Day 10 – 1/14/2020

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
Thought for Today:   Watching Clemson and LSU compete in the college football national championship last night is a reminder of all that is required to be an UNDISPUTED CHAMPION. Both teams came into the game undefeated this season with perfect 14-0 records. However only the winner will emerge from this game as the UNDEFEATED CHAMPION.  
UNDISPUTED CHAMPIONS are rare in any sport or field in life. Think about how difficult it is to compete against competitors for an entire career or season and be considered a winner by competitors and fans. UNDISPUTED CHAMPIONS are not perfect, in fact they may have numerous flaws. But these champions are known as champions for their ability to work hard, overcome adversity, persevere through troubled times and pursue victory with diligence.   In this life we face many challenges that are far beyond our natural ability to overcome. Additionally, you have a formidable opponent in the devil who hates you and is constantly devising plans and schemes to defeat you by keeping you in a state of discouragement and despair. As we experience these things, it is critical to fight the good fight of faith by declaring God’s Word to gain victory.  
To become the Undisputed Champion that God has made it possible for us to be in Christ. We must know and practice the following principles Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 4: 7-10.
  1. You are a vessel of clay that God has chosen to use for His purpose
  2. God has made a deposit of His heavenly treasure in you
  3. God’s Spirit in you is the sole source of Excellence
  4. In the fight of life, you will be hard-pressed on every side, but never crushed
  5. In the fight of life, you will be confused, but not in despair
  6. In the fight of life, you will be persecuted but not forsaken
  7. In the fight of life, you will be struck down, but not destroyed
  8. Always carry the death of the Lord Jesus in your heart that His life may be manifested (made known) in you and enable you to draw others to Christ
  These principles will help you and I to become and be recognized as an UNDISPUTED CHAMPION in this life.    
It’s Time to Pray: Almighty God, I ask you to fill me with the excellence of Your power from Your heavenly treasure so that I will operate in Faith to persevere and overcome every challenge that the enemy send to defeat me…Help me to see myself as an UNDISPUTED CHAMPION for Christ.

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