Champions are Defined By Where They Stand

AthleteWord: “Faith is the firm FOUNDATION under everything that makes life worth living.” – Hebrews 11:1 MSG READ Matthew 7:24-27 REFLECT Do shoes really matter? If we look around the fitness community, and in the greater athletic world, it’s obvious shoes are a big deal. Since most of us believe shoes will make a difference in our performance they are usually the first gear investment we make when committing to a new activity. RESPOND Why do you think shoes make a difference in performance? When have the right shoes made a big difference in your athletic performance? Our feet, and the shoes we wear, serve as the primary foundation for everything we do with our bodies. Scripture says our faith is the “confidence” or “assurance of things hoped for…” This word literally means “foundation.” Like our shoes in athletic performance, our faith serves as the foundation for everything we do. This is why it is important to determine where we stand in life. Jesus describes two possible foundations for life in His Sermon on the Mount. We can chose to build our lives on rock or sand. The man who builds his life upon rock will still have to endure adversity in this life. Just like our shoes do not make our workouts any less difficult, the foundation does not prevent the storms of life from coming. But the foundation will determine how we respond to the storms of life. Where do you stand? God invites you to stand on His eternal promises confirmed in Jesus Christ. When we choose to follow Jesus we are given an identity and mission that can never be ruined by the storms of life. All who stand with Him are defined as champions. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11 NIV Skill Work Commit to reading one chapter of God’s foundational Words every day. Sign up for the AthleteWord of the Day: Text @WinWithHim to 81010 Commit this verse to memory: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11 Invite a friend to sign up for AthleteWord this week. Ask them if they would like to meet and discuss the scriptures weekly.
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