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Faith Workout: Celebrate Challenges by Chip Pugh

CELEBRATE CHALLENGES

 

READ

Numbers 13:17-33

 

REFLECT

God’s champions have always been big dreamers.  They expect to win, but they also expect to fight for the win.  This is what separates champions from those who live average lives.  Caleb and Joshua separated themselves from those who were content with living without the vision of God.  It wasn’t that they ignored the challenges in front of them.  They saw exactly what the other ten spies observed – strong opponents, big walls, and a necessary fight to win.  What separated Caleb and Joshua was the way they viewed these challenges.  Instead of seeing the challenges as roadblocks, they celebrated their challenges as speed bumps on the road to victory.

 

The greatest champion to ever live confronted the biggest challenge ever conquered with this same view.  While others feared the obstacles set before Jesus, He walked toward the challenge.  As He shouted His victory cry those who witnessed knew this must be the champion who would conquer the world.

 

“And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39)

 

RESPOND

  1. Ask yourself: What challenge will force me to quit dreaming big?
  2. Who can you remind of this truth today?

 

CompetitorWords of the Day

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

 

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