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Pitfalls of a Spiritual Champion (2 of 8)
Series: GOD'S OLYMPICS
I Corinthians 9:25
Today we are going to talk about a spiritual champion as we continue the series on God's Olympics. Last week we talked about the profile of a spiritual champion and this week we are talking about the "Pitfalls of a Spiritual Champion". I want to direct your attention as you take your Bible and turn to I Corinthians 9:25.
I Corinthians 9:25 "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."
In a marathon many, many people begin the race with enthusiasm and with real purpose, with their eye on the goal but when you look at the end of the race, the number has diminished a great deal. And that is because there are pitfalls in the race of life. There are pitfalls in any race and there are pitfalls in the race of life. So if you want to be a spiritual champion you need to know about some of these pitfalls that would keep you from finishing the race that God has given you to run.
I. REMOVE EVERY DISTRACTION
Paul said everyone who competes in the games goes in to strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. And you know as I look at this passage of Scripture I see several things. I see first of all that if we are going to finish the race God has given us, we must remove every distraction. I saw a saying one time that stayed with me and it was this – obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
And one of the reasons people fall down on the race of life and fall out on the race of life is because they take their eyes off the goal. Paul said here is the goal – the Olympians train and go in to strict discipline to win the prize. They keep their eye on the gold medal. They are going for the goal, but he said we are doing it for a goal, for a prize that will never fad ...
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