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All I Do is Win

"Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 NIV 1. We are WINNERS  because HE WON ! “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you [1] free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 (NIV) 2. The WEIGHT  of his WORD  is YOUR WEAPON  of VICTORY ! “I have set the LORD always before me: Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalms 16:8 (KJV) VICTORY IS LAID UPON the FOUNDATION of your FAILURES. 3. Jesus WON  the VICTORY, NOW CLAIM YOUR VICTORY ! “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV Victory Group Questions: 1. Share your testimony on how Jesus has won victories in your life. 2. What scriptures help “weigh” you down in time of struggle? 3. Share a time where failure helped propel you to your victory. 4. What areas of in your life do you need to claim victory over?

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Avoiding Toxic Relationships

Toxic (adjective): poisonous, unpleasant, or unacceptable "Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV) 1. IT TAKES JUST ONE  TOXIC FRUIT ! “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6 (NIV) “He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Genesis 3:10 (NIV) “The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 (NIV) 2. TOXIC PEOPLE ALWAYS HAVE A PROBLEM  FOR EVERY SOLUTION ! “…Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” James 4:4 (NLT) 3. WE REPEAT  WHAT WE DON’T REPAIR ! “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT) Victory Group Questions: 1. Toxic relationships can keep us separated from God. What healthy boundaries can you develop? 2. Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. Share your thoughts. 3. We all have toxicity (sin) in our lives. How is this affecting your current relationships? 4. To have a winning year, we need a winning relationship with God. What are you doing to make this statement true?

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Love Your Haters

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:43-44 NIV LEARN to  PRAY for your enemies.  " pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV BLESS  your enemies.    “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,   bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28 NIV Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9 NIV Love the SIN  out of them, to invite the SON  into them.  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:10 NIV This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16 NIV Victory Group Questions: Which is harder for you to do? To speak to your enemies or to pray for them? Share some examples of how you can Bless your enemies. (In the practical or Spiritual) What are some positive things that you focus on with your enemies that will help to invite the SON into them?

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Win Under Authority

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.” Romans 13:1-2 NLT 1. SUBMISSION IS THE FRUIT  OF OBEDIENCE . “When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.” Joshua 6:20 NIV ❖ DELAYED OBEDIENCE  IS STILL DISOBEDIENCE . 2. SUBMISSION IS A PREREQUISITE , NOT A PREFERENCE “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable…” 1 Peter 2:18-19 NKJV “He said to his men, ‘The LORD forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the LORD’s anointed one, for the LORD himself has chosen him.” 1 Samuel 24:6 NLT 3. SUBMISSION IS ROOTED  IN HUMILITY . “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NKJV “...’O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42 NKJV VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1) What are your thoughts on “Delayed Obedience is still Disobedience”? Have you ever delayed your obedience? What were the consequences? 2) Do you struggle with Submission? Why or why not? Is your submission based on Preference? Share. 3) Read Matthew 26:42. Is there an area in your life where you find yourself praying this prayer? Share and encourage one another. 4) What is something that stood out to you from this message that wasn’t already discussed? Share.

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Sensitive Relationship

1. LOVE  RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR MONEY CAUSES ALL KINDS  OF PROBLEMS “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:10 NKJ) PHILARGURIA JESUS COULD NOT BE BOUGHT “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24 NIV) 2. LEARN TO STEWARD  YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MONEY  GOD’S WAY “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul.” (Mark 8:36 NKJ) BE FAITHFUL  IN RETURNING  THE “ TITHES ” AND GIVING YOUR “ OFFERINGS ” “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30 NIV) 3. GOD HAS THE “ POWER ” AND THE “ PURSE ” “…remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV) “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22 NKJ) Victory Group Questions: 1. Do you have a healthy & biblical relationship with money? Why or why not? 2. What stood out to you in this message? 3. How will you apply what you’ve learned from this message into your life? “Your relationship to money and your stewardship of it may be among the most important markers of your life and leadership” - (“Visioneer”: Chris Hodges)

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A Greater Love

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13 (NLT) 1. A LIFE LAID DOWN  WILL REVEAL A GREATER LOVE  IN YOU. “As soon as Jesus heard the news, He left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where He was headed and followed on foot from many towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as He stepped from the boat, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:13-14 (NLT) Splagchnizomai: [splagchna] Internal organs. To be moved so deeply by something that you feel it in the pit of your stomach, your inner bowels. 2. GOD CALLS US TO BE COMPASSIONATE , NOT CONSTIPATED . “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” 1 John 3:17 (KJV) 3. HAVING COMPASSION  SHOULD LEAD US TO ACTION . “...He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (MSG) Victory Group Questions: 1. What are some ways you have laid down your life or sacrificed for someone else? How did God’s glory shine through in that situation? 2. What heart issues are holding you back from taking action to be more compassionate toward others? 3. What are some ways you can increase your capacity to “love greater” this week? 4. What was your biggest takeaway from this message and why?

