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Beyond The Gold, part 3

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BEYOND THE GOLD

The Parallels of an Athlete to Our Christian Lifestyle

Part 3

Hebrews 12:1 

We are competing in the greatest sporting event ever. It’s called the Kingdom of Heaven; the Kingdom of God. We are part of the greatest team called Christianity. We have the greatest owner, the Father God; greatest coach, Jesus our Lord, and greatest trainer, the Holy Spirit, our helper. My greatest heroes are Christians who are examples (1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Timothy 4:12, Titus 2:7). 

I. Three characteristics of a spiritual athlete:

    A. Christian athletes are fit. (1 Corinthians 9:27, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Timothy 4:8, Philippians 2:12)

       1. There is a difference between being in shape and out of shape.Fitness test:

  • How much can you lift?
  • How bad/poor is your diet?
  • How good is your posture?
  • How quickly do you sweat?
  • How much soreness, aches and pains?
  • How heavy or overweight are you?
  • Fatigue level?
  • Heart rate?
  • Stressed out?
  • Sugar levels? 
       2. Question: How fit are you when the devil attacks, depression comes, and denial happens?
 
       3. It’s all about daily workouts. 

       4. Question: How quickly do you respond to temptation? How quickly do you rebound when you’re knocked down? How quickly do you react when you’re stirred up?
 
B. Christian athletes are focused. (Philippians 3:14, Hebrews 12:2, Luke 9:51, Colossians 3:2, Matthew 6:33)
  • Goal
  • Target
  • Mark     
  • Purpose
  • Intent
  • Reason 
  1. An athlete can’t afford to be distracted.
  2. Focus means to walk by faith.
  3. He can’t be distracted by other’s opinions, other’s failures or burdens, or other’s accomplishments or successes. 
  4. A Christian must focus on the “P” in promises, not the “P” in problems.

C. Christian athletes finish, not just start. (Galatians 5:7, Hebrews 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:7, Philippians 1:6, John 4:34)

  1. They finish even when injured.
  2. They finish no matter how old they are. 
  3. They finish even though it didn’t go as expected. 
  4. They finish helping others. 
  5. They finish by His standards, not theirs.
  6. How to be a finisher:
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Don’t let fear stop you.
  • Get up from your failure.

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