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A “First”…..

We viewed a complete super bowl last night.  First time, ever, to watch all the way through.  John and Joy invited us to eat taco salad and home-made spinach dip as we watched the game. Every year we have had to leave at half time because of our 4:15 a.m. alarm for work.  The cameras caught the faces of the losers as well as the winners, and Bible verses came to mind.   

The winners had closely studied their opponent, as to their strategies.  The losers had studied their opponent.  The difference?  The winners used unexpected maneuvers, not going after the opposing quarterback to hurt him, but, knowing his dedicated study of the game, sought ways to “fox” him off his concentration.  

I thought of “little foxes” spoiling the vine.  Subtle, small disturbances will wear down our dedication and determination to enter the “Joy of the Lord.”  So-called “little things” are always at work to distract us from our goal of being approved by God.  Be assured that your adversary is determined to take your eyes off the prize of your “high calling in Christ Jesus.”  

Umpires are closely monitoring the “behavior” of the players as to the rules of the game.  Their word is final – except that now we have instant reply that can be reviewed.  Be assured our behaviors, as well as the thoughts of our hearts,  are being recorded even more closely.  The umpire for us is the “peace of Christ.”  

Then, there was the joy of the winners.  My favorite part – receiving the end of their hard work.  Trophy held high.  Jumping for joy.  Announcers, judges, witnesses – all joining the festivities of triumphant joy.  Now that is the visual illustration of Jude 24!  

2Pet 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”

Song 2:15  ​​​​​​​​Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.”   

Heb 12:2 – “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”  

 Col 3:15 – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”  

Jud 1:24  – “Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,”

 

 

    
 

   

 
 

   

     

 
 

   

     

   

   
 

   

     

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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