How to Get Up when You’ve been Knocked Down
Micah 7:8 ESV – Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, but staying down does! So you have to get up!
This is a human world. Falling down is just a part of life.
Mohammad Ali said, You Don’t lose if you get knocked down, You lose if you stay down.
“You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there”
1. If JK Rowling stopped after being turned down by multiple publishers for years, while living out of her car, there would be no Harry Potter.
2. If Walt Disney quit after his Theme Park concept was trashed and turned down 302 times by Banks – there would be no Disney Land.
3. If Howard Schultz gave up after being turned down by banks 242 times, There would be no Starbucks.
4. Col. Sanders was rejected 1009 times for his Chicken recipe, and contemplated suicide.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV – We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
3 Specific Times When Life knocks you down
- Satan Attacks using his devices, people, & demons
- Self Imposed – our own fault
- Uncontrollable Circumstances
I. THE FACTS
1. Getting Knocked Down is a fact of life.
(John 16:33) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
•Tribulation – Pressure, Oppression, stress, anguish, adversity, affliction, crushing, squeezing, distress
Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.
•We will not avoid trouble in this life – 2 Tim. 3:1 – Perilous (harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, hard to deal with)
2. Getting Knocked Down happens to everyone.
(Matthew 5:45) “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
•”Life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you choose to deal with it” Lou Holtz
I Thessalonians 2:18 NIV – For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way.
Hindered – Break up of a road to make it impassable for travelers. The result is that the trip is hindered, delayed, postponed, & inconvenient.
Key – Paul NEVER backed down! Never Stopped! He kept moving forward! Refuse to be dominated by blockades, hindrances, tough times, and attacks!
Your struggle is proof that you have not been defeated!
3. Getting Knocked Down won’t last forever.
(2 Corinthians 4:17) “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
•You are going to outlast it! Get up and Go on!
4. Getting Knocked Down can be good for us.
(1 Peter 1:7) “These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
•Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been. To Stand up taller than you’ve ever were.
•Faith is tested by hardships, disappointments, and difficulties
•“God who foresaw your tribulation, has specifically armed you to go through it, not without pain, but without stain.” CS Lewis
•Some people go into the furnace of trouble and it burns them; others go in, and the experience builds them
II. 3 Keys That You Must Use to Get Up
I John 4:4 NIV – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You cant really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you really can’t begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. Once you’ve walked through the valley, the view from the mountain top is breathtaking.
Your trouble is Satan’s desperation to stop you! But Who is in you is greater than What’s against you!
Romans 8:31-38 NIV – What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 31:24 ESV – Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
We all are faced with discouragement.
Discouragement is to lose courage or hope; it is to become overwhelmed or lose heart. When we are discouraged it’s easy to want to quit–to stop doing the very things God told us to do.
Discouragement says, “What’s the use of trying anymore? Isn’t it time to just give up and make the best of it?” The nation of Israel faced that kind of discouragement.
“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s Courage that counts” Winston Churchill
Courage – is what makes someone capable of facing extreme danger and/or difficulty without retreating. It implies not only bravery and a dauntless spirit but the ability to endure times of adversity.
“You will never do anything worthwhile in this world without courage” James Allen
EnCOURAGE-ing Word for the weak, afraid, and discouraged
Joshua 1:5-9 NIV 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
•Joshua was at a crucial time in his life. He was being coached by God to make an internal transition. To go from following to leading, to step into a new role, a new place, a new position in life.
Why? People will face DisCouragement – feeling of despair in the face of obstacles. It traps you inside yourself. It is subtle in its attack and powerful in it’s ability to paralyze your progress!
How it enters: We start evaluating our negative circumstances based upon info supplied by our senses.
“Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers”- Karl Barth
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” Billy Graham
Psalm 18:31-37 NIV– For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? 32 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. 33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. 34 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35 You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. 36 You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. 37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
Perseverance – steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty, discouragement, or delay in achieving success. (Tracy Sagar)
Extraordinary people have 3 dominant traits. 1. They Respond positively to all challenges and learn from mistakes 2. Take personal initiative 3. Have great perserverance
Those who persevere are the ones left standing when everyone else quits.
