Life gets dark and foreboding. You lose hope in all things, and you can't see a way out. You feel trapped. Your faith is zapped. You're desperate for a way out, and your desperate for Jesus's consolation. But Jesus seems absent. What do you do? What can you do? You do the only thing you can do. You keep moving, and you hold on to the truth. I'm not telling you to be an optimist, because I know it's the hardest thing in the world to stay positive when everything is negative. I'm not telling you to never give up hope, because I know you feel hopeless. I'm telling you to hold on to the truth because you know what? Life is hard, it has always been hard, it all ways will be, and there is absolutely nothing you can do to change that. But what you can change is how you meet life's hardness. In the end, either you beat life, or life will beat you, and the only way to beat life is through the truth of Christ. When life is crashing down on you, there is only one solid ground-the ground of truth. Truth is a powerful thing. It can make crooked lies straight, it can set you free, it can change a life, and you know what? All lies fall apart when faced with the ultimate truth-Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins. But you have a weapon within you already, the greatest weapon ever given to man, a God-given gift-the strength to change, grow, and move on in pain. The only thing hiding this power is Satan. He tells you that you aren't good enough, that you'll never measure up, that moving on is impossible. But Satan's lies, are ugly, filthy, pathetic, and don't even deserve your consideration. The truth is, you are enough, you will measure up, and moving on is very possible. In fact, moving on is the soul of being human, and guess what? YOU CAN MOVE ON. I'll ask the question again-What do you do when God seems silent, and everything seems hopeless? You move on and hold on to the truth. Because you know what? Jesus didn't die for nothing, and you do not give your life to him for nothing. But if truth is so powerful, you say, why do so many people hate it? Well, let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, on a Tuesday morning, my brother and I were in court, preparing to testify. I was a nervous wreck. I had so many doubts, so many emotions running through me. I didn't want to testify, but at the same time, I knew I had to. I couldn't let my voice go unheard. My brother did his testimony. I had another two hours to wait. Then my time came. I was so overwhelmed by my nervousness, I almost quit. Then I felt an amazing sense of calm and heard a quiet voice tell me-Remember the cross. I began thinking about how even though Jesus had lost everything a mortal man could lose, he stood strong and stuck to the truth. Just take that in for a moment. Jesus was the most beaten man in history, but he held on to the truth-he was the messiah come to die for the sins of his sons and daughters, in hopes that just one would come to know him. It was at that moment that I realized if the truth prevailed for Jesus then, it would prevail for me now, and I did what Jesus would have done-I stepped up to the witness stand and told the truth. And guess what! We won the case! Actually, it was Jesus who won that case. For it was Jesus who reminded me to stand in the truth. The truth will prevail over all lies. I'll say it again-In times of defeat, keep moving on, and hold fast to the truth. The truth WILL bring you victory. JESUS will bring you victory. Never doubt that. Never doubt yourself. Never doubt your worth. Jesus will prevail. His eternal, all-powerful truth will prevail. And YOU will prevail. Even in your defeat. How awesome is that?