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    Precision Planing & Perfect Execution: a short Bible Devo on India's win vs Australia in the 9 June 2019 World Cup Group Game In London by Duke Jeyaraj


    'One of the top three of our batsmen should go on to score a hundred,' said Captain Virat Kohli. In the first game versus South Africa it was Rohit Sharma's turn. In this game it was Shikar Dhawan's turn. India's did their homework of planning before the game. And came to the game and executed it without a show of nerves. Another plan was to retain wickets till the 35 to 40 overs. So India's first three batsmen chose caution over agression. Things went as per plan. And victory was India's. Do you plan things for the game of life? If you have to give a speech, do you prepare for the same? Or do you blabber whatever comes to your mouth? The book of Proverbs in the Bible underscores the importance of planning. The Kings of Israel planned before they went to war.


    David Warner's 50plus off 80plus ball really hurt Australia. He socred just five boundaries in 84 balls. Australia lost the game by 36 runs in their chase of 350plus. The 30 plus balls which Warner used up proved costly in this context. Warner's slow coach innings warns us about the peril of procrastination. Do not procrastinate when it comes to water baptism for example. In Acts 22, Ananias asked Paul this procrastination quelling question: Why are you waiting? Arise be baptised and wash your sins away!

    Not just that. Aussie wicketkeeper who carries the name of the great missionary , Carey, could not take a regulation catch which Hardik Pandya, one of the most dangerous ball stikers in the planet now, offered in his very first ball. Pandya made use of the dropped catch to score a 27 ball 48 which catapult India to the highest ever score made against Australia in World Cup History: 352! Do you 'catch' every evangelism opportunity that comes your way? Someone says to you, 'Don't know why I have to suffer so much!' as you have dinner in your office canteen. Do you convert that coversation into an evangelism conversation without dropping that 'opportunity' for evangelism? Do you say things like, 'When we suffer the one thing we feel is that gnawing loneliness. Christ, God in flesh, is unique because he is the only one who voluntarily suffered on the Cross to bear our sins. And when we suffer he is with us giving a meaning to that pain! He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother when we are in the spot of bother!'


    To be a good death bowler in ODI cricket you need nerves of steel. When Australia pressed the accelerator button by slamming even Bumrah, the world's best bowler currently, for three boundaries, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar got India back into the game with twin-strikes in the 40th over, removing the well-set Steve Smith and the incoming big hitting alrounder Marcus Stoinus. I read something about Bhuvi in the runup to this world cup. He is soft spoken. He won't raise his voice. In Meerut, the Uttar Pradesh town he hails from, even though no one obeys traffic rules in effect, he is often seen riding with a helmet on. Maybe he wants to avoid attention. Surely he wants to follow the rules and be an example. This softman showed nerves of steel to shut the door of escape on Australia's face with state-of-the-art death bowling. Are we the opposite of Bhuvi when it comes to life? Are we loudmouthed, brash on the outside? And when the time comes for us to stay calm and execute a big task with composure do we fizzle out? With Christ in the boat of our heart, we can smile at the storms of life and win!

    (This was written by Duke Jeyaraj during travel in a Blackberry Passport smart phone, without the use of a laptop. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a viewer / reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org and by liking www.facebook.com/dukebook and by subscribing to www.youtube.com/visitduke. Duke also wrote another Bible Devo based on India's World Cup vs South Africa. Reply and ask if you want to receive that too).

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