Summary: Seems people are bored today, we love games. Well, consider the game of chess. Check, counter, check mate? We must think ahead and plan to avoid the traps.
WILL WE PLAY HEAD GAMES WITH OUR ETERNITY...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
(Fodder for this lesson from Todd Strandberg and Ron Riffe)
THERE IS CRY FROM THE WORLD TODAY... ENTERTAIN ME!
(Touch each point briefly)
WE DESIRE TO PLAY AT WORK, WORK AT PLAY, WORSHIP WORSHIP, PRAISE PRAISE AND LOSE SIGHT OF THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST...
LET US PLAY---Amusement, fun, diversion --- LAS VEGAS, ATLANTIC CITY, RIVER BOATS, DISNEY LAND, SIX FLAGS, KINGS ISLAND.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4:3 (NLT) For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
SEEMS THERE IS A SPIRIT OF SLEEP, SLUMBER, ENTERTAINMENT, RELAXATION--- WE ARE BORED WITH LIFE --- WE DESIRE EXCITEMENT...
· HIDE & SEEK (Where are you Adam?)
· PLAYING HOOKY
· RUN AWAY
· LET'S MAKE A DEAL
· CHARADE (watch others and guess?)
PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE THE LOTTERY-GAMBLE MENTALITY?
THE ARE WHOLE FAMILIES THAT ARE KNOWN FOR GAMBLING WITH THEIR LIVES...
Remember the GREAT WALLINDAS? RACE CAR DRIVERS?
Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mark 8:34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
I HAVE WATCHED MANY PEOPLE TAKE THEIR LAST BREATH, NEVER HAVE I SEEN ONE PERSON THAT KNEW THEY WERE DYING --- WANT TO WATCH TV OR KNOW THE SCORE OF THE BALL GAME.
OUR ENEMY DESIRE IN THE GAME OF ETERNAL CHESSIS TO CRUSH EVERY BELEIVER.
--- HIS STRATEGIES ARE TO NEVER UNDERESTIMATING US, HIS OPPONENT.
THIS IS A HEAD GAME THAT HAS ALWAYS AMAZED ME... CHESS
THE RULES AND MOVES ARE VERY CLEAR --- BUT THE GAME REQUIRES MORE MOVING YOUR PIECES AROUND THE BOARD... YOU MUST THINK BEYOND THIS MOVE...
The real game of chess must consider and weigh 3 to 4 moves ahead of this move.
What appears to be a smart move here can three moves later destroy your hopes of victory.
In the CHESS GAME of ETERNITY our enemy desires to render us useless garbage and to devastate our
ETERNITY to end with the CHECKMATE OF HELL.
THERE ARE MOVES, CHECKS, COUNTER MOVES AND CHECKMATE...
THE DEVIL STUDIES HIS OPPONENTS VERY WELL ---
OUR ETERNAL ENEMY IS MORE THAN AN ANGEL THAT GOT FIRED AS THE CHOIR DIRECTOR --- HE HAS BECOME THE STEALER, KILLER AND DESTROYER AND LAUGHS EACH TIME HE DRAGS A SOUL TO HELL.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11 (NLT) so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
CAN WE SEE THE SATANIC STRATEDY FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME?
1. Satan had a plan to destroy God's work on earth.
Satan ISOLATED EVE away from Adam and STARTED HIS MOVE...
· DO YOU DESIRE TO BE LIKE GOD?
· Look how pretty it is?
· God is just joking, to stop you?
· Taste it? FEED IT TO ADAM?
· NO REPENTANCE...
THE ENEMY SAYS: CHECK
JESUS COUNTERS THE ENEMY'S MOVE...
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.