Halftime Recover and Regroup
“I think, team first. It allows me to succeed; it allows my team to succeed.” LeBron James
“Well, I mean, to me, I think my ultimate – my ultimate goal is winning championships and – and I understand that me going down as one of the greats will not happen until I, you know, win a championship.” LeBron James
Forward Thinkers some of the greatest motivational speeches have been given during halftime of sporting events especially in the losing locker-room. Cleveland Cavaliers Head Basketball Coach Tyronn Lue had to dig deep down in his soul during halftime of game seven of the NBA Finals to find words to motivate his team but somehow he can up with the right words to convince his team they could come back and win.
Forward Thinkers my assignment today on Father’s Day is to motivate the men into believing they can still win.
Forward Thinkers my playbook is proven to produce winners like Moses, David, Paul, and Jesus. Matter of fact there is a chapter in the book of Hebrews many call the Wall of Faith and its possible someone reading this article today could end up on this generations Wall of Faith.
Sisters don’t tune me out because the reality is if I can motivate the men and coach the men up the whole team wins. The wife wins, the baby momma wins, the kids win, the family wins, the church wins, and the community at large wins.
Forward Thinkers let me put it this way a little boy was putting together a 5000 piece puzzle that takes forever to complete but he finished it in less than thirty minutes. His mother was amazed and asked him how did he do it and he replied mom it was easy I looked at the box cover and noticed everything was connected to the man in the puzzle. Forward Thinkers he said so I decided to put the man together first and put him in the right position and everything else fell into place.
Men, Brothers, and Fathers it’s time we got back in position and watch everything else fall in place.
Forward Thinkers let’s go to the playbook:
Genesis 1:26New International Version (NIV)
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness
Forward Thinkers as a man when I see myself I should see God. Now, before you get to church-minded on me let me explain, have you ever said or been told you are the splitting image of your daddy? Now, that does not mean you’re your daddy but it means you look and act like your daddy. So God is saying men should look and act like Him.
Forward Thinkers God didn’t say I created man in the image of a dog, a thug, a super-predator, a dead-beat, a woman beater, and God definitely didn’t say I created man in the image of a woman.
Forward Thinkers I also want us to notice God says in Genesis 1:26 and 28 that we should rule this earth. Forward Thinkers God didn’t create us to lose but to win.
Forward Thinkers before God made man in the book of Genesis God said let the land produce vegetation and let the sea produce fish. Pop Quiz: What happens when grass, plants, and trees are uprooted and separated from the land or a fish is taken out of the water?
Forward Thinkers the answer is the plants dry up and die over a short period of time and the fish die quickly outside of the water. Forward Thinkers if a plant can’t survive disconnected from the land that it came from and if fish can’t live outside the water it came from why we think we can win Brothers disconnected from the God we came out of?
John 15:5New International Version (NIV)
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and me in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Forward Thinkers my job is to reconnect and connect men to the vine so they can win. I’m fully convinced being connected to God is a game changer. On Friday I prayed about something and on Saturday God put it all together in a way that no one could deny it was a move of God.
Let me talk to my Brothers with little or no church background because I’ve been assigned to reach the un-churched.
Superman had to get to a phone booth to get his power and outside the phone booth experience he was just Clark Kent. Batman had to get to the Bat Cave to get his superpowers and outside the Bat Cave he was just Bruce Wayne. Brothers, remember Popeye was a skinny little weak man until he ate Spanish and then he became super strong.
Brothers we must get to God so He can take our natural and add His super empowering us with the ability to do supernatural things in His Name. Brothers we must eat the Word of God so we can become strong enough to overcome and win every battle of life.
Forward Thinkers I realize someone is saying but Pastor I’m too far behind to win now and everybody knows I already lost everything. Forward Thinkers today in conclusion I want you to remember Jesus looked like he had lost also and everybody was watched him be defeated at Calvary but on Sunday Jesus got back up and fifty days later the same people who witnessed his defeat watched him ascend up to heaven.
Forward Thinkers the same people who watched you go down will witness you coming back up and soaring higher than ever before just keep on believing.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church now located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net