Thursday, November 19, 2009

Decisions and Discernment

Since I last posted, I've had two more games for basketball. Each of them a loss. *shrugs* We'll win next time though; I can feel it. I mean, the biggest reason we lost today was because there was this guy who was practically six foot tall and he was really explosive and aggressive. Although my team hasn't had any victories yet, I was promoted to point guard!!! So now I take the ball up court on all our offensive possessions and am pretty much one of the main passing people on my team. I've found it to be a lot of fun, but in a way, extremely challenging. First of all, is the decisions. With a defender in my face trying to swipe the ball while I survey the court, I have to be ready to make a decision swiftly and pass the ball precisely. If I don't, the ball will be stolen, ripped from my grasp, or I will panic and make too quick a pass, going straight to the opposing team instead of my intended receiver. Secondly, if there's no one open, I'm all alone. It's up to me to make some kind of play that will enable my team to recuperate and get a basket. It's difficult. If you hesitate, the person guarding you will seize the opportunity to overwhelm you. By now, you might be wondering why I'm telling you all this... Well, because it's the same way in life: We're confronted with sin and darkness and it does not want us to get past it and into the light or make any kind of pass that enables us to move closer to God. It will try to steal first place in your life from God and attempt to rip Him away so they can gain possession of your heart. And sometimes, we're going to be all alone with sin standing maliciously and deceptively in are paths, discouraging us from doing something, advancing, making a play that helps us grow closer to Him. There's only one decision that will aid us. One that will get us closer to God. But it's hard and blocked by sin. I have to fight through it. I can't just sit there and allow my defender (sin) to come nearer and nearer until I'm buffeted and overwhelmed by it. If I'm not moving forward, I'm moving backwards. In our lives. we all have to make the decision to go towards God no matter what's in the way. The crowd tells you it's not cool. Sin displays before you things that tempt and coax you. Satan deceives you and tries to blot out Him with earthly things. But there's only one choice that will lead to salvation and ultimately, God.

Philippians 1: 9-10. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

1 John 4:1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Even though we are confronted by so many spirits, deceptions, temptations, our own evil nature, and even Satan himself; we must be able to discern the one true path. The one true decision that will deliver us safely through any opponent and into God's compassionate, protective embrace.

Jake

6 comments:

will treaty said...

Wow, great post man.

Bekah said...

Ohmiword, that was AWESOME, Jake.
Wow, such a great post. The last two posts have been incredible.
Nice seeing you today. The teen center was pretty awesome. ^^
And yeah, The Curse of the Spider King is incredible. You HAVE to get it from the library. It's awesome (like all of "Watson"'s writing [remember when I accidently called Wayne Thomas Batson "Watson"? That was pathetic...]) ^^

Bekah

Bekah said...

Oh, and I REALLY liked how you brought personal experience into your message. It made it so much more...real and personal, and makes you think, "Wow, this isn't some idea that's just parroted...this is a REAL idea from REAL faith."
So yeah, it's awesome.

Bekah

Josh S. said...

Nice post, Jake!
Yeah, I basically posted about the same thing... xD

Josh

ChloƩ said...

GREAT POST!!!! i tagged you.

Chloe

Memzie Latham said...

Awesome post!
Very power driven message.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.