You Can’t Lose. So Why Do You?


To quote myself, “The game of life is fixed in the Christian’s favor.” Christians cannot lose; they were created for success. No Christian need ever fail in living his or her life for Christ. We have all the advantages God has given us and none of the handicaps non-Christians are hobbled with. Christians cannot fail. But we do. Truth be told, we fail often. Was I wrong when I asserted “Christians cannot fail?” Absolutely not.

Christians were made to be winners. But a Christian may become a failure. In fact, if you look around at the state of the Christian church, there seem to be a whole of Christian failures or Christians just barely making it. That’s sad, because “just barely making it” is not the kind of life God intends for any of His people. The problem is not with God but with Christians themselves. If you want to be a loser, here’s what you can do to make it happen.

A Christian may become a loser through forsaking God

How does a Christian forsake God? It’s so easy many of us can’t even tell it’s happening to us until it’s too late. You forsake God when you start preferring your way to God’s way; when you start doing what you want to do rather than what God wants you to do. You may forsake God when you start preferring your own works to the grace of God. This is dangerous because when you forsake God, you forsake His help. His help, by the way, comes in many forms, and we can’t make it without His help. When you forsake God, pretty soon you won’t be able to tell the difference between the truth of God and the lies of the Devil.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. (John 16:14a NIV)

When you forsake God, He can’t answer your prayers and you can’t even pray properly:

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:6 – 8 NIV)

A Christian who has forsaken God is no longer rational. He cannot be trusted. He cannot win.

A stubborn Christian is a loser

But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. (Psalm 81:11, 12 NIV)

It’s an awful thing when God lets you go your own way. But He will; He will respect your own choices. A Christian cannot imagine how cold and harsh the world is without the Lord. But if you have a stubborn heart, you’ll soon find out firsthand. Preferring your own wisdom to that of God will not end good for you.

A Christian who fears man is a loser

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them.” (1 Samuel 15:24 NIV)

A Christian can either fear God or fear man. It’s always better for him to fear God. Fear of man is a sin. Fear of man will steal the joy of the Lord from you.  It will create fear where it really doesn’t exist and it will cripple your efforts in sharing your faith. This is what happened to Saul. Because he feared “the people,” he did things no believer in God should ever do. He did the exact opposite to what God told him to do: he lied and he blamed others. Ultimately, though, Saul committed idolatry because he thought more of himself and of other people than he did of God.

The result of Saul’s fear of other people should be noted: God took back from Saul that which He gave him – the kingdom.

Worldliness creates Christian losers

When a Christian starts to get interested in things of the world, he’s on his way to becoming a loser. Interest in the world will lead to mingling with the world.

The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22 NIV)

Worldliness will literally choke the Word right out of you. A worldly Christian can sit in church and listen to sermons 26 hours a day, 8 days a week to NO avail. That’s how powerful and insidious worldliness is. The Bible cautions believers not to conform to the world:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

A worldly Christian cannot – CANNOT – discern God’s will. It’s impossible. God’s will is discernable only by those whose minds are being transformed through the power of God.

A disobedient Christian is a loser

Well, that goes without saying. Psalm 106:34 says this:

They did not destroy the peoples as the Lord had commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. (NIV)

Time and again God’s people disobeyed His word to them. Over and over in Judges 1, the chapter this part of Psalm 106 is referring back to, we read about how the Israelites always fell short of what God wanted them to do. Against His will for them, they intermarried and adulterated their worship of the One true God with idolatry. In the end, they adopted the abominable practices of the heathens around them, things like child sacrifices. When a Christian disobeys God, he will find himself doing things he knows are wrong; the very things he swore he would never do.

Misplaced confidence will make a Christian a loser

At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.” (2 Chronicles 16:7 NIV)

This verse records the sorry end of the war between Judah and Israel. Some would view the alliance King Asa made with Ben-Hadad as a brilliant military strategy. God didn’t. It was a mistake. Asa should have trusted God, but instead he trusted an alliance. The alliance made sense, but it was wrong because it showed a lack of trust on the king’s part. It’s so easy to forget God is there! He’s always looking for ways to help His people:

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV)

It’s so simple that Christians don’t remember this promise! We do what makes sense to us instead of just trusting God.

