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Warriors...Winners...Whiners...Wimps

Matt Hagee

The common ground between winners, whiners and wimps is adversity. In this lifetime, there is no escaping the day of trouble. The decision that each of us makes in the day of trouble will determine how we are defined.

Warriors confront their problems. Winners confront their problems in God’s strength. Whiners just complain, obviously. And wimps place their faith in failure rather than a God who does not fail. Wimps don’t believe that anything good is every going to happen for them. Where is your faith today? Mark 11:22 tells us to “have faith in God.”

Exodus 17 tells the story of the Israelites’ victory over the Amalekites. As long as Moses’ hands were held up, Israel prevailed. God was on their side. But when his hands grew weary and he put them down, the Amalekites prevailed. So, Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands, and the Bible says that “his hands were steady until the going down of the sun” (Exodus 17:12).

Exodus 17:14-15 goes on to say, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under the heaven.’ And Moses built an altar and called its name, The LORD is My Banner.”

When God is on your side, you cannot lose! He is the God who does not fail! And He delights in your well-being.

So, today...what is it that you are placing your faith in? Everyone believes in something. What do you believe in? When push comes to shove, where do you turn?

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Warriors place their faith in a God who does not fail. Wimps believe that they are doomed from the start, but that’s not found anywhere in the Bible. The Bible tells us that we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

If God is for you, WHO can be against you?

I don’t have faith in the enemy’s ability. I have faith in a God who can overcome my enemies. I have faith in a God who has defeated death, hell and the grave. He is a shield in the midst of the battle and the fourth man in the fire. He is a strong tower that I can run into in times of great trouble, when trials overtake me out of the blue. He makes a way where there seems to be no way. What can man do to me, if my faith is firmly placed in God?

We put our faith in the mainstream media, to report what is actually going on around the world. How crazy is that? God’s Word has clearly framed out our present and our future, and yet we ignore the instructions given to us by our Creator because surely our neighbor down the street knows better. I think not.

So, who was Amalek? He was an enemy of Israel. And, just like Israel had an enemy, you and I have enemies from time to time. God used Amalek to teach Israel what she was born to do. Guess what? God uses your enemies to teach you valuable lessons as well.

God can’t use anything that He hasn’t shaped and molded with Kingdom purpose. So, if you want to be used by God, you need to get ready for a little pruning, for a few days of adversity to come your way. He is ready to work THROUGH you...but first He has to work IN you.

You were born to be more than a conqueror, but you have to be willing to be a warrior for the Cross. You were created in God’s image to be a winner, to win the lost and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in places where only He can send you...but first you have to be focused on Him, you have to seek righteousness. People are not going to want what you have until you show them that what you have is worth fighting for.

Are you whining all the time? Nobody is going to follow that lead. You were not born to wimp out. You were designed to put on the whole armor of God so “that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10- 13).

If you are placing your faith in the things of this world, there will come a day when you will be greatly disappointed. You will find that your misplaced faith will cause you to wimp out. Don’t let your life take this devastating turn because you failed to place your faith in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Philippians 4:19 reminds us that “... God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” In a day of sickness, He is the Great Physician. Our God is greater than any need you are facing. Don’t tell God how big your problem is; tell your problem how big the God you serve is!

The difference between a warrior and a wimp is not their social status or what they do. It’s not their prestigious degree or huge bank account. Both of these people will come to a day of trouble. Both will face hardship and struggle at some point in their lives. But the warrior chooses to put his faith in a God who cannot fail.

Today, I urge you to place your faith in God. He is hope to the hopeless, and He can restore that which the enemy has taken from you. Don’t look around at this world searching for answers. Look UP and know that your Redeemer lives!

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