“Tennis Anyone?”

Posted: May 22, 2021 in Uncategorized

I loved sports. No matter what kind it was, I tried and excelled in most of them. It was my life in grade school and high school. My grades in school suffered because of my devotion to sports. My Dad used to quote this verse to me quite often, “…Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Hurting. That verse didn’t mean much to me until I twisted my back while playing tennis one summer when I was about 16 years old. My whole world seemed to crumble under me. I was in terrible pain with a pinched nerve in my back and I hobbled around for a long time like an old man. The Japanese Doctor put me in a half cast but it didn’t help. Finally, I came across a chiropractor who was able to help me some. But I was still in a lot of pain. I felt like Jacob in the Bible, who had his hip dislocated when he wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ and then limped for the rest of his life (Genesis 32:32).

Humbling. That humbling event was used by God to redirect my life. I began to see the need to start doing things that were important to God. But I didn’t really know how to be godly or what the consequences of godliness would be (2 Timothy 3:12). Even after being graduated from Bible College, I still felt that I knew very little about how to live the Christian life. So I went on to seminary, not to become a Pastor or missionary, but to try to discover how to have and live the abundant life that Jesus mentioned in John 10:10. It’s NOT what the “health, wealthy, and happiness preachers” tell people it is. God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than our physical wellbeing.

Forming. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia and reminded them that he labored hard to bring them to a place where Christ would be formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He wanted the Christ who indwelt them to have free course to live out His life through their lives and expressed it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is how he wanted them to live too. If you’re a Christian, are you living a life that pleases God? Would you like to live this way? Confused? Are you teachable and willing to change? If so, contact us.

Filling. The “Fruit of the Spirit” consists of nine Christlike qualities that God wants us to have and display before others as the opportunities arise (Galatians 5:22, 23). They are produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The implications are: Not all Christians are filled; all Christians can be filled; all Christians should be filled; and all Christians can/should continually be filled with/by the Spirit. Are you?

Grieving. To be filled with/by the [Holy] Spirit the Christian must not be grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30). We grieve Him when we sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:4), and when we fail to confess our known sins to God the Father first, and then to those whom we’ve offended (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Quenching. In addition to this, we must not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by saying “no” to Him and His leading in our lives (Romans 8:14; See Jonah 1:1-3). Those who deny Him (i.e., say “no” to Him) will have God say “no” to them (2 Timothy 2:12). Perhaps some of our requests to God go unanswered because of this. This verse is NOT talking about a Christian’s losing his/her salvation.

Relocating. When God saves a sinner from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1; John 3:16, 18), the Holy Spirit places the new believer into the spiritual “Body of Christ” – the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). He wants each Christian to be well coordinated spiritually and have “good form” just as a good athlete. When one member is “out of place,” and hurting as I was with a “pinched nerve” in my back, the whole Body is affected. Do you need an adjustment in your attitude and actions (Galatians 6:1)?

Believing. If you’re not a true Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Assurance of salvation comes from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Assisting. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE this with others. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

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