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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: The Best Defence is a Good Offence
By Garry Stopa
06/13/12


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Have you ever had a broken heart? Many of us have experienced terrible tragedies; the loss of a spouse or child, to death, drugs, or divorce. I have witnessed people robbed by these things and, unfortunately, because of the heartbreak, have been robbed of the wonderful, God-given gift of life.

Life is a gift. A broken heart can steal your life. The Bible tells us to guard our heart (Proverbs 4:23). It even teaches us how to do it (Prov. 4:20-23). However, I believe that a New Testament believer has access to something more than just a protected heart. I believe we can have a powerful heart. God wants us to flow in wisdom, knowledge, and joy. He wants us to have a heart that not only gives life, but one that provides an above average life.

If you are born-again, the Holy Spirit is inside your heart (2 Cor. 1:22). We need to take advantage of this. The Bible teaches us a way to do it. It says in John 6:29, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." This is all we have to do; believe in Jesus. When we believe in Jesus, we can tap into that power He has placed inside us. The more we believe---the more power is released.

If you want to believe in Jesus, get to know Him personally. You can study His word, which is a good place to start, but to really get to know Him, you have to see Him. He is always with you. The Bible says in Matthew 9:28-29, “blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." Just as the blind man believes and then sees, look for Jesus in every moment. You will see Him; you will believe in Jesus and experience the greater life.

Why just keep what you have, when you can have so much more.


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Pam Ford Davis 06/15/12
Very good title, nearly jumped off the computer monitor...
Wing His Words!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/19/12
This is a lovely take on the topic. You grabbed my interest right away. I have no doubt your words will touch many hearts. The only thing I might question is semantics but it does make a difference. Satan and his demons believe in Jesus as well as Muslims and Jews. The latter believe he was a good man and a powerful prophet. It's more than just believing in him but asking him into your heart and believing that he is the Son of God and develop a relationship with him. I know it's a slight difference but I just wanted to mention it. We talked about that at Bible study last night. It's wonderful how God reinforces these things in our lives. I often look at the stars and get goosebumps and wonder how anyone can look at the heavens and not believe in God. Nice job.
Laura Manley06/19/12
A lot of strong, powerful words in this entry; truth oozes through your words. Although I like your title very much and think that is the foundation for a good story, make sure you proof everything...defence and offence are both spelled incorrectly here (defense and offense). I'm as guilty as the next person as far as proofreading; but coming from a secretarial background, including the legal field where everything had to be perfect, I am extremely sensitive when it comes to proofreading. I think you did an excellent job in staying on target and your words of wisdom I'm sure will strike the hearts of many. Good writing!
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/20/12
Good entry. I love your message. It was powerful,yet subtle without being preachy. Nicely done.

God bless~