ILP Week 8: The Holy Trinity

Going over all of the ideas I that covered over the course of these first eight weeks, I reflected upon what I wanted to go over in these next couple of weeks. For the next four weeks, I am seeking to dive deep into who God says He is! This week, I will write about the Holy Trinity, and the following three weeks of blogging will include a focus on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!

Not only do I want to learn more about the essence of our Lord, but also look into how I can incorporate Him into my sport! Let’s get things rolling!

God is known as three separate, yet unified persons in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit! It is a bit difficult to wrap our minds around, but Isaiah 55:9 helps us to understand that, “As far as the heavens are above the earth, so are My ways above your ways, and My thoughts above your thoughts!”

Trying to fully grasp and understand God is proves to be futile. Trusting in who He says that He is is the only way to go!

God the Father is regarded as the first person within the Holy Trinity. Like I mentioned before, assigning God a definition is quite foolish. There are, however, adjectives within the Bible that can describe Him! Loving, good, gracious, perfect, sovereign, eternal, omniscient, all-knowing, righteous, just, kind, forgiving, holy, infinite, omnipresent, divine, true, compassionate, mighty, strong, merciful, unchanging, powerful, faithful, and glorious are just a handful of attributes of our Lord Almighty mentioned within His Word!

Within sport, leaning into His strength, power, wisdom, love, truth, and perfection instead of our own would be most wise. Even though it can be difficult to rely upon something that we cannot see, it is one of most important things that a Christian athlete can do! For, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen,” (Hebrews 11:1).

God’s will for our lives is good, pleasing, and perfect. We must trust that He will accomplish through us what is best for us within our sport as well as every other aspect of our lives here on earth!

Next up is God the Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Jesus came down from Heaven, lived a blameless life saturated with miracles, and was tortured and crucified for our sins! He then died, resurrected from the dead, currently sits at the right hand of the Father, and will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead!

Jesus represents love, service, sacrifice, justification, redemption, perfection, revival, courage, boldness, strength, endurance, faith, hope, freedom, patience, kindness, goodness, humility, fellowship, generosity, purity, holiness, wisdom, compassion, diligence, obedience, determination, fearlessness, grace, mercy, prudence, understanding, virtue, selflessness, among many other countless attributes! Conforming to the image and likeness of Christ is one of the main things a Christian must do within their lives! Philippians 2:5 tells us to, “Make your attitudes that of Christ Jesus.”

Portraying the person of Jesus Christ within our sports will set us up for everything that God has in store for us! Reflecting who Christ is within the field of competition yields substantial benefits physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!

Last up is the third person within the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit is known to be our helper, teacher, advocate, revealer, counselor, comforter, intercessor, reminder, and guide! Once we believe and accept Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior, we are given His Spirit to dwell within us! He will empower us to help bring about the Lord’s kingdom!

The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)! There is said to be seven gifts of the Spirit as well, which include wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2-4)!

Acknowledging the Holy Spirit’s presence, being in-tune with what He is trying to tell you, and walking with Him step for step will help prepare us for everything that life throws our way! Relying upon the power that the Spirit gives to us will also help substantially within the context of our sport!

The concept of who God is blows my mind. Recognizing and putting full trust within God our Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is the only way we can live our lives to fully please the Lord!

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