January 3, 2018

How many times over the years have you seen this scenario played out in sports? In baseball the home team is down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The bases are loaded, there are two outs and the weakest batter in the home team lineup is up to bat and he has two strikes on him. In fact he hasn’t even come close to hitting the two balls that he swung at. It is absolutely quiet in the stadium as the visiting pitcher winds up and throws his 100mph fastball, the same pitch that the weak guy swung and missed on previously.

O but this time he swings and sends the ball in the air down the third base line just over the outstretched arm of the leaping left fielder and into the stands for a home run! The home team wins, the home team wins, the home team wins! The stadium erupts with cheering and the weak guy is mobbed by his teammates as steps on home plate! What looked like a sure win for the visiting team turned into a magnificent win for the home team.

We have this kind of a scenario playing out in the third chapter of Genesis. The enemy(satan) has been playing the home team (Eve & Adam). The game has been going for awhile and it is the bottom of the ninth and it looks like the enemy is winning. Eve comes up to the plate and she swings and misses(eats the fruit and strikes out). Adam comes up and swings and misses(eats the fruit and strikes out.) And with that strike out you can hear nothing in heaven because all the angels are holding their breath. Is the home team going to lose? Is mankind doomed to lose for an eternity? But then God steps up to the plate and delivers the blow that wins the game for the home team. And all heaven erupts with a deafening cheer!

Genesis 3:15 (NLT) — 15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Here is the first mention of the Gospel, the good news, in the bible. There will always be hostility between the visiting team(satan) and the home team(God’s kids). That is where the striking of the heel comes in. Her offspring is Jesus. Satan will bruise Jesus on the cross but Jesus will deliver the blow to the head which will defeat satan forever. Jesus always hits a home run. In other words we win, we win, we win!

No matter what the game, life, looks like we know that if we hang in there with Jesus we will win. We are winners and not losers. That statement should brighten every one of our days. Live each day like a winner. In Matthew 3 and Acts 3 both John the Baptist and Peter give us  the winning game plan for each day. They both said, “Repent of your sin and turn to God”. That is the way of winners. So if you have swung and missed; in other words you have sinned. Repent and turn to God and go on living for him. Thank him for forgiving you and keep swinging > obeying.

Remember that there is always going to be trouble in this world. Read again Genesis 3:16-19. It may at times feel like it is the bottom of the ninth and you are to far behind to come back. Not true. Jesus will somehow and some way deliver the winning blow.

John 16:33 (NLT) — 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. Instead of watching or listening to the news everyday get into the ‘Good News’ everyday and watch what affect that has on your attitude. In fact go a month without tuning into the news of the world and just tune into the ‘good news’. Let me know how that works out for you.