Perseverance is rooted in Severe which means, great discomfort, damage, dangerous, distress, difficult. Stretch or extreme
Mohammad Ali said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life like a champion”
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark – Charles Spurgeon
“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
Don’t Give up! Don’t Back Down! Tenacious Unsinkable people don’t quit bc of circumstances, rejections, or problems! They Persevere!
It’s Always too soon to Quit!
In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. The satellite’s primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph it and its moons, and beam data it collected about this giant planet back to earth. Scientists regarded this as a bold plan, because up until then no satellites had gone beyond Mars, and they feared the asteroid belt would destroy the satellite before it would ever get to Jupiter. But Pioneer 10 accomplished its mission and much, much more. Flying past Jupiter in November 1973, the space probe continued its incredible journey toward the edge of our solar system. At one billion miles from the sun, Pioneer 10 passed Saturn. At some two billion miles, it hurtled past the planet Uranus, then past Neptune, at nearly three billion miles, and Pluto, at almost four billion miles. By 1997, 25 years after its launch, Pioneer 10 was more than six billion miles from the sun. And it’s still going. Though now nearly 8 billion miles from the sun, the satellite keeps sending signals; some were received as recently as April 27, 2002. And despite that immense distance, Pioneer 10 continues to beam back radio signals to scientists on Earth. Commenting on the Pioneer 10 in Time magazine Leon Jaroff says, “Perhaps most remarkable, is the fact that those signals emanate from an eight-watt transmitter, which radiates about as much power as a bedroom night-light, and take more than nine hours to reach Earth.””The Little Satellite That Could” was not qualified to do what it did. Engineers designed Pioneer 10 with a useful life of only three years. But it has kept going and going and going. By simple longevity, its tiny eight-watt transmitter radio accomplished more than anyone thought possible. So it is when we offer ourselves to serve the Lord. God can work even through someone with only eight-watt abilities. God cannot work, however, through someone who gives up and quits.(Craig Brian Larson, Pastoral Grit: The Strength to Stand and to Stay; Bethany House, 1998)
Matthew 24:13 NIV – but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Story: Sir Edmund Hillary was attempting to scale Mt. Everest and lost one of his team members in a failed effort. He returned with a hero’s welcome in London where a banquet was held in his honor and attended by all the powerful people of Great Britain.
Behind the speaker’s platform, they had hung a huge blown up photo of Mt. Everest. When Sir Edmund Hillary rose to receive the acclaim of this distinguished audience, he turned around, faced the picture and said…
“Mt. Everest, you have defeated me… but I will return!
And I will defeat you! Because you can’t get any bigger… and I can!”
Eventually, he did scale that huge Mt. and was the 1st man to ever do so… but the lesson is this… Because God is sticking with us… no matter what the challenge, no matter how many failures we have to endure… the fact is, God is using them to help us grow BIGGER!
Regardless of what life throws at us, with His help, we’ll always come out ahead!
James 1:12 NIV – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
II Timothy 4:7 NIV – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
“We conquer by continuing.”- George Matheson
This is your position above your problems
Joel Osteen said, We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside.
I John 5:4 ESV – For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
•Overcomes (Nikos) – To conquer, Champion of the games
Faith is… To have trust or assurance, confidence, conviction, belief, reliance in what God says. Trust that produces action. Faith is a living force, drawn from the living word, to produce living results.
Romans 8:37 NIV – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
•(hypernikos)- more than, over above and beyond, greater, top notch, paramount, ovwhelming enormous
•This is the kind of FAITH God puts on the inside of YOU!
“Faith is the art of holding on to things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances” CS Lewis
Authentic faith does not deny the obstacles of life, but rather declares God is greater than the obstacles
Mark 9:23 NIV – ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”- George Muller
I Timothy 1:18-20 ESV – This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
•860 AD – Nero was blaming christians for burning down Rome, Disciples were being killed, false teaching was being taught.
•Holding Faith – Kutecheo – To hold on with a firm grip; desperate hold
•Paul Was telling Timothy – HOLD ON! DON’T LET GO & Shipwreck your faith!
Hebrews 10:23 ESV – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Jacob)
Holding faith connects you to the Power of God!
If you give up to soon, you’ll never know what you’ll be missing. Never Give up and never Stop Believing!
Revelation 2:25 ESV – Only hold fast what you have until I come.
Hebrews 10:36-39 NIV – You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,“In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”[a] 38 And, “But my righteous[b] one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”[c] 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.