“THE THRILL OF DEFEAT?”

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”  Revelation 20:10 NIV Read:  Revelation 20:7-10 You have probably heard the famous quote; ‘The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat!’  This was part of the introduction to the ‘Wide World of Sports’ television show which ran for decades. The complete introduction was: “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport!  The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat!” As you heard the announcer, a clip of Vinko Bogataj, a Slovenian ski jumper who missed his jump on a too fast slope and crashed painfully through a fence in 1970 played for all to see for years to come.   It became a standard for the show and set the tone for those feared words; ‘the agony of defeat’. While we may quote ‘the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat’, have you considered the ‘thrill of defeat’? GOD did.   GOD told us in Genesis of the trials of man in a sinful life and how Satan would be defeated.   Satan was defeated again with the death and resurrection of JESUS.   Satan believed he had won with the crucifixion of JESUS, only to be defeated by the the resurrection of our SAVIOUR.  Revelation tells us of Satan’s final defeat. Do you know the ‘thrill of defeat’?   If you have trusted JESUS and asked HIM to forgive you of all your sins, you know the thrill of defeating Satan.   The ‘thrill of...

“DON’T CHASE THE PAIN!”

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.'”  Jeremiah 29: 11-12 NIV   Read:  Matthew 6:5-8   Before a minor day surgery, the doctor called in prescriptions he felt I would need after the surgery including a mild pain medicine.   Rather than after the surgery, I could pick these up from the pharmacy before and have them ready when arriving at home. Not wanting to take a lot of medicine, I decided to take the pain medicine only as a last resort.  Then I remembered something from years ago; ‘don’t chase the pain’.   In other words, at the first sign of pain, take the medicine rather than wait for the full pain to set in then attempt to deal with it. This preparation reminded me of how we should prepare ourselves with GOD.   All to often, we jump into prayer after we are in need of HIS help, chasing our pain.   When adversity hits us in the face, we decide it is time to go into prayer.   While GOD welcomes our prayers when we are faced with a problem, HE wants to hear from us before we have a problem. We don’t need to chase the pain in our lives.   Difficulties, setbacks, health issues, family problems, job issues are sure to happen from time to time.   These can all cause emotional, physical and spiritual pain. Be prepared.   Have an ongoing...

“BAD BLOOD!”

“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found, because God had taken him away.’  For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”  Hebrews 11:5 NIV   Read:  Genesis, Chapters 4&5 The lady continued her whispering gossip;  “He will never amount to anything.  He comes from ‘bad blood’.”   Have you ever condemned someone because of their parents or relatives or the area of town they grew up?   Maybe, you have been slandered and condemned unjustly because of your heritage or economic status.   Enoch came from ‘bad blood’.  Cain was the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother Abel who was condemned by GOD.  Cain had a son named Enoch.   Enoch carried out the evils of his father Cain. Adam and Eve had a second son named Seth.  Several generations of Seth later, Jared became the father of Enoch.   Unlike his namesake, this Enoch walked with GOD.  This is the same family that had produced what we could call ‘bad blood’.  But, it was not ‘bad blood’ at all. The second Enoch walked with GOD.  Walking with GOD is very different than doing things as we see them.   Walking with GOD is a vigil.   Walking with GOD is keeping GOD as the constant in our lives. You are born in innocence.  You had no choice of your parents, grandparents  or siblings.  The wrongful things of their lives are between them and GOD.  Don’t take on their sins or responsibilities.  GOD created you to be you…free of the wrongs of your family....