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G'day champions, I've been receiving some devotional's from Dr Michael Youseff from Leading the Way ministries for some time now, & of late he's been right on song talking about us as the champions we are :D

So what I'm going to do is give youse all a heads up here on what he's been talking of in his short daily devotionals over the last few days, I'll re-comment for each one & feel free to comment yourself should you wish. God bless;

June 1, 2017

 

A Different Standard

 

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

How have you stood apart from the world in your life? Are people surprised when they learn that you are a Christian? Do you compromise your beliefs in order to fit in with your friends or co-workers? Or do you seek to do everything according to God's plan for your life?

 

When Daniel and his friends were studying in the Babylonian palace, they were given a decadent diet that contradicted the dietary laws of the Israelites. The Babylonians not only ate what the Jews considered unclean, but what they ate had been offered to the Babylonian idols.

 

Instead of conforming to a new lifestyle, Daniel remembered that God had called him to a different standard. Daniel knew that God wanted Him to change the world, not allow the world to change him.

 

So Daniel proposed an experiment which tested the results of his healthy, God-given dietary standards against those of the Babylonians. Daniel didn't argue with his captors. He didn't belittle their ways. He simply made a point that his traditional food would serve him better. And in the end, Daniel proved the Truth through his actions.

 

When we are confronted with ungodly situations, we must remember that we are called to godly behaviour, no matter what pressures we face. We don't need to engage in heated theological debates to make our point, but instead we should live a lifestyle of Christian faith and love. "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (1 Peter 2:12).

 

Prayer: God, help me to live my life by Your standard and not the world's. Help me to always demonstrate godly behaviour even in difficult situations. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

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Comment by IAN (WATTO) WATSON on June 29, 2017 at 8:09
It's great when you know who you are and whose you are.
You can't get any better than being the real deal bloke God created you to be and
Then you see the mighty hand of God at work all around you. Just keep his love flowing in so you can love ya brother however that shows up. His love NEVER fails.
Comment by Peter Harris on June 6, 2017 at 9:16

June 5, 2017

 

Champions Live with Integrity

 

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

If we desire to have true integrity of heart, we must not be shy about checking our motives with regularity. No matter how much we love God and desire to serve Him, we must be on guard against selfish ambitions that tend to creep into our hearts.

 

We have the tendency to compare our own journey with the journeys of others—and when it looks like we are not getting a fair shake, we begin to plot and scheme. Whenever our selfish ambitions take over, we say and do things that grieve God's heart. Instead of acting lovingly, we act selfishly. Our goal subtly switches from serving God to serving ourselves. If we are not careful, our purpose in life will become fulfilling our wants, regardless of the cost.

 

This scenario arises in many different facets of life. In relationships, in work environments, in churches, in families—we begin to seek to satisfy ourselves rather than serve others. When we suspect this attitude in our lives, we can ask ourselves some questions to shed light on our hearts. Are our actions vengeful? Are our hearts covetous and ambitious? Are we impatient with God's timing?

 

Loving others squelches such attitudes. Instead of trying to exact our revenge, we begin to show mercy and love. The ambitions in our hearts fade as we turn our focus back to our loving Savior, remembering we were "bought at a price" (1 Corinthians 6:20). As James reminds us: "Mercy triumphs over judgment" (James 2:13).

 

Living with integrity means we choose to live God's way over our own. We choose to live by His rules, which include putting others before ourselves.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to imitate the humility of Christ, who gave His life for me. Help me to take up my cross and die to self, not looking to my own interests but to the interests of others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Galatians 5:24).

Comment by Peter Harris on June 6, 2017 at 9:15

June 4, 2017

 

Champions Loathe Sin

 

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

It is easy, especially when we are living in a world riddled with sin, to become desensitized to sinful behavior. On the radio, disc jockeys make crude remarks. On television, we see an array of acts that break God's heart. And as these ideas and new cultural shifts become more and more commonplace, we grow numb to their presence.

