Each player begins with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently, with the most powerful being the queen and the least powerful the pawn. The objective is to checkmate[note 1] the opponent’s king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. To this end, a player’s pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent’s pieces, while supporting each other. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by voluntary resignation of the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost or checkmate appears unavoidable. There are also several ways a game can end in a draw. – (Reference Wikipedia)
I’m not one who knows much about the intelltual game of chess. As I began to read about this game. I couldn’t help but have a few questions come to mind. What if our life is like a game of chess? Who is our opponent? Who is the spectator?
I believe we can find the answers in the life of Moses. Many of us know this Bible story. Moses was a Hebrew raised in an Egyptian home. He murders an Egyptian, and then flees in danger of his life. After many years in the wilderness. Moses had an encounter with the I Am through the burning bush. God will inform Moses, he is about to enter into an intense game of Chess. Pharoh being his opponent. While God is his spectator. The Lord goes on to assure Moses. He will be right by his side, as he plays. Confirming that He has given all the playing pieces Moses will need to ” checkmate!”
“Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, ” I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘ I am has sent me to you.'”
Through chapters 7-12 of Exdous we see how every playing piece ( plague) the Lord had, Pharoh could mimic and mock. Until the final one. Pharoh had all confidence he was going to force the children of Israel to resign the game. As he would isolate their game pieces.
“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord!” (Exodus 12:12)
Pharoh couldn’t mimic the plague of death. Only God has the ability to take or give life. Especially when the blood of the lamb has been applied to one’s life.
“But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13 NLT)
There are these moments in life. When we as a child of God feel like the enemy has all our game pieces. Every time we try to move toward, we move backward. We try to pray, but he distracts or hinders us. We try to fast, but we forget or get sick. We try to witness, to only hear them say they don’t feel church is necessary to go to Heaven. We get a blessing on Sunday night, to face opposition at our job on Monday.
The enemy will lie to us with half truths. Because if they’re half true, it’s easier for us to believe them. Just some examples. He’ll say, ” Your husband doesn’t love you anymore, because you’ve gained to much weight.” Well, maybe you have gained weight. But your husband still loves you as much as he always did. Maybe your searching for a spouse. The enemy comes saying, ” Your alone and God will always leave you that way.” Maybe you’re alone at the moment, but the enemy knows God has someone for you! He comes and says, ” You’ll never be used of God because of your past, and they’ll never take you seriously.” You probably did have a shameful past. But the enemy sees the call of God on your life, and knows what’s to come.
The enemy wants us to voluntary resign! Fooling us to believe his lies that we’ll always be financially broke, prayers never answered, wounded, ill, forgotten and never loved by God or others. He thinks he has all our game pieces. But he forgets the drive we as christians have to win!
We are not forfeiting, and He will not defeat us. We’re going to win and he knows it! So I want to encourage someone to fight today. Fight with the Word of God. Claim and speak the promises God has spoke over your life. Reminding the enemy and yourself who is really in control.
“And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”” (Luke 4:8 ESV)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 ESV)
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;” (Ephesians 6:16 ESV)
There is nothing more the devil hates and is afraid of than the One God doctrine.
“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” (James 2:19 ESV)
It’s time we as Christians stop acknowledging the devil so much and start just lifting up God. It’s time we walk through our homes praying, ” There is one God, one faith, and one baptism!” ” There is God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, and all these three are one!” Begin to tell Satan the One true God of Israel is about to win this game, and it’s over for you!
The children of Israel felt defeated as they stood on the bank of the Red Sea. With Pharoh on their heels, they felt he’d have the last move. With no more pieces they’d be forced to resign. Thinking the enemy had them isolated. Their backs was against a wall. They was afraid for their life. With no way out of their situation, as their feet touched the edge of the sea. They was already defeated in their minds. Moses would speak up and remind them to, ” Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!”
“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.” (Exodus 14:4 ESV)
God will always have the last move!
“So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:27-29, 31 ESV)