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Winning With People

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) 1. WIN WITH PEOPLE BY SHOWING YOURSELF FRIENDLY A man who has friends must himself be friendly. Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV) Traits of Integrity Trustworthy, honest, dependable, loyal Traits of Caring Empathy, ability to withhold judgement, listening skills, ability to offer support, being kind to others Traits of Likeability Self-confident, ability to see the humor in life and fun to be around, humble and nice to people 2. LENS PRINCIPLE - WHO YOU ARE DETERMINES HOW YOU SEE OTHERS Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV) 3. ELEVATOR PRINCIPLE – YOU CAN LIFT PEOPLE UP  OR TAKE PEOPLE DOWN  IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WAYS TO WIN WITH PEOPLE: 1. Become genuinely interested in people 2. Smile 3. Remember that person’s name and use it in conversation 4. Be a good listener–encourage others to talk about themselves (Listen more and talk less) 5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests (ask questions about their life) 6. Make the other person feel important and do it sincerely *People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care! (John Maxwell) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. What traits of “Showing Yourself Friendly” are you good at? What areas need improvement? 2. How can you apply the “Lens and Elevator” Principles to your life to improve your people skills? 3. Read through “Ways to Win With People” and select a skill that you can start applying in your life today. 4. Read Ephesians 4:2-3. In what ways is God challenging you to apply this scripture to your life?

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Breakfast of Champions

“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus…”  FILL THE GAPS !

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HAVING YOUR GAME FACE ON!

VIEW YOURSELF LIKE AN ATHLETE “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should…” (I Corinthians 9:27 NLT) “Doing wickedness is like a sport to a fool, and so is wisdom to a person of understanding.” (Proverbs 10:23 NASB) 1. GET FOCUSED & SERIOUS “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7 NIV) “…for they have demoralized the builders. So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6 NASB) 2. BE FORWARD FOCUSED “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” (Philippians 3:13 NIV) “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV) 3. SET A PRIZE BEYOND THE PROBLEM & THE PAIN “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame…” (Hebrews 12:2 BSB) “In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Revelation 1:16 NASB). Discussion Question: 1. What areas of your life do you need to put your game face on this year? 2. What practical action steps will you take to help keep you focusing forward on winning? 3. How will you reward yourself after winning? 4. What stood out to you from this message, and how will you live differently?

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Winning the War Withing

1. WHERE THE MIND  GOES, THE MAN WILL FOLLOW ! Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23 (GNT) 2. WHAT YOU THINK , IS WHO YOU ARE ! For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) Watch your THOUGHTS Before they become WORDS . Watch your WORDS Before they become ACTIONS . Watch your ACTIONS Before they become HABITS . Watch your HABITS Before they become your CHARACTER . Watch your CHARACTER Before it becomes your DESTINY . When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:13-15 (NIV) For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes]. 1 Corinthians 2:16 (AMP) 3. BE STRONG IN THE LORD  AND IN HIS MIGHTY POWER! WIN THE BATTLEFIELD OF YOUR MIND WITH YOUR HELMET  AND SWORD ! Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NLT) Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT) VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS 1. How did this message challenge you when it comes to winning the war in your thought life? 2. What are some of your struggles when it comes to “Stinking Thinking”? How can you strengthen your thought life to align with God’s Word and make this your winning year? 3. Put this scripture verse into your memory: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 )

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Winners are Warriors

“The LORD is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!” Exodus 15:3 NLT 1. WARRIORS MASTER  THE LITTLE  TO CONQUER  THE GIANTS ! “One day Jesse said to David, ‘Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain…” 1 Samuel 17:17-18 NLT “Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:23 NLT 2. WARRIORS STAY READY ! “Be ready in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2 NKJV “He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40 NLT 3. WINNERS  WIN THE BATTLE ; WARRIORS PLAN  FOR WAR ! “These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them.” 2 Samuel 21:22 NLT VICTORY GROUP QUESTIONS: 1) What are some of the “Little Things” in 2024 that you need to master in order to conquer your giants? Share. 2) Would you consider yourself “War Ready”? David brought his “Shepherd’s staff” into battle, what are you bringing? Share. 3) Who are your stones for? (i.e. family, children, co-workers, etc.) 4) What is something that you took away from this message? Share.

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Victory in the Valley

1. Your PRAISE CONFUSES  the Enemy.  I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.  Psalms 18:3 NIV Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.   Psalms 27:6 NLT  2. Dark Valleys BUILD  trust in GOD ! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.  Psalms 28:7 NIV Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and He will help you.  Psalms 37:5 NLT  3. Valleys are TEMPORARY .  Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ………. Psalm 23:4 NKJV Hebrew: Sal-ma-wet = Shadow of death which means darkness or dark shadows “For you are with me, your rod and staff, they comfort me”  Psalm 23:4 NKJV  Dark Valleys are meant to MAKE  you NOT BREAK YOU .  Victory Group Questions:  What is your weapon of spiritual warfare?(ex: praise, prayer, fasting) Share a time where you trusted God? Was it before, during, or after? Has it ever fallen away? Have you ever felt stuck in your valley? How so?  How has your valley helped make you?

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