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Topic: FOLD (10/08/15)
- TITLE: The bluff
By Maretha Retief
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The other players may be one of many—the enemy and his lies, people’s opinions or even the lies we believe about ourselves. God deals you a hand of cards to equip you for the task at hand; however, the other players may also take part, but you won’t know which cards they have. The only indication you have are disguised in their bluffs.
Another player can easily bluff and raise the stakes, but you would not know whether the cards in his or her hand are truly better than yours. When a player bluffs to induce a fold by someone with a better hand, the pressure to match the stakes can force you to make a decision you would not have made otherwise. It may cause you to doubt whether your cards are good enough to continue playing the game of life or whether you should fold.
So the question is, if this happens, “will you fold?“
The “bluffer” wants you to believe that his cards are better and what you have in the Lord is not good enough. He is trying to convince you that what he can offer is better, only for you to find out, what you had was the best.
When we look around us, other people’s lives often look much more promising than our own lives feel, but when you step into their shoes, you might come to a different conclusion. The enemy only has lies to offer us—what he offers is better than what God can offer; we should not settle for the promises of God as we are missing out; or we need to act immediately and not wait for God’s perfect time.
When the stakes are being raised, it is only part of the test to see whether you will remain to trust in the Lord and the promises He has for you, or whether you are going to fold and get caught in the bluff of the game.
Once we are caught in the trap of always wanting more and never be contempt with what we have, nothing will ever be enough. We will either continue to match the stakes to a point of our own exhaustion or we will fold for the bluff, believing what we had, was never good enough.
The cards the Lord has given you are always enough. No bluff is worth giving up the promises you have in Christ.
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