2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and
Every once in a while we encounter an opponent in competition who, by all accounts, is unbeatable, and it prompts fear in our team. Some opponents seem to grow larger and larger as we approach game day. The media reports and general word-of-mouth discussions depict them as giants. How should we approach such an opponent?
Your opponents on the athletic field are worthy of your respect. They are not, however, worthy of fear! The work of God’s Spirit within us does not bring fear. It brings courage.
Instead of fear, God has given us:
• Power—not just physical power, but power that comes from deep within.
• Love—not an emotional attraction to someone, but a powerful force that desires the highest good for those around us. Concern and sacrifice for teammates, coaches, and family—that’s real love.
• Sound judgment—not just doing well in school, but having a mental soundness that is related to doing the right things and accurately assessing the truth.
As we approach competition, we must not fear our opponents, but exercise power, love, and soundness of mind in a day of greatness in competition.
Dear Lord, give us the strength and courage we need to face oury opponents. Help us to see them through Your eyes and not our own. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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