“Let the Games Begin”

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This blog is a follow up to Epic Star Wars, Episode III: Satan Strikes Back.

When sin entered the universe, man and angel like rebelled against God. When we sin, we are playing dangerous games with God. The risks of playing these kinds of games are far more dangerous than the risks that come with participating in the Olympic games. If we lose these games in the last days, we lose everything. Thus, it is important to know what these games are and how to beat them.

What are a couple of the “games” we play with God when we sin?

One of the games we play with God is a game I call “King of Our Mountain.” This game is similar to the literal game “King of the Mountain”, but the goal of this spiritual game is for us to keep God at the top of our mountain. In Episode III of our Epic Star Wars saga, we saw that Adam and Eve lost this game. When they listened to Satan and ate the forbidden fruit, they let Satan become their King. They chose to push God off their mountain and they lost. When they did this, they set themselves up to play this game for their entire lives. Read the second half of Gen. 3:16 carefully. “…and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” This unholy desire to rebel, now within Adam and Eve, would always try to push God off their mountain.

Look at how Cain played this game in Gen. 4:1-12. When the Lord rejected Cain’s offering, He warned Cain. “…if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him” (Gen. 4:7). God warned Cain that sin was going to try and push Him off his mountain. The only way to keep this from happening was for him to keep God on top and keep sin (and therefore, Satan) off of it.  God did not instruct Cain to embrace or put up with this evil desire within himself. He commanded him to rule over it. But Cain did not heed this command. He pushed God off his mountain, for in his sinful desire, he murdered his own brother. When Cain let Satan be the new King of his mountain, he lost. He was cast out from his family and from the presence of God.

We play the same game every day, for the unholy desire, that phantom menace, sin, now resides within everyone. When we don’t obey God, sin lieth at the door, in whatever form it has taken, to entice you to push God off your mountain. It (and Satan, by implication) has the same desire to rule you as it did Cain. But God has shown us how to beat this deadly game through the counsel He gave Cain. He commands us to rule our sins, not for them to rule us. He would not have given Cain (and us) this command if He was not going to help us win. By obeying the Word of our true King (God), we can win this deadly game.

Another game we play is all too familiar to us. This game is known as “The Blame Game.” Read Gen. 3:12, 13. When Adam was called to account for his sin, he blamed it on Eve and God directly. Eve, when called to answer for her sin, blamed the serpent directly and God indirectly. That is, “the serpent (You created) beguiled me and I did eat.”  Did you notice how it was everyone else’s fault but theirs? God did not force-feed the forbidden fruit to Adam or Eve, and neither did the third parties in each of their cases. It was by their own hands that Eve and Adam respectively took of the fruit, put it to their mouths, and ate of it.

In the world today, filled with sin, the prevailing attitude among men is no different. We still blame everyone else but ourselves for the wretched conditions the world is in today. We especially blame God. As disease and sickness prevail among us, as evil men and seducers are wax worse and worse and the crimes and atrocities they commit appear to go unpunished, we wonder why God allows these things to happen.

Is there someone to blame for these horrible woes upon the Earth? Yes, there is. Satan is the author of sin, the reason why all these evil things are happening to us. He moves upon his human and his demonic agents to wreak destruction upon the Earth and upon our lives. As powerful as Satan is, he can only tempt man to sin. He and his agents cannot force man to sin. While he is responsible for the existence of sin, it is ultimately our choice to obey or rebel against God as Adam and Eve did. As you saw in the earlier episodes, the consequences of sin never keep to themselves. They affect everyone and everything. Look what it did to Adam, Eve, and the Earth. Look at what it did to Abel. Look what it did to those who joined in the rebellions of Korah and Absalom. Winning this game requires that we use the strategy that David used when he sinned. He repented of his sins against God (Ps.51). By confessing our wrongs and relying on the divine power of the Holy Spirit to help us avoid sinning against God, we will win the Blame Game and our sins can be put away from us forever.

”Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you:…” (Rom. 6:12-14)

“…wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?” (Job 40:8)

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Prov 28:13)

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