The Standard

Dear Partners and Friends,

Have you ever felt like everything was coming in on you all at once? Have you ever felt like you take one step forward in God and a situation drives you back two steps? Sometimes in our daily lives, it seems like the enemy has come in on us like a flood trying to overtake everything.

But, God has provided a scripture in His word to stand on concerning the enemy coming in so strongly.

Isaiah 59: 19

So, shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

This very scripture tells you that there will be seasons in life when the enemy will try to come in on you, overtake you, and just “flood” you out! It may seem that a massive number of things are rising up against you, but his is a tactic that the enemy will use to keep you from staying connected to God and His promises. We, here in Oklahoma, have just recently gone through this very thing naturally watching nightly news and seeing whole towns being covered by water. We know people personally whose houses were flooded, and we watched as they had to be evacuated by boat. We have friends who had cattle lost in the flood. We have been standing daily for the rain to stop so people would not have to endure any more signs of flooding on their property. Very real situations in life! Looking back now, I have a greater revelation of Isaiah 59:19.  

See, Champs, there will be times in life that we will have to stand against the flood that the enemy will bring our way; but no matter what, during that time of the “flood”, we have God on our side. The word of God tells us that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall hold up a standard against him (the enemy). So, in the midst of the storm we can know that we have every right to call upon the Lord, call upon the Holy Spirit, use the name of Jesus and apply His blood because God has set forth that standard!

The word standard is the Hebrew word Qep, and it means to make a way to flee, escape, depart from in such a way that the flood vanishes away. In other words, when the enemy comes in like a flood, God has a way for you to flee, escape, depart from and to vanish away that situation. He uses the Holy Spirit to lift up the way of escape. But, we have a part to play. When the enemy is trying to flood us out, we have to lift up our eyes and voice to God and look for that escape in Him. That escape is not in what we see, not in the natural light of things, but just purely standing on His word in Isaiah 59:19. Know that God has sent the Holy Spirit to lift up a way of escape from the floods of life. 

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment

Happy Thursday, Partners and Friends! 

Today is the day that the Lord has made; I choose to rejoice and be glad in it! This is a great day to serve the Lord and thank Him for all He has done for us in our lives. Thank Him for the big and little things He has done for us! Forever thanking God for the life He entrusted us with.

Jack Hayford said this, We should strive to be the best we can be and to reach the highest level we can reach. To do less is to be unfaithful stewards of life entrusted to us.What is the highest level we can reach in life? 

In Genesis 1:27, the word tells us that God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him - male and female. Think about that! God created us out His very own self! He created us to be like Him. We are the only creature that has a spirit, soul, and body. We are the only creature that has a speaking spirit, just like God. In Genesis 1, God spoke, “let there be light” and there was light. That is the image that we were created in! God spoke - we speak. The sky is the limit in God and His image. 

So, going back to what Jack Hayford said, we should strive to be the best and reach the highest level we can reach. All of this is possible because we were created in the image of God.

Champions, many times we limit the dream God has placed in our hearts for our lives because we put our faith in ourselves and not in God and how he created us to be. It does not say in Genesis 1:27 that we were created with lack! It states that we were created in God’s image, and that means no lack. There is no lack in God, thus, there is no lack in the ability in us to do what God has called us to do. In God and His image, the highest levels can be reached.

God has entrusted us with one life here upon the earth. He has placed each one of us here for a purpose and a reason.  To not fulfill that purpose and reason in life is to be an unfaithful steward of the time God has given you for your journey here upon the earth. Oh, yes! If you are saved, you will continue forth with your journey in heaven; but God has called us to a place called earth to fulfill a mission while we are here. 

So, do not let low-level-devils tell you that you are not capable, you are not smart enough, pretty enough or have enough money to complete what God has placed on your heart. Remember: YOU are created in the image of God. In His image, there are no mistakes, only perfection. There is no lack, only provision. There is no doubt, only faith. Look at yourself, the way God sees you: in His Image, just like Him.   

