Glory Days!

We all know this term. Most of us have heard the song Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen. In fact, almost every one of us can tell a “Glory Day” story about our lives! My definition of Glory Days is this: “The past that once was, but no longer is.” These are times in our lives when everything seems to be going right. But, you know, sometimes our Glory Days don’t seem like such glory days when we are in the middle of them. For example, intense football practices every day are not so glorious. Winning state? Now, that is glorious. Long hours working at a job - not so glorious. Getting a promotion and a big raise - glorious! You see, this is the thing about Glory Days: you don’t even realize you are IN your glory days when you are living your glory days!

I have news for you, Church! The glory days are yet to come, and they have not passed us by! I don’t know about you, but I believe what the Bible says. Isaiah prophesied that the whole earth will be filled with the Glory!

God told Moses, “all the earth shall be filled with the Glory of the Lord.” That is yet to come.

Paul said in Ephesians that the riches of His glory IS for the inheritance of His saints. That is us! Get excited, Champions! Be expecting! Champions are always striving toward a goal and setting high expectations. There is not any team, anywhere that ever starts a season expecting to lose. They expect the next season to be better than the last.

Church, we should expect the next season of our lives to be better than the last season of our lives. We should expect the next day to be better than yesterday. Raise your expectancy bar to a higher level. Expect the Glory Days in every day of your life! The Glory Days are now. We’ve been equipped with everything we need to walk in the Glory Days. The goodness of God is upon us. Healing, prosperity, peace, joy - all the benefits of God are ours. All these benefits working in our lives will bring forth the ability to reach the lost! It is God’s desire that not one person shall perish, but that we all will come into the kingdom of God. Glory Days!

Champions, we must decide! Today, we must decide that we will not let the Glory Days pass us by. We must determine that no matter what “curve ball” is thrown our way, we will choose to walk in the benefits that God has so strategically placed in our lives. What do I mean by strategically placed? The Word of God tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (MSG)

You know what that means to me? No matter what you are going through, God has strategically placed a way in your life to come out of what you are going through. He not only wants you to come out of what you are going through, but come out of it Gloriously! Praise God!

Sing it with me, Champions, “Glory Days, well, they’ll pass you by…” WAIT! No! Let’s rewrite that song. “Glory Days, well, they’ll NOT pass me by. Glory days, in an instant upon my life. Living every day, in the Glory Days!”

Join me next time as I share with you the D’s of the Devil that try to steal your Glory Days.

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment
Be The One Part 5

Hey Champions,

Today, we are going to start in Luke with the story of the ten lepers. This story illustrates how God is calling all of us to Be the One and how we mix action with faith to do so. Once again, if you are reading this blog for the first time, read the four posts before today to catch up with where we are!

Luke 17:12-19

12: Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood far off.

13: And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14: So, when He saw them, He said to them “go, show yourselves to the priest.” And so, it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16: and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17: So, Jesus answered and said, “were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”

18: “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”

19: And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” (whole)

Going with the theme that God has placed on our heart, we see ten lepers here who cried out to Jesus to Be the One that received their healing. Jesus heard their cry and asked them to put action to their faith in Him healing them by going to “show yourselves to the priest.” So, again, we see faith mixed with action bringing forth healing because the scripture states that as they went, they were cleansed of the leprosy. All ten went forth and were cleansed. The leprosy was gone from their lives.

BUT, there was one! There was one who decided to come back and praise God for what He had done for him! You see, I believe - by study, prayer, leading of the Holy Spirit - that we are missing out on a big part of our life in God because we don’t yield enough to praise. Not “made up praise” but heartfelt praise. This ONE leper did, and he received a great reward in return for it! Jesus made him whole - shalom: nothing missing, nothing broken! He received it all back. Not just the cleansing from the leprosy, but wholeness in every area of life just because he chose to Be the One who praised and thanked God.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Choose to Be the One who praises God for His goodness in your life - for all He has done for you, for saving you, for the blessings surrounding you. Choose to Be the One who praises!

