“Hold Your Ground” Judges 7:21

“Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran to escape.” 

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Here we are again well into the 2019 NFL football season. Tickets have been purchased, the team jerseys are out of the closet and the trash talking has begun!

Every Sunday, Monday or Thursday night our favorite teams take to the field and give (what we hope to be, their best). Each player on the offensive and defensive line holds a significant position for each team.

Position is defined as:

  • A particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged.
  • A place where someone or something is located or has been put.
  • A point of area occupied by a physical object that takes up calculated space.

Position is important especially on the field.  But why? If we’re not in position, then we can miss “our responsibility” to play our part or our mission can be unsuccessful. The right position allows us to know-what we are to be doing so that we know we are placed correctly to handle that which we are to control.

How many of us feel we are doing a good job of holding our position? Position is larger than just your influence… remember it is for an overall plan to be met.

Position is what God has given us. It is important that we not only know and take heed to our position for the kingdom of Christ, but we must also understand: (1) The importance of knowing your assignment (2) The Importance of staying in position and (3) The importance of holding your ground.  All three of these aspects are important in the NFL or any sports arena. But they also correlate to our significance in the kingdom of God. It is something that if we take hold of we can spread to others as a plumb line to where we are with Christ.

The importance of knowing your assignment. We have to hold our ground for the kingdom. This is a spiritual battle that we are fighting. Satan is the opponent and we are on the winning team.  YOU ARE PERTINENT TO THE BATTLE BEING FOUGHT. We always talk about it and we say it but do we truly treat our POSITION as such?  Do you know that you have a significant position in the EARTH–that what you are doing right now is the most important thing you can do for the Kingdom of God.

How do we know our assignment? Romans 12:4-5 – We all are connected as ONE just as the football team is connected to each other… We all have a part to do. The enemy wants to divert us away from our assignment because if that is done- we can be defeated.

We must know the Importance of Staying in Position. Our text reads, “Each man held his place around the camp.” This can also be translated as, “He held his place or his position”. These men knew where they needed to be.  Can you imagine if the left tackle left his post and tried to do what the running back was meant to do? Who would block for the running back- who would open the hole or block so no one would get through.  Every position is key in Christ’s kingdom. Your position is key in the entire plan.  No position is greater or less. They are all equal. We must know that we have to stay in position. No excuses.  *When position is not held we lose ground, momentum and a sense of accomplishment.

We must (Hold our Ground) commit to the assignment completely in order for it to be done correctly. WE HAVE TO BE ALL IN!! 

Judges 7:16-18 “Gideon divided the three hundred men into three companies: He gave each man a trumpet and an empty jar, with a torch in the jar. He said, “Watch me and do what I do. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly what I do. When I and those with me blow the trumpets, you also, all around the camp, blow your trumpets and shout, ‘For God and Gideon!

These men never questioned their assignment. Imagine being told you would be fighting a battle with a trumpet and a torch in a jar. Nevertheless, they were committed to the job – not their own agenda.  They didn’t know the size of the army they were going up against but they were committed to face and deal with it. Are we willing to face and deal with the obstacles that are before us or do we prioritize them based on the level of adversity?

Today I challenge you friend to hold your ground and keep pushing. Recognize that your assignment for the Kingdom of Christ is necessary.  You are someone that matters and can make a difference – no matter what you feel or what the enemy tries to whisper in your ear. You have a position! Take that and stand firm on it. Knowing that when you hold your position the enemy does not win.

Be encouraged…

 

Charles

 

 

“The Ultimate U turn” Matthew 6:14

For if you forgive others their trespasses (their reckless and willful sins), your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others (nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God), then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14

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Today I want to briefly talk about forgiveness and how important it is for and to us as followers of Jesus Christ. Family, forgiveness is a must!

The image above depicts “U Turn OK”. We have all seen these signs which let us know we are able to turn around and go in another direction.  They are necessary because we can and will make mistakes while driving. I know I can attest to this. Plenty of times I have been traveling in one direction when I realized I was going the wrong way or had missed my turn and needed to find a place where I could turn around.  To know you are going in the wrong direction and not do anything about, well, is insanity. We can never reach our destination if we ignore the signs instructing us to go another way. Similarly, Christ offers us the ability to forgive those who have wronged us, which is a change of direction in mindset.

With forgiveness we must make a conscientious effort to forgive when we are wronged or are on the wrong path.   Some people feel if they forgive someone for a wrong they have done that person is off the hook. Negative friend. Forgiveness frees you and allows you the ability to breathe again without heaviness on your shoulders. Nine times out of ten- we (including myself) have wronged or demonstrated wrong behavior. Jesus Christ demonstrates the ultimate U-turn. He died for our sins that we did and will commit. If He has allowed us the ability to do a U-turn for our transgresses, then how much more should we extend the same invitation?  The thing I love about forgiveness is that it is what I like to call, “ONE SIZE FITS ALL.”  There is no need to try to size it up with the situation family, Christ has given us all the same amount of grace to forgive All.

I know you’re probably wondering, Charles what are you saying? I am saying that forgiveness is extended to all the same way and God is not a respecter of persons.  The scripture tells us, “For if you forgive others their trespasses (their reckless and willful sins), your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)”

He has commanded us to forgive in order to be forgiven. I am convinced that when we forgive it releases blessings and principals for us to help navigate through this world- if we look at it with the right perspective.

  • Forgiveness is a lifestyle that we must walk in as believers.
  • We must forgive ALL.
  • Forgiveness is a transaction or the transferring of a thing.
  • Forgiveness is necessary for our heart to be clean and aligned with Christ.

The principal of forgiveness being a lifestyle that we must walk in, teaches us that we must make a conscientious effort to be forgiving. A lifestyle means it is a way we live. Not just momentarily but making the effort to put in the work.

We must forgive all because this allows us to be able to be an example for others. This is how we can be used to help others to change directions for the better.  Forgiveness requires that we change our mindset and move past our own hurt and thoughts; it is a sacrifice. And sacrifice always cost something. It is putting aside or laying something down -in this case we must lay “self” down.

When we say forgiveness is a transaction or the “transferring of a thing” it means that we are exchanging what is deserved for grace and mercy. Christ was the ultimate model of a “U-turn” when HE exchanged guilt for grace with us. That was a serious transaction where we received the better end of the deal. So if it is hard for you to forgive others think on the price that was paid for you.

Forgiveness is a requirement for us to be on one accord with Christ Jesus and align ourselves with Him.  If our heart is not clean then how can we forgive?  In order to forgive we must examine our hearts and consider the love Christ as more paramount than the offence.  Remember His word says for us to “Forgive seventy times seven.”

We can do this family. U-turns are not just allowed, they are essential in order to change direction. With a change of direction we are able to change our hearts and mind, giving us the freedom to share the love of Christ to all.

 

Be encouraged

Charles