10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:10-11 NKJV)
Last week I saw a cartoon in the local newspaper which offended me. The cartoon had the devil standing dressed in a football uniform with 666 on his back. He was standing over a man lying on his back. I suppose this person was Tim Tebow. His jersey had the letter “T” in the shape of a cross and the number 3:16 to its side. The cartoon was sending the message that the devil had victory in this instance. I hate seeing the world making a mockery of us believers in Christ and of Jesus Himself. We all know Jesus has already defeated the Satan 2,000 years ago on the cross. The Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow may have lost a football game, but it is just that, a football game. This is not a victory for Satan.
Concerning football, I only casually watch the Arizona Cardinals, a few of the playoff games and the Super Bowl. As a result, I have not followed the Tim Tebow thing all that much, but it is my understanding that he is not afraid to proclaim the name of Jesus. This we all know, the enemy does not want the gospel going forth, for he knows “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” The devil will do whatever he can to discourage us from speaking of Jesus. He also desires silencing those who spread the gospel. Let us all not be afraid allowing the enemy to stop us from speaking of Jesus. We must remember “…He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b) We are in a much bigger battle than any ole football game, peoples eternal souls are at stake.
My message today can be summed up in the following:
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)