of it is on things of God?)
-Make sure you have other Christians that you intentionally check in with during the week
-Consult and consider God and His desires for you in all the decisions and actions of your life (not just for the "big" decisions)
-Seek God's way first instead of your own way (see Matthew 6:33)
-Pursue God's agenda, not our own
-Love others the way God loves them
God loves us. In return, He wants our love and faith to be in Him and His plan for our lives and to love others like He does. If we live that out, we will win "in the ring of life."
Let us win in the ring with God as our manager and live each day Changed Through Faith!
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4 ESV
Brian Goslee is a husband, father, author, speaker, and coach who loves to encourage others and help them live changed lives through active faith in God.
Through his writing, speaking, mentoring, and engaging programs, he guides others through practical steps that help them grow in their faith and activate change in their lives. He is a graduate of Rivers Crossing Church Discipleship School and has earned Ministry Leadership Mastery Certification through Ministry Ventures.
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