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I was watching my grandson Cory play softball one day and of course he was the BEST on the team. During the game, while he wasn’t playing of course, my mind started to wander and wander. Those boys were learning how to play a game, they were learning the rules. The boys were learning how to follow instructions, recognizing the coach’s voice and the voices of the fellow teammates and fans. They were part of a team. They each had a position to play and each one of them was needed to make the team complete. Each member of the team was assigned a position to play. Each boy had the same goal in mind – TO WIN. Each boy wanted to make a play that would make everyone cheer and help the team win. I don’t know much about the game of softball, but I do know that you must always be in position to receive the ball and know what to do with it once you have it. The boys were learning which way to throw, when to run, when to walk, and when to stop.
The boys were learning how to deal with the enemy, the other team. The other team had the same goal and they had to have someone to stop them from scoring. Everyone had a different position to play when the enemy was trying to score…
The very same night, Jana taught on “Being in Position to Receive.” Well, my mind started comparing the softball game to the spiritual battle that we are engaged in each and every day.
- There are two teams. Both wanting to win.
- Each person has a certain position to play to provide the team with the ability to win.
- In order to win, every player must know the rules, they need to be ready at all times to catch the ball and know exactly what to do with it then.
- They need to recognize the coach’s voices and follow their instructions.
- They can be an MVP but God has the reward not man.
- Don’t hog the ball.
Is this speaking to anyone? I see the Holy Spirit pitching, throwing the Word over and over and over and over. Someone behind home plate usually catches the ball more than anyone else. Could the catcher be the one behind the altar? The one behind the catcher is a man keeping score telling you what happens when you don’t hit the ball saying, “One more and you’re out…” Thank God, our referee, Jesus, is forgiving and gives us another chance. BUT we must follow the rules. We must know how to recognize and follow our coaches instructions. Our referee is fair and never makes a bad call. He also says that the enemy never makes a fair play and always play dirty
The batter is the one that can hit the ball and hope that it will not end up in the enemy’s hands. The one who can make contact with the Word and send it sailing, then take off running to score for God’s team…. The players that are in the dugout are resting up, listening to the coaches instructions and getting ready to move when the coach yells “Batter Up”. Ready to move with enthusiasm, with excitement and joy. Proud to be representing His team, his fellow teammates, and his coach.
Think about your position. Are you catching the Word, then throwing it to the next base in order to defeat the enemy. Or are you just holding it, wondering what to do with it, letting the enemy trample all over you? When it’s your turn to bat, are your eyes on the Word, ready to swing, ready to run, ready to win, or are you wishing that after the fourth time of hearing the Word, that you can walk to the next base. How excited are you about winning the game? Are you just hanging out in the dugout or are you studying the opponents tactics? When you make a mistake, do you quit or play to the finish? Do you listen to the coach or are you listening to the applause? Do you know your team members, the positions they play, and can you recognize the enemy? Do you have the right equipment to protect yourself, to run and to win? Do you recognize the coach’s voice? When you hear someone say, RUN, do you know where the command is coming from? Don’t let the fans (peers) tell you what to do, listen to the coach…
Thank God for our Victory in Christ. We know we have the Victory, but each day we come against the enemy. He is always trying to steal a base, to strike us out, or to send us back to the dugout. But we know the score, we have the Victory and as the enemy throws the curve ball, we will respond.
After playing softball for a season, then we can start playing hard ball. Whenever the Word is thrown with might and power, the enemy will have to get out of the way. If the Word hits him, he will be knocked down and when he gets up, he will want to change teams.
The coach says: “Look, the bases are loaded and whenever that last ball is hit, whenever the last person hears the Word, the GRAND SLAM…Revival Time..Everyone come on Home..!!”