If you have read my book, I Got A “D” In Leadership: Anyone Can Lead… or if you’ve read this blog much… then you know that I love watching NFL football. My closest word picture for describing to PR31 how much I enjoy it is asking her if she knows how she feels when the Countdown To Christmas starts on Hallmark Channel, and they start showing the Christmas romantic comedy movies every day. When she lights up at those words, I tell her, “And that’s exactly how I feel about watching NFL games during football season.”
Additionally, when I’m traveling by myself, I enjoy listening to the NFL Network on satellite radio. One of those shows allows fans to call in late in the week and make bold predictions about how they think their team will fare in the upcoming week’s games. The only guidelines are that you have to predict that your team will win, and give a legitimate reason as to why in the form of a bold prediction. So, some callers will say their team will win by a resounding score because their defense will score three times… or because their quarterback will throw for 500 yards and four touchdowns. It’s both entertaining and inspiring.
I think Christians ought to live that way. We ought to make bold predictions about our life.. our spouse’s life… our kids’ lives… our friends’ lives. We actually have a solid foundation on which to base these bold predictions… the Word of God. God always keeps His promises, and never fails. So, we can make bold predictions when we line our lives up with Him.
We can declare:
– By His stripes we are healed.
– No good thing will He withhold from those who live uprightly.
– My God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
– God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us.
– We will lie down in peace and sleep.
– He will never leave us nor forsake us.
– He will restore double to us for the trouble the enemy inflicts on us.
And there are a ton more bold predictions in His Word which we can hold onto. The power of life and death is in the tongue, according to Solomon’s proverb. So today, begin to speak those bold predictions out loud over yourself, your family and your friends. Because if people can call in and make random guesses about the outcome of a football game, shouldn’t believers in and followers of the eternal God be able to make bold predictions rooted in proven truth?