In my article, ‘Don’t Let Go‘, we looked at the tenacious faith of Caleb and David, who refused to let go of what had been promised to them. In this article, I want to continue to look at how important it is to keep holding on and not give up.
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Since the 18th Century, one of the symbols of Great Britain has been the British bulldog. During World War II the British people were said to have a ‘bulldog spirit’ and the wartime Prime Minister of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill, exemplified this bulldog spirit. On 4th June 1940 Sir Winston Churchill gave his famous, ‘We Shall Fight On The Beaches‘ speech. In this speech Churchill spoke of how Great Britain would never give up – no matter what the cost may be. You may or may not be British, but as a Christian you need to have that same bulldog spirit, that same stubborn refusal to never give up – no matter what.
The bulldog spirit is that act of biting down and refusing to let go.
What is so special about a bulldog? Well the bulldog in question is the Old English bulldog, which is now extinct. This breed of bulldog possessed a muscular, stocky body and a vice-like jaw that clamped shut with tremendous force. In the 18th century its strength, tenacity and willingness to fight larger animals appealed to political cartoonists, who began depicting the female figure of Britannia accompanied by both a lion and a bulldog. The phrase ‘British bulldog spirit’ actually evolved long before World War II, during the 19th century. The bulldog spirit is that act of biting down and refusing to let go.
Abraham displayed doubt and unbelief.
We have already looked at Caleb and King David in the other article, so let’s turn our attention now to another Biblical figure who displayed a bulldog spirit, the man known as the father of faith: Abraham. It was Abraham’s bulldog spirit that caused verses like Romans 4:20 to be written about him, “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God“. However, Abraham did not always have this bulldog spirit. For example, look at Genesis 15:2 from The Living Bible, “O Lord Jehovah, what good are all your blessings when I have no son? For without a son, some other member of my household will inherit all my wealth“. God had already promised to make Abraham a great nation, but instead of displaying the faith that he is now known for, Abraham displayed doubt and unbelief. So what changed for Abraham, that caused his faith to be so strong that we still talk of it today? The change occurred when God made a blood covenant with him. Abraham knew that a blood covenant was something that was unbreakable, it was the end of all arguments and it caused his faith to soar.
Abraham developed a true bulldog spirit.
There was the brief, but disastrous and far-reaching, slip-up of Abraham and Sarah’s attempt to take things into their own hands in Genesis 16, which resulted in the birth of Ishmael. But after that, Abraham developed a true bulldog spirit, Abraham held onto what had been promised him and refused to let go. Abraham was convinced by a covenant sealed in the blood of animals, as Christians today we do not have a covenant sealed with the blood of animals, instead our covenant is sealed with the blood of Jesus. How much more confidence should we have in God’s promises? If God has promised you something specific – bite down on that promise and refuse to let go. Maybe you do not a have a direct promise from God, but be assured that there is a promise for your situation in God’s Word. If you require healing, bite down on verses like Isaiah 53:5, “With his stripes we are healed“, and refuse to let go. Whatever the issue you are facing, there is a promise in the Bible for you. You just need to find that promise, bite down on it, and refuse to let go.
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