This morning I was reading something online when God reminded me of a time in my past.
My friends and I were at a baseball game, it was the final game in a series. The team who won this game would be the champions for that season. It was the bottom of the eighth inning and every player was exhausted. It had been a tight game. A tough game. It was hard to watch.
Frankly, our team was behind. The other team seemed stronger and actually much better. This thought came to me. I thought, why not wildly cheer our team on? Let’s cheer for them like life depends on this game – let’s give it everything we got.
I shared this thought with my friends, and we began. We started shouting for our team, loudly and consistently. At first both teams looked at us like we were crazy but then something happened. Our team began to play better. It looked like they had been given a second wind. Suddenly, they couldn’t be stopped. We cheered and cheered until we could barely speak. As long as we shouted, they were winning. The tide had turned, and it turned because we began to cheer them on. It stirred something inside of them that was unstoppable. Not only that but it intimated the other side and brought them confusion. In the end, our team won the game.
I was young when this happened, it has been many years ago but today, I felt God gave me that lesson for such a time as this.
I was reading the letter from Dutch Sheets on todays Give Him 15. In it he shared a dream from a friend. As I read, God reminded me of this time at the baseball game. I am attaching the link to that article for you to read, if you choose.
I believe we are there – in the 8th inning and we can win this. One thing we must do is cheer one another on. We must encourage each other. We must refuse to spread negativity and fear and instead spread faith and encouragement. Remind one another of what God has said.
It reminds me of Moses, Aaron and Hur.
And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So, Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” Exodus 17:11-14
As long as Moses held up his hand, they prevailed. When he could no longer hold up his hand, due to weariness, two friends came along and held them up for him. This is a beautiful picture of what is needed in this season. We must help hold one another up.
We are stronger together – no one person can win this battle alone – we must all stand together. We must declare the word of God together. And together we will win.
I want to challenge you today. Encourage someone. Remind them what the word of God says about their future. Speak the word over them. Pray over them. Lift up their arms. In doing so, you are helping win the battle – and that is something we all need to be doing. Don’t you agree?
Appoint My Days
I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, I do not stand in the way of sinners, and I do not sit in the seat of the scornful. My delight is in the word of God, and I meditate on it day and night. Therefore, I am like a tree planted by the river. I bring forth fruit in season, my leaves do not wither and whatsoever I do prospers!