Winning in Court

Winning in Court.

Are you a winner?

If you are a Christian, the answer is yes.

This Bible study is designed to help you understand and

believe that you are a winner.

Because Jesus died on the cross…you are a winner in court.

People think they have to do certain things to be a winner.

But as Christians we do things because we are already winners.

WINNERS IN COURT..!!

We go to church as winners…not to become winners.

We read the Bible as winners…not to become winners.

CHAPTER 1

Hello my name is Tony and my lovely wife’s name is Lorna.

We are a Christian couple from Brisbane, Australia.

This week is Christmas and I am on holiday.

I have just turned on the television and an Australian writer is being interviewed.

Apparently, he has had a lot of success as a writer of fiction novels.

I have never heard his story before. Here is part of the interview.

In 1986, Michael left Australia and went to London, where he worked as a reporter for various UK national newspapers before becoming a staff feature writer.

As a senior feature writer, he investigated an ex-brother from the Catholic Church.

This man had been kicked out of the church.

He then started a charity for children in India.

Michael investigated this man and his charity work.

He flew to India and interviewed some children who claimed to have been abused.
Michael then wrote a newspaper article exposing this man for child abuse.

This man then sued for defamation.

Michael said, “we thought the judge was on our side the whole time.
But the jury awarded this man damages of $17,000.”

“I walked out of the court and felt terrible.

I had promised the children they would be protected.

And now I had lost the court case.

This made the other man look like a winner and made me feel like a loser.

I quit being a journalist that day.

I had believed the truth would prevail.

I felt let down by the justice system.

That happened 20 years ago and I still feel upset.”

The interview continued on, but I was stirred by this story of winning or losing court cases.

I know how it can affect you for years after.

I have watched some of my friends go to court and win or lose.
Also, I have had personal experiences in the courts of Australia.

Losing is a terrible feeling especially when you believe you are in the right.

When you win, you walk out of that court knowing the right decision was made by the judge.

Being right makes you strong.

Now please pay careful attention.
This was an emotional story.
It is a story of one man losing and another man winning.

BE ALERT.
YOU MAY BE MISSING THE POINT.

Forget the emotional side of the story.

Here is the main point.

The man who won the court case, was given money..!!

Let me quote the story again.

Michael said, “we thought the judge was on our side the whole time.
But the jury awarded this man damages of $17,000.”

Did you hear that?

A man was given $17,000.

Here is another story about winning money.

CHAPTER 2

One of my customers owns a Hot Rod.

Recently I was at his house doing some work.

After I finished the job, I asked my customer about his Hot Rod.

He had built a prize-winning Hot Rod.
I had seen it a few times when I had worked at his house.

He said he had sold the Hot Rod to a man who lived in another part of Australia.

This man already had his own Hot Rod, but it was not a winning Hot Rod.

This man had seen my customer’s Hot Rod win first prize at a competition.

He had taken a photo of the car and put it on his mobile phone.

When my customer put the car up for sale this man rang him to buy the Hot Rod.

Then my customer said,

“That man took my Hot Rod down to a competition in another State and won first prize.”

My customer, by selling his prize-winning Hot Rod to this stranger had turned this stranger into a winner.

This car was winning trophies for someone else.

After my customer told me this story, I drove home wondering if there was a message in the story I had just heard?

Because I am a Christian I always listen very carefully when my customers tell me their stories. Just in case God is speaking through them.

Was God trying to get my attention?

So far, I have told you a story about an Australian journalist who lost a court case in London.

Then I shared with you the story that my customer told me about his prize-winning Hot Rod.

In one of the stories a man walks out of court feeling like a loser.

In the second story a man buys a Hot Rod and becomes a winner.

There is a common thread in both of the stories.

The man who won the Hot Rod competition had to enter his car in the competition and wait for the judges to decide whether his Hot Rod was better than all the other Hot Rods.

Remember, Hot Rods are judged on their appearance not on how fast they go.

