Posts Tagged ‘practice’

  

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.” (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the rural south, High School football is king! When the Friday Night Lights go on, many communities shut down and become ghost towns. For a brief period in the fall, a whole community gathers in the bonds of brotherhood and school pride, making memories that last a lifetime. But great teams are made on Monday morning, not Friday night. 

In the Bible, ‘Sanctification‘ simply means to be set apart for God’s use and glory. Oswald Chambers describes our struggle to be set apart this way: 

“Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death…There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized—something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts.”

Just as great High School football players are fashioned in the heat and struggle of practice, so too are spiritual warriors created through the heated battle in their own souls. Allow your old nature to be conquered and you will see a better You be raised up for others to follow! Let your own light shine by fighting the personal fight to be holy every morning! You are loved today! 

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“Love each other as I have loved you.” (John‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NIV)

I stood at the chain link fence, watching the football coaches work the high school boys hard. I say “work”, but my sons might say “punish”! It was a grueling workout. But the coaches knew how to win, themselves having been “punished” by their coach years ago that turned them into champions. 

God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show that same love to others, to those that can be hard to love. It’s easy to love those that are easy to love. But what about those that act towards you the way you act towards God, good at some moments but not so much most of the time? Like the coaches, we must give as it was given to us, if we would see Christ truly exemplified. 

As you start your week, do it with God’s love in mind. We deserve nothing but punishment for falling short of God’s reachable marks of holiness. And yet, He bears with us, not wanting to destroy but to refine, having seen in us the true champion caliber of Christian we can be. Love & be loved today! 

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8 NLT)

The average professional golfer practices 6-8 hours a day, practicing specific shots, as well as playing rounds of golf. While they know how to play and are certified to play at a professional status, they must maintain a lifelong habit of practice in order to stay at that level. For those that do, the payoff is both big and awesome.

In the Christ Life, once we’ve started our personal journey of faith, the work begins. We must daily learn about God through the Bible and good teaching. By spending time in two-way prayer, we are developing a stronger relationship. While we have that status of “Saved”, we must maintain our purity daily, making sure that as temptation comes, it does not have a chance to erode our strength.

To be good at anything, you must perform well by diligent practice. Our faith is no different. Take your time today to come into God’s presence. Daily practice leads to daily purity! You are loved today! (4/21/14)

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