“They may take our lives but they’ll never take our freedom!” A infamous quote from the movie Braveheart. Mel Gibson’s character, William Wallace, makes the statement as he is exhorting the armies of Scotland to stand and fight against England for their independence and freedom. Many of them have already lost home, friends, and family and are asking the question is it worth it? It has been so hard, do we keep battling? Wallace convinces them that the battle, the fight, the struggle is and will be worth it.

So often I find myself asking the same questions about the Christian life. It is hard. It is difficult. Is it worth all the sacrifice? Every time I answer a resounding yes, but another question remains: how have others kept fighting for their faith? How have believers continued in the fight? Chuck Lawless writes an excellent list of “8 Characteristics of Believers who Don’t Give up in the Battle.” It is a needed reminder for me and my family today and I hope it encourages and challenges you as well.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!