So, it is up to the judges to decide which Hot Rod is the best looking one.

Sometimes this is hard to measure and the judge’s personal preferences are important.

The main point I want to make is this.

IF THE COURT RULES IN YOUR FAVOUR, YOU WIN.

And sometimes you win money.

CHAPTER 3

Wisdom Has Two Sides.

So many questions.

Who to marry?

When to start a business?
What house to buy?

And where to get the wisdom you need to make all these decisions?

In our house we have two bathrooms and therefore two mirrors.

We call one of the mirrors the ugly mirror, and the other one the mirror of beauty.

The lighting is different in the bathrooms as they face different directions. They also have different lights and globes.

Anyway, you get the picture.

One of the mirrors shows up all the little details we don’t want to know about.
The other mirror has softer lighting and we look a lot better.

Your life reflects your decisions, just like a mirror.

If you are flourishing, then it indicates you made a few right choices.

If your life is a mess, you blame yourself and your… not so wise choices.

But some of you are completely innocent.

Yes, someone else made some wrong decisions and ruined your life.

Now, what do we do to fix up your life and make all the broken parts work again?

We ask wisdom for the answer…easy, no worries!

There is a small problem…wisdom is not going to tell us exactly what to do.

Wisdom has this frustrating quality of suggesting things without spelling them out in detail.

Wisdom says things like…be patient…don’t rush etc. How boring is that sort of advice.

So, I am going to go back to the statement that true wisdom has two sides.

Here is an ancient example.

Two women were fighting over a baby, claiming they were the mother.

They went to the king and asked him to judge.

He decided to cut the baby in two and give half to each woman.

One of the women said okay and the other woman started crying.

Guess which one was the mother?

The wise king ordered the baby be given to the woman who was crying and completely emotional.

She was the mother..!!

Pretty gruesome story.

Here is the lesson, divide every problem you have into two halves. Then you will be able to think more clearly.

Now let’s take the problem and look at it in front of the ugly mirror. Boy, that looks impossible…depressing…upsetting.

Now let’s take the problem and look at it in front the beautiful mirror. Boy, that looks fixable…possible…more peaceful.

Same problem, different view.

Same problem, different atmosphere.

What is really happening is…you are calming down. Maybe…You are feeling a little stronger.

Here are some of wisdoms warnings.

Avoid anger.

Do not plan revenge.

In the long term…the bad people are going to fade from your life.

Because wisdom will deal with them, they will become as nothing.

There is a new King on the Throne and you know who he is.

His words are like a sharp sword and he has the power to give you wisdom by the truckload.

His word acts like a mirror…a mirror that makes you look better than you have ever looked.

He has the power to re-organise your life.

The solutions that have been hidden…are going to pop out.

Let’s take that ugly mirror that other people may have put in front of you and remove it.

Life is too short to spend time putting yourself down. Hey…lift up your face and have another look.

I think you will sense that the King has heard your wailing and crying and grieving.
And you will find that he has been moved with compassion.

Someone “up there” does care.

Wisdom would believe that statement.

I pray that you will receive a “gift of wisdom” as you read this.

CHAPTER 4

 Christmas 2018 and our family are playing games.

Card games, board games etc.

They are playing to win.

It is only a game, but it is still important to win.

Why does everyone want to be a winner.

Turn on the TV and the professional sports people are pushing themselves to the limit.

The politicians love winning elections.

Sometimes they will even cheat to win.

Humans are wired to win.

Let me ask you a question.

“Are you a winner?”

One of the most important places to win, is in court.

If you lose you may go to jail or lose your house.

But if you walk out of the court a winner.

Then the judge or jury has ruled in your favour.

Maybe you did not deserve to win, but won anyway.

Congratulations, that victory may last for years.

You will always remember how you felt.

But if you lose, then the feeling is bad, really bad.

Losing in any area feels bad.

Even losing a video game feels bad.

The winner jumps up and parades around the room.

