A Winner's Mindset: Keep Going (Part 9)

(II Timothy 2:3-4, Psalm 27:12-14, Galatians 6:9 and Romans 8:37 Pas. Baines, Jr. 12/2017)

Introduction: If we believe that we are losers, we will sow and reap like losers. But if we believe that we are winners through Christ, God can help us to sow and reap like winner. A key idea in today’s discussion is “We should remember why and how to keep going.”

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Key Points:

1. Remember the blessings that await others. Notice in Acts 14:19-20 that Paul was stoned to the brink of death. But he got up and continued with his ministry. And we are the benefactors of his ability to keep going. In like manner, our ability to endure suffering enriches our testimony, and quitting bruises our testimony.

As God has worked through others who did not quit (e.g., single parents, teachers, friends, etc.) to bless us, God wants to bless others through us. But we have to keep going. Let’s work on pressing forward for the sake of those who need us to be a blessing to them.

2. Remember what the Lord has done for you. Notice in Romans 5:8 that Jesus died for us, while we were yet sinners. We all have our war stories of being mistreated. But none of us have been through what Jesus went through for us.

We could never repay Him for dying for us, but when He died for us, while we were yet sinners, that took the debt to a higher level. Let’s work on pressing forward in light of all that the Lord has done for us.

Pressing though being talked about, ignored, and lied on is no comparison to Jesus being beat all night for you and me. Our stress, disappointments, and fatigue pale in comparison to Calvary.

3. Remember how the devil will be so pleased with your quitting. Notice in I Peter 5:8 that the devil is out to destroy God’s people. He may smile when we fall. But he breaks out in full laughter, when we quit. Keep going, so the devil will have no joy in your quitting.

Proverbs 24:16 talks about how the righteous fall but they get back up. We are all subject to fall. Worse than falling is quitting and just waddling in your pain. Let’s work on pressing forward, so the devil will have no pleasure in our quitting.

4. Remember that we are working for the Lord. Notice in II Timothy 2:3-4 and Romans 8:37 that God’s people are compared to soldiers who are fighting to please our commanding officer. This is an important idea to keep in mind as a part of “how to keep going.”

Under this idea is the concept that “soldiers work.” As soldiers, we should not expect a life of leisure and comfort. We should expect conflict, hard work, and low recognition. Luke 17:7-10 is a great passage to keep in mind. Let’s remember that we were saved to serve and work.

5. We work for the Lord and trust Him to take care of His troops. Notice in II Timothy 2:4 and Psalm 27:12 the ideas of both working for the Lord and trusting Him to take care of His own.

First, we are not independent contractors or mercenaries. We have a chain of command, and at the top is our God, the commander and chief, the general above the general. Second, when some of our U.S. soldiers have been killed in conflicts (e.g., Vietnam, Korea, and Dessert Storm), questions have been raised about the strategies, tactics, and support.

But we can trust God’s wisdom, compassion, and commitment to His troops. No matter how bad things look, keep believing to see the goodness of the Lord. This will help you to avoid fainting. Keep waiting on the Lord, as you do your part. Let’s work on serving the Lord and trusting Him to take care of His troops.

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