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Home Field Advantage
10/28/2014

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NKJV).

My friend Steve is an avid San Diego Chargers fan.  He has a collection of team jerseys shirts and hats, and has had season tickets for 13 years.  Suffice it to say, he likes them and is a loyal fan.  One day at church he walked up with a Charger’s shirt that read, “Home Field Advantage Starts Here!” with a big ol' lighting bolt in the center of the words. 

Home field advantage is a popular phrase to denote a sporting team's advantage over an opposing team/player because they are able to play in a familiar facility—usually their home field, and in front of supportive fans.  Most sporting exports would say there is validity to this advantage, because the statistics seem to support the home team has a much greater winning percentage.  The advantages are thought to be mostly psychological in nature, but they seem to translate to physical advantages as well.

As I thought about the statement, “Home Field Advantage,” I thought about how the Bible tells us this earth is not home for those who have placed their faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior—our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil. 3:20; Heb. 13:14-21).

So are we as believers at a disadvantage when battling Satan and his emissaries as long as we live here on earth?

One might conclude this to be true, after all if this is not our home then that would mean that we don’t have home field advantage—the god of this age would have it (2 Cor. 4:4).  And it is true that the enemy does have a great advantage at times, such as distracting us with the temptations of this world, or especially if he can keep us from knowing and understanding God’s truth so we will believe his lies.  That’s because he knows God’s word will set people free from the bondage of sin, and it will wash away our failures and shine so brightly that it will reveal every one of his lies.  This truth can clearly be seen in John 8:32, where we see Jesus exhorting His followers to stay in the word. 

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32)

The truth is that as believers we are not at any disadvantage—we have God as our advocate, and He is living in us (John 14:16-17), and He has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5).  God’s word clearly teaches us that He is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4), and that we can be assured of His provision and protection (Matt. 6:25-33). 

And as far as “Home Field Advantage,” —we are told that as Christians we are already seated in the heavenlies, which means our true citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).  We are in Christ, and He is in us, and that’s the true advantage we need to walk in newness of life and bring glory to God, while walking through this world.

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 8:31-32, how much power do we have in the truth of God’s word, and what are we told that it will do for us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you exercising God’s power within your life by walking/abiding in His truth?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to acknowledge our true home, and understand that we truly have a great advantage in this, regardless of this temporary journey here on earth.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, I thank You for Your many promises contained within Your word.  Thank You for reminding me that I am already seated with Christ in the heavenlies and that this world is not my home.  Help equip me to share Your many truths with others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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