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
Let's meet Jesus at the finish line.
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