3/5/2006 ~ Are You An Athlete For God?

... Run in such a way that you may obtain it. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 9:24-27

... competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes
according to the rules. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:1-6

You have to play by the rules.

... looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, ...
~ Hebrews 12:1-2

Life for a Christian is a race.

1. GOAL Heaven In the presence of God.

┌─> I fix my eyes on the goal.          
... for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:11-14

... for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, ...
~ Philippians 3:8

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
~ Luke 2:52

Christian's want to be with God, Christ.

... having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. ...
~ Philippians 1:21-24

Hands down, Heaven is better!

... shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or
causes an abomination or a lie, ... ~ Revelation 21:25-27

No one will ask, “Is there something better?”
If we do not commune with God Now, we won’t see Him in Heaven.
Have we lost sight of the goal?

2. TEAM Effort Unity                                

... be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ ...
~ Ephesians 5:1-7

... we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, ... ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

We need to play with Christians.

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
~ 1st Corinthians 15:33

3. RULES Directives Declarations             

          ┌─> These are disqualified.

... who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
~ Galatians 5:19-21

"One time is to much and a thousand times is not enough." - Johnny Cash

... let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
~ Philippians 3:12-16

You have to perform according to the rules.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, ... ~ Matthew 5:6

What we desire is what sets our goal.
Don't give a place to Satan.
We must control and play by the rules.

... add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control,
... ~ 2nd Peter 1:5-9

4. DON'T LOOK BACK Views Thoughts     

... let him not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. ... ~ Luke 17:31-33

Runners looking back are in trouble
and specifically, trouble to a spiritual runner.
We are tempted to go back to a comfort zone we had before.

... they are again entangled in them and overcome, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:20-22

5. KEEP MYSELF Faith Purity                   

... lest, when I have preached to others,
I myself should become disqualified. ~ 1st Corinthians 9:24-27

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play your game.

... Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:12-16

Ultimately we need to be responsible for ourselves.
Guard yourself and you will save others.
You need to think about self.

... I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; ...
~ 1st Corinthians 9:19

  1. Goal
  2. Team Effort
  3. Rules
  4. Don't Look Back  
  5. Keep Myself

Let's meet Jesus at the finish line.





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