Hoping for victory? Here are 6 Bible verses to guide you to victory with God

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Whether you've been watching the coverage of this year's Olympics in Rio or not, it's very likely that the topic of winning (and losing) will have crossed your mind more than once over the past week or so.

The Olympics don't just put these concepts on the world stage, they also get us thinking about how we define success, the routes we take to achieve our goals and what sacrifices we're prepared to make in order to do so, how we cope with failure and who we attribute our victories to.

You'll have heard many Olympians speak about how important their coaching staff, their families and their fans have been throughout their journey to compete in the greatest sporting event in the world and to take their place on the podium.

But, you'll also have heard many Christian athletes talk about how instrumental God and their faith has been in their pursuit and realisation of victory.

After winning gold in the women's 400m by an astonishing 0.07 seconds, Bahamian track runner Shaunae Miller told the BBC: "I just give God the thanks and praise. He has bought me so far.

"It is such an emotional moment for me but I just give God the thanks and praise."

And after his world record breaking performance in the men's 400m, South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk said: "The only thing I can do now is to give God praise. I went on my knees each and every day and I told the Lord to take care of me and look after me every step."

Miller and Van Niekerk are just two of the many Christian athletes who have used their Olympic platforms to give glory to God and acknowledge that their achievements are made possible through Him.

Whether you're going for a big win as an Olympic gold medallist or an amateur athlete or hoping for a small victory in any area of your life, God can help you.

Here are some Bible verses which highlight the inevitability of victory when God is in your team.

Christian Taylor
Deuteronomy 20:4 - For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory. (Reuters)null
Gabby Douglas
Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Reuters)null
Almaz Ayana
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 - Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (Reuters)null
Wayde van Niekerk
1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Reuters)null
Shaunae Miller
Luke 18:27 - Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." (Reuters)null
Yusra Mardini
James 1:12 - Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.(Reuters)null