Category Archives: Winner

Disappointed, Yes; Downcast, Never!

The results of the election are not in.  States are still counting ballots.  The demonstrated disposition of the electorate is clear.  The frustrations and anxiety of black and brown people around police brutality, race relations, and inequity across the country is insignificant.  The sentiment that the economic turnaround can be achieved in the midst of a crippling pandemic seems naive.  Still, the results bear the fact that in spite of all of the exposed lies, the visible corruption, the restrained racist rhetoric, America still seems to cling to this warped president’s leadership.  
Does it matter how many people died as a result of the pandemic, how divided we are as a nation or how angry his political adversaries are?   The answer may be reflected in the result of the election and if the president loses, the result of several civil lawsuits and financial rulings against him.  
Posturing and gamesmanship have brought us to this point with two daunting destinies pending:  four more years of fascist inept administrative performance or a Biden presidency fraught with no majority in either the House or the Senate.  
Quiet down before God,
    be prayerful before him.
Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder,
    who elbow their way to the top.
 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
    cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
    God-investors will soon own the store.
Before you know it, the wicked will have had it;
    you’ll stare at his once famous place and—nothing!
Down-to-earth people will move in and take over,
    relishing a huge bonanza.
Bad guys have it in for the good guys,
    obsessed with doing them in.
But God isn’t losing any sleep; to him
to him they’re a joke with no punch line.    [Psalm 37: 7-13 MSG.]  feel free to reflect on the whole Psalm!

. . . to the Victors

4For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4 [The Amplified Bible]
57But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57 [The Amplified Bible]
You have already won!
You have been adopted into the Family of the King! You have an inheritance that no one can steal or ruin!
No matter what the world has to say about it, you win!
But we often don’t act like we have won
1] You must take on the persona of a Winner
We are often like the homeless man walking railroad tracks . . .
He was stopped by a train gang but he retorted “You can’t stop me from walking on these tracks, I got a ticket . . . “
The gang leader said “let me see that”
“This doesn’t authorize you to walk on these tracks, this is a first class ticket! You could sit on the train, rest yourself and check your bag while you eat in the dining car! People would wait on you hand and foot.”
We fail to realize the privilege of being adopted into royalty. We act like beggars when we have every opportunity to press our way in and place our petition in front of the King!
The world is going to try to beat you down;
Your friends are going to treat you like a stepchild.
We cannot act as the world does, much as they appear to have no hope.
The winner knows that he has won with the quiet confidence and assurance of victory. Not in-your-face, but knowing that if not for the Lord who provides the victory and surely the team, no victory is won.
2] You must take on the purpose of a Winner
Caleb’s purpose was to enter the promised land and he completely disregarded the obstacles and enemies placed before him and kept his purpose. Forty years later he was 85 with the same strength and will to enter and receive his inheritance. [Joshua 14] As it was for him so it is now for us.
Winners keep their eyes on the prize – the prizes we receive are the great and wonderful promises He has given us, they are written throughout the Bible. The writer of Hebrews says by faith and patience we inherit the promises [6:12]
Several Bible Heroes have had their names changed. The change denoted not just their recognition of God in their life, but an acceptance of a new nature so Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, The Babylonians tried to change Daniel’s name to Belteshazzar. Saul became Paul. The Lord promises the overcomers new names that no one else knows or understands! A pet name from the Lord of Lords!
Hence we have a promise that I would like to formalize with you all now:
17He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it. [The Amplified Bible]
Revelation Chapter 2