What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Are Your Opponents Bigger, Stronger, Faster?




By Creg

My daughter Sierra & son Sterling play for a home-school football team here in Abilene called the "Wind". Sierra, #11 is on the left & Sterling, #78, is to her left. The picture on the right is Sierra carrying the ball.

John 3:8 is our verse & "Run with the Wind" is our motto. There are 14 players from ages 12 to 14 and they play 11 man [I mean person :) ] tackle football, so there are not any complaints about playing time. Two weeks ago we played a home-school team from Dallas. They had 26 players from the metro-plex area and 1 who drove from Oklahoma to play for them. They had the biggest, strongest, quickest, most aggressive group of players I have ever seen in 19 years of coaching junior high football, by far. We competed fairly well against them but they eventually wore us down and won the game.

Whenever your opponent is bigger, stronger, and faster than you it makes success seem more difficult to attain.

Do you remember a similar situation with the Israelites in Exodus 14? God had delivered them from Egyptian captivity and led them toward the Red Sea. When Pharoah decided to give chase the Israelites were surrounded by the Egyptian army, the desert, & the Red Sea.

What's the usual reaction when your opponent is bigger, stronger, and faster?
12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

In their minds they had already lost. But God spoke.
4 I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.”

How will God gain glory for Himself?
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today."

If the Israelites are supposed to be still then whose going to do something?
14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

So what happened?
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

When we are living in the Kingdom of God we can forget about all of the battles we think we need to be fighting & let God win them for us. What might those be?

"Since I gave so much to the mission fund, I'm worried about my finances." "If I study with her she might ask a question that I don't know." "If I show mercy to him, he might take advantage of me." "I'm not sure I can make myself more available for ministry because I might not be able to pay the bills." "I'm not smart enough to teach my own children at home." "If I cut back on my work schedule to spend more time with my family, how will I provide for them?" "I'm too shy to lead a Bible study group."

In vs 21 above, the Hebrew word for wind is Ruah, which means wind, breath, or spirit. It is the word used for the Holy Spirit. How often has God sent His Spirit to help us and we ignore it because we have already let our minds lose the battle before it starts; imprisoning ourselves through worry, angst, fear, being overly cautious, trying to figure everything out on our own and solving it ourselves. We need to remember that God is faithful & trustworthy, giving us power through the Spirit.

I like our mascot.

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