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12 NIV)

Only a loser would do that.

Pride makes a Christian a loser

Pride takes many forms, and most of those forms will turn a Christian into a loser. If it can happen to man like Joshua, it can happen to you. Joshua was great leader and a military genius. He had conquered much of Canaan thanks to his cunning military strategies and his dependence on the Lord. But he took his eyes off the ball and it cost him.

In the land of Canaan was a royal city, Gibeon. The leaders of Gibeon knew that they were due to be overtaken and conquered by Joshua, and so they decided to lure Joshua into a covenant with them that would result in the city being spared and even coming under Israel’s protection! The scheme took nerve, that’s for sure. On the basis of Gibeon’s lie, Joshua and Israel entered into a compact with Gibeon.

Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath. (Joshua 9:15 NIV)

But the problem was that nobody in leadership bothered to, as the end of verse 14 notes:

…inquire of the Lord.

The sin was not in making a treaty; it was in not checking with the Lord! Joshua and his leaders should have prayed about the situation first. Flushed with the pride of previous victories, Joshua made a decision without consulting with God. Now, that decision to make a treaty may have made all the sense in the world. That’s not the point. The point is, Joshua didn’t ask God before making it. The lie of the Gibeonites went undetected when it should have been obvious. But Joshua thought he knew enough. He didn’t. Joshua trusted himself. He shouldn’t have.

A loser doesn’t pray

If you had your way, no one would fear God; no one would pray to him. (Job 15:4 GNB)

What kind of Christian doesn’t pray? If you have too much self-confidence, you won’t bother praying. If you think you don’t need what the Lord has for you, you won’t waste your time praying. If you think you know enough, you won’t pray. If you don’t respect and revere God, you won’t pray. We could go on all day, but you get the idea. When you’re bigger than you really are, you think you don’t need to talk to God. That makes you a loser because when you don’t pray.

A loser is a Christian who is self-sufficient

The classic example of this is not a person, but an entire congregation:

You say, ‘I am rich, with everything I want; I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. (Revelation 3:17 TLB)

The church at Laodicea was wealthy, at least by the world’s standards. A lot of Christians in America are in the same state. They have jobs, income, savings, pensions, all kinds of material junk, and they think they have it made. And all that may be good and desirable, but if you start trusting your own self-sufficiency, you’re a total loser. At least according to God you are. Yes, you can have it all and be spiritually broke. Revelation 3:17 was written to and about Christians! Losers are people who think they are “all that” when they are really nothing at all.

If you are a Christian who neglects the little things, then you’re a loser

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. (Song of Solomon 2:15 NIV)

This verse is a piece of poetry, so you know it’s not really talking about foxes. But this verse should be memorized by every Christian because it speaks volumes to us about the Christian life. Our lives as Christians ought to be growing and flourishing, like a vineyard in bloom. But beware! When we are living right, thinking right, and doing right, the little foxes will be out to catch us. Little foxes can be just about any seemingly small or insignificant thing that ever so slowly eats away our Christian lives. Attitudes, tricks of Satan, little squabbles between spouses, gossip in the church, teeny tiny sins, all these things will destroy the vineyard of your life if you don’t catch the little foxes.

Life may going very well for you right now. You’re spiritually closer to God than ever. You’re reading and studying the Bible and God is teaching you and leading you in the way you should go. This is when you should be looking for the little foxes. A winner does that. He keeps his eyes open. He keeps check on himself. He catches the little foxes before they can damage his life. Losers can’t see the little foxes until it’s too late.

1 Response to “You Can’t Lose. So Why Do You?”

  1. 1 Stelio May 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Excellent article. After becoming a Christian we play a new game, we just can’t lose. Even so, we feel that spending time with God is done at the expense of so many tasks and responsibilities we have to follow through. The opposite is true, nonetheless, as spending time with God works like a paradox: The more time we spend with Him in prayer and fellowship, the better we fit for the challenges of this life. Spending time with God shouldn’t be a luxury for us Christians. It should be a necessity because it equips us with spiritual wisdom and strength to face our daily challenges.

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