by Dana Huffman
Imagine you are a ball player. Your team is in the middle of a big game facing a tough challenge. Everyone is doing their best, but still, you're down by a lot. Your opponent seems bigger, stronger, faster. You do what you can to move things forward, but you're tired. Your opponent's not tired. He's in your face trash talking you at the line, pushing, telling you what a loser you are, trying to make you snap. Your coach sees the trouble and calls a time out. You run over, huddle up, glad for a break in the action. Your coach says one thing, "Remember guys, we've already won." That's it, that's all he says. You head back in the game. You shake your head, but find yourself believing the coaches words. Your opponent’s words are no longer a threat, he's a liar. You ignore his remarks. You play on, finding strength, enjoying the game. There is peace in the fact that the outcome of the game has been predetermined. No matter what happens, you know, your team wins.
A while back some friends and I were huddled up talking. One was feeling like this ball player. Am I fighting a losing battle? Another's eyes lit up. She said one thing that put everything in its right place. "Hey guys," she said, "I've read the end of the book and we win." I was baffled at first. Wasn't that a simple thing to say in light of such a complicated opposition? It may have been, but I know this, I left the huddle different.
Stay in the game, keep the faith, victory will come.
Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." Revelation 20:10 NLT
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