Check Mate

Here’s a little background to the pic/video: There is a painting that once hung in the Louvre museum in Paris, painted by Friedrich Moritz August Retzsch. Today, the painting is popularly known as “Checkmate.” It is now in private hands, having been sold in a Christie’s auction in 1999.

The painting depicts two chess players. One is Satan, who appears arrogantly confident. The other player is a man who looks forlorn. If Satan wins, he wins the man’s soul.

According to legend, and probably fact, the story goes like this. A chess grand master came upon this intriguing painting in the Louvre museum alongside other famous art such as the Mona Lisa.

The grand mastered stared a long time at the chess board in the painting and finally noticed something surprising. The typical interpretation of the painting (that the devil had the man in “checkmate”) was incorrect.

Though the devil seemed to be the obvious victor, he was in fact not winning. The man, who thought he was losing, was actually winning.

According to the arrangement of the pieces left on the chess board, his king had one more move. This fateful move would make him the winner of the game.

Bottom line, the enemy may think you’re losing the “chess game” we call life, but thankfully we serve a King that’s above all “things” and ‘He works all “things” together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28)

So, don’t give up….you have Holy Spirit Grit and don’t forget, God always has the last move.

I encourage you to listen the message in the video below in it’s entirety.






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