After a fun and competitive game of reverse charades, Teresa Opened us up with a devotion on resting in the strength of the Lord. Sometimes in life we grow weary and circumstances become overwhelming. When those times come we need to run to the arms of God and draw strength from His presence.
Rise: Going Against The Flow (Jason)
Have you ever tried to swim against the current of a river, or paddle a boat upstream? If you have then you know how grueling and tough it can be. You have to fight for each and every stroke. It takes everything you have not to give in and let the current sweep you downstream.
Or maybe you've gone to a major sporting event or concert and tried to walk the opposite way of everybody else exiting the event. To try and navigate your way through a sea of people moving in a different direction can be a struggle and not to mention you stick out like a sore thumb.
Living the Christian life is actually pretty similar to both of those situations. As Christians we are called to look like Christ, to be a light in darkness, but that also means we are called to walk in the opposite direction of the world. This can be a struggle and we often stick out and become a target for ridicule.
As Collegiate athletes there are situations and people you will encounter that challenge your faith and in the face of those challenges we are called to respond as Christ would. That can put you at odds with teammates, opponents, and even fans.
Romans 12:1-2 tells us that as Christians the only way we can "go against the flow" of the world is to let Jesus into our lives to transform our hearts and minds. We are to study His Word and seek Him in prayer so that we might be able to discern the direction we ought to go, even if that direction is "against the flow" of those around us.
Finally we are called to live as examples of faith and love to our teammates and everyone we come in contact with (1 Timothy 4:12). Though you may be young the Bible says you can still be a light and example to the world around you.
So this week, go to God's Word, learn His truths and walk according to those truths. Pray that He might give you the strength and ability to be an example of love and faith to your teammates, coaches, and friends by "going against the flow"!
Scripture to read on your own:
1 John 2:9-17, 1 Peter 1:5-8 & 5:6-11, Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Isaiah 42:16
We are teaching devotionals/topics from the national FCA theme of RISE and adapting them to the WVU-FCA group! To see the original devotionals as well as other awesome FCA content head on over to http://fcaresources.com/reading-plan/rise-devotional-competitors
Posted on Mon, October 24, 2016
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