KNOCKED DOWN.

VINCE LOMBARDI WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST FOOTBALL COACHES OF ALL TIME. HE LED THE GREEN BAY PACKERS TO WIN THE VERY FIRST SUPERBOWL. TO PARAPHRASE THIS GREAT COACH, VINCE LOMBARDI SAID; ‘IT IS NOT IMPORTANT HOW MANY TIMES YOU GOT KNOCKED DOWN. THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IS HOW MANY TIMES YOU GOT BACK UP!’ COACH LOMBARDI UNDERSTOOD THAT IF YOU DON’T WIN THE FIRST TIME, IT DOES NOT FORBID YOU FROM WINNING THE NEXT. GIVING UP IS LOSING. FAILING TO WIN IS NOT LOSING.

WE ARE GIVEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES EVERY MORNING WHEN WE OPEN OUR EYES. THE OPPORTUNITIES DON’T START HOURS LATER. OUR FIRST THOUGHTS WILL SET THE TONE FOR THE DAY. WE CAN DECIDE TO MAKE THE DAY THE WINNER. ALTHOUGH OBSTACLES MAY ‘KNOCK US DOWN’ THROUGHOUT THE DAY, IT IS UP TO US TO ‘GET BACK UP’. AS BELIEVERS, WE KNOW WE HAVE GOD THERE TO HELP US ‘GET BACK UP’.

OUR SPIRITUAL WALK CAN BE A SERIES OF BEING ‘KNOCKED DOWN’ AND ‘GETTING BACK UP’. SATAN WILL THROW OBSTACLES IN OUR PATH. HE WILL USE INDIVIDUALS TO CRITICIZE US AND ABANDON US, CREATE FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, PUT TEMPTATIONS IN OUR WAY OR FIND OTHER OBSTACLES TO ‘KNOCK US DOWN’. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE SATAN ROAMS WITH THE SINGLE PURPOSE OF ‘KNOCKING US DOWN’.

GOD IS THE ONLY COACH WHO WILL ALWAYS HELP US ‘GET BACK UP’. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES SATAN ‘KNOCKS YOU DOWN’, IT IS ONLY IMPORTANT THAT GOD ‘GETS YOU BACK UP’ ONE MORE TIME!

WHOSE TEAM DO YOU WANT TO BE ON? DO YOU WANT TO BE ON THE TEAM CONSTANTLY BEING ‘KNOCKED DOWN’ OR THE TEAM BEING CARED FOR AND HELPED TO ‘GET BACK UP’? WHEN SATAN ‘KNOCKS YOU DOWN’, GOD WILL ‘GET YOU UP’!

“AND NOW WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET UP, BE BAPTIZED AND WASH YOUR SINS AWAY, CALLING ON HIS NAME.” ACTS 22:16 NIV