March 25, 2019

By Paul Banta

Romans 8:6-10 says, “So, letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to Him at all.)  And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life, because you have been made right with God.” – NLT

As Christian coaches, God is telling you that the Spirit of God, the very essence of Christ, is living inside you. It’s the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead comes to live inside of you.  This is real thing that happens to us and He isn’t some kind of temporary thing they appear when we need His help or when He feels getting you out of a mess your in. He’s there, as a permanent resident in your house (body) forever. He’s a family member that will never leave you and quit on you. When you give your heart to Jesus, the Holy Spirit becomes your spiritual breathing apparatus. He’s breathes life into your personal spirit and your spirit and His become your partner for you to stay alive and works daily on your daily helping you develop into the plan God has for you.

Sin (the junk in our lives) brings nothing of any value to us, but the Holy Spirit brings life and its uniqueness to impact us forever. He brings us life for two reasons: The first is that He wants us to share his love, mercy, grace and power with others so they would become followers of Jesus Christ. The second is that we mentor (disciple) the others that know Him so they can be doing God’s plan and will for their lives. That plan He designed before He created the heavens we see and the earth we live on.  As you do this through your soccer, He will bless you here on this earth and one day in Heaven when we final see His face and join Him with your teammates forever and ever.

The really fantastic thing is that the Holy Spirit gives you the power to do both and He will not let you down or put you in a situation that you’re not able to serve Him, speak about Him or work on His behalf. You have the power to choose God’s road over the road of sin and to perform better in at what you do. He makes you a champion over sin and cleans up your life to be part of His team! Best soccer side around!

We’re given choices to make every day. What part of your nature will you base the making of your decision? Will you be led by the sinful nature that Satan wants present in your life, or will you be led by the nature of your union with Holy Spirit of the Living God? When you choose God’s way above your own, it will be obvious to your players and team mates that there is something very “Special” about you.

What’s your next move?