Monday, April 17, 2017

I was the worst player on the team

I was the worst player on the 1968 J.V. Football team for Hernando High School.  That terrible season became an awakening for me that created in me the desire to be the most improved that still burns.  As I remember, I was so bad the coach didn’t allow me to play one play in a game all year.  It did bother me to realize I was so bad, the coach wouldn’t send me in.  It bothered me so much, that it motivated me to participate in the weight room and do the cardio workouts that were made available at the time.  That horrible experience created a desire to be physically fit, that still burns in my belly. 

Understanding my need for physical exercise helped me transition to understand my need for spiritual exercises when I accepted the Lordship of Christ in 1974 after an even more horrible experience. It didn’t take me long to realize I was the “worst” follower of Christ on the team (in the church I attended).  I won’t go into details, but I wasn’t fit for the Lord’s work.  The catalyst for my spiritual growth was the experience described in Acts 2:1-4.  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit gave me the power to spiritually exercise and share the good news of Jesus.   

A new series begins after resurrection Sunday.  “Feast: the Path to Pentecost”. 

What did the Lord speak to you during the past season of fasting and prayer?  Putting it into a spiritual exercise will be better processed with the power of the Holy Spirit. 

What comes to your own mind as a dead issue with the question from the angel in Luke 24:5,6?

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

When I endeavored to physically exercise myself into a starting position in varsity sports, I also had to let go of some habits that were nullifying my conditioning.  Consider the fifty-day journey to Pentecost as a time to both spiritually exercise and spiritually repent of dead, unfruitful ways.

Together, let us Feast by being filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18),

Pastor Craig

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