Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:14-16
Do you have trouble with this Scripture: "You shall be holy, for I am holy." I think maybe the reason for this is that most people think that being holy is the same as being totally sinless. So then, who could possibly be holy? It's impossible!
Someone once said, "I know holy means 'set apart,' but I don't want to be set apart. That sounds like being in quarantine for having a constant case of measles!'" Or maybe we might say being in quarantine for a constant case of Covid-19. Some do think that being a holy person means living a monkish life, praying twenty-three hours a day in order to avoid sin. But that's just not true! Holiness doesn't bring isolation - it brings integration. With Christ in us, His character becomes a part of us so that His nature will be expressed through us. In other words, if we have Christ in us, Christlikeness will come out of us naturally.
When we are set apart by God, holiness becomes natural. With Christ in us, we will grow to be like Him. Just like it says in 1 John 3:9:
"No one who is born of God will continue to sin,
because God's seed remains in him."
We all know that it is natural for the Lord NOT to sin. Therefore, with God's seed in us, it becomes increasingly natural for us not to sin. What seems impossible becomes possible. We will not become instantly sinless, but we will sin less and less and less.
God calls us holy. With His presence inside of us, He will produce the impossible in and through us. So, why should we settle for anything less?
Let us pray:
Gracious God, we want to be holy, but we need Your help. Fill us so completely with Your Spirit that we will grow every day to become more and more like You. Amen.
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Cornerstone Youth Sports (CYS) is a ministry outreach to all the youth of San Antonio. Our sole objective is to lead athletes and their families to a Saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. CYS leagues and teams provide a safe, fun, competitive and distinctly Christian environment where kids can learn about sports and Christ through mentoring and instruction.
CYS also provides a competitive and Christ-centered sports outlet for boys and girls ages 4 to 12 years old. We currently offer soccer, football, baseball, basketball and volleyball programs. Proverbs 22:6 states that we should, “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”. Practices, games and related activities will exist in an environment that develops Christian character, personal success skills and athletic ability in each child. CYS looks forward to the opportunity to coach your child and encourage them to become all that God created them to be!
For no greater foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11 NIV
Everyone who competes in the game goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that doesn't last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 NIV
We offer many sports and camps for any athlete. When you play with us our aim is to impact not just the athlete, but the family as well.
CORNERSTONE YOUTH SPORTS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Raymond Philyaw is a former arena football quarterback who served most recently as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks in the Arena Football League (AFL). As an athlete, he played for the Cleveland Gladiators, Chicago Rush, Kansas City Brigade, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings, and the Albany/Indiana Firebirds, leading the Chicago Rush to the American Conference championship games in 2004 and 2005.
Prior to his Arena Football career, he played in the Canadian Football League and Indoor Football League. Philyaw attended Northeast Louisiana University where he holds the school record for touchdown passes and was inducted into the University of Louisiana Monroe Athletics Hall of Fame.
Cornerstone Youth Sports Athletic Director