The Biblical Chaplain says, "Cheer up, You have a Father"

For some when they hear a Chaplain speak or read the Bible they feel:

• Condemned – because they see following God as impossible & they have already failed so much!
• Frustrated – because they feel the exalted tasks required of them is beyond them
• Ready to make excuses – because they know they have not done it yet and don’t expect to in the future.

It is as if an invisible wall is erected in the locker room.

When I asked one SEC Sports Chaplain what got him excited in his ministry, he said, “When a football player leans forward when I am speaking. Then I know he is really listening.”

This has been dealt with before by others – namely the Apostle John, our biblical Chaplain.

In I John 2:12-14 he slows down and makes sure his listener are with him. In my sanctified imagination is he was speaking he would of over and put his hands on everyone and call them “little children”. Then pick out a few and touch them and call them “young men”,and still others can call them “fathers”. And instead of writing 6 times – “I write to you”, he would say something like, “Listen to this” 6 or more times!

1 John 2:12-14

12 I write to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, dear children,
because you have known the Father.
14 I write to you, fathers,
because you have known him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

He basically shocks them by saying – “There is no excuse at all for failure in this life.”

If that is you feeling then it is quite clear that you have not grasped the original doctrine, we call the gospel. You are approaching this all the wrong way. You have neglected the basics of all basics!

So the Biblical Chaplain – John takes no risk, doesn’t move on until he tells them to look back on the basics and if you didn’t understand it before = believe now, if you have started in the spirit and not are going in the flesh, back up the train and breathe in grace!

He mentions now 6 “because” clauses

Children – know your sins have been forgiven!

Young Men – know you have already won! You are on the winning side – Jesus defeated Satan.

Fathers – you know the need to be a good father – God is a perfect Father and he will provide, protect and lead you. He has your best interest at heart. He will not fail or die like an earthly father!

All of you can walk in confidence, you can accomplish what God calls you to do – if you have trusted in the living Jesus!

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