Guest speaker at the Rock is Chris Johnson, Vice-Principal and Head Football Coach for Horizon Junior-Senior High School.
He opens with a story of how he came to know Pastor Miles when Chris and his wife accepted Christ as their Savior in 1987.
Today, Chris points out that he is the coach for "Little Miles" and jokes that Pastor Miles would let him speak to the Rock if Little Miles was given some playing time. He continues to share that he is often misquoted by students at the school as the coach who does not want you to date.
Upon clarification, Chris points out that he only intends it to be understood that only when all other responsibilities (school, studying, extra-curricular activities, etc) are kept that dating should be a consideration.
Being Loyal to God
Leading in the message for this week, Chris challenges us to eight obligations or points about being loyal to God.
Beginning in Exodus 20:2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.
Continuing with 2 Chronicles 15:12-13, we are to be seeking God with all [our] heart and soul.
Then Matthew 6:33, which we are to seek first the Kingdom of God.
After reviewing Matthew 10:32-39, loyalty is discussed as it is relevant to both football as well as our Christian walk. When we are not loyal to God those around us suffer because we are not doing as we should.
Chris asks the Rock, "What is it in your life keeping you from spending time with God?" Pointing out our first obligation Chris states that God has to be first in our life.
King Rehoboam, an Example of Unloyalty
Looking back to 2 Chronicles, in the story of Rehoboam, King of Judah and Jeroboam, King of Israel, Chris reviews that loyalty and the lack of it has its effects on your life and in the case of Israel and Judah, the nation you reside over.
In 2 Chronicles 10:4-19, Rehoboam ignores the wisdom of the elders and listens to his piers and makes mistakes that caused the people to rise against him. Point two on being loyal to God is listening to the Wisdom of God when making decision. It is when we draw on sources not based in the Bible that we make the mistakes that cause pain to us and those around us.
When confronted with the Ethiopian army, an army nearly twice the size of his own, Rehoboam was true to another principle of being loyal to God, which is to fight for God. He called upon God and his army was delivered through the battle.
However, when it came to the next battle against the army of Israel, Rehoboam called on his own techniques and dismissed God from the equation. Looking back on this Chris challenges us not to forget about God when all is good in life and it seems that we are in control of our life's issues. The outcome of seeking his own way was that Rehoboam was dealt a painful defeat. 2 Chronicles 12:1
King Abijah, a Loyal King
In 2 Chronicles 13 we look at King Abijah. While standing on a mountain Abijah tells Jeroboam, Don't you know that the LORD, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt? 2 Chronicles 13:4-5
Jeroboam and the army of Israel then surrounded Abijah on every side and as the men of Judah shouted, as instructed by God, it happened that God struck down Jeroboam and the army of Israel.
This reminds us today that God is always in control. Only when we trust in God and follow the steps that God has laid out for us, do we achieve victories in His name.In 2 Chronicles 15:1-2, King Asa of Judah tells Azariah that the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.
With this, Chris reminds us to seek after God. With a constant reminder throughout the message that God is seeking the land for those loyal to Him, this is perhaps the most important point, that if we don't seek after God then we forsake His words and if we forsake Him, we are not being loyal to Him.
Why Not Rely on God?
Throughout 2 Chronicles 16, the message is driven home that we need to always rely on God.
When King Basha rose up against Judah, King Asa tried to secure victory by relying on methods other than of God. When the seer of Asa confronted him, he told him, Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. 2 Chronicles 16:7
The seer then reminded Asa that when the Ethiopian army came against Judah, it was relying upon God that delivered Judah to victory. Asa's response to this was to imprison the seer, oppress the people and as a result of this Asa was defeated because he did not seek the Lord.
Closing his message, Chris recaps these points of loyalty to God, how when we seek God righteously, no enemy can stand against us. When we forsake God, then nothing we do will prosper.
Chris also challenges the Rock to examine our lives to see what there is that stands in the way of God being first in our life. Reminding us again that if we are to be loyal, we are to keep all of these points in their proper place, first.
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