In closing, look back at the statement by Jack Hayford, “We should strive to be the best we can be and to reach the highest levels we can reach. To do less is to be unfaithful stewards of the life entrusted to us.” Champions, we have been entrusted with one life upon this earth. So, let’s reach for the highest levels in Him and His calling upon our lives. We can do this! We were created in His image. Change our image to match His image and strive forward!

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment

Hello Champion Partners and Friends!

We are going to begin today’s blog with a scripture found in the book of Romans. I love Romans because it is a Champion’s book. Everything Jesus did to save us, set us free, and help us to become a Champion for Him in everyday life is found in that book. It contains an order that God established since the foundation of the world. It also contains a process of development as we walk through life finding out who we are in Christ. This book is so full of  revelation knowledge of what God did for us through Jesus’ blood so that we may be victorious.

Today, Champions, we are going to look at Romans 5:8-9. This scripture states:

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Glory to God!  Even when we were sinners, God so loved us that He sent His son to die for us.  Think about that. Even in our worst state in life, our position of unworthiness, God loved us!  Can you say that about yourself? Do you love others who are different from you? Do you love others who have done wrong to you? God did. He was so rich in His mercy and love toward us that He gave His son for us.

Ephesians 2:4-5 tells us:

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

God so loved us that He made us part of His family. We are part of a Champion family!

We are not only Champion members of a Champion family; we, through Jesus’s blood, have been justified. Justified is a very legal term and in God’s legal system. Jesus’ blood legally justified us without us having to do anything other than to lift up our voice and confess Jesus as our savior.  

The Greek word for justified is dikaiow and it means to render righteous, just and free. In other words, through Jesus’s blood we are in right standing with God!  Not only are we in right standing with God, we became the righteous ones in Christ Jesus. We are just, and we are set free!

What are we set free from? The wrath of hell. Praise God! But wait, Champs. Not only are we set free from going to hell, we are set free from the wrath of the adversary’s advancements against us in our day to day life. Praise God! That’s what the blood of Jesus does for us! It makes us a Champion in Jesus through His blood every day of our lives and for eternity.

Today, I plead the blood of Jesus over our partners and friends, and I thank you that every day they grow stronger in their relationship with You, Lord. Thank you that they develop a greater revelation of their justification in You, and they walk in the victories You have provided in Jesus’s blood.

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment

Hello Partners and Friends!

Today we are going to talk about the word boldness. The Webster Dictionary gives the definition of boldness as not afraid of danger or difficult situation. The Greek word for boldness is parrhsia, which means to have a freedom in speaking, an unreservedness in speech, an all -out spokenness with an assured confidence.

As Champions 4 Christ, we are called to a place of boldness in Him. Most Christians have a desire to be a bolder Christian - one who is not afraid to declare God and His word in their lives.  But, that desire is easier said than done when we are faced with the world around us speaking the opposite of what God is saying.

But, Champions, we have hope! We can be bold in every situation that comes our way because God has equipped us with this boldness. It is not in ourselves that we are bold; it’s in Him that boldness arises.  

In Ephesians 3:11-12 (KJV), the word tells us: “According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” The Message Version of the same two scriptures says it like this: “All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.” 

See, according to these two verses, all this has been accomplished for us by God in Christ Jesus. In other words, we don’t have to be bold in ourselves; our boldness is found in Christ Jesus.  God gave us access to Himself through Christ Jesus, and He gave us boldness to go out and conquer every situation because of who we are in Christ Jesus. So, no longer can we use the words “I can’t”, because you can in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:12 tells us this: Your boldness and confidence comes through your faith in Jesus, faith in His word, faith in His promises, faith in His blood and in His name. This is good news, Champions! We don’t have to rely on ourselves to be bold! We rely on Christ for that boldness. So, as He was bold, we are bold.  As He was confident, we are confident because of our faith in Him.

Father, I thank you for my wonderful partners and friends. Thank you that as they go forward this week, they are surrounded with your love and covered in your blood of protection. Thank you that they walk in a boldness and confidence like never before because of who they are in Christ Jesus. We praise you and give you all the glory! Amen.

-Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment