Every athlete understands the importance of dedication and discipline. It takes hours of training and a strong relationship with God to become a better athlete and a mature believer. In fact, the discipline required to excel in sports is similar to the discipline needed to appreciate the teachings of the Bible. The Bible often uses athletic analogies and metaphors to teach us important life and spiritual lessons. Whether you’re preparing for a competition or simply striving to be the best version of yourself, these 13 Bible verses for athletes will inspire and encourage you on your journey.
1. Proverbs 3:5-6: “Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps.”
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2. 1 Corinthians 9:24: “Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain.”
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3. 1 Kings 18:46: “And the hand of the Lord was upon Elias, and he girded up his loins and ran before Achab, till he came to Jezrahel.”
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4. 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
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5. Colossians 3:17: “All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
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6. Hebrews 12:1: “let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us.”
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7. Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
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8. 2 Timothy 2:5: “For he also that striveth for the mastery, is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.”
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9. Matthew 23:12: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled: and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
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10. Proverbs 20:29: “The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs.”
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11. 1 Timothy 4:8: “For bodily exercise is profitable to little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
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12. Proverbs 11:2: “Where pride is, there also shall be reproach: but where humility is, there also is wisdom.”
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13. Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father.”
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Remember, whether you win or lose, your ultimate goal should be to glorify God in everything you do. The lessons learned through sports and the teachings of the Bible can shape you into a better athlete and a better person. Use these verses as inspiration and guidance as you pursue your goals.
And before you hit the field or court, take a moment to say this prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the gift of athleticism and for teaching me the value of discipline and training. I ask that you use me for your glory in my athletic pursuits. Help me to stay disciplined in my walk with you and guide me to victory in the competitions ahead. I know that there is nothing too difficult for you, and I pray that I may inspire others through my efforts. In Jesus’ mighty name, I pray. Amen.
Remember, you are not alone in your journey. Abstract Education is always here to support and encourage you. Keep pushing forward and give it your all. Good luck, and may God bless you in your athletic endeavors.
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