Wednesday, February 6, 2019

I Peter 1:13

How do you prepare for competition?  How do you b
ring your mind into focus?  What do you think about and how do you keep your goals in sight as the season moves along?  The Bible has some great instruction for such questions.

In Peter's first letter to his friends, in chapter 1 and verse 13 he says, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 

Here's what you must do in approaching today's competition: 
1)  Prepare your minds for action.  Bring some focus to your play.  Don't be distracted by the officials' calls, the trash talking of other players, the fools in the stands or anything else.  Prepare your minds for action.

2)  Be self-controlled.  Control your emotions and so avoid foolish penalties.  Control your mouth and so improve your teamwork.  Control your attitude and focus on accomplishing your task, not on placing blame for missed plays.

3)  Set your hope fully on Jesus Christ.  Ultimately the only person who can fully enable you to do all these things is Christ Jesus.  He has the power to bring a focused mind, self-control and real hope.  Trust Him in prayer, give yourself fully to Him and He will never fail you.

As you pray today, prepare your mind for action, be self-controlled and set your hope fully on Jesus Christ.  He is the ultimate winner in all things!

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 12:38-50
Acts 18:1-17
Psalms 29
Exodus 16-18