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment
Wait On the Lord

Dear Partners and Friends,

After spending time in study and prayer this morning, I really felt impressed to share this word with you all. I will be interrupting our blog series Be the One to give you what I really felt would be a blessing and an encouragement to you.

The Holy Spirit placed Psalms 27:14 on my heart this morning as I was praying for you.

Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.

Let’s take this scripture section by section and look at what God is saying to us. First, “wait on the Lord.” For most of us, our first thought on waiting on the Lord is to sit quietly “waiting” on Him in a time of prayer. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead you this way, but this waiting on the Lord can also can mean to “hope” in the Lord. The definition for hope is confident expectation. In other words, have a confident expectation in the Lord during any situations in life that may come along.

How do we gain a confident expectation? Spend time in His word, spend time in prayer, and speak His word - especially the word that we need for that very moment of our life. Most of the time waiting is not a passive situation. It is an aggressive pursuit of what God has promised you! In this waiting on the Lord, you have a confident expectation that you WILL receive the promise of God that you are standing for.

The next part of this verse states, “Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart.” I love this part because God is very direct in what we are to do here. Our move is to be of good courage. The definition of courage is a mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. So, in other words, the Lord is telling us to stand strong mentally and morally. Keep persevering forward, withstand fear, and withstand difficulties that may rise before you. You do this by waiting on Him! Waiting on Him with a confident expectation that He will bring you through this situation at hand. When we do this, God almighty Himself, will strengthen your heart! We don’t have to figure out how to strengthen ourselves, God will strengthen us!
At the end of this passage, the psalmist reminds us again: “Wait, I Say, on the Lord!” In my own paraphrase he is saying, “if you didn’t get it the first time, here it is again because this is very important part, you must wait on the Lord”.  Hope in the Lord! Have a confident expectation in the Lord.

I want to share this very same verse out of the Passion translation:

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord.  Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for He will never disappoint you!

Keep pressing forward, Champions! Keep holding onto to God and His word with a confident expectation that you will receive the end of your faith!

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment
Be the One Part 4

Hello Champions 4 Christ!

Today, we are going to continue with Be the One! If you are just joining Coach’s Corner, read the last three blogs to catch you up on what we have been talking about. We found out last time that to Be the One God has called you to be, you have to mix action with faith. The woman with the issue of blood had to hear about Jesus and then press through the crowd to get to Him. She put action with her faith. The moment she heard of Jesus, her faith in Him began. The moment she pressed through the crowd, she mixed action with her faith and received what Jesus had for her. She chose to be the one!  Any one of those many people could have been the one. They were right next to Jesus, but she was the only one in that multitude that day who was the one.

James 2:14, 17-18

14: What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?

17: Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

18: But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

In verse 18, James makes a bold champion statement. He’s saying, “We both say we have faith, but I will show you my faith by my works.” Work implies action. Another way we could read verse 18 is this: “But someone will say, “you have faith, and I have action, show me your faith without your action, and I will show you my faith by my action.”

James was telling us that you have to mix faith with action to bring forth the power!

It’s like making sweet tea to go with your meal. You have to mix sugar in your tea to make that tea sweet. You can pour that sugar in your tea but never mix it, and that sugar will sink to the bottom of your glass and your tea will remain unsweet. But, if you want the full benefits of the sweet tea, you have to mix that sugar in with the tea. You have to stir it up! You have to stir faith up by putting it into action in what you believe!

Action is the spoon to your faith - it stirs up your faith!

In the upcoming weeks, determine that you will put action to your faith. If you are believing God for more finances in your life, then speak the Word over your finances.  If you’re believing for better friends, then speak the word over your friendships. “I have the favor of God on my life, therefore, I am a friend and I have good friends.” Decide to be the one that steps out on God’s Word, holds onto it, puts action with it, and keeps moving forward until you reach your goal.

- Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment