Stick to The Game Plan!

“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am [lowly] among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down [arguments], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

II Corinthians 10:1-6

I recall the summer of ’93 when I went to camp all three teen weeks. Our church had a pretty good football team that year, and I was excited to see if we could win the camp championship. We got to Flagstaff and the schedule was posted for which teams we would play. I could not wait for the first game to start, and we seemed to breeze through every game we played. The other churches did not pose much of a threat, and we easily won the championship. I went the second week to camp with a friend and did not have my church team with me. We were paired with some ranch hands who worked at the camp, but they were not up to par with my church teammates. The week went on and we were challenged but we kept advancing on to the championship. This time, there were tougher churches playing, specifically a large church who seemed to have NFL players on their team. We faced them in the championship and they utterly destroyed us. I put my heart and soul into that game and afterwards, I quickly went to my cabin so I could bawl my eyes out. My body was in pain but it hardly matched the pain I felt inside. I was so sure we were going to win, but we ran into a buzzsaw, and we posed no threat to the other team. 

I signed up for the final teen camp week, bent on revenge. I ran, slept, and trained football because I knew that same large church was coming back for the final week and they were bringing their all-stars with them. I was determined not to lose to them again, and sure enough, our teams met each other again in the championship game. The night before the big game, I headed to my cabin to hit the hay for the night. The sports director we called “Coach” stopped me and told me to go to his office. He told me he had a plan to beat that church, and we spent an hour after lights-out going over the game plan. I woke up confident and my fear of the other team dissipated as I felt I held the world’s best secret. We took the field and I instituted his game plan and we won by two touchdowns. I was elated as I honestly thought my determination to win was not enough to tip the scales of victory in our favor. Coach’s planned worked to a T and we won the camp football championship.

I have fought with my flesh every day I have been on this earth. At times I feel like it is the church team that I faced that summer. The flesh seems to be big bigger, tougher, stronger and more skilled than me. It seems the more I want to attack it, the more it seems to throw me to the ground. In studying the Bible, it is as if God calls me into His office to give me the game plan against the flesh. The weapons of spiritual warfare are not passive, but they yield great power in our defense and offense. They are not a rabbit’s foot or a good luck wish, but they are the weapons God has given us to fight the flesh. It is the game plan to defeat the enemy and keep at bay our flesh that will seek to destroy us if we allow it. The spiritual weapons that pull down strongholds, and bring our every thought to the obedience of Christ. It looks disobedience dead in the eye and claims the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. The spiritual weapons get on the line and engage the enemy – our fleshly disobedience. Our sinful flesh is not able to war against our mighty God, and He has already given us the victory we must claim. 

Where are you today friend? Do you allow your flesh to get the best of you? Do you live a life of defeat or do you engage the enemy using the weapons God has given you? Are you trying to do things in your own power or are you asking God for His help to claim the victory He has already won for you? God has given us the game plan, but we must execute it as He has commanded us to do. May we bring our thoughts and actions in obedience to Him, and may we come to know the joy of obedience. Arm yourself with the spiritual weapons God has given you and don’t remain wounded on the sideline. There is victory in Jesus!

Stay in the Fight!

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