Here at Conqueror Ministries we love sports. Athletes depict the Conqueror Lifestyle so brilliantly. Last nights game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami was no exception. At the top of the game the commentating focused on prior dialogue between Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant.
The emphasis was on D.Wade’s wrist bands titled “note to self(see them here)” about comments KD made about replacing Wade in the top 10 list with James Harden. KD’s palpable drive to overcome his 2nd place status to the Heat in the finals and the MVP award to LeBron James. The reference inferred KD’s inferiority to the Heat. My attention to the game’s outcome heightened when, during the pregame interview with KD, he referenced Proverbs 27:17 “irons sharpen iron” as a way of spiritually demonstrating his appreciation for the heightened camaraderie between the Heat players and he. We applaud Kevin Durant’s response. People can motivate people to rely on God’s sovereignty.
Proverbs 27:17 (NASB) Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another.
The game did not disappoint. The Thunder experienced a 20+ point deficit in the first quarter before taking their place as leading scorers. The fact that the Thunder faced the stellar starting five – Wade, Chalmers, Bosh, Battier and James,- who were responsible for the championship win in 2012, made it seem that once again Miami was not going to lose an important game at home. Why was this game important to the Heat? Simple. They all have egos that demand a win against the #1 Western Conference team to supersede their #2 Eastern Conference standing. It is obvious that the team is without their other star player, Russell Westbrook. Therefore, the Thunder’s vulnerability to the Heat’s starting lineup was a prime opportunity to establish momentum in their efforts to move to #1 in their conference. However, the Heat failed miserably.
I am certain that the 2 stars Westbrook and Durant are sharpening other iron on their own team as well because the sudden rise of Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb, both sharp as tacks on offense and defense. And the veteran Derek Fisher just seemed unstoppable in his 3 point shooting. Ibaka and Sefolosha were both defensive dynamos as the Heat struggled in a cycle of turnovers that was ongoing throughout the second half. As the Thunder’s went on to win it 112-95, Kevin Durant emerged once again as the star scorer with over 30 points. His leadership qualities as a Conqueror made the post interview with Doris Burke a stellar MTAC moment. When she asked Kevin “what goes into a streak of winning like you have had over the last 12 games,(see it here)” Kevin’s response was humbly “God – Jesus Christ.” Doris was waiting for Kevin to take the credit for his athleticism and the victorious outcome and Kevin’s motivation to BE HONEST AND GIVE JESUS CHRIST THE CREDIT HE DESERVES shut out any opportunity for vain egotism to prevail.
Christians and MTAC’s worldwide watching this post interview should appreciate this opportunity to see the Conqueror Lifestyle in action publicly last night. If you missed it, check out the link above. Kevin Durant gave us our Conqueror Shot for the day.