We are the ones, those who have the odds stacked against us, who have been written off, who have been told that we can’t. We are the ones who are expected to lose, to come out of the fight defeated. To hang our heads, to give up, to walk away. Yet, we don’t. We won’t.
Little did they know, that statistics mean nothing to us, opinions are meaningless, and we plan to still come out on top.
And what a victory it shall be, when the underdog comes out victorious. There is such excitement, and celebration, much more so than when those who are expected to win come out the winners. Why is this? It’s because deep down, inside all of us, there is an underdog. There is something we all struggle with, an addiction, a diagnosis, an insecurity, a financial setback, a family problem, a mental illness. Inside all of us is a weakness, and the devil knows just how to tweak it to make it look hopeless. So when the underdog wins, it is a victory for us all, a true inspiration.
Why do you think everyone gets so excited when the underdog wins? It is because it’s living proof that anything is possible, the unbeatable can be beat, the opponent that looks so formidable, can be knocked down.
I love dogs. I think the world would be a happier place if we all had one or perhaps three, and so pardon my use of dog analogies as I elaborate on the triumphs of those who are told they should lose. Those underdogs.
When a dog is cornered, it is extremely dangerous. It has nothing to lose. Sometimes that’s just the outlook we need to give us the upper edge. That aggressive attitude, that fight to the death mentality. Take your problems head on, and don’t give up. Fight them like a cornered dog, with all you have. Surprise the enemy.
Who is the enemy? The enemy is the statistics that say you probably won’t conceive without medical intervention. Or the doctor who says the cancer is back and the odds aren’t looking good. The enemy is the so called experts who say your team isn’t favored to win, or even the bills that mount up, while mathematics, and your paycheck say this isn’t going to work. The enemy is that addiction that says you’re never going to quit, the depression that says you’re never going to feel happy. The enemy is the doubt, the fear, the denial, that is whispered in your ear, by the one true enemy, the king of lies, the king of doubt, and the king of fear.
You need to go to war. You need to go to the battlefield with the greatest weapons ever known, and forge ahead with prayer and faith. You seize one day, one battle at a time, and you make headway through the enemy’s territory. After ever battle you stake your claim, raise your victory flag, and raise your hands up in prayer. Then you strap your armor back on and plow straight into the next dogfight. You head in like a cornered dog, snapping and snarling, looking more intimidating than you feel. You don’t give up, and you make the enemy afraid, you make the enemy second guess himself.
No matter how large the problem, how intimidating and hopeless it looks, there is nothing you will ever face that God can’t handle. Absolutely nothing. He is the king of hope, of truth, and of making the impossible possible. He is the king we all need on our side, and all it takes is prayer and belief.
The Bible is full of stories about underdogs. The people God chose to use, that men bet against, that men would never have chosen themselves. The Bible is full of these stories and their triumphs. God loves to use the unexpected to show His power. God loves the underdogs.
I know that just about everyone has heard the story of David and Goliath. The boy against the giant, the giant who appeared unconquerable. David went to battle with a mere slingshot against a fully armored giant weilding a massive sword. Who won that battle? The underdog. The one nobody seriously thought would win. Why? Because he had the power of our almighty God behind him.
So the next time your problem seems insurmountable, the next time you are told you can’t, or the money doesn’t seem to add up, or you have another negative pregnancy test, or that medication is kicking your butt, remember to fight like a cornered dog. To fight with your weapons of faith and prayer, to fight with God cheering you on, to not ever back down, and to give it all you got.
Be the best underdog ever, because all of us, all those who have their own secret battles, are rooting for you. We are on the sidelines cheering you on, and ready to celebrate your victory with you. Your victory is a victory for us all.
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but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame.
With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.