4 Ways to Win!

Winners come in all shapes, sizes, and nationalities. Their talents are innumerable and their tenacity most admirable. The best way to win in life is to enter the grace and love of Jesus Christ. Upon entering, you will see that there are four things that Godly winners do each and every day to keep the faith

On Guard

Winners are always on watch for the things and people that might cause them to lose sight of the prize. God wants us to know Him enough that we won’t fall for the lies of the enemy. Pay close attention to activities that might grow into habits that will lead you away from God, and steer clear of people who may try to entice you away from your God-designed purpose. Seek the counsel of trustworthy friends who will hold you accountable. When you are standing guard, your main purpose is to defend and protect against anything that seeks to destroy.

Stand Firm

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to wait on God. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “Be still and know that He is God.” However, the act of being still requires us to do more than simply lie back and do nothing. God wants us to stand firm as a “tree that is firmly planted by streams of water,” so that we will be able to withstand the strong winds of trouble, disappointment, and despair. Palm trees are able to valiantly weather the most brutal storms because they have a wide network of roots designed to keep their heavy bases firmly in place. The roots are deeply connected to each other and throughout the soil in a way that enables them to bend without breaking. In the same way, we should be deeply connected to God; not simply through memorizing a few scriptures, but through a daily relationship with the Father that happens when we pray and seek His will. Standing firm requires us to rely on the measure of faith God provides to each and every one of us so that we will not waiver, despite our circumstances.

Be Courageous

Courage is a misunderstood attribute often associated with fearless super heroes who save the day with a smile on their face and without a care in the world. Courage is actually the opposite, and it is not unusual to experience feelings of intense fear or stress. But being courageous means doing it; and doing it scared. In today’s world, many acts of service require courage, and those tasks can be courageously carried out by tapping into the kind of strength only God can provide through reading the Bible on a daily basis and by visiting with like-minded friends who will encourage you and help you during times of intense trouble. Sometimes courage means seeing yourself as God sees you. God did not view Goliath as stronger than David, and He did not fear the Midianite army as stronger than Gideon. For further reference, read Judges 6 and 1 Samuel 17.

Be Strong

As you pray, fast, trust, and do the work God calls you to do, you are able to remain strong because you know that God is with you every step of the way. Since He promises that He will never leave us, we always have Him as a source of strength when our reserves run low. The best part about getting our strength from Christ is that He also promises that we can have peace during times of trials and tribulations. John 15:5 is a great reminder that He is the vine and we are the branches. Branches that remain attached to the life-giving vine will retain their strength and bear much fruit. God reminds us that we don’t have to be strong alone. There are many scriptures assuring us that we can access strength through Him, including: Exodus 15:2, Psalm 18:2, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 28:7, and Psalm 118:14.

FURTHER REFLECTION

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.

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