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Summary: The will to win is important but the prepare is imperative!

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Your Desire Determines Your Destiny

I Corinthians 9:24-27

Everyone wants to win!

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

24 You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race.

Everyone runs; one wins.

Run to win.

25 All good athletes train hard.

They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.

You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

26 I don’t know about you,

but I’m running hard for the finish line.

I’m giving it everything I’ve got.

No sloppy living for me!

27 I’m staying alert and in top condition.

I’m not going to get caught napping,

telling everyone else all about it

and then missing out myself.

(The Message)

The will to win is important,

but the will to prepare to win is imperative!

Jude 1:20

20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

(NIV)

The scripture tells us to build ourselves up.

Instead we beat ourselves up!

God’s plan is that we build ourselves up so that we might win. Satan uses guilt to strip you of every radical dream you ever had or might have. In their place, he gives you a happy, safe, secure, American life of superficial pleasures, until you die in your lakeside rocking chair.

“Success is going from failure to failure

without losing your enthusiasm!”

- Abraham Lincoln –

Abraham Lincoln’s record is as follows:

• Lost job, 1832

• Defeated for legislature, 1832

• Failed in business, 1833

• Elected to legislature, 1834

• Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835

• Had nervous breakdown, 1836

• Defeated for Speaker, 1838

• Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843

• Elected to Congress, 1846

• Lost renomination, 1848

• Rejected for Land Officer, 1849

• Defeated for Senate, 1854

• Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856

• Again defeated for Senate, 1858

• Elected President, 1860

How to Handle Failure Successfully:

1) Quit Making Excuses, Be Responsible!

How many politicians or corporate big shots take the rap for things that aren’t their fault? It’s not usually the American way. But Joe Montana, among the best quarterbacks in NFL history, says he owes part of his success to being able to say, "I dropped the ball," even if he didn’t. In his sixteen-year pro career (he retired in ’95), Montana was a leader who accepted the blame and shared the credit. Whenever he received a bad handoff from the man playing center, Montana says, he’d return to the sidelines and tell the coach it was his fault, even if it meant getting chewed out. "When you’re a leader," he says, "you’ve got to be willing to take the blame. People appreciate when you’re not pointing fingers at them, because that just adds to their pressure. If you get past that, you can talk about fixing what went wrong."

2) Learn from Your Failures!

3) Never Surrender to Your Failures!

Paul Harvey said, "Someday, I hope to enjoy enough of what the world calls success so that if somebody asks me, ’What’s the secret of it?’ I shall say this: ’I get up when I fall down.’"

4) Focus on Winning!

1 Samuel 30:6

“David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

(KJV)

Your desire determines your destiny!


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