Fight To Win
1 Corinthians 9:27
Discipline is an important aspect of any sport.
Without discipline the indiscipline sportsman cannot be at his/her best.
Like a sportsman the citizen of God's kingdom needs discipline to fight and win.
The Apostle Paul had a very different approach to ministry and the work of the kingdom of God.
His approach to evangelism had to do with his mindset.
In the mind of Christ which he had, he paints mental pictures with his words of the sons of God being athletes, being competitive, being fighters and engaging in combat sports.
No true combat sport participant enters the fight venue with the intention to loose.
Every sportsman who is worth his/her salt competes to win, they compete for the prize, the glory, and the benefits of winning. They compete with the hope and intention of succeeding.
1 Corinthians 9:24
Most athletes compete to make their country, family, and friends proud.
The kingdom citizen can also be likened to an athlete, a combat sport participant.
The Apostle Paul used such descriptions to reveal the position God's people are in and to help us know certain truths that will help us in our spiritual journey.
Wrestling is a combat sport.
In the spirit realm we wrestle.
By observing wrestlers we can pinpoint certain attitudes and mindsets they have which makes them win.
Boxing is a combat sport.
By studying boxers you will notice the effort the winning boxer makes to win.
All true athletes/sportsmen have a desire to win, and to win you have to fight to win.
The example from Ephesians 6 mentioning our spiritual armor shows we fight like centurion soldiers at war.
The purpose of any war is to win, to gain the advantage.
There is fulfilled promises, joy, rewards and glory for the winning kingdom citizen.
The wise warrior and sportsman knows there is a time to train and prepare.
Training and preparation time is not the time to seek comfort neither is it the time to bother about what the majority of people think. It is the time to stay focused and put in the effort!
Your training and preparation time is usually something of a wilderness period.
Jesus Christ and John the Baptist prepared themselves in the wilderness.
Your training and preparation time will determine your performance and enhances your winning.
Jesus Christ has paid the price for you to win.
So you are born to win!
Everything you need to win is within you.
1 John 4:4
Everything that's needed to glorify God, to win, and receive rewards here on earth and in the hereafter is in the kingdom citizen.
As you journey through life, know that you should fight to win.
1 Timothy 6:12
The pendulum has swung in your favor.
Go ahead, fight to win the battle heaven has already declared you the winner of.
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