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7月 2日に第49回の JNSA (日本国家学生協会)の 大学対抗の英語の演説コンテストが行われました。





「このように、あなたがたも、自分は罪に対しては死んだ者であり、神に対してはキリスト・イエスにあって生きた者だと、思いなさい。 ですから、あなたがたの死ぬべきからだを罪の支配にゆだねて、その情欲に従ってはいけません。 また、あなたがたの手足を不義の器として罪にささげてはいけません。むしろ、死者の中から生かされた者として、あなたがた自身とその手足を義の器として神にささげなさい。」



On July 2nd the Japan National Student Association conducted its 49th Intercollegiate English Oratorical Content. The winner was Miss Kanako Bizen of Sophia University. The time of her speech was “Win Against the Rival.”

Miss Bizen said, “Talking of a rival, we usually come up with a person who competes in the same contest, competing with us. However, my rival right now is not another contestant in front of me. My rival is myself.”

It is the same with Christians. If the question were asked, “Who is the Christian’s rival?” many people would reply, “The devil.” Certainly, the devil is our greatest enemy, but the rival of the Christian who is daily trying to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord is himself.

The Apostle Paul knew that his rival was himself. In First Corinthians 9:27 he wrote,
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Also, in Romans 7:15 Paul wrote this about his battle with his rival.
For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

Every Christian is fighting the same battle daily. It is a battle with self that does not want to read the Bible, with self that does not want to pray, with self that does not want to evangelize. Therefore, like Miss Bizen, let’s aim for the goal of winning against self.

Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
(Romans 6:11-13)

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