ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
IS THE GAME LOST
There is a painting called "The Lost Game." It pictures a boy playing a game of chess with the devil. It portrays the boy having played the game up to a point where it looks like the devil has him in check mate and the boy has a defeated look on his face.
One day a famous chess player looked at the picture. After carefully studying it for a few minutes, he exclaimed, "The boy isn't beaten! In two moves I can win that game from the devil." And he proceeded to show how it could be done.
How many people have been counted "down and out" when the fight was far from lost? How many people who just needed a little help, a word of encouragement, someone to lift them up, have been written off as hopeless?
Have you ever played a losing game with your doubts, your fears, your weaknesses, your sins? Has your faith ever weakened, your determination wavered? Does it ever seem that Satan is about to triumph in your life?
Satan doesn't have as much power over us as we often give him credit for. Jesus has provided men with the power to triumph over Satan. Jesus came to "seek and save that which was lost." The power of sin has been broken. (Romans 6) Christ enables us to be "more than conquerors."
Don't let Satan win the game. Don't let him defeat you. You may just be a move or two away from victory. Remember — "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond that which you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to bear it." (I Corinthians 10:13).
For His Cause,