Well, what else would a coach write about in his first blog? After coaching for over thirty years, I have learned a little about winning. I have learned much more about defeat. I definitely like winning better! One thing that always breaks my heart when I am counseling and praying with people, is how often they feel defeated in their life, even though they are Christians. I hope that I might be able to share some things in the next few posts that will be of value to you in this area.
The first principle we need to understand is this: Sound Fundamentals lead to Success. John Wooden was arguably the best college basketball coach of all time. The first day of practice, he would teach his players how to put their socks on and tie their shoes properly. Now that's starting with the basics! This may seem silly but he knew that if done incorrectly, it could lead to blisters, which in turn might lead to missed practice, which in turn leads to lack of preparation, which in turn could lead to defeat. Do you get the picture?
How does this translate to our relationship with the Lord? In order to experience victory in our Christian life, we need a solid foundation, good fundamentals. This means sound doctrine, which includes such things as having a proper concept of God, truly understanding the meaning of grace, which leads to peace, the Trinity and the role of each person of the Godhead. Without understanding these fundamental doctrines, you will not be equipped to meet the challenges we face in this life. Victory will elude you and worst of all lead you to doubt your relationship with Jesus.
This may seem overwhelming to you but remember, you are not in a 100 meter dash here. It is a marathon. You must be willing to start at the beginning and learn a little each day. I have been walking with the Lord for over 40 years and I can say along with the apostle Paul, "not that I have attained it or already been made perfect,but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me".
In the next few times we share together I want to help you in going through these fundamental doctrines of the faith so that you can have the fundamentals you need to
live in the victory we have in Christ. I will warn you ahead of time, that victory in Christ does not at all look like what the world sees as victory. I can guarantee you that. I also promise you that it is far superior to the victory that this world has to offer.
Next Post: The Grace that leads to true peace. I hope and pray you will join me.
God bless and keep you, your brother in Christ, Kris