Champions are trained to do extraordinary things in isolated places.
Boldness is moving in the middle of fear. God wants us to be bold because God is a Bold God. God wants his children to be bold. Where are you right now? Every one of you has a streak of boldness in you. Not everyone will use the boldness. What is the one thing in your life that is making you hesitate? What is the one thing that knocked on your door that took you back to hesitation? Satan intimidates with the past in your life. He intimidates with your fears. Fear that is destructive is not of God. Do you start well but then don’t finish? Every one of us has a giant in our lives. There is something that is holding you captive. It is time to receive Christ! What made David Bold? It was the anointing of God. What is it about us that we want to be the extraordinary person around people? It is time for us to ask God what you want from me.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” 33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”1 Samuel 17:32-37
When Jesus Christ comes into this world and dies on the cross for us, the veil tears and God’s presence is available to everyone. The anointing is for everyone. It is for you. You need to learn the mentality of being fearless.
Champions need guidance.
Jesus doesn’t come in and tell you what to do and walks away. He says “I am Jesus and let Me show you”. Now let Me teach you and coach you and bring you into the light. I will surround you with people that will walk with you and the body of Christ will always be with you.
6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Acts 9:6-9
You will never be alone. Jesus is not one to condemn you. The real Jesus is the one to guide you.
Champions need a conversion.
Too many of us think that we are under qualified in God’s eyes. Why do we think this way? This is the one thing that Satan uses to keep you in the boat. Failure is the one characteristic that we hide. We take a temporary condition and make it permanent in our lives. God can use our failure but we dwell in it. You hear the lie and then you accept it. You say “God can’t use me because I am a failure”. Satan takes that message and perverts it. He makes you feel unusable. Have you rejected yourself?
9 Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. 3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Acts 9:1-5
All of us fail, fall and make mistakes. Will you take the courage to look past that or will you dwell on it? Will you replay the label that you have been given. Will you look past the labels?
Champions do what doesn’t make sense.
Who does this? It is the people of passion or people who have something to fight for. Why does Jesus get on the cross?
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” 5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. Luke 5:4-7
Do you ever say “this does not make sense”? Jesus wants alone time with you to talk to you. He will take you to the deeper waters. It is not what He tells you it is who is in the boat with you! If Jesus tells you to do something that makes no sense, then you need to do it. How does God get us to go where we don’t want to go? He does this by pushing us. Is he pushing your right now? Is he pushing you in the opposite direction of your 10 year plan? God has an eternal plan that is better than your 10 year plan. The greatest moments in your life happen in the deep waters alone with Jesus Christ!
Champions are sought and recruited.
Passion is a great equalizer to your lack of talent. Passion does not seek a song; it seeks something to sing about. The most passionate soldiers, players are the ones that work hard not because what they are against but it is what they are fighting for. You may hate the devil but you need to love Jesus more.
5 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” Luke 5:1-4
When you fight against darkness you will deal with a lot of difficulties in your life. If you do not have passion in your life, you will quit. You need to have passion and Jesus in your life.
God wants to move you forward.
If winning is a moment so is losing. The biggest difference between the ordinary and extraordinary and the average and above average is not the talent that they have. The biggest difference is how you respond to failure. If you understand that failure is a moment then you will move forward. If you think that failure is eternal then you will get stuck and you will not go anywhere.
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
Pressing toward the Goal
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:7-14
We all want our children to win. But they can’t always win. We must realize that failure is more common than success. If it is more common then we need to train our children for failure. Some of you are thinking that this is not good. But if we can train our children that failure is just a moment then they will continue to get up and walk forward. That is the key to the blessing that God has for you. You need to keep moving forward.
Our minds are polluted with the patterns of this world.
The biggest issue men have is the fear of failure. We try to cover it up. There are two types of people. There are non-believers and there are believers. There is a big difference between winning and being victorious. There is a bigger difference there than there is between winning and losing. We get caught up in the winning and losing. We need to get away from the winning and losing and get caught ups in the difference between winning and being victorious. What if I could prove to you today, through the word of God, that you can fail every day of your life and still be victorious. No matter how many times Satan goes into your life and takes something away from you, he is walking in defeat and he will never be victorious. Winning is a moment and victory is a movement.
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
The biggest mistake that you can make is treading a movement for a moment. Do not ever trade the eternal movement of God for a moment for you. Do not get caught up in the moment. Remember that Satan can have a moment but he can never have a movement. The difference is the empty tomb. The empty tomb created the movement. It is the movement that the pits of hell have not been able to stop. They will never ever be able to stop the movement of God.
Champions do not look at numbers.
When you take a stand, you will be attacked. Many of us are afraid to take a stand because we are afraid we are going to be attacked. So you live in the victimization of the attack before the attack has come. You never walk in faith and you live in defeat and wallow in depression. God tells you to take a stand.
Do not look to numbers to validate you. You need to look to God to validate you. God will never reject you.
2 The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. 3 Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who were willing to fight. 4 But the LORD told Gideon, “There are still too many! Bring them down to the spring, and I will test them to determine who will go with you and who will not.” 5 When Gideon took his warriors down to the water, the LORD told him, “Divide the men into two groups. In one group put all those who cup water in their hands and lap it up with their tongues like dogs. In the other group put all those who kneel down and drink with their mouths in the stream.” 6 Only 300 of the men drank from their hands. All the others got down on their knees and drank with their mouths in the stream. 7 The LORD told Gideon, “With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home.” Judges 7:2-7
God tells you that when you take a stand, I will stand with you. You will have a guaranteed victory at the end of this live with God. God is saying, “Follow Me”. He is waiting for you to take a stand.
Champions take a stand.
All of us are under qualified. God uses the under qualified. Faith is one of the greatest characteristics you can have. Faith does amazing things. If you are going to be a champion in Christ, then you have to have faith. Faith is the greatest equalizer in the world. Faith moves mountains. Faith parts seas. Faith stops the sun. Faith kills giants. A little faith will take your soul to heaven. An ounce of faith is greater than a ton of talent. D.L. Moody said, “a little faith will take you to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven down to you”. Do you want just a little faith that will take you to heaven or do you want a lot of faith that brings heaven down to you? It is a choice.
25 That night the LORD said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one that is seven years old. Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole standing beside it. 26 Then build an altar to the LORD your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”
27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD had commanded. But he did it at night because he was afraid of the other members of his father’s household and the people of the town.
28 Early the next morning, as the people of the town began to stir, someone discovered that the altar of Baal had been broken down and that the Asherah pole beside it had been cut down. In their place a new altar had been built, and on it were the remains of the bull that had been sacrificed. 29 The people said to each other, “Who did this?” And after asking around and making a careful search, they learned that it was Gideon, the son of Joash.
30 “Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.” Judges 6:25-30
The size of your faith is an indicator of the size of your God. If God is huge then your faith should be huge. Faith is the most contagious in this universe. People are waiting for someone to stand up and take a stand in the middle of all the difficulty that is going on in our life. Faith does not allow you to be a victim. You cannot live in victimization and have faith. If you live in faith you will always move toward victory. Do you have that faith?
Champions receive second chances.
How many of you feel that this is it? How many of you feel that there is no hope. Our God is a God of redemption and restoration. There is more to this story.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:6-8
God has called you and He comes to you. You have to know who God is. If you know that you are a sinner then you need to turn to God. God will say “here I am”. God is an intimate God. He sees you in your situation and He still calls you. God has called you and He comes to you. “Here I am”