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You Are God's Hero

09 December 2021

You Are God’s Hero

That may be hard to believe.

After all, isn’t Jesus God’s Hero?

Of course, He is!  But He was a Hero on a Magnificent Quest.  You were that quest.

You were the ‘joy’ set before Him that enabled Him to endure the Cross.

Jesus looked 'through' the Cross and saw you rescued and redeemed.

That was worth the suffering to Him.

Here’s the verse in the Amplified Version
[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].

OK, Hero, let’s find out what your quest is.

Your Hero’s Quest is going to be unique to you and thus different from every other saint in history.  The secret lies in your heart.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:21,

“for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centres] will be also.”

This is in the context of storing up treasure in heaven.  He teaches that storing up material wealth on earth will direct our heart to focus on that material wealth.  Instead, He says, store up treasures in heaven… then your heart will be on heavenly matters.  Heaven will be in your heart.


And I suggest to you that this verse can be flipped - working in the other direction too.  What your heart desires can reveal your treasure.  If you were starting a business or a ministry, I’d counsel you to reflect deeply on your heart’s desire or even desires.  When you pursue those noble desires, you’ll find all manner of help and tons of energy to make it happen.  Imagine how many setbacks Routes to Roots have faced.  When the vision, the desire, even the ambition is true and strong, they can brush off the setbacks as temporary even if painful at the time.


Three Questions

Answer these questions.

  1. What does your heart desire?  What change do you want to make in the World?  What change do you want to make in our church, in Swanage, in the Purbeck?
  2. What stops you from making those changes?  What problems are you facing?
  3. What would Life be like if your heart’s desires were manifested.
  4. [And, unfortunately, we also need to answer this one:] What would Life be like if you never achieve your goal?


I believe Jesus has a seven-step process to help you take your place in History’s story (just like the Heroes of Faith in Hebrews 11.)


“Calling All The Heroes”


Step 1 Recognise you are called to be a Hero of Faith

Without faith, it is impossible – yes ‘impossible’ – to please Him…

We must believe that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him (like a miner digging for Gold as if their future depends upon it.)…

…and embrace your desires for extending The Kingdom of Heaven

You must have confidence in your calling and clarity around your mission.


Step 2 Acknowledge your problem – What stops you?

Label the problems.

There may be a villain (e.g. Covid 19)

Your problems may be external (e.g. lack of physical and financial resources, or not having the stamina you once had)

Your problems may also include internal problems – how you feel (e.g. inadequate, lacking courage)

And for Christians, the problem also includes a Philosophical element such as injustice - something that is 'wrong' to our way of thinking.


Step 3 Find and choose your guide

Yes, I know Jesus is your example and The Holy Spirit is your ever-present Guide – that’s His role on Earth at the moment.  However, I mean a human, spiritually-literate guide like a Pastor or Teacher or Trusted Friend.  We have a Pastoral Friends system in the Church that would be wonderful to focus on once more.  Of course, your guide can be a Christian outside your own fellowship and outside your denomination - diversity is our strength.


Step 4 And follow the plan they share with you

This is about being discipled by the right person in Christ.  They must be free from 'Ego' and committed to 'Eco' – the Ecology of the Body of Christ and the Creation.  You can usually tell by how much they talk!  If they talk too much, they aren’t the guide you’re looking for.  You need a wise counsellor and one with highly developed listening skills.


Step 5 Take consistent and massive action based on the plan

Your guide will call you to action.  Once you agree with their direction, make sure you follow their lead.  They should be a 'Living Epistle' - i.e. one who can say with confidence,

"The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you."  Philippians 4:9


Step 6 Leading you to success and the achievement of your desires – the discovery and recovery and development of your treasure!

You win… you fully become the Hero God wants you to be!  As Paul said, Christ would be fully-formed in us as we become more mature.


Step 7 And thus helps you to avoid failure

This is why we invested time thinking about what it would be like for you not to achieve your dream.


All of the above is about you being transformed from one degree of glory (and success) to another by the Lord Who is the Spirit.  What transformation will you go through as a result of successfully navigating through your Hero’s Quest or Hero’s Journey?


2 Corinthians 3:18
"But we all, with unveiled face seeing the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord, the Spirit."


Will you move from fear to courage?

Will you move from poverty to abundance?

Will you move from ignorance and defeat through to mastery and victory?

Will you move from sickness and weariness through to health and vitality?


I think the New Testament is pretty clear on God’s perfect will for you and for me but each of us must be certain in our own hears.

The Apostle John puts it this way in 3 John 2,
“Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].”

That's the Amplified Bible again.

The word 'prosper' means to have a good journey in Life.  God wants you to have a good life - The Good Life!


Why don’t we prosper?


3 John 2 is fascinating in the Greek. It suggests that our success and prosperity and physical health is directly dependent upon the degree to which our soul is prospering.  This is Divine Training for Success.


The disciples at first couldn’t quite match what Jesus achieved.  So He kept teaching them.  For example, when they couldn’t drive out a demon that Jesus could, He said, “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting.”  In other words, Jesus had engaged in the spiritual disciplines necessary to become strong enough to drive out this demon.  Here, it was prayer and fasting.  (See Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29).  The suggestion is that the disciples had not invested enough time in prayer and fasting.


Prayer is a powerful exercise in God’s Gym.  When the key disciples fell asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus commanded them to watch and pray so that they could stand rather than fall into temptation.  “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”   Isn’t that fascinating?  Jesus needs us to strengthen our flesh so that it comes into alignment with our spirit’s yearning for God and its New Creation strength.


How many of us have let go of spiritual disciplines from time to time such as time in the Word, prayer, fasting, meditation, and fellowship with God?


When we are untrained, we are vulnerable to attack and defeat.  We have an enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour.  The devil is looking for the weak members of the flock just as any natural predator would.  I think, once more, we'll have challenging times ahead.  This time, we are more ready than we were before.  We have the technology!  Now, let's give our devotion to God.  

Acts 2:42 in the New American Standard Bible

"They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

It may become harder to meet face-to-face again but we can do all of the above in a different format.

Thus it’s training time!  Hero Training!


I don’t think Star Wars is on a level of authority as the Scriptures, but it is interesting.  Luke had to learn to use the Force.  You and I need to learn to co-operate with the Source of Life Himself… and He Lives in the heart – for out of it flow rivers of Living Water (speaking about the Holy Spirit.)


With the author of Proverbs we must learn to watch over our own hearts with all diligence for out of it flow the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23.


The New Living Translation puts it this way:

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”


Identify your heart’s treasure, find your guide with the map, follow the map and do what your guide says and who knows where the course of your life will take you?


A Final Word of Encouragement

The Church is looking beautiful.  The Christmas decorations are stunning.

I wanted to remind those of you who have dedicated themselves to beautifying the Church each Christmas that it was because of this uplifting decoration that I first met and feel in love with this Church - both in the sense of the congregation and the physical building.  Being a hero includes decorating the Church.

Thank you for doing that.


God Willing, We will have three nights of Candlelit Celebration - the Magic of Christmas in the true meaning of the season.

Let's attend as much as we can:

  • Wednesday, 15th December
  • Thursday, 16th December
  • Friday, 17th December

All from 5pm-7.30pm.

Remember your mask!






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