What It Takes To Win

WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN IN LIFE
The 4Ds of Winning – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Father’s Day, June 18, 2017
Mike Prah

 

“We can win with God’s help.” Psalm 60:12 (NCV)

Why Would Anyone Not Want to Win.
1. Guilt
2. Background
3. Faulty Thinking
4. “Success is Selfish”

“How great is the Lord! He is pleased with the success of His servant.” Psalm 35:27 (GN)

“The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom” Deuteronomy 28:13 (NIV)

 

To win in life,
1. IT TAKES DESIRE. I MUST WANT TO WIN

“You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NCV)

“With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20 (NCV)

 

Ask: WHAT DO I WANT MOST IN LIFE?

 

To win in life,
2. IT TAKES DIRECTION. I MUST FOCUS ON A GOAL

“I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I fight to win. I’m not just shadow boxing or playing around.” 1 Corinthians 9:26 (LB)

“An intelligent man aims at wise action but a fool starts off in many directions”. Proverbs 17:24 (GN)

“I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)

 

Ask: WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF MY LIFE?

To win in life,
3. IT TAKES DISCIPLINE. I MUST BE WILLING TO WORK HARD.

“All those who compete in the games use self-control so they can win” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NCV)

“To win the contest you must deny yourself many things that would keep you from doing your best.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (LB)

“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.” Proverbs 13:4, NLT

Ask: WHAT’S THE PRICE THAT I’M WILLING TO PAY?

 

To win in life,
4. IT TAKES DETERMINATION. I MUST NEVER GIVE UP.

“I treat my body hard… so that I myself will not be disqualified” 1 Corinthians 9:27a (NCV)

“Let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that holds us back. Let us look only to Jesus …Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to Him. So don’t get tired and stop trying.” Hebrews 12:1-3 (NCV)

 

Ask: WHAT IS HOLDING ME BACK?

 

“Everyone who competes in the games… does it to get a crown that won’t last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

“In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, which He promised to His people. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NCV)