Ok…cue the music…let’s get it over with.
Perhaps I am showing my age, but I can remember going over to a friend’s house and cranking up his dad’s stereo and singing at the top of my lungs this song “Eye of the tiger”. I associated it with Rocky of course, but to me it spoke to the essence of my own life. It evoked for me a sense of iron determination and if I had that iron determination I could accomplish anything in life! I played soccer at the time and so I imagined myself out dribbling my opponent and scoring the game winning goal all because I had the ‘Eye of the Tiger’.
Still today I occasionally think about that song and even though many years have passed since I was young and screaming its lyrics at my friend’s house, I still get a charge out of it. The song still pumps me up and encourages me to keep on going no matter what obstacles might lay in my way.
In the spiritual realm, many so desperately need to have this ‘Eye of the tiger’ buried within their faith. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for fellow Christians to get so bogged down by burdens and stress and issues that they abandon their faith all together. Sometimes when the going gets tough those that lack the proper endurance fade away or simply abandon the cause all together. How sad it would be to have come so close to grasping the image of Christ in our lives and to just give up when we are spiritually attacked or oppressed.
Do spiritual crisis’ still come to those who are in Christ? You bet they do, in fact sometimes they often increase instead of diminishing. The father of lies, Satan himself, would love to deter us and convince us that this path that we’re on is too hard or impossible to continue. Often times when we see victories for Christ taking place in ministries and in our lives we may face strong spiritual opposition because Satan would love for us to give up and abandon instead of witnessing these victories that God provides.
You and I need the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in our faith! We cannot be deterred by the slings and arrows that the evil one throws our way. But we must also be careful because, we cannot claim victory by and of our own strength. Our Heavenly Father will supply us our needs and our His strength all we have to do is ask for it and it will be given!
Perseverance is often viewed as keep on keeping on…willful determination in the face of adversity. We too, must keep going no matter what types of discouragement and obstacles we face!
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Do not give up! Don’t quit the fight or lose your way! Embrace this strength that comes from God so that we too can be more than conquerors!
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:378
Do you have the Eye of the Tiger in you today?
Better yet do you have the Eye of the Lion of Judah in you today? Don’t quit, your battle is not fought alone! You are not engaged in this spiritual war in and of your own strength either, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion (Phil 1:6)!
Get on with it, stand boldly on your faith and keep on keeping on!