Scriptural Truth – Determination and Victory


The game is tied and in the last minutes of the ballgame. Your team is in the red zone with only two yards to go for a first down and another four attempts to score the winning touchdown. The team is exhausted, they’re out of steam and to get the first down let alone a touchdown will take something far greater than the skills they have of the game. As they huddle up for another play they are really sucking in wind and just trying to stand together. It’s decision time for all of them and if one of them decides differently than the rest it may be the end of the game. They collectively look at each other and decide to reach deep inside of them and give everything they have for another series of downs. In each face there is the look of fatigue covered over with the heart of determination. They approach the ball and line up waiting for the snap. As the ball is snapped the line explodes pushing with all they have for a mere couple of yards, which seemed very well like the entire length of the field. The outcome was not just a first down but the push of determination with all they had left in them was the victorious winning touchdown. We find ourselves in similar situations in our daily walks of life especially those who try to live a Godly life. Our opposing force of the world and sin will try to wear us down to the point of total exhaustion. It will be mere determination to keep on fighting for the win. We should be reminded of the words of Paul when he stated “I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7) for he knew that heaven would be his eternal victory. I would suggest to you it was the determination of Paul which kept him going. As Paul wrote to Timothy he gave him his motivation and cheered him on to do the same as he had done. We should all examine ourselves and determine that we will endure until the end and not push for just hoping we get to heaven but rather be determined we will give every last bit of ourselves to ensure we cross the goal line knowing we have the victory. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook.

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