 

While it might be difficult for us to imagine God becoming outraged, He does. Sin stirs His anger because He knows its evil potential. In Jeremiah 44:4, God says, "Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, 'Do not do this detestable thing that I hate!'" God is not merely disturbed by sin—He loathes it.

 

Sin is diametrically opposed to loving God. Sin breeds on the credence that says, "I don't believe that God knows what is best for my life, so I'm going to do it my way. Whatever I feel, I'm going to do it because that will make me happier than obeying God."

 

At the root of sin is a defiance to God's authority—a determination to live life any way but God's way. And God hates this. He knows that, when people enter into this pattern of thinking, they are venturing down a dangerous road. In His infinite wisdom and love for us, He knows what is best—a life of freedom in Him, not shackled by sin.

 

To walk in the light of God's love, we must understand how He feels about sin, and we too must feel the same way. Sin should not simply annoy us. It should stir us to action, to repentance, and to prayer—motivating us to pray for ourselves and others. When we see sin, it should make us defiant toward the enemy and more determined to live holy lives.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to realize the gravity of sin in my own life and the lives of those around me. Thank You for the precious blood of Christ that covers my every sin. Help me to confess and repent, turning away from evil and loathing it like You do. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"Hate what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9).

Comment by Peter Harris on June 6, 2017 at 9:14

June 3, 2017

 

My Way or God's Way?

 

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

The song "My Way" is a snapshot of how many people view life. They do not want to be told what to do, scoffing at any suggestion of submission. To many people, freedom means doing whatever they want whenever they want—but true champions do not share this view.

 

As David neared his coronation as king of Israel, his life was becoming extremely dangerous. King Saul knew David's popularity was growing and begrudged him for it—so much so that he decided he would kill David to end this problem. So Saul set out on a manhunt through the mountains in search of David.

 

Despite being the object of a heated pursuit, David refused to do things his way. Twice David had opportunities to kill Saul, yet he would not do it. Resisting the urging of a traveling companion, David said, "But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord's anointed" (1 Samuel 26:11).

 

David knew this was not God's pathway for him to the throne of Israel. He humbly respected Saul, for God had chosen him and anointed him as Israel's king for His divine purpose. So David refused to meddle with God's sovereign plan. There was not a contemptuous bone in his body.

 

As true champions, we must realize God is the one who brings victory, and we must fulfill our roles as humble servants, submitting to His plan for our lives. Though we may be tempted to do things our way—especially when we know that God is leading us in a certain direction—we must resist that temptation and trust His plan. Doing things God's way is the only way to go.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me to follow Your ways and Your plans as You have laid them before me. Give me wisdom to heed Your Word for my good and the good of others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Psalm 20:7).

Comment by Peter Harris on June 6, 2017 at 9:14

June 2, 2017

 

Champions Play by the Rules

 

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

 

Cheating produces hollow victories, yet people cheat every day in some form or another. They cheat in their jobs, taking shortcuts to get desired results, telling themselves the ends justify the means. People cheat on their families, robbing them of quality time for other selfish ambitions. People cheat in school, foregoing time and energy spent in study in exchange for a quick and easy answer.

 

But if a person cheats and wins, does he really win? How satisfying is it to reach a goal obtained through cheating? What an empty accomplishment!

 

Playing by the rules is the only way to play. As believers in the middle of God's script for our lives, there are no shortcuts to the end. We cannot opt to skip life's difficulties in favor of a quick road to God's blessings. We cannot be molded into His image without having our feet held to the fire. It is during these character-building moments that we define what kind of believers we are going to be: those who run when life gets tough or those who are faithful to God no matter how difficult the situation appears.

 

When the prophet Samuel came to David's home and anointed him as the next king of Israel, David did not know what trials were ahead, but he trusted God. Even when King Saul pursued him in an effort to kill him, David never attempted to circumvent God's plan for his life. With a quick stroke of his sword, David could have ended Saul's life and begun his reign as king of Israel. But David wanted God to be the one who placed him in power.

 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the example of David's humility and trust in You. Give me the patience to wait upon Your timing for my life as he did. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride" (Ecclesiastes 7:8).

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