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Ready Position

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February 1, 2008
1 Thessalonians 5:4-11, 16-18

READY POSITION

In every sport there is a ready position. It’s a position wherefrom you can react quickly, move with momentum, and best achieve your goal, defeating the foe. God too presents us a ready position. It involves spiritual understanding, soul-deep mental toughness, and confident conviction. Are you ready? Do you play the game of life in the Christian Ready Position?

§ Sons of Light & Day (v5) – We do not belong to the _______ or ________.
  • John 1:5 God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.
  • Rev. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. Psalm 119:105
  • Gen 1:1-4, 14-17. Where the earth is now, there preexisted DARKNESS; while God has always been light. The preexisted space was void of light, thus a position of Satan. The universe was created as an extension of God’s light. We were put here to battle the darkness!

§ Alert (v6) – Don’t be like others who are ___________.
  • Wide Awake – unimpaired energy, clear minded, active
  • Alarm sensitive, Aware, Expectant, Equipped
  • Sleep walking, Drowsy (spiritual caffeine), Tired (sluggish)

§ Self-Controlled (v6&8) – Putting ____: (1 Cor. 13:13, Eph. 6:10-18)
  • Breastplate - Protection of the most vital organs of survival.
    • Faith – unwavering confidence.
    • Love – unwavering devotion, grace, mercy, forgiveness.
  • Helmet – Protector of mentality, senses, thoughts
    • Hope – salvation appointment(Keep It, Live It; v9)

§ Appointed (v9-10) – Not appointed to suffer _________.
  • Receive Salvation through Jesus Christ death.
    • Whether alive or dead, we may live with Him!
    • Reward of salvation is not exclusively a death state!

§ Encourage (v11) – Build each other ___. Promote Positive Position (Triple P)
  • How to? Do God’s will: (vs.16-18)
    • Joyful 100%
    • Pray 100%
    • Thanks 100%

If we can shed light, be alert & self-controlled, keep our appointment, and encourage others; we will be in ready position to succeed for Jesus! How’s your position?