The Eye of the Tebow

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The American Bible Challenge: The Eye of the Tebow

Read Philippians 4:1-14.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. — Philippians 4:6

Tim Tebow loved to write this verse under his eyes, but it’s a verse we should have written in our hearts. Many times we will need to call up this verse and claim it in our situations.

It’s hard to imagine quarterbacks living this verse, especially in the extreme situations they face.

  • “Do not be anxious about anything” — How about with a three-hundred-pound defensive lineman pouncing at you?
  • “But in every situation” — Even when you’re down by six and one yard from the end zone with two seconds on the clock in the last quarter?
  • “By prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” — Who has time to talk to God when you’re scrambling out of the pocket?

I’m sure Tim Tebow muttered quick prayers in desperate situations, but notice he claimed the verse before the kickoff, not during the fourth quarter. He was prepared for the worst situations, setting his heart monitor before things got tough, not trying to remember the verse while his heart rate skyrocketed.

While things are calm, we need to tell ourselves not to worry.

We need to present every possible request now, so when something comes up we’re not surprised. We need to know now that God can handle anything, even if we fumble the ball.

Today’s Bible Challenge

  1. What two women did Paul plead with to reconcile with each other?
  2. What does Philippians 4:4 say we should do always?
  3. What does Paul say will guard our hearts and minds?
  4. What has Paul learned to be in any circumstance?
  5. Paul said he could do all things through God who gives him what?

Excerpted with permission from The American Bible Challenge by Troy Schmidt, copyright Troy Schmidt.

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Troy Schmidt began writing animation in 1985 for Dennis the Menace and Heathcliff. He also wrote for The Mickey Mouse Club for three seasons. Troy is responsible for adapting Max Lucado's Hermie the Common Caterpillar into books and videos.

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