Get In The Game – B-rad du Jary
What is the church that you see?
As a leader I’m sure we all want revival to break out!
- Radical group growth
- Sunday’s exploding
- Community initiatives cranking
- Hundred’s internally free’d!!!
Picture that for a moment and ask yourself,
What is the church that I see?
I said this to my teams before, that we all want to see revival break out, but would we be willing to pay the cost?
For example, suddenly hundreds upon hundreds start getting saved in our services, what would happen if we had to run church every night to see it continue?
I had this thought: We all want to be in the game, but are we willing to pay the cost off the court that gets you victory on the court?
When NBA great Kobe Bryant was retiring his wife Vanessa said this:
“We’ve all sacrificed so much time, birthdays, holiday’s, family functions and special events to be there for Kobe. I really want to thank my daughters for being patient and understanding how much hard work, sacrifice and dedication it takes to see their dad accomplish so many great things. Kobe has an incredible work ethic and amazing drive to be the best at whatever he sets his mind to and with that comes many sacrifices. We’re thankful for everything the Lord has blesses us with. The road hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m so thankful we managed to persevere against the odds. We couldn’t have done it without our faith and God’s grace. We’re so happy to have seen the amount of joy Kobe brings to his fans and the city of LA. We’ve been present at many of Kobe’s make-a-wish meet and greets, and words cannot explain how much joy he brings to people that are going through really difficult times in their lives. All of that really helped put things into perspective for me as a wife and mother. We must always remember that when life gets tough, there is always someone facing much more difficult times in their lives. And, in those hard times, we can be each other’s strength, and remember that it’s in the trials of life that God grows us even more!”
Are you willing to pay the cost off the court that gets you victory on the court?
What would it take for you to be someone that would pay the cost? To live out the self-sacrifice needed to see God’s Kingdom advance.
For me, it took one word from God. One moment in His presence with an open heart at one of our LIFE Conference events YEARS ago and everything changed. I was serving at the Conference when I got to sit in on a a session where Ps Tommy Barnett was speaking, I don’t remember what he said, but God got my heart. In that moment I knew I was called to ministry in the Church. I knew because I cried like a baby, and I knew it was a God call because my entire Christian life I always said to God, “I will NEVER be a pastor!”, but in the wise words of JB (Justin Bieber for you 50+ people), “Never say never!”.
The truth is, God wants to pour out His spirit on us all, to see revival breakout across His Church.
We’ve all got our challenges to face, our mountains to climb, our hurdles to overcome. But without the Spirit of God at work in and through our lives can we truly be free?
Can we truly overcome and walk in victory? Can we truly step onto the court and get in the game?
You could listen hours of teaching, read hundreds of books, yet in one encounter with the Holy Spirit things can radically shift, change, expand, enlighten and grow in a moment.
Zech 4:6 “Not by might, not by strength(power), but by My spirit….”
In the Message version of the bible it says, ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are?
Are we FILLED with His spirit?
Acts 1:6-47 [msg]
When they were together for the last time they asked, “Master, are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel now? Is this the time?”He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
Acts 2:1-11 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them. There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world.
When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues? Parthians, Medes, and Elamites; Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! “They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!” Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?” Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.” That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:
“In the Last Days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams. When the time comes, I’ll pour out my Spirit on those who serve me, men and women both, and they’ll prophesy. I’ll set wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billowing smoke, the sun turning black and the moon blood-red, before the Day of the Lord arrives, the Day tremendous and marvellous; And whoever calls out for help to me, God, will be saved.”
[skipping down to verse 38]
Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!” That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
When our lives collide with the Spirit of God there’s exchange, an eternal impact on our lives.
If we are going to get in the game and lead with all that God has for us, to see and believe for revival in our churches, then let us be a people that are fueled and empowered by His Spirit, willing to pay the cost OFF the court to see victory take place ON the court.
Leader – it’s time to get in the game!
Bradden (B-rad) du Jary