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The Faithful Fan - by Nate

Last week the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos 34-17 in the AFC Championship game. Likewise, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game 34-14, earning the Seahawks their first ever trip to the Super Bowl next Sunday.

You know what is coming next: The Super Bowl hype, the expensive commercials, the sports shows breaking down every aspect of the game. (The Steelers are favorites by 4 points, by the way). And like every year at this time, you will also see the bandwagon Steelers fans come out. All of a sudden people who haven't followed the Steelers all season become the world's greatest Pittsburgh Steelers fans. You see the black jerseys come out and sometimes even the "Terrible Towels". If you ask them, they have been Steeler fans for years (except for last year when they were Patriots fans). Everybody loves a winner. And when there is success you see the closet fans come out from the woodwork.

My question for you today is, 'What kind of fan are you when it comes to your faith in God?' Are you a true fan of God or are you a bandwagon fan? God loves a faithful fan.

A true fan of God has a faith that is real. It does not mean you have to act super-religious or be able to talk 'Bible talk'. What it means is that you have asked God to come into your heart to be with you, to guide your steps in life and to help teach you what you should do. God loves a faithful fan.

Many people consider themselves Christians for the wrong reasons. They say that they are Christian because they are a member of a church. "I'm a Methodist, therefore I believe." Or "I was baptized, therefore I believe." Some people like to ride coat tails: "I am a Christian because my parents are Christians." God loves a faithful fan.

But God does not want you to have a fake faith. He does not want you to be a fair-weather fan, only calling on Him in times of disaster. He wants you to individually to take a stand, make a decision, and call His name and put your trust in Him for now, and the rest of your life. God loves a faithful fan.

A real faith comes from the heart. A real faith comes from making the decision to stand up and say, 'I'm a friend of God. I will love Him even when times are tough. I will follow Him through the seasons of life and through thick and thin."' God loves a faithful fan.

If you have never prayed that prayer of faith, personally and individually. maybe today is the day you pray that prayer? Ask him to come into your life and in so doing, become a true friend and fan of God. God loves a faithful fan.

As we start the second half, consider these words from Joshua chapter 24

14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

God loves a faithful fan.

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