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The Devil's Playbook (7 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A few years ago, my son-in-law, Jay Budsolowsky, bought me a gift for Christmas. He knew I had a Play Station game that I had bought for the kids some years before that and, really kind of bought it for me, but it was kind of given to the kids. And I had an old football game, a 2003 NFL football game that I used to play on there. And Jay bought me 2006 NCAA football to play. Now I love that game because that game has Vince Young in it. And Vince Young on NCAA 2006 is like Superman. You can beat anybody if you're Vince Young. It's just amazing. I'd play different guys, and like no one can make the moves that he makes. And I say, "Yeah, that's good." I'm always Texas. You can't beat Texas. You can't play at my house unless I'm Vince Young and Texas." But now, if you've ever played that video game or ones like it, you know, you can cheat a little bit if you're a dishonest person. You can try and look to see what the other guy is calling, what play is he calling. Is he blitzing? Is he going to bring a linebacker over here? Is he throwing the, the bomb? What is going on? Now I would never stoop to that playing somebody (laughter), but I've had the experience of playing someone who did that. It's just amazing. You know, you have such an advantage if you know what the other guy is going to do, if you know the other guy's plays.
Well, today, in our series on the book of Nehemiah, entitled, "Arise and Build," we're going to talk about this subject, "The Devil's Playbook." What plays does the devil like to run to do his terrible, horrible work in your life and in my life? See, his mission is very, very straight forward. Jesus said in John chapter 10, verse 10: "The thief comes only to steal, to kill, and to destroy." That is the devil. He's like the terminator. He is just focused on stealing, killing, and destroying you and me and those whom God loves. But how does he do it? ...
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