April 30, 2018

By Paul J Banta

Romans 7:22-25 says, I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  Oh, what a miserable person I am!  Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God!  The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.  So, you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”  –  NLT

Sometimes we get in a cemented mode doing coaching along with daily tasks that will affect your coaching, team and program organization development.  That ‘I’m Stuck Again Thing’ kind of creeps up on us taking us you off the path God wants you to operate steadily with Him.  I was talking to a close friend the other day, and despite being a great trustworthy and spiritual brother, he was in that here I am in the stuck position again.  I know those feeling as I’ve walked that path before and it’s not to fun because when you’re stuck you can’t go forward.  The longer stuck lasts, the longer we stay away from our commitment to do what God wants us to do with the zest, energy, peace, love, joy, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control which He provides for us. All provided by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

How do we get unglued when we’re so perplexed?  What’s that magical answer?  Have you figured it out yet?  Because we make bad choices we become our own worst enemy allowing the real enemy, the devil, to take us away from the God intended path?  Our stuck situation then becomes our reactions to unhealthy circumstances and how we regrettably handled them.  Our fears when we face the unknown or the reality of how our lousy decision turned out, our inadequacies (emotional, mental, physical or spiritual) cause us to act in foolish ways and not God’s way.  We need to be saved from our stuck self if there are things we don’t like about ourselves.  Things we wish we had done differently, words we’d want to take back, and our negative thoughts about those around us.  We just need to change all the things that don’t fit into what God’s plans for us are.  We can’t change them by our power. We need an outside power source.  We can’t change on our own; we need God’s power.

Our real calling is not observed in our coaching position, our beautiful car, stuff we acquire, excellent soccer gear, popularity, and our ability to write a book, a devotional, coach great training sessions, and get those match results desired.  The answer is not in a place in life, a thing, a person, or a great job.  It’s not in a program or a pill.  The answer is that we live for the person of Jesus Christ and who He was and what He did.  We’re created by God and for God, and until we understand that, life is never going to make sense and your day to day living is not Kingdom living but living in this world as fools.  When things get rough, and you’re stuck, you can find peace and direction in some unique words God shares with us.  Remember we are living in this old world temporarily and it not our real home.  This is a great biblical principle that the Lord wants us to comprehend and understand.  We live temporarily here and one day will enjoy being in our new home with the Lord forever.  His Word gives us that direction for the choices we’re going to be making today, tomorrow, next week, next month and the rest of our days on this earth.  Get into reading God’s Word.  This passage below is a great passage to get out of our stuck mode. Have a go at it, because it’s worth reading.

Galatians 5:16-18 and 22-25 says, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.  But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.  But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”  –  NLT

What’s your next move?