Your browser does not support JavaScript!

Blue Line

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes engages coaches and athletes to grow in their faith and sport.

Get In Touch

Blue Line

1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober-minded;be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Proverbs 25:28 - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Ephesians 6:10-11 -Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Galatians 5:16,22-23 - But I say,walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,self-control.

A team’s defensive core is often referred to as their ‘blue line’ – a reference to the zone line where the defensemen often position themselves. It’s hard to overstate the importance of a good defensive core – as the saying goes ‘offense wins games, defense wins championships’. You won’t succeed in hockey if your team doesn’t have solid defense. In the same way, it’s hard to have a strong faith or successful relationship with the Lord if you don’t have any defense.

Just as in hockey where we have an opponent trying to break through our defenses, in our faith we have an enemy who is looking to break through our defense and tear us down (1 Peter 5:8). A strong defense in our faith is putting on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and being filled with the Holy Spirit so that we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) – mainly the last one self-control.

Proverbs 25:28 says a man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Walls were a means of defense, built to keep intruders out. Without the walls, anyone can come and in have their way in the city. Perhaps if written to hockey players the proverb would say ‘a man without self-control is like a team without any blueliners, unable to stop the opponent from scoring’. It makes for a very frustrating game when the opponent can walk into the offensive zone, control the puck at will, and unload on the keeper (goalie). Life can be very frustrating when we have no self-control, and our enemy has ability to unload shots at us – to tempt us into the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the boastful pride of life (1 John 2:16).

It can be disheartening to play against a team with amazing defense – to bring your best play against them and not be able to crack through. With every goal they score, you wonder if you will be able to get back into the game. This is how I want my enemy to feel. The power of our defense does not come from our own strength – but rather from Jesus Christ. I find it interesting that self-control comes from the Holy Spirit – not from self as the name seems to imply. It’s the Spirit given ability to control ourselves.

A man without self-control is like a city without walls, or a team without a blue line – but a man with self-control is like a city with high, fortified walls, or a team full of all-star defensemen. Which one are you?

How strong is your ‘blue line’?
How can you grow in self-control and the other fruits of the Spirit?

For additional reading – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Romans 13:12-14

30 comments (Add your own)

1. Ellloalay wrote:
Generic Viagra India 100mg Side Affects For Amoxicillin Buy Amoxicillin No Prescription Canada [url=]cialis online[/url] Cialis Pills Cheapest

Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 7:06 PM

2. wrote:
Just want to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity to your post
is simply cool and i can assume you are knowledgeable on this subject.
Fine along with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed
to keep up to date with coming near near post.
Thank you a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

Wed, August 29, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

3. wrote:
Right here is the perfect web site for anyone who really wants to understand this topic.
You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not
that I personally would want to…HaHa). You definitely
put a brand new spin on a topic which has been written about for decades.
Great stuff, just excellent!

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

4. wrote:
Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same
niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have
done a extraordinary job!

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

5. wrote:
Very energetic post, I loved that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

6. wrote:
After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me
when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment
is added I get four emails with the same comment. There
has to be a means you can remove me from that service?

Many thanks!

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

7. wrote:
I'm not sure where you're getting your information, however good topic.

I must spend some time studying more or understanding more.
Thanks for great info I used to be searching for
this information for my mission.

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 11:25 AM

8. wrote:
It's very easy to find out any topic on web as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this web page.

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

9. wrote:
Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wanted to mention that I have really loved browsing your weblog
posts. After all I will be subscribing for your rss feed and I am hoping you write once more very soon!

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 5:37 PM

10. wrote:
I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post's to be exactly I'm looking for.
can you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?

I wouldn't mind producing a post or elaborating on many
of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome web log!

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

11. wrote:
Good post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I
stumbleupon on a daily basis. It will always be useful to read articles from other writers and use
a little something from other websites.

Sat, September 1, 2018 @ 6:08 PM

12. wrote:
Howdy I am so happy I found your website, I really found
you by accident, while I was looking on Bing for something else, Regardless
I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a remarkable post and a all round exciting blog (I also love
the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and
also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back
to read a lot more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 1:49 AM

13. wrote:
These are really enormous ideas in regarding
blogging. You have touched some nice points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 1:51 AM

14. wrote:
I simply could not depart your website before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information an individual supply to your visitors?
Is gonna be back continuously in order to check up
on new posts

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 1:54 AM

15. wrote:
Excellent pieces. Keep posting such kind of information on your blog.
Im really impressed by it.
Hey there, You have performed a great job. I will definitely digg
it and for my part recommend to my friends. I'm
confident they will be benefited from this website.

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 1:58 AM

16. wrote:
I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
Did you develop this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I'm
trying to create my own website and would love to know where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called.
Thank you!

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

17. wrote:
Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account
it. Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 3:18 AM

18. wrote:
It's an awesome paragraph in support of all the online viewers; they will get benefit from
it I am sure.

Sun, September 2, 2018 @ 9:49 AM

19. wrote:
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find
this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.

I am looking forward for your next post, I'll try to
get the hang of it!

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

20. wrote:
It's great that you are getting thoughts from this article
as well as from our dialogue made here.

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

21. wrote:
Hey, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
When I look at your website in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
Other then that, great blog!

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 2:07 PM

22. wrote:
I visit day-to-day some blogs and information sites to read content, however this blog presents feature based articles.

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

23. wrote:
Your mode of telling everything in this paragraph is truly fastidious, all can without difficulty
know it, Thanks a lot.

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

24. wrote:
Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put
this information together. I once again find myself personally spending
a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments.

But so what, it was still worth it!

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

25. wrote:
I have been surfing online more than 2 hours today, yet
I never found any interesting article like yours.
It's pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did,
the web will be much more useful than ever before.

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 3:19 PM

26. wrote:
Hi, I desire to subscribe for this web site to get latest
updates, so where can i do it please help out.

Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

27. wrote:
I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was
wondering what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming
having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
I'm not very web savvy so I'm not 100% certain.
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Mon, September 3, 2018 @ 4:04 PM

28. wrote:
Hi there to all, how is the whole thing, I
think every one is getting more from this web page, and your views are fastidious
in favor of new people.

Sun, March 24, 2019 @ 6:19 PM

29. wrote:
I've been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or
weblog posts on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo
I eventually stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i'm
happy to express that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered
just what I needed. I most for sure will make sure to don?t disregard this web site and give it
a look on a relentless basis.

Mon, April 8, 2019 @ 12:24 PM

30. wrote:
Hello, its pleasant post regarding media print, we all be familiar with media is a impressive source of facts.

Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 7:34 AM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.