Sunday, March 6, 2011
I LOVE the movie, Remember The Titans. Do you remember it? Denzel Washington is in charge of taking a black football team & a white football team & meld them into one. At that time in our nation's history, an seemingly impossible task. BUT, he does it. He some how gets them to stop fighting amongst themselves & become one. There wasn't a "magic" formula, but one thing is certain. If they were going to become one team, they would have to "change the way we run, change the way we eat, change the way we tackle, change the way we WIN..."
That resonates with my Spirit. Yes, I want to WIN. I want VICTORY!
1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
I am promised victory through Jesus Christ in His Word.
I want victory for my children. I want them to be wholly devoted to God & his commandments.
I want victory for my fellow sisters & brothers in Christ.
I want victory for you.
Remember, in the movie, their victory came with great sacrifice. We, as Christians, are called to sacrifice, as well. Pick up your cross & follow Him daily. Paul said, "To live is Christ & to die is gain."
Remember, the young men came to "football practice" with preconceived notions of the truth. They all truly believed that they were enemies. They had never really been shown anything different. Even the coaches were at odds for a time. They had to be shown, through their experience together, that they were wrong.
Isn't our Christian walk like that? We have these notions. We truly believe them. We'll fight about them. But are they based on truth?
The only truth is God's Word. There really is no such thing as "your truth & my truth". It doesn't even make sense.
I have this feeling that we've been told some things for so long that we just believe it. As Christians, we must dig into His Word & SEE with our heart what His ideas are.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him & He shall direct your path.
The Israelites had been enslaved for hundreds of years. They were born into slavery. Did their parents & grandparents talk about God? Did they tell the stories of what it was like to be free? Yes.
Do we talk about what it was like to be free? WHAT?!? We're not free? We're being enslaved right before our very eyes. The shackles are so subtle, we barely feel them slipping around our wrists. But they are there.
Remember, if we want victory, we may have to change the way we run, change the way we eat, change the way we block, change the way we win...
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it
- George Santayana
In His Grip,
Daniel & Laura