The ultimate gameWritten by Adeolu Oluade
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THE ULTIMATE GAME
Psalm 9:5-6 (The Message)
verse 5 "You blow whistle on godless nations; you throw dirty players out of game, wipe their names right off roster." verse 6 "Enemies disappear from sidelines, their reputation trashed, their names erased from halls of fame." According to mindset of world system around us, 'life is a game with rules written by one if one is smart, or written by others if one is dumb’. In this modern world, there are so many games to be watched or participated in. These range from games of ancient Olympics to interactive computer games in which frequently thin line between fantasy and reality is easily crossed and entertained mind becomes grossly obsessed therein. In any game, wrong choices led to defeat while right game plan guarantees victory. The ultimate game involves life and death for every human soul without any exception.
John 3:14-17 (King James Version) verse 14 "And as Moses lifted up serpent in wilderness, even so must Son of man be lifted up:" verse 15 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life". verse 16 "For God so loved world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." verse 17 "For God sent not his Son into world to condemn world; but that world through him might be saved." Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (King James Version) verse 19 "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: " verse 20 "That thou mayest love LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in land which LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
1 John 5:12 (King James Version) verse 12 "He that hath Son hath life; and he that hath not Son of God hath not life." In this game God sets rules of game, and He also judges both spectators and participants. But because man is born in sin he naturally breaks divine rules personally (participant); and enjoys similar lifestyle of other participants (spectator)-Rom.1: 32. Consequently man lives in perpetual defeat! Romans 6:23 (King James Version) "For wages of sin is death; but gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Keeping the victoryWritten by Adeolu Oluade
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KEEPING THE VICTORY
1 Chronicles 5(KJV)
verse 25 “And they transgressed against God of their fathers, and went a whoring after gods of people of land, whom God destroyed before them."
verse 26 "And God of Israel stirred up spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even Reubenites, and Gadites,and half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to river Gozan, unto this day.”
1 Corinthians 10(KJV)
verse 11 “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom ends of world are come.”
The anticlimax vividly described in first set of scriptures is a sharp contrast of 'the victory story' outlined in preceding verses of same chapter in bible, that is, verses 18-25.
It provides for us a very timely and practical example of how to lose or keep victory, even in these perilous times!
To lose or keep victory infers that one had victory! And to have victory one has to be in Lord. To be in Lord, one has to have a personal covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. To enter into this wonderful relationship, one has to repent from one’s sins and believe on Jesus Christ Son of God as one’s personal Lord and Saviour.This is only covenant that guarantees anyone real victory in any battlefield of life!
From 'negative and bitter' story of how these fellow soldiers lost victory, we can positively learn how to keep sweet victory!