Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We all struggle at times with many different things. Many of us over the course of our time on this earth, have had friends, family members, or even found ourselves going through a trial, or tribulation. These can cause us to question, have anxiety, and fear. There are others that have or are silently gone or going through trials. We have asked why, we have probably even been mad at God. Sometimes we don’t know what to say, or how to help, or even what to do.
As Jesus said in the verse “we can have Peace in Him, we can take courage during our tribulations as He has overcome this world” The bible also tells us in Ecclesiastes chapter 4 verse 9-12: Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion, But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And If one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
We also know the verse F3 lives by from proverbs 27 Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Today we are here, gathered together, Not because we wanted to run this hill or do those burpees. We are here for one another. Our rise in the gloom to come together is because we have another brother who is going through a trial. Today, we are here for Michael Holt, Bench Warmer, aka Da Nanny, aka The Athlete formerly known as the Da Nanny. We are here to encourage him and his family, we are here to lift him up, we are to keep his heart warm, We are here to Love on him during this time of tribulation. We are here to let him know he is not alone. We are here because throughout the years we have had F3 he has been a piece of Iron that has helped sharpen other iron, He has touched many of you through his encouragement and leadership and made you better because of it. Finally, We are here for one another. No matter what AO you go too, When a F3 brother is in need you answer the bell…..together we are the men that sharpen other men! Let today be a reminder that it is more than just a workout. This is what we do, this is how we help!
Lord, help me this day to replace my fears with faith, my doubts with belief, my worries with trust and my cowardice with courage. Help me to focus on You and not my problems. Help me to be an encouragement to my fellow man, help me to love, help me to be a servant in all I do. Help us to have Peace knowing you have overcome this world. We pray for Jon Byrd, Bowtie, Etienne Arden and all who are struggling or silently walking alone. We especially pray today for Bench Warmer. We ask that you give him peace, we ask that you give him healing, we ask for you to comfort him. We pray for Sherry, give her strength, guide her as his helpmate, help her to find comfort and peace in your promises. We pray for Shay and Annabelle, that they will also be comforted by your word, your promise, your peace and your victory over this world as they walk through this with their Daddy. Lord, We ask for your hand to be on each man here. May each man here continue to be iron that sharpens, let us not become dull, let us live in your word, let us walk tall by your light. We pray all this in your holy precious name, Jesus. Amen