Champions look beyond the hurt.
Relentless is an amazing gift that God gives his Kingdom. It is going beyond your circumstances. Not letting circumstances dictate or dominate your situation. It is the understanding that you are going to stay the course no matter comes your way. Relentlessness is something that you have to have and you can only get it through Jesus Christ. When something goes wrong, you need to stay the course. You need a solid foundation.
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. 48 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.” 49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. “Greetings, Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss. 50 Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.” Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. Matthew 26:47-50
52 “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? 54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?” 55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:52-56
There is a big difference between a believer and a disciple. Jesus did not just call us to be believers. You know you need Jesus. Jesus didn’t die for you just to be a believer. Jesus didn’t die for you and me to be a fan. Jesus didn’t die for you and me to be spectators. Jesus died for you.
We are part of God’s unshakable Kingdom.
We are broken every day and we are broken every week. There are times when everything shakes in your life. You will go through shakable and destructible moments that you will wonder where God is. How do we make a difference? You do not make a difference with talent. Talent is a dime a dozen. Everybody has it. We are not here to be on “America’s Got Talent”. We are here to preach the unshakable, indisputable, unbeatable, undefeatable, word and message of a God that is all loving and all powerful. To many times we forget about the power of God. We get all caught up at looking at all the circumstances in our life. You need to stop for a second and know who God is. When you know who God is then you will know who you are. Too many people do not know who God is.
26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. 28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire. Hebrews 12:26-29
The unshakeable kingdom of God is not a kingdom that complains and cries and whines and whimpers and settles for anything less than what God has for you. Satan can attack anything that we try to attempt in our lives. There is one thing that Satan cannot attack. He can never touch or attack the glory of the unshakable God. The more you concentrate on who God is the more you will praise him. You exist to discover who God is.
Champions see miracles where others see obstacles.
What makes a person go and do what makes absolutely no sense? When Joshua saw the walls of Jericho he saw a miracle of God. He did not know how God was going to do it. There was no hesitation. He knew that he had to march through the door that God had opened.
8 After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the rams’ horns started marching in the presence of the LORD, blowing the horns as they marched. And the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant followed behind them. 9 Some of the armed men marched in front of the priests with the horns and some behind the Ark, with the priests continually blowing the horns. 10 “Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So the Ark of the LORD was carried around the town once that day, and then everyone returned to spend the night in the camp. 12 Joshua got up early the next morning, and the priests again carried the Ark of the LORD. Joshua 6:8-12
20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it. Joshua 6:20
“If God be for you, then who be against you?” The walls were invincible. But that is not the story. The story was obeying God. God did for them what they could not do for themselves. Joshua 6:20
Champions are not normal people.
They do things in a very different way. What God may ask will sometimes make no sense to you. Deuteronomy 29:29 29 “The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions. There secret thing in our life that we do not know but God knows. When God opens the door to the unknown, fear will make you stay safe. It is your faith that will make you walk through the door. God will open a door that will challenge you. God is going to take us to places we have never been before. We will do things that we have never done before.
3 You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. 4 Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. 5 When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” Joshua 6:3-5
God will ask you to do things that are uncomfortable and unpredictable. Do you know your role in the Kingdom? Will you walk through the door or will you play it safe?
Champions know who is in charge.
There is a path that God wants you to take. It is following where God leads. God will take you to a sea and He will want you to cross that sea. You will not cross the sea by staring at the water or by just watching go by. God will take us to places that we do not want to go to. This will help us to do things that we have never done. God is all about transformation. God is constantly transforming you. God is constantly challenging you. He is taking you to deeper waters even if you want to stay by the shore where it is safe. How do we become adventurous? People who never hope will never dare. Why is it that we want to resurrect yesterday’s problems? Leave them in yesterday’s coffins. If you bring back yesterday’s problems you will lose the spirit of tomorrows adventures. It is time to stop thinking about yesterday’s problems and let them go away.
13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?” 14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the LORD’s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” 15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. Joshua 5:13-15
Are you ready to be the adventurous worrier? You must not go without God leading you. Without the blessing of God you will fail. We get in trouble when we do not know our role. Do you know your role? Are you letting God lead the way? Before you go into your adventure, make sure everything is right with the Lord!
Champions step out in guaranteed uncertainty.
God will take you to place that you don’t want to go to. He will take you to places that you will try and avoid. The enemies of this kingdom are strong but they are not as strong as our King. Will you let God take you where he wants to take you? Even if it means He takes you where you want to go? Do you know how hard it is to say “I surrender”? I surrender mean that you will go where He takes you.
22 “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, Acts 20:22
Have you ever been prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something that makes absolutely no sense? Does that mean when you do it that it is going to be great? Does that mean that when the Holy Spirit is telling you to do something it is all figured out and will all be safe? We are eternal creatures and why are we holding on to temporary moments? God placed eternity in your hearts. Why are we holding on to temporary small moments? God is bigger than a temporary small moment.
Champions are prompted by the spirit.
Movements create casualties. You may be a casualty in what you are doing for God. There is a lot of us that are either waiting for a miracle, avoiding a miracle or you are going to become part of the miracle that God uses in other people’s lives. Persistence is not what you need to start the race. It is inspiration and motivation that you need to start the race. What do you need to have to finish the race? It is persistence that helps you finish the race.
18 When they arrived he declared, “You know that from the day I set foot in the province of Asia until now 19 I have done the Lord’s work humbly and with many tears. I have endured the trials that came to me from the plots of the Jews. 20 I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly or in your homes. 21 I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, Acts 20:18-22
Persistence is the determination to never allow the adversity and the uncertainty in your life to sap out the energy and enthusiasm you need to finish strong. It is a 2000 mile marathon. It is not going to be a 20 yard race. There will be moments when you will not want to wake up. There will be moments where you will want to throw in the towel. We are too quick to quit. Yes, there are obstacles. Obstacles are not there to make you quit. Obstacles are there to make you find another way to get it done in the name of Jesus Christ. When you quit and stop you have put yourself in a place where nothing is going to happen. You will never stumble on greatness by just sitting down and doing nothing. You have to get up and persist when everything in your nature says quit. Are you going to persist or are you going to quit?
Champions fight in the Spirit.
What giant is whispering in your ears and keeping you from doing what you need to do. You must remember that all things are possible in Christ. What helps you move in the middle of your danger? This is a spiritual battle. It is about God and his enemy.
43 “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.44 “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.
45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17:43-47
Every fight that you have is a spiritual battle. It is all in the spiritual warfare. You must not be a victim in the spiritual battle but a victor in Christ. David was anointed and Goliath was not. Are you in the power of God? Has he anointed you? Do you understand that you are anointed or are you to busy looking at the giant?
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.