April 22, 2019

By Paul J Banta

Ephesians 3:14-21 says, For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – NIV

One of today’s tragedies is that so few coaches are aware of the Lord is working in their daily lives and could use Him to do much more. Most of us rejoice when God answers prayer, and we marvel when He reveals a new divine concept to us. Only a few of us expect Him to have any interest in our relationship with our players on a deeper spiritual level. Why is this and why do we cheat ourselves of what God has for every minute of the day that He provided us? We have to understand that the Lord wants to be involved in all aspects of our coaching and life off the field. We can see Him lead if we look at things from His viewpoint.  We must watch for His power working rather than our strength.

We must be striving at developing the right relationship with God, just as you do with your players. We will be obstructed to His work in our lives until we trust His Son as our personal Savior to be that working force to mold us as He has designed. We need to step aside and let the ‘Thee’ take over us rather than the ‘me’ selfishly do it. At the moment of our accepting Jesus as Savior, we’re each given an amazing gift, and this is the Holy Spirit.  Jesus provides spiritual discernment to help empower us to impact our occupation. He helps us see how situations that may appear insignificant or negative are part of the Father’s plan to adjust us to the image of Jesus Christ.

We need to be communicating to God and places Him at the center of our focus so we can be available to hear Him and be attentive to what He wants us to say. As we speak to Him, we need to be watching and listening carefully for His responses.  We have to surrender our agenda and doing things by your daily will power to achieve for God. When we are prepared to do whatever it is the Lord requires of us, He most definitely will be working in our lives. If you are in His will expect to see result every time you ask for His help? In maybe be a yes, a no or wait. This is a clear biblical principle throughout the New Testament. Do let anyone fool you saying, “That your prayers for your hope and dreams in His will never be answered.”

Remember Christianity is not a fairy tale, it is a reality. The Lord’s work is an expression of His great love. He wants us to see what He is doing so our faith will be strengthened. If we are prayerful and submissive, the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to the Father’s hand in our lives. Learn to do more than you could imagine here as you prepare for your eternity with Him.

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