The Way to Win
As I type this entry, the Olympians are well into the 2016 games. Some are about to finish. Others have already completed their competitions. Some have even returned home; not remaining for the closing ceremonies.
When we watch swimming or track & field events, as spectators we are often focused on the finish line and who will win. The competitors know that is important but their focus is on the start. They know to finish well they need to begin well.
There are many athletic word pictures in the Bible. As we begin our day, let us look at a few. The answers to the questions are at the bottom of the post.
- In 1 Cor.9:24, what did Paul say about running?
- What is the key to winning?
- As Christians what is the best way to start each day?
- According to Psa. 119:105, what is our guide throughout the day?
- According to Isa. 59:1-3 and Heb. 12:1, what hinders us?
- What is the key verse in the New Testament that tells us how to deal with these?
- Begin well so you can finish well
- Allow God’s Word to illumine your path
- Be sensitive to sins that need to be confessed
- Obey immediately and continually
- Be aware of His presence in your life today
- Did God reveal any hindering sins today?
- What was your reaction to this?
- Did you sense the need to rationalize the sin?
- How did it feel to apply 1 John 1:9?
- Run to win the prize
- Being temperate (exercising self-control)
- In prayer
- The Word of God
- Sins and iniquities
- 1 John 1:9
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