Yesterday, I was in my basement playing a hot game of foosball with two of my grandkids. Ashley and I were a tough match for nine year old Dylan, but he usually came out on top.
What interested me most was what was going on in Dylan’s mind. As he, or I, would make a stunning play, he would always comment as to whether that move could be a winning play over his much older cousin, Peter.
Peter was a master at foosball and soundly whipped any of us who dared to challenge him. That was over two years ago, but it obviously left a strong impression on Dylan. Mentally, he was preparing for the next battle with Peter.
I wonder how many of us are preparing for the next battle of life? Have we taken note of the plays the enemy uses on us? Have we become aware of the schemes that seem to distract us and get us off our game?
Perhaps we ought to learn a lesson from Dylan and begin to plan ahead. Maybe we should even practice some good defensive and offensive moves that would help get us on top of the game.
What would that look like?
For me, one of the most powerful defensive and offensive tactics I have is going to God’s Word.
Fearful? Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God; (Isa 41:10)
Worried? Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Attacked? No weapon formed against you will prosper… (Isa 54:17)
Defeated? That which the enemy meant for evil, God will turn to good. (Gen 50:20 paraphrased)
Hopeless? Put your hope in God, for with the Lord is unfailing love… (Ps 130:7)
Bad Circumstances? God will make all things work together for good… (Ro 8:28)
God says what He means and means what He says. We need to believe it, stand on it, and declare it!
We also have the tactics of prayer and support from fellow believers – just to name a few more. But the question is: Have we been practicing them? That is the key!
God never intended for us to be outmaneuvered in the game of life. He created us in His image and gave us His power so that we could take dominion over the enemy and the world. So, let’s prepare, practice and win in this game of life!
Join me as together we reflect the love, majesty, and power of Christ to the world.