Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church

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A Guaranteed Win
“A Guaranteed Win”
By: Pastor Nathaniel Drew
            We are currently in the midst of the NBA Finals. For 82 games, 30 teams have scratched and clawed their way through blood, sweat and tears for the opportunity to play in the NBA Finals. After a multitude of minute’s worth of games, we are down to the last two teams. At this very moment, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are battling in a seven game series. The Warriors, led by the league’s Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, achieved the best record in the NBA. On the other side, the Cleveland Cavaliers bring to the table the world’s best player in Lebron James. Fans have witnessed the best team in the NBA face off with the best player in the NBA, and it has been nothing short of amazing thus far. With the series now tied at two games, the winner is anybody’s guess. And I used the word ‘guess’ intentionally. The reality is that I could bring up all the statistics for both teams. I can tell you how the Golden State Warriors have only lost two games at home all season. I can tell you how they’ve never lost more than two consecutive games the entire season. I can tell you how they have the most potent offensive attack out of all 30 NBA teams. I can tell you how they have the current MVP on their team. On the flip side, I can tell you how the Cleveland Cavaliers have the best basketball player on the planet as their leader. I can tell you how they’ve had the best defense out of every other team in the playoffs. I can tell you how they were one of the best rebounding teams in the league. I can tell you how they have the only player with any NBA Finals experience on their team. However, even if I mentioned all these things, I still have no way of knowing which team is going to win for certain. At the end of the day, all of our input is nothing more than speculation and guessing. How much easier would it be for the fans of those teams, if they knew for sure that their team was going to win? How differently would they act if that were the case? As believers of God, we have an advantage that Warriors and Cavaliers fans don’t have. In the final battle of the Great Controversy, we know exactly who’s going to win between Christ and Satan. Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” In other words, Jesus took on humanity so that He could free humanity by defeating Satan once and for all. Because Jesus defeated death by resurrecting, when He comes back, He will establish His kingdom and Satan will be destroyed permanently! So for those who are on the side of Jesus, we can walk with our heads held high. We can quote facts about our Savior. We can cheer for Him and tell the world about His goodness. We can speak confidently, because we know our King Jesus has already guaranteed us the win.

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Michael Williams
2015-06-15 11:11 PM

He is faithful unto the end. ..."and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith".