I remember growing up going to youth conferences. One particular conference was an all night affair. We would start the night out watching a hockey game, then we would play some games on the ice. Then we would go to a bowling alley, after that we would go to an indoor astro turf facility for what they called “open gym.” In this facility they had set up a place to play dodge ball, ultimate frisbee, there was moon walk obstacle courses, a sumo wrestling ring, a boxing ring were you pummeled people with oversized boxing gloves, and a mechanical bull. Now the mechanical bull was what everyone wanted to ride and they would have a competition to see who could hold on for the longest time. The person operating the bull would make it buck up and down, move it side to side, jerk it front and back, and make it spin around in circles. Only a few people could manage to hold on for any considerable amount of time.
In 2 Samuel 23:9-10, we see a story of a man named Eleazar, who was one of David’s mighty men. The Bible says when the Philistines drew up for battle, Israel retreated. But Eleazar stood his ground and fought the Philistines until his hand froze to his sword. Imagine holding onto something for so long that your hand gets stuck to it. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:17 that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. No matter what the enemy tells us or what the world tries to make us believe, we should hold on to the Word so long that our life is stuck to it or wrapped around it. Earlier Paul commands us in Ephesians “after you have done everything to stand, Stand firm” (See Ephesians 6:13-14). In other words, when the enemy comes against you don’t retreat stand your ground and after you have done all you think you are able to do, don’t give up, don’t quit, keep going, keep fighting, keep standing, keep holding on.
Jesus tells us about two different types of people or builders (See Matthew 7:24-27). He says one man built his house on the rock and the other man built his house on the sand. The man who built his house on the rock is the person that hears the Word and applies it. The one who built his house on the sand is the person who hears the Word but does not apply it. Jesus said the storm came and destroyed the house built on the sand but the house built on the rock kept standing. Both houses experienced the storm but only one house remained. In life no matter who you are, you are going to face tough circumstances and situations. Matthew 5:45 tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. What are you building on? What is your foundation? What are you holding on to? What are you standing for? My dad would always tell me “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Are you standing on the Word? Are you holding on to the truth? Jesus said “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
I love the song by Casting Crowns called “Voice of Truth.” It mentions the stories of Peter walking on the water and David going up against Goliath. It talks about how the waves may be crashing around you and the wind may be howling at you saying you can’t do it, but you need to listen to the voice of truth, the voice of Jesus telling you to come, that you can do all things in Me and through Me. The lyrics go on to say how the giant is calling out your name laughing at you, and saying how you will never win, but the voice of truth, God’s voice tells you that you are more than a conqueror, that you are an overcomer, and that you have the victory in Jesus’ name.
Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor Elevation Church, put this whole concept into perspective about a week ago at the Newspring Leadership Conference. He mentioned how in football they have instant replay. When a play is called on the field if the coach doesn’t agree with the call, he can challenged it and the referee will come out and say the previous play is “under further review.” I want to let you know that whatever the enemy is saying to you about your life, who you are, or what you have done, the voice of truth, God’s voice, says that the previous play in under further review. God looked at your life, your circumstance, your situation said it’s under further review and sent Jesus to overturn the call that was made on the field and rule in your favor. Paul tells us that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (See Romans 8:1).
Keep holding on, keep standing, quit listening to the voice of the enemy and start listening to the voice of truth that says you’re an overcomer, you’re more than a conqueror, you’re victorious, you’re forgiven, you can do all things, you’re the head and not the tail, you’re above and not beneath, you belong to Jesus, if God is for you who can be against you, and that nothing can separate you from His love.