The Thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat, “The Game Plan” #7

 The Game Plan

 

What is a perfect game plan and is it available to even think of such a thing?

Alabama’s football team and their coach Nick Saban have won 7 BCS National Championship games since 2007, That’s  50% of the championship games played in 14 years, not bad, but not perfect. Jesus as our head coach can put together a perfect game plan for us to live the game of life winning 100% of the time

 

The “Perfects,” first when Jesus was alive, then after the day of Pentecost

 

When the head coach was alive, he taught the perfect game plan to Israel alone

  • Is God perfect? The head coach taught Israel’s team could achieve Godly perfection, can’t top that – Matthew 5:48
  • The head coach told the young men to sell what they had and follow him if they want to be perfect – Matthew 19:16-22
  • Teammates are not above their head coach; they would have to strive to be perfect as he was – Luke 6:40

 

After the day of Pentecost, the definition of the perfect game changed. Now the Gentiles were included in being part of the head coach’s team – Acts 10:45, Ephesians 3:6

  • The head coach taught in John 17:23 referring to after Pentecost that the team would be in him (Christ Jesus) and God was in him, and the teammates would be perfect in one team

 

Overall, the game plan included the goal of being perfect with the following components that were put together before the game was played. Goals are important in life, think things through prior to reacting to the moment which can be right or wrong

  • The team can know what is the perfect will of the head coach (the head coach’s “Head Coach,” God) – Romans 12:2 (1 Corinthians 2:4-7-know God’s wisdom)
  • God’s Spirit makes the team perfect, not the physical way they play the game – Galatians 3:3, James 1:17 (this spiritual knowledge comes from God)
  • After Pentecost part of the game plan is the teammates present themselves perfect in the head coach (Christ Jesus) – Colossians 1:28
  • As teammates, your heart’s desire for each other is to compete perfectly in the game carrying out the will of your head coach (in life our Head Coach is God!) – Colossians 4:12
  • The game plan was designed to include all the tools that would lead to a perfect ending – 2 Timothy 3:16, 17
  • Great teammates watch what they say especially when they tweet. Don’t hurt your teammates when you speak. This is a Biggy, don’t destroy your teammates with an evil tongue – James 3:2-10
  • The final point on the game plan’s path to victory is carrying it out without fear of your competition, the head coach calls this playing the game with God’s love which casts out the fear! – 1 John 4:18

 

Game plans are game plans, but how you execute the game plan is what leads to the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat!

  • Injury is a great concern, it’s one thing that affects a game plan being played out. The game plan includes remaining in perfect physical health, and if you were injured in the game, you can be healed in the head coach’s name – Acts 3:16 (Acts 3:1-8)
  • As the team starts to carry out the game plan, they need to be mentally sharp, be in good comfort (staying confident to compete), like-minded, and be peaceful. If they did the God of love and peace would be with them, if they didn’t they, would lose the game – 2 Corinthians 13:11, 1 Peter 5:10(also includes being established, strengthen, and settled mentally)
  • When you are in the heat of the competition your mind needs to be focused on perfect thoughts or you will lose. If not, the head coach can show you how to correct your thoughts when they are not perfect – Philippians 3:15
  • When things are going south in the big game, the head coach’s job is to show you what the team is doing wrong and correct them to get back to the perfect game plan – 1 Thessalonians 3:10
  • As the game is playing out a mental mindset of patience is needed to be victorious. This mindset includes the team knowing they will not lose – James 1:4 

 

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