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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 27, 2021

Saturday, February 27, 2021

February 27, 2021 THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Many of us have watched game shows on television and seen all the beautiful prizes for the winners of the game shows. The Price is Right is the longest running game show in television history with prizes ranging from small appliances and cash to automobiles and vacations. The excitement from both the audience and the players brought many eyes to this game show for numerous years and still today.

We all enjoy a prize or a reward now and again. Sometimes the work we do to receive these things is minimal. Other times it is a lot. However, there is one prize we can all attain that is the best of the best. And the beautiful thing about this wonderful gift is that is cost nothing. It is free. And it is God’s love. It is His grace. It is everlasting life in a beautiful place that is nothing like this world we live in right now.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and repent of our sin, we can have this beautiful prize forever. The gift of salvation and grace is free; however, being a follower of Jesus Christ takes effort and willpower. With God’s Holy Spirit in our lives, He can guide us to do what is right. We are to run the race to win. We are to be believers who are disciplined, focused and decisive about living a life for Christ showing it in our words and actions.

SCRIPTURE:
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write what you are doing to run the race for Christ.
2. List ways you can live for Him in a more focused way.
3. Know living for God takes effort and decisiveness.
4. Remember God will be with you as you live for Him.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we thank You for Your eternal prize for us. We are so grateful we have Your prizes and rewards to look forward to on that great day when Jesus returns. Help us to live a life for You that is pleasing to You. We want to run the race as believers and true followers of Christ. Give us the power and strength we need to run to win. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” (NLT)

1 Peter 5:4 “And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.” (NLT)

Matthew 5:11-12 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” (NLT)

“I win not because of my own efforts or my own goodness, but rather through the grace, love, and mercy of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He died so that I might win this game of life and live with Him forever.” ~Zig Ziglar

Philippians 3:14 “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Psalm 58:11b “There truly is a reward for those who live for God.” (NLT)
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