Summary: Worry can cause us to be blinded and can not see the goals before us.
DO I LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND SEE DEFEAT? WORRY?
I MISSED IT!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I do this in two parts, you will need to condense to do in one part...
I. HAVE YOU EVER MISSED IT?
HAVE YOU EVER LOST SIGHT OF THE GOAL?
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not.
2 Thes. 3:13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
B. Recently I attended a local school basketball game.
One of the best players on our schools team had developed a real bad habit.
As he was defending the other player --- he would HOOK his right arm behind
him and grab the other player and hold him. He was called for a foul.
Our team's player was angry with the referee, he had not hooked this player to
control his movement!
He did it again and again, and with 5 fouls he had to sit on the bench. The
team really needed him.
I attended the next game. The same boy started it again.
He would take his right arm put it behind him and hook the opposition player
and hold him.
The man in the stripes called him for a foul. The boy was visibly angry and denied
this terrible HOOKING HABIT HE HAD DEVELOPED...
After about three calls on the HOOKING HABIT, the coach talked to the player.
The boy absolutely would not listen to the coach or the fans that was warning him.
So a person with a very expensive camera zoomed in an waited...
They took pictures of his last TWO FOULS of that game.
After the game the INDIVIDUAL WITH THE CAMERA showed the player the
DIRECT EVIDENCE OF THE HOOKING OF HIS ARM AROUND THE OPPONENT...
The next game the PLAYER came out with A NEW ATTITUDE...
I never saw him put his right arm behind him and HOOK another player the
rest of the season... The boy never fouled out another game...
C. THE LESSON WAS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE THE BOY DID NOT REALIZE WHAT
HE WAS DOING?
HE WOULD NOT LISTEN TO HIS COACH. HE DID NOT LISTEN TO ME.
HE DID NOT LISTEN TO HIS PARENTS... HE KNEW!!!
D. HOW MANY PLAYERS WOULD BE BETTER TEAM PLAYERS IF THEY WOULD
LISTEN AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE COACH AND THE GAME...
E. Any good player must BUY IN TO the coach's system.
IF YOU CAN NOT THRIVE IN PRACTICE YOU WILL NEVER ACCOMPLISH MUCH
FOR THE TEAM...
F. Could you be a BENCH WARMER?
UK had a walk on named Bird, 00 was his number.
He never got to go in the game? He was short and slow.
Bird listened and applied what he learned, by his senior year, BIRD GOT TO PLAY
A FEW MINUTES DURING THE GAME...
The crowd would scream loud for Bird... they knew the ADVERSITY he faced and
had to overcome...
G. COULD YOU BE A WATER BOY FOR THE TEAM?
If you are going to be a WATER BOY be the BEST ONE IN THE STATE!
II. BEWARE MY FRIEND... BEWARE... THERE IS A SPIRIT OF WORRY OR
WEARNINESS THAT CAN SNUFF YOUR SPIRIT LIFE AND JOY OUT OF
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking
about you and watching everything that concerns you.
One given to much worry...
A person who habitually worries unduly...
Give way to ANXIETY; uneasy; troubled mind;
To be troubled; harass; to be fearful;
Disturbed state of mind; irritate
Earnestly or uneasily wanting
Causing or apt to cause distress and worry...
Tiring or tedious
F. THERE IS AN ATTITUDE OF WEARINESS OR WORRY...
There are times INDIVIDUALS fall into a TERRIBLE HABITUAL TRAP where
WEARINESS IS MORE THAN AN ATTITUDE ...
If you can receive it WEARINESS CAN BECOME A SPIRIT THAT PLACES A
DEATH GRIP ON THE THROAT OF A BELIEVER...
This DEATH GRIP can affect the BREATHING and DIGESTION sources of the
III. HAVE YOU EVER LOST YOUR FOCUS?
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN LIFE AND MINISTRY BECOMES CUMBERSOME...
WE WALK STRESSED OUT...
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE DRAIN SAPPS OUT THE VERY HEART OF
A. A certain priest...
A certain Levite...
Vs A GOOD SAMARITIAN...
Physical, emotional or mental distress
Strain, stress, pressure... tension
Oppressive, load of burden,
Inconvenient, HEAVY, hard to manage
Luke 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and