I am really competitive. I love to win. I love a good game where both sides are evenly matched and it goes back and forth and comes down to the last second. On the other hand, I had a friend who was just as competitive, and he loved it if the other team’s best player was not playing. That meant my friend would be in a better position to win. He had a saying, “It’s not enough that I succeed, others should fail.”
Believe it or not God wants us to win at life. Victory is yours. You have victory through Christ. You will win the race. God has given you victory. The Bible is littered with verses that say that you will win. The tricky part is, do you want to truly win or do you want to win your way?
When we step outside the will of God and try to win our way — we fail. What is worse is sometimes we succeed for a little while. We gain a false self-confidence, and we fall into the select group of people who think they got here all by themselves. People forget about the wife who stayed up late with them making plans, the uncle who took them to all their games, the teacher who never gave up on them. This select group of people are more interested in winning their way instead of God’s way.
Winning God’s way looks different than the world’s. God’s way requires mercy, patience, humility, grace, sympathy, and forgiveness. You should want to win and want others to join in with you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the victory before the battle is even fought. Help us to remember to win your way and not our own way. Give us the wisdom to know the difference. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Throughout This Day: Remind yourself often that to the Christian, winning is simply remaining faithful to God’s will day by day.
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