“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 KJV

  Navy Seal Hell Week is 5.5 days of continuous training without any sleep will probably make any man cry! But when “you gotta be a SEAL, you gotta go through Hell Week!” The training takes place at the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego, California. The training is so tough that on the first day of the Hell Week, the instructor makes it a point to tell the recruits one thing: “If you quit now you could go get a room at one of those luxury hotels down the beach and do nothing but sleep for an entire day!” In fact, Navy SEAL instructors keep repeating the fact that recruits can use the “Drop-On-Request” (DOR) at any time during the training.According to a Navy SEALs instructor, the Hell Week in the BUD/S training is not about physical strength, but about mental strength. The training requires 90% mental and only 10% physical strength and capability to endure. There are times when recruits feel that their feet are too cold or sore or they are too wet or too tired to carry on and it is at these times when only their mind carries them forward. The Hell Week is 132 hours of continuous physical labor and mental fatigue. All hell breaks loose on the 3rd week of First Phase of BUD/S training, which includes less than 4 hours of sleep. Hell Week has been initiated to test the limits of a recruit’s mental toughness, physical endurance, tolerance towards cold and pain, attitude, teamwork, and ability to perform under high physical as well as mental stress under sleep deprived conditions. The Hell Week training is also a test of determination and desire, which questions their desire to be a Navy SEAL? According to statistics, only 25% of the SEAL recruits make it out of Hell Week, giving it the reputation of being one of the toughest training on the planet. The Hell Week training requires recruits to be constantly in motion, whether they are running, paddling, swimming, carrying their boats on their heads, logging PT’s, doing push-ups, slogging through mud, rolling in the sand, paddling their boats or conducting surf passage. The most common drills include recruits standing soaking wet on the beach, standing in freezing cold water up to their waist, completely covered in mud except the eyes and still be ready for their next challenge. Cuts, bruises, and burns are common, but the SEAL has to learn to think beyond the pain. In such situations they have to think, lead, and make sound decisions. When the recruits are the most tired, when they are suffering from sleep deprivation, when they are closer to hypothermia and hallucination – that is the time when they should also be able to operate functionally. This is what makes the Navy SEAL different from any of the other US Military or world force! Nothing is done at a walking pace while mud and sand will get everywhere causing severe chafing and open sores that together with the cold reduce athletic candidates to shambling men as they struggle to keep their body moving. Hell Week is about breaking the will of candidates by applying stress in the form of cold, fatigue, being wet, physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation, a lot of yelling coupled with offering incentives to quit. Allya gotta do is ring that bell and you can get a room in that hotel we just ran past and sleep all day! “The Quit Option.” The bell in question is located high up on a platform visible to the entire camp and all a candidate need do to stop the pain and torture is signify he wants a Drop On Request or DOR by simply stepping up and ringing the bell. As Christians we live in a culture where the option to quit is ever-present. If problems are piling up or things just don’t seem to be going the way you envisioned, don’t worry you can always just quit. If you aren’t doing as well as you would like in a difficult class, you can drop the class. If you don’t like the way things are going at work, quit. If you are putting on more weight than you would like, you can just stop worrying about what you eat and buy bigger pants. You may not work in a ‘Christian environment,’ but if you stick it out at your job, someone might just hear the gospel. And that is really what is constantly at stake in our lives as Christians isn’t it? We are constantly faced with the challenge of displaying the gospel in everything we do. Are you displaying the gospel at home, at school, at work, and at church? Probably not if you are quitting everything you start. Don’t let Satan break your mind. You will have to walk the spiritual walk and take everything that they throw at you. Don’t use “The Quit Option.”  Do as Paul did as he ministered throughout the cities. He was beaten, stoned, thrown in jail and much more. But he kept spreading God’s word and kept faithful to Him. It says in the Bible, “Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:19,24 KJV  Paul never used “The Quit Option.” He went through so much as it is described here in the Bible, “Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 KJV  You could almost say Paul was a Navy Seal ! Don’t let the pressure build on you and let Satan get the best of you. You just have to tell your spirit you’re not going to quit. Jesus didn’t quit on the cross. All He had to do was say He had enough and the Angels would have come down and got Him and saved Him from the pain. But Jesus endured all the pain for us and took it upon Himself to die on the cross and pay for our sins.  He didn’t use “The Quit Option.” The Bible says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:2-3 KJV  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we all can be victorious in our everyday lives. We can overcome the devil and our flesh. We can be ministers of peace and reconciliation on this earth, and walk in perfect communion with God. We can be free from pressure by learning to yield to the Lord and resisting the devil. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 KJV  How do we resist the devil? By speaking the word of the Lord over our situation. For example, if we are being pressured with fearful thoughts, we should quote scriptures that speak of victory over fear. Just as the Bible says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV  What in your life are you constantly tempted to quit on? The option to quit is always there but what does that say about you? Don’t quit. Jesus didn’t. Some people who say they’ll serve Christ are quick to leave when trouble comes. In Jesus’ parable of the soils, He pictured the various responses that people have to the gospel. For example, a person may seem to accept God’s truth, but he stumbles in his faith when difficulties arise. The Bible says, “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Matthew 13:20-21 KJV  Such troubles test the sincerity of one’s faith and expose the weakness of one’s commitment to Christ. But someone may say, “Shouldn’t our Lord tell us up front what is involved in following Him?” He does. He appeals to us with one invitation: “Trust Me.” If we let trouble or disillusionment shake our faith, we are breaking the spirit of the trust that brought us to Christ in the first place. Father, when life brings us the unexpected and we feel like quitting, help us to be faithful to You. And don’t let me ring “The Quit Option” Bell. So why not today open up your heart to Jesus Christ because He is the One that died on the cross and shed His blood for your sins so you could have that free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger


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