We are the Champions, we are the Champions…of the world.
After the game last week, Auburn vs Alabama, The Iron Bowl, in which Auburn won, this song has been on the minds of a lot of fans. If we win today against South Carolina, most might even start to believe it.
"Champion": according to Webster,: warrior, fighter : a militant advocate or defender : one that does battle for another’s rights or honor <God will raise me up a champion — Sir Walter Scott> : a winner of first prize or first place in competition; also : one who shows marked superiority
In the minds of many, Cam Newton is the champion of football. And he is, undeniably, good, even great. But is he THE champion? Sure he is fast, strong, accurate, gifted, but even this great football player, now don’t throw stones at me yet Auburn fans…even Cam Newton cannot win the ballgame on his own. Without his teammates, he is just another boy with a ball in his hands and a dream in his heart. What makes him so powerful is his talent, his determination, his gift, sure, but he also has a coach who believes in him and teaches him everything he can on the dynamics of the sport, he has a team that works WITH him to execute the plays and make sure the football can go where it needs to in order that the score will reveal the talent on the field. He has the hours of practice behind him and the perseverance to keep going even when it is tough. He has a football program that has determined that it will do whatever possible to ensure that he has whatever he needs to be able to play the game he loves so much and is so good at. He has people behind him who have believed in him his whole life, and he has a God who has given him the ability to run, throw, catch, think, make snap decisions and to act on those decisions precisely. Yes, he is a great football player, but he is not great alone.
That is a wonderful truth. We are each called to be champions. And we can be, but we are not able to be that strong, that tough, that courageous, that triumphant all alone. We are together in this, we, The Body of Christ, we are to stand together in this adventure we call life. And in this life, there are battles. Have you had any lately? Has your life seemed to be as jumbled together as those Christmas lights you took out of the attic the other day? Has the cares of this world weighed heavy on your heart? Sickness, finances, worry, fear, lonliness…these battles are able to defeat us, if we fight alone. BUT, God “has NOT given us a spirit of fear, but rather of POWER, of LOVE, and a sound mind.” (II Timothy 1:7)
I LOVE THIS PROMISE!!
Fear comes, not from God, so it comes from the enemy, the devil himself. (Another verse, 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.") And the thing is, most of the time we are afraid of things that never happen. And when they do, if we dwell in fear we are paralyzed and ineffective. We cannot live in that place. SO, God tells us where fear comes from and He gives us His gift to combat against it….HIMSELF!!!If GOD has not given us fear, what has He given instead? POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND -> Power=Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.; Love=God (1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”)Sound Mind=Jesus(John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” and, Ephesians 5:26 “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”
God has given us HIMSELF, ALL of Himself, in order that we might not be found lacking anything in the heat of the battle.
The Bible says, in Psalm 18:34, "He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. InPsalm 18:39"You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.”
God has called us into a battle that is not of this world, it is a fight that on our own, we cannot fight, we could never win. But as the Psalmist says, HE trains my hands for battle. We are not fighting of our own strength. It is HIS strength and HIS battle plan. And after HE has trained us, after HE has armed us with HIS strength, HE is the one who humbles our enemies…HE is the one they bow down to. We only have to yield to Him, to stay under His banner, His covering and we will come home as champions. Altogether, with our fellow warriors (Galatians 6:2
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”). And when the General comes home after a victory, all those who follow him are victors also.
Yes, We Are The Champions and we need not be afraid of the battle. It is after all The King of Kings we walk with, we fight with and we are victorious with. So, let’s go into the battle. Knowing we do come out as victors, as Champions!!!
(Oh yeah, and WARRRRRRRRR Eagle!!!! ) ;))