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March Madness— Week 2— A Knight’s Night— 3/11/18

Happy Monday #teamawakening family!

Week 2 of March Madness  2018 was another powerful, record-setting night! This was the first time in over four years that we’ve had at least thirty students two weeks in a row! We also had a powerful altar time that we’ll talk about later in the post.

We had our competition for the night right after our worship time. Tonight was a “Knight’s Night” and the competition was jousting. This year’s jousting competition was much improved from last year’s jousting in office chairs.


The Message for the night was “Draw the Battle Line”.

The battle line is where the battle begins. The battle line is where we make the decision to dig in, take a stand, and fight for our prize— freedom, victory, and joy in Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14NIV says,
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Paul was striving towards the prize for which Jesus took hold of us. We were the prize that Jesus fought for. Jesus took hold of us and saved us from our sin to give us the gift of eternal life— freedom, victory, joy, etc. Everybody wants the prize, but many never take hold of it because the prize often lies behind the giants we face on the other side of the battle line.
Check out the story of David and Goliath and how David ran to the battle line.
David more than likely wasn’t any older than 15 years old and was very possibly even younger.  David’s dad, Jesse, sent David to take food to three of his older brothers who were fighting in the Israelite Army as they fought against Goliath and the Philistines. Goliath, an experienced giant, champion fighter, came forward each day and mocked Israel. David heard this, and the young teenage boy sprung into action. David’s battle line got crossed. He was fighting for God and God’s chosen people. David was fighting for freedom.
1 Samuel 17:48-49 says, As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
David, a young teenage boy, ran to face an experienced, champion giant because he knew that he wasn’t alone. The jousting competition wasn’t just a fun game. It was a great illustration of what it looks like when we run to the battle line to face our giants in life. Students had someone pushing them towards the
battle line and their opponent in the jousting competition. David knew that the power of God was behind him. Because of David’s faith in God, that power propelled him to the battle line and  to victory.
Check out the end of 1 Samuel 17:48-49. It says that Goliath fell facedown before David. This may just be the most powerful verse of the entire story. Think this through for a second— If you get hit hard enough with a rock that it sinks into your forehead, you’re going to fall backwards, not forwards.
People bowed with their face to the ground as a sign of honor and respect, often to a king or someone in power. Goliath falling facedown before Goliath showed that God had humbled David’s giant before him.
We closed out the night by asking students : What are your giants that seem to be mocking you: fear, failure, addiction, anxiety, health, family problems, low self-esteem, fear of pursuing your God-given dreams and passions? Will you let tonight be the night that you draw your battle line and run to face your giants?

As we face our giants, Jesus is the one pushing us towards our battle line. As we get closer to the battle line to face our giants, he is speaking things to us like: “Don’t give up! You’ve got this! I believe in you! Your victory is just on the other side of the battle line and this giant you’re about to defeat!

Students were invited to write their giants on a sheet of paper, fold it up, and lay it at the foot of the Cross. Our battle line starts at the Cross where Jesus fought to give us our prize. Sunday Night, that’s where we ran to the battle line to defeat our giants, and that’s where you can defeat yours as well! As students walked away from the Cross, it represented them walking in victory over their giants just like Jesus conquered the Cross and the grave as he fought to give us eternal life!
This was a powerful moment that ended as the leaders gathered around the students as we prayed for and encouraged the group.
What are your giants, and will today be the day that you face and defeat them?
Have a great week!
-Pastor Dustin
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