The loser goes quiet or throws their hat onto the floor.

This book is a journey of discovery. The question once again is.

“Are you a winner?”

Anyone in authority over you… can decide if you are going to be chosen or not for any opportunity that comes your way.

It may be the school play and the teacher gives the lead role to your friend.

It may be the pastor who gives the best preaching opportunities to someone else.

It may be your mother or father who decides to favour your younger brother or sister.

This is happening to people all the time and it can be very unfair.

Let me ask you this question?

IS THE COURT RULING IN YOUR FAVOUR?
IS THE JUDGE ON YOUR SIDE?

Finally, if you knew the judge was always going to rule for you.

Would you expect to start winning?
And would you feel like a winner?

In the next chapter, I am going to introduce you to the judge who will always be on your side.

CHAPTER 5

Dear Christian, you may be surprised to hear that your Father in Heaven is the Judge.

Preachers are telling us every day about how loving God is because he is your father.

Yes, we understand that all fathers should be loving and kind.

But when someone mentions that God is our Judge,
we tighten up and get a little tense.

That’s because judges are not supposed to be loving.

They have to be fair and impartial.

Being a judge is a job, being a father is not a job, it is a pleasure.

Most people know that God is loving.

What they worry about is what the judge will decide when they come before him in court.

All humans have to appear before God for judgement. Here is a scripture from the Book of Acts 17:30-31

In the past God overlooked such ignorance,  but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice.

The good news is…Christians have already been to court.

We have been judged according to our salvation through Jesus.

Here is another scripture from the Book of Acts 2:38

Peter replied, 

“Repent and be baptised, every one of you,  in the name of Jesus Christ  for the forgiveness of your sins.”

The Apostle Peter was telling these people how to be saved.

One of the most important things that happen to you when you are saved is. Your name is written in a book called The Book of Life.

Apostle Paul mentions this in Philippians 4:3

“The rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.”

Now this is the scary bit.

Let us go to The Book of Revelation 20:12

And I saw the dead, great and small,  standing before the throne, and books were opened. 

Another book was opened, which is the book of life.
The dead were judged, according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

Please allow me to explain clearly what this scripture is saying.

Here are the main points:

Everyone is standing before a throne.

Books are being opened.

One of those books is called The Book of Life.

The people were judged according to what they had done.

These people were being judged on their good or bad deeds.

Pretty risky stuff for those people.

But here is the Good News and the Bad News.

If your name is not found in the Book of Life you go to hell.

Revelation 20:15

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

If your name is in the Book of Life you go to heaven

Revelation 21:27

Nothing impure will ever enter it, 

nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,  but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Did you see the last part of this scripture, look at it closely?

“only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Christians have the wonderful peace of knowing that our names are already in the
Book of Life.

When we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour our names are written in
The Book of Life.

Listen to what Jesus says in John 5:24

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life  and will not be judged  but has crossed over from death to life.

Jesus in his own words tells us, we will not be judged.

This chapter has a message about winners and losers.

Winners go to heaven.
Losers go to hell.

What a shocking message.

The whole world will be divided between winners and losers.

If that is our future, what is our present?

Once again let me ask you the big question.

Are you a winner?

The answer depends on whether you are a Christian.
If you are a Christian, you are a winner.

But what about right now, are you winning in life?

Are you winning in your finances?

Because Jesus died on the cross…you are a winner in court.

People think they have to do certain things to be a winner.

But as Christians we do things because we are already winners.

WINNERS IN COURT..!!

We go to church as winners…not to become winners.

We read the Bible as winners…not to become winners.

CHAPTER 6

This chapter is for those who have lost their money,
because other people did the wrong thing.

It is so hard to recover from injustice.

Like the story I told you about the journalist who lost a court case.

He just gave up.

But he found a new way to express his talents.

Here is a short encouragement for those who have been badly treated in life.

Last night I was watching a T.V. program about air safety.

