"The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]." ~ Psalm 37:23 (Amp)
What do Poker, Yahtzee, and Backgammon all have in common? These are games in which the impetus, and any hope of winning, are dependant on the roll-of-the-dice. As a kid, I would get upset when I would be so close to winning only to roll a bad number and lose the game! I've grown to understand that games supported by dice are, at best, a gamble. You may learn how to navigate or do your best with the numbers you get, but in the end, the outcome of the match is a reflection of who had the better numbers on the dice! Your life is not intended to be a gamble.
The roll-of-the-dice means a number of things:
- Each competitor is on equal ground.
- Breakthrough or breakdown could happen in one roll!
- There are no promises, only chance. At best you're at 50/50.
- You're always in a posture of hope but cannot put your faith in chance.
In contrast, walking by faith in God and His Word means several truths:
- God and your enemy, the Devil, are not on equal grounds in competing for your life! God has surrounded your life with "favor like a shield!" (Psalm 5:12)
- Breakthrough after breakthrough is promised in God's Word! Breakdowns can be completely avoided. The path of the righteous is ordered by God's grace, power, wisdom and faithful presence! (1 John 5:4; Psalm 37:23)
- God's Word has over 32,000 promises for those who believe. Every one of His promises is "yes, and amen, in Christ Jesus!" (2 Corinthians 1:20)
- You can build your life on the integrity and power of God's Word! His Word is the Rock that cannot be shaken! (Matthew 7:24)
In the present condition of our world, with its compromises, contaminants, and challenges, don't let your life and future be a gamble! God has promised many wonderful benefits to His people. Spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, relational, and in every other area; God has paid for and provided all that you need for life in this world and the world which is to come! Build your faith by reading His Word and exalting His name.
Leave the roll-of-the-dice to the games you play not to the life you live!
Take a moment and make this declaration of faith:
Father, I thank You for all that You've done for me through Your Son, Jesus Christ! By faith, I receive every promise that You've given me. Fulfill Your plans and purposes for my life. I put my future, my family, my finances into Your faithful and capable hands. I declare that I am both a hearer and a doer of Your Word! My life is on You, Father! You are my Rock! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen!
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