Bottom of the Ninth, Part 1: Stepping Up to the Plate (Jeff Henderson)
Have you ever felt behind financially, relationally, or emotionally? Have you ever felt so behind that you didn’t know how to start catching up? The more time went by, the more you lost hope. These are bottom-of-the-ninth moments. But when you feel down, don’t lose hope. You’re never out. You can still turn the game around.
Are people in your life telling you the game is over? It’s time to start listening to a new voice. Your situation may look bleak, but don’t let it define you. Let God define you. Remember: the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11Bottom of the Ninth, Part 2: Remember (Clay Scroggins)
Have you ever felt behind financially, relationally, or emotionally? Have you ever felt so behind that you didn’t know how to start catching up? The more time went by, the more you lost hope. These are bottom-of-the-ninth moments. But when you feel down, find hope by remembering.
“We rarely remember what God did in the light, but we never forget what God didn’t do in the dark.” —Clay Scroggins
It’s easy for us to lose sight of the faithfulness of our heavenly Father. It’s easy for us to forget what God has done in our lives. Write it down. Create a memorial. Then when you’re facing a bottom-of-the-ninth moment, you can look back at the moments of light and see how they bring hope to moments of darkness.
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9Bottom of the Ninth, Part 3: Game Over (Gavin Adams)
In the game of life, it’s easy to find yourself down and heading into the bottom of the ninth. Sometimes you make a comeback. But sometimes life doesn’t work out as you hoped or planned. You lose . . . and loss hurts. Where can you find hope when hope disappears?
“How we live as we lose determines if we can be used.” —Gavin Adams
Are you currently facing a bottom-of-the-ninth moment right now? Are you down and maybe even out? Pray this prayer:
God, while I do not desire to be in this circumstance now or in the future, I do want you to use every day for your glory and your good. Give me strength to fight for what you would fight for. If I lose the game, I pray that I will finish strong and increase the faith of others. I pray this in your Son’s name. Amen.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7Bottom of the Ninth, Part 4: Tear the Roof Off (Clay Scroggins)
How should you respond when others face bottom-of-the-ninth moments? What do you say in the face of people’s loss and pain? What can you do to try to ease their suffering? How can you offer hope?
It’s not about saying something or doing something. It’s about being someone.
“Faith is best expressed through actions.” —Clay Scroggins
The church is the body of Christ. When someone we know is facing a bottom-of-the-ninth moment, if we can get him or her to Jesus, something good will happen. Imagine the impact we could make if we were able to be the body to somebody who needs somebody. Imagine the impact we could make if we responded to others’ bottom-of-the-ninth moments with extraordinary compassion and generosity.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27