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THROWING IN THE TOWEL?
Thursday, March 25, 2021 by Leona Choy

 

Christian friend, is the fight to stop the onset of the evil reset getting to you? Is it just too much anymore? Are you battle weary? Do those who are against us seem stronger than our side? Is it time to quit and surrender? To throw in the towel?

Don't even think about it!

The metaphor of throwing in the towel comes from the boxing ring. When a boxer is suffering a beating and it looks like he will be seriously injured, from their corner his trainer or handler decides to stop the fight. He literally throws in the towel to indicate his man is conceding the fight.

At first it was a wet sponge the handler would throw into the ring as a signal to stop, acknowledging defeat. In the earliest days of boxing, fighters fought bare-knuckled, without gloves. In their corners was a bucket of water and a sponge used to mop away sweat or blood from the boxer’s face. The bell rang and the prize-fight was over. The match was lost. The prize went to the victorious opponent boxer. In more recent years, a towel, always white, is thrown into the middle of the ring, white being a universal sign of surrender.

The decision to quit is not up to the fighter but made by his handler, his manager who is responsible for his welfare.

In our country the fight for our Christian faith and moral standards and freedoms is not yet physical. We have not yet suffered the loss of blood.

Our brothers and sisters in the Faith in other countries, however, are being persecuted and continue to suffer. In our past firsthand experiences with Christians in China whose churches were being demolished, their pastors hauled away to prison, lay Christians discriminated against in the workplace or academia, they consider persecution to be the normal Christian life. They are not throwing in the towel or waving white flags of surrender. The numbers and spiritual strength of Chinese Christians only increases.

Our “light affliction,” as the Bible calls it, is just that, not worthy to be compared with the joy that it brings to share in the sufferings of Christ. At this point we are merely getting beat up with words and cancellations and restrictions—soft boxing gloves.

This is the time for bold, courageous push-back of evil, not to cover our faces with our boxing gloves and play defense. As we are being punched repeatedly, let's take a stand, stand our ground and punch back. Not give any ground to the shadowy evil one who is the handler in the opponent's corner.

God is in our corner! He is cheering us on as our Handler. He is not deciding to throw in the white towel and allow us to surrender. He promised we won't get beat up beyond what we can bear, nor will He give us more than we can endure.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 MSG).

In boxing terms, listen to what God, our Divine Handler, Trainer, Coach says:

“Energize the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees. Tell fearful souls, “Courage! Take heart! God is here, right here, on his way to put things right and redress all wrongs. He’s on his way! He’ll save you!” (Isaiah 35:3)

Are we still tempted to fear and cowardice as we face our puny enemy?

“My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception” (1 John 4:4).

 

 

 

 


Comments

Judith From california At 4/2/2021 10:49:55 PM

Dear Mrs. Leona, I've been a reader of your postings for about a year now. You are such a gifted writer! Your life experience, wisdom and deep faith always bring forth good counsel, encouragement and compassion. I do appreciate your effort and always enjoy the content. Easter Blessings Judith

Reply by: Leona Choy

Dear Judith, thank you for your encouragement. Look for some answer to prayer that God is finally giving a breakthrough for today. It is always too soon to quit. Be patient.

Jennifer From New Jersey At 3/28/2021 1:28:24 AM

Such a powerful post of encouragement to keep up our faith, stand strong in our convictions and hold to truth. My mind is boggled by what I hear in the news today and what people do to one another. Yet, I still believe that song from my youth, He’s got the Whole World in His Hands!

Reply by: Leona Choy

God's providence and plan can't be overthrown, but man can bring on God's judgment through our national sin. Our faux leaders are bringing on the destruction of our nation and the trashing of our Constitution.

Carole From Maple Valley At 3/27/2021 9:31:35 PM

Never surrender. Never deny. Always trust and obey for there's no other way. If I didn't have my faith I would have thrown in the towel a long time ago! Im sure this is true for many believers.

Reply by: Leona Choy

So true. We must endure through these perilous times which our leaders are bringing on through their Godless acts and disregard of the nation's welfare.

Dot From Dan At 3/26/2021 8:22:39 AM

Be not afraid, I go before you always COme follow me and I will give you rest. Good stuff, Leona, carry on At the end we all die and meet the Lord!

Reply by: Leona Choy

And the best is yet to come as we endure unto the end. Our loving God will take care of us while He is judging the wickedness of our nation.

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