Finding God's Winning Spirit

Winning Spirit

Each of us is the architect of our own fate; and we are unfortunate indeed if we build ourselves without the inspiration or affirmation of God, without realizing that we grow from within and not from without.

God is a winner, He does not come in second place; miss the final shot or false-start. God is always victorious; He has never coached a losing team. As a member of His team we are winners too. We are chosen, equipped and positioned for victory. The only thing that prevents us from living a winning life is our inability to rely on our coach. It is only when we lose sight of His plan and become isolated and self-centered that we falter.

God's winning spirit is the abundant life promised to us in John 10:10 when Jesus says, "I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." The Greek word for abundantly, found in John 10: 10 is perissós which literally means, beyond what is anticipated, exceeding expectation; going past the expected limit.

These words describe the potential of our lives lived through Christ. The winning spirit is not something we acquire as much as it is the result of the transformation that takes place when we accept Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit. We are not only transformed internally but this new being, the new Adam if you will, allows us to see the world differently and performs at a higher level.

God’s winning spirit changes the way we see things.  It helps us redefine our lives. This is certainly true when it comes to the world’s definition of winning.  In our culture, and especially in sports, winning means coming in first and everything else is failure.  The New Testament talks about victory — not winning.  As Christians we all have achieved eternal life, which is the ultimate victory over sin and death.  Spiritually speaking we have won on a grand scale that overshadows any definition of winning that man has coined.      

Whether you are a driven high performance professional athlete, an amateur athlete, a CEO or CFO, winning for self will lead to temporary victory. Winning for God through God, with God, will lead to authentic eternal victory. If at the end of the day we can say, “We have fought the good fight, we have finished the race, and we have kept the faith -  Then we are winners!"