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We Gotta Get Back to the Fundamentals / WHOLEHEARTED MEN

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Have you ever watched a post-game show with the coach of the losing team?

When a coach is sick and tired of losing, he will often say,

"We gotta get back to the fundamentals of the game."

The fundamentals are those basic skills players must be trained in; the skills they must practice over and over again in order to be proficient. There is no winning without being skilled in the fundamentals of the game.

This got me thinking, "What are the fundamentals for Godly living?"

I figure there are 5:

  1. Courage
  2. Confession
  3. Communion
  4. Community
  5. Combat

1. Courage

No one can deny it takes courage to walk with God. We have to choose to move forward in the face of fear. Courage is simply not letting your fears stop you from following Jesus where He is leading you.

Without courage, it is impossible to apprehend all that for which God has apprehended you.

2. Confession

We're going mess up. We're going to sin. We are not going to be perfect, nor will we be this side of heaven. We must, therefore, choose humility, repentance, surrender and submission.

This is not a one-time act. No, this is a lifestyle. We must choose a lifestyle of confession and repentance.

3. Communion

Communion with God is the journey and the destination. He invites us to become beloved children into His family, to relate to Him as a loving Father made possible by the redemptive work of the Son and the renewing work of the Holy Spirit.

We're invited to commune with God through prayer, praise, worship, work, play, solitude, silence, art, music, study, His Word - myriad ways our Creator invites us to find life in Him, connect with Him and feed on Him.

4. Community

Following Jesus is a team game. Jesus came to birth a Body, a People, a Holy Nation - the Church.

We're dead if we don't walk in community. Living in community amongst allies in the Body of Christ is fundamental to life in Jesus.

We must choose to give our time, talent and treasure to others, and receive by listening to, learning from and leaning on others. It's called love.

5. Combat

Open war is upon us whether we would risk it or not. The reality of your life, of our life in God, is that it is opposed. We cannot put our head in the sand and hope we can escape spiritual opposition.

There is no way we will experience the life that God has for us, and for others through us, if we are not willing to fight for what Jesus has purchased for us. Jesus has defeated sin, death and the enemy, but His victory is contested by the Enemy who wants to know if we know that Jesus has all authority in Heaven and on Earth - and has given it to us in His name.

We gotta get back to the fundamentals!

Hebrews 12:1,2 NIV

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

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