Staying in the Game

Staying in the Game

I have never been much of a sports enthusiast.  Don’t get me wrong: I love a side-line brawl and an elbow to the face as much as the next guy.  As it is, football was just never really my thing.  I grew up around it.  My dad and brothers are loyalists.  My son is a loyalist.

I did learn a little bit about football growing up and I even managed to pick up a few keys pointers.  No matter how you play the game in order to catch the ball the receiver has to be in position.  The coach calls the play, they set off in a mad dash, and the quarterback expects the receiver to be in position to catch the ball that he is so eager to free himself of.  If the receiver read the game book and followed the play he will have positioned himself properly to receive the ball.  If the receiver is not in position to catch the ball it gets pretty ugly.

Isn’t life a little like that game?  Read the game book, look to the quarterback for direction, and position yourself to receive the ball – the blessing of the game?  Failure to read the playbook, taking your eyes off the quarterback, and not positioning yourself to receive those blessings send us straight to the bench and back to the practice field. We have to position ourselves to receive God’s Blessings! 

The greatest revelation of your life is hiding in the greatest trial of your life.  The question for our lives should not be when will hard times come, but how will I respond to them?  We cannot control what comes our way in life, but how we respond to it will determine whether we go forward or backward.  

Imagine a fumbled football.  Does the fumbler stomp off and pout?  Do he let the fumbled ball lay on the field?  No, of course not, he fights for it!  The coach said that if we are faithful and follow him we can have that ball (the blessing of the game).  We get back in the huddle, admit our shortcomings, look to the coach for direction, and get repositioned.  Here are some practical ways we can get repositioned:

1)  Go where God tells you to go. Geographically, spiritually, and mentally obey Gods direction; you must be where God told you to be in order to get what He promised to give you.  God has a commanded blessing looking for you, it may have flown over your head a dozen times, but it won’t land until you’re in position. Consider 1 Kings when God told Elijah to go east to the brook Cherith and the ravens would feed him there.  If Elijah decided to go West instead of East like God had said those poor ravens would have gathered all that food for nothing and Elijah would not have been in a position to be blessed.

2)  You must believe the time is now.  You must believe its harvest time, you must believe it is time for salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, and miracles.  You must believe in what God says!   Praise God as if you are receiving those blessings now.  Don’t wait to praise!

3)  You must give God the latitude to use whatever means he chooses to get the blessing to you.  Jesus healed by many different methods, to reject the method he was using at the time would have been to reject the healing.  It was a dirty bird that delivered Elijah’s Food.  Jesus used a spit mud pie to heal the blind.  

You must do what God says to do – even if you don’t want to, even if you disagree, even if it does not make sense to you.  Do what God says to do.  John 2:5 gives us some great guidance: “Do whatever He tells you”.  

Often times, we are out of position to receive God’s blessings.  Most of the time it is because we do not heed God’s desire for our lives.  God wants to bless us.  We are His people and He is our God.  God is not out to get us.  His desire is not to see you suffer and to bring you hard times.  God loves you and sent His Son to this world to die so that we can be saved and reconciled to Him.  Everyone.  Not just a few and not just the good.  God has not left us or abandoned us.

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What's it going to take?

What's it going to take?