Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #102, CT #1271
THE ROYAL ROAD TO VICTORY
At a little league ball game recently, I was talking to a lady whose son
played on the same team that my boy played on. She said, "Well, you know,
winning isn't everything." Of course, that was the day we were getting beat.
That's when you say that. I said, "Yesm', you're right." She said: "They have
to learn how to lose as well as to win." I said, "You're exactly right." But I
said, "You know what? I like winning better than what comes in second place,
personally." She said, "Yes, it is kind of hard to beat."
Winning is a very important thing in what we call the game of life. I know
the Lord is in the business of taking losers and making winners out of them, and
taking us when we have made wrong decisions and bad choices and sinned and
picking us up again. Why does He pick us up again? Not to make us lose again,
but to help us win again. Winning beats whatever comes in second.
In Joshua, Chapter 10, God's Word shows us the way to live on the Royal Road
to Victory in our spiritual life. I'm sure that most people want to win with
the Lord. Most people I talk to say, "Well, I'd like to live a victorious
Christian life. You know, I've seen enough defeated Christians, and I want to
be one of those that seem to be winning."
A group of Christian men gathered one time at a table and they were
discussing how their Christian pilgrimage was going. One of them said, "Mine's
lose, lose, lose, victory, lose, lose, victory, lose, lose, lose." The other
one said, "Well, how's your's going?" He said, "Mine is lose, victory, lose,
victory, lose, victory, lose, victory." -And the other one said, "Well, mine is
victory, victory, victory, lose, victory, victory, victory, lose, victory,
victory, victory." It was the conclusion of the men gathered around the table
that most ...
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