Walk Like a Winner

Sometimes a guy just knows he's going to play well that day. Something about the confident, relaxed mood he's in when he wakes up. Something about how smooth and straight that first drive sails off the tee. Something about the way his gear feels when he straps it on. He just knows it. He's on. Everybody'd better watch out.

And believe it or not, when it comes to your battle against a certain sin or habitual behavior, you can step onto the field today with that kind of confidence, even if you've had a losing record against it for a long time, even if you've been in one of your worst slumps ever.

The Bible says that "by his wounds"—by the sacrificial death of Jesus—"you have been healed" (1 Peter 2:24). "Have been." Past tense. Already taken care of. "Healed" of your sin problem. Which means that every time you cave in to it again, it's just because you want to, not because you have to. As the first part of that verse says, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness."

So if you want this day to result in victory, you've got every right to expect it—because part of winning is knowing you're better than the competition on any given day. And thanks to what Jesus has done, you really are.

Pray this prayer: Lord, after failing you so many times, I start to feel like I'm just not up to the challenge of being faithful. But I know You're faithful, and powerful, and able. Be all those things in me. 

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