You Have To Guard What You Gain (12 of 17) by Chuck McAlister

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Sermon: YOU HAVE TO GUARD WHAT YOU GAIN #12
Series: EMPOWERED BY GOD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (Nehemiah)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(Nehemiah 7)

INTRO:


Bobby Dodd, the former great football coach of Georgia Tech, tells the story of a game in which his team was leading 7-6 with just a minute to go. He instructed his quarterback not to pass the ball under any conditions. He said, "Whatever you do, hold on to that football; do not pass the ball." In the next ten or fifteen seconds of play, they moved the ball down the field to within 10 yards of the opposing team's goal line. As the quarterback began to execute the next play, with the seconds ticking away, he just couldn't resist, and he threw a pass. As it often happens, the pass was intercepted by a player on the other team. This opponent rushed toward the Georgia Tech goal line. The entire team had given up the chase -- except the quarterback who had thrown the pass. He had continued to chase his opponent and somehow was able to tackle him. The ball was fumbled and the quarterback recovered the ball. Georgia Tech won the game 7 to 6. After the game, the losing coach said to Coach Dodd, "I will never understand how that quarterback was able to do what he did." Dodd explained, "Well, it's actually quite simple -- your boy was running for a touchdown; my boy was running for his life."


... The quarterback realized that if he didn't expend extraordinary effort -- he, and his team, would lose what they had worked so hard to gain!
... Not only would they lose what they had gained -- but they would also lose their dream of winning the game.

(A) There is a spiritual truth here that applies to every area of our lives: You must guard what you gain so you don't lose it!
... Another way to say it: You lose what you don't use ... You must guard what you gain!
* You can't assume that just because you've achieved a certain level in some area of your life that you can relax because it's going to be that wa ...


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