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Winning Life's Race


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Nike wants us to believe that having the right shoes will make us winners. We can overcome any obstacle with the right equipment and the right attitude.

Attitude comes from what we believe. Belief is a powerful force. The mind is a powerful force. If I believe in something or someone strong enough, it can have an effect.

What are you thinking?

Some say the mind can either help us heal or help us die. It all depends on what we think and what we believe. Studies show that those with positive attitudes heal much quicker than those with poor attitudes. The same is true for those who approach business, marriage, finances, etc with a positive attitude. Winners believe they are winners before it actually comes true.

Nike is right about one thing. “Nike” is what overcomes the world. Not the shoe, but the “Nike” name. It’s a Greek word that means “victory.” It is used only once in the New Testament and it’s found in a powerful verse about overcoming the world. The verse tells us who overcomes the world and what overcomes the world.

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory (nike) that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4,5).

Who overcomes the world? Those born of God.
Who overcomes the world? Those who believe Jesus is the Son of God.
What overcomes the world? Victory through our faith.

It is our belief in Jesus as the Son of God that allows us to have the faith necessary to stop allowing the world to have victory over us. We become the victor not the victim.

Winning has nothing to do with having or wearing the right shoes! It has everything to do with faith in the right person. Jesus Christ is that person. He once said that He overcame the world. And…those who believe in Him will overcome the world. That’s makes us overcomers, victors, winners, free.

By Chad McComas. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®

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