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Keep Your Head Up
Pastor Ken Vance
Luke 21:28 (NIV) When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

When I used to play soccer in college, our coach would tell our team all the time to keep our heads up. Whenever players put their heads down, it is a sign they are giving up. They are conceding defeat and resigning themselves to the outcome that they believe is inevitable, even though it has not happened yet. They quit giving it their all. Yet the game is never over until the referee blows the whistle. We need to give it all we got until the end. There is always a chance while there is still time left. Too many give up before the game is actually over.

Putting our head down is a sign of discouragement and despair. We don’t believe any good is coming our way. We’ve stopped looking for opportunities and allow circumstances to dictate our options. We may let what is happening around us begin to allow discouragement or even depression to come over us. There can be a feeling of fatalism that seeks to dash our hope; when we give in to that feeling, we put our heads down, resigning ourselves to an unfavorable outcome.

Yet in the above verse, Jesus is telling us that despite the terrible things happening here on the earth, we should look up. In other words, don’t put your head down and give in to the feeling of despair, but instead, look up because our redemption is about to arrive. He told us what would happen before we would ever experience it. That is where our hope resides. Jesus has already won the battle. We can have a confident expectation of a favorable future. With Jesus, there is always hope. We need to remember that he defeated death, hell, and the grave. Because of Jesus, our hope is a confident expectation of a favorable future. That’s why we should always look up.

When you are waiting at a bus stop for your bus to arrive, what do you do? You look up. You are expecting it to appear at any moment. That is hope. You are confident, and that confidence is shown in your outlook. Looking up is being alert; it is looking for opportunities; it’s expecting something good is coming. That what your hope produces, it looks up and inspires you not to quit. It encourages you to give your all and see it through to the end. It expects that Jesus has secured for us a favorable future, and we don’t give up; instead we look up!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the victory I have in Christ. I believe that in Christ, I am more than a conqueror. I look up, expecting good things. I look up and refuse to be discouraged or depressed. In you, I have hope. I am confident that no matter what comes my way, there will always be an escape and path to victory because you are faithful to make one for me. I trust you and will continue to look up!

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