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BORN TO WIN
Last Sunday we started a brand new sermon series called "Born To Win." If you are born again, then you've been born to win. That's what the Bible says. You are a winner! God doesn't save anybody to lose. God doesn't sponsor any flops and God makes us always to triumph through the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the person of our triumph. We are to triumph in all things and He always causes us to triumph through His mighty power that is at work in us. You were born to win when you were born again.
Turn to Hebrews, chapter 10, beginning in verse 32. One of the things about being a winner is that you have to learn that winning doesn't come easy. Now, we as believers don't fight for victory, we fight from victory.
Victory is not a destination, it's the beginning point. But that doesn't mean that along the way, we don't have struggles, problems and difficulties.
This particular passage of scripture teaches about a quality in our Christian
character that is absolutely essential if we are to live as the winners and victors that we are. God has saved all of us to win the goal. We are going for the goal in the Christian race but we must learn, as we do that, it takes discipline.
One of the disciplines that it takes is the discipline of delay, understanding that God's delays are not God's denials.
Hebrews 10:32- "But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions
(33) Partly, while ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, while ye became companions of them that were so used.
(34) For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
(35) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
(36) For ye have need of patience, that, a ...
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