Sports has always been a big part of my life, both as a player and a fan. So, when Pastor Keith compared the game of football to everyday life in last week’s message, I was quite intrigued to hear him preach on the correlation between the two. As usual, he touched on something seemingly so simple, yet so powerful. When it comes to life, the Bible gives us the next play. When Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the desert, Satan came to Jesus and tried to tempt him. Jesus replied each time with “It is written” – a response straight from God’s playbook – the Bible. You can use this same method during an attack. Think of an all-out blitz – the Bible serves as the offensive line protection. And with the Bible, there is never any breakdown. We must study the ultimate playbook, get it in our hearts and live it out daily. “Love the Lord your God, walk in His ways, and keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.” – Deuteronomy 30:16 In football, the playbook serves as a guide to run each play. The Bible outlines how to run each play of our daily lives. The devil is waiting to blindside us, hoping to force a fumble, just like he tried to do in the desert with Jesus. In life, we’re going to get tackled, intercepted and lose yards. However, by knowing and trusting Jesus, we have a clear path to picking up the first down, and ultimately reaching the end zone en route to victory. “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” – Psalm 108:13 God made the decision for your life at the beginning of the game. It’s up to you to take the ball and carry it past the goal line.