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Flipside Day 16

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into 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.Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Devotional: After reading this passage, don’t you feel like you’ve just come out of a team huddle? It’s a great little pep talk for the follower of Christ…run your race to win!

It’s also a great reminder that the road to victory is paved with blood, sweat and tears.  It’s a result of strict training, intentionally making a slave of your body and focusing on the eternal prize.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, that prize is the eternal reward that comes from living your life for the cause of Christ and seeing others coming into His Kingdom as a result of your witness.  As you live for the display of His glory, freely sharing the gift of salvation that you’ve  received, the ripples of your life’s message will extend beyond what you can imagine. 

And when you cross that finish line, pouring it all out until the end, you will hear those highly anticipated words: “Well done good and faithful servant”(Matthew 25:21).  And it will be more than worth it.

Reflect:

  • In what ways are you disciplining yourself for the spiritual race God has called you to run?
  • Identify two disciplines you can initiate in order to run your race to win.

Flipside Day 15

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Scripture: Romans 7:18-25 I want to do what is right, but I can’t.  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.  I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another powerwithin me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Devotional: If you’ve ever struggled with a lack of self-discipline, be encouraged!  These words were written by the apostle Paul, one of the most influential human beings responsible for the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Somehow knowing that this superhero of the faith struggled with doing what he didn’t want to do, and not doing what he wanted to do, is a bit comforting isn’t it?  You’re not alone in your struggles. 

Paul speaks candidly about the spiritual battle we each face within ourselves. God’s Spirit and your flesh are at war.  Can you relate to Paul when he says, “what a miserable person I am!”?  The good news is, despite this great struggle, there is a hopeful remedy: “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”   1 John 4:4 also reminds: “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

So be encouraged.  And draw on the strength of Jesus Christ to choose discipline over regret.

Reflect:

  • As you read Paul’s words, what comes to mind that you do or don’t do regarding your own self discipline?
  • Submit those areas to God in prayer, asking for God to strengthen your resolve.

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