Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Great Comeback (Part 2)

Isaiah 30:19-21
The excitement of a good football game includes times of success and failure for both teams.  Sometimes the way it looks in the middle of the game is no reflection of what is to come. One of the marks of a successful football team is the ability to change their game plan as needed at halftime.  Our lives can certainly benefit from adjustments as well.  Call timeout!  How will you play the rest of the game?
What needs to happen at halftime to be victorious in life?

I. We Must Assess Our Situation  Psalms 90:12

A. Dangers for Halftime Leaders

1. Pride that leads to complacency   Proverbs 11:2

2. Overestimation that leads to underachievement  
1 Corinthians 10:12

Your trophies are a part of your history, not a pass for your present effort or a guarantee for your future.

B. Dangers for Halftime Losers

1. Discouragement that leads to Defeat  Joshua 1:9

Discouragement is the attitude of defeat before the game is over.

2. Projecting past defeat into future failure

Real losers are those who cannot see themselves winning.
Don’t live in the past, but learn from it.

II. We Must Acknowledge our Weaknesses - Proverbs 29:20-21

It was not the calls of the referees that cost you the first half.

Accepting responsibility places the power to make things different in your hands. 

Acknowledging our weakness positions us to receive instruction.

I. We Must Listen to the CoachJeremiah 29:11

Picture the Disciples in the Upper Room

II. We Must Discover our Strength -  Acts 1:7-8

Victory is not dependent on me, but God.

III. We Must Press for the Prize Hebrews 12:1

God’s promise still requires our participation to be realized.

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