I play for HIM vs. I play for me

2014-08-14 10.42.20There is a battle going on for your heart right at this moment.  A competition between light and darkness for who will rule your heart.  The character of God pulls us toward love, while the character of our enemy tempts us with pride. Isaiah writes about this struggle with pride, “But you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isa 14:12).

The “I play for ME” mindset of Satan strongly contradicts the “I play for HIM” heart of God.  Take a look.

I play for me indulges in sin.

I play for HIM repents of sin.

I play for me loves myself first, and then uses others for gain.

I play for HIM loves God first, then loves others as yourself.

I play for me is greedy for material possessions

I play for HIM hungers for spiritual righteousness.

I play for me multiplies my wealth.

I play for HIM multiplies Christ’s message.

I play for me is proud and self exalting.

I play for HIM is loving and humble.

Pride is where Satan tempts the athlete most.  He wants you to selfishly hunger to be the most elevated athlete in the sport you play. Why?  Because He knows this fundamental truth. Nothing makes you less like God then the pursuit to be His equal.

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