A jet carrying cargo took off from the airport and suddenly the back-right hand rudder got stuck.

The plane zoomed up into the air and became uncontrollable.

The pilots wrestled with the controls, but they were not able to land the jet safely.

It was a disaster.

The investigation found a minor mistake was made by a mechanic.

The mechanic had not locked a bolt into position properly. Now three pilots were dead.

Someone makes a mistake and other people pay the price.

How annoying is that?

You go about your life not harming anyone.

And suddenly disaster strikes. Not your fault…their fault.

How do you cope with that?

All you want is justice.

But no-one cares…. everyone is asleep.

Sometimes parents start a charity or a foundation.

They have lost a child and they turn their grief into a vision to help others.
That is honourable.

Sometimes, justice does catch up with the offender and he/she goes to jail for life.

But what about some healing and restoration.

We need an answer for the pain, the anger, the hurt.

Am I about to suggest some simple solution…not likely?
Let’s just look at how nature copes.

A fire burns down a forest.

Over time the dead trees start rotting.

The soil absorbs the nutrients.

Eventually the seeds that were hidden in the soil…sprout.

The forest grows back.

Yes, this may take a long time, but it happens.

Nature depends on the seeds that have already fallen from years past.
Because they were buried, they were safe from the fire.

So, here is my lesson I see in nature.
It all depends on hidden seed.

Alright, back to your situation.

You have been affected by someone who did the wrong thing.

Now you are hurting and looking for a way out.

At lot depends on what sort of person you are.

Maybe you easily forgive and forget.

That is very unusual…congratulations.

Maybe you get angry and want revenge.

That is more common.

Maybe you have had a major breakdown.
That will be hard to recover from.

I have one more question for you.

What seed is buried within you?

Sorry to do this, but there is still one more little question.
Here it is.

ARE THE SEEDS OF GREATNESS BURIED WITHIN YOU..??

If you have the potential for greatness, your response to tragedy will be great.

No tragedy can burn those seeds of greatness, if they are buried deep enough.

If greatness is not within you, then you are free to respond anyway you want.
But if greatness is in you, then your response must reflect that greatness.

Here are some other ways to describe greatness.

Noble character.

Great integrity.

Highly honourable.

A person of high standing.

Wise and compassionate.

A person who loves life.

Have you considered that somewhere in your past, someone, somehow, deposited some treasure into your life?

Treasure that you can dig up from deep within.

A deposit, that until now you were not aware of.

As I write these words, I can feel them being pulled out of me.

Is there someone out there who needs to hear these words?

Your need is impacting me right now.

I hope this encouragement finds you and blesses you.

May God heal you from your suffering.

I pray for a word of wisdom for your situation.

A wisdom, that will drop into your heart today.

Amen.

CHAPTER 7

“The Good Samaritan.”

Here is a story about a man being robbed and beaten.

A man from Samaria rescued him and took him to a motel.

A business man owned the Motel.

Luke 10: 30-35

Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine.
Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper.
‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return,
I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

In this story we have three different men.

One man has lost his money but survived.

One man gives his time and money to help others.

One man owns a Motel business and makes a profit.

Who do you want to be?

Make a choice..!!

Are you happy to be robbed, but be alive.
Yes, happy to be alive… not happy to be robbed.

Are you doing well and able to help others.
Good on you, you are a nice person.

Or would you like to be making a profit?

Have you been a victim?
Have you been helping victims?

Or is today a new day of financial increase?

Has the Judge declared a new day for you?

This is my dream; would you like it to be your dream?

Let’s believe God for a new level of financial success.

My Dream.

“To see God’s hand come upon my finances in a miraculous and obviously supernatural way, so that outsiders will be able to acknowledge what has taken place, and for this to continue into the future.”

I also would like to have the ability to bring this blessing into the lives of other Christians so they can experience God’s obvious touch on their finances in an ongoing way.

Written by Tony Egar

Please let me know when the blessing arrives.

www.tonyegar.com

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