All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.–2 Timothy 3:16-17
One of the common elements in all levels of football from peewee to pro is the playbook. It contains the game plan each team uses to try to overcome its opponent. Without the playbook teams and players would be in a state of confusion not knowing what to do or where to go. On the other hand, no matter how good the playbook is, it’s absolutely useless if the players don’t study and apply it.
When it comes to life, there is no better playbook than the Word of God. It contains everything we need to defeat the opposition (the Devil). Although we may recognize that God has a plan for our lives, we often do not acknowledge that the Devil has a game plan too, and it is completely opposite of God’s. The Devil’s plan is to “steal and kill and destroy” our lives, while God’s plan is to give us a full and abundant life (John 10:10).
In order for us to consistently overcome our adversary, we must know what God’s “playbook” says by reading and studying it, and apply what it says to our lives. If we don’t, we are feeding right into the plans of our Enemy.
1. How has following your team’s playbook/game plan impacted your performance in competition?
2. How often do you turn to the Bible for guidance?
3. What are some specific ways in which you can apply God’s Word to your life today?
Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 11:28; James 1:19-25
God, thank You for providing us with a playbook for life—the Holy Bible. I pray that as I spend time reading Your Word, the promises in this playbook will be written on my heart. Help me apply what I read in my day-to-day life. Amen.