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You’re a New Person!

When you come to faith in Jesus Christ, you become a new person. You are changed from the inside out. Your outlook on life changes. You begin to have desires to honor the Lord with everything you do. You have a desire to stop doing things that dishonor Him, things that hurt you and/or hurt others.

1. You have been changed from spiritual death to spiritual life. The Bible says in Colossians 3:1 that if you have been raised with the Messiah, then you have a new heart. This new heart comes becomes of the spiritual change that has taken place in your life. This is what “raised by the Messiah” means. When you were spiritually dead in your sins and you realized that Jesus’ death and resurrection provided you the way to spiritual life, you put your trust in Him for salvation. When you trusted in Him, He spiritually raised you to new life.

So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1)

So my question to you is this: Is Jesus your Savior and Lord? Many of you who are reading this will say, “Yes! Jesus is my Savior and Lord.” If you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is your Savior and Lord, then you are declaring that you have been changed from spiritual death to spiritual life, that you have a new heart in Christ. However, if you are not certain of this most vital eternal truth, would you please take a moment to read HERE about how you can know that you have eternal life? It’s that important.

2. You have been changed from an earthly focus to a heavenly focus. We live in the real world of earth. We need food to survive, we need shelter and rest, we go to work each day, we have friendships and relationships with people, we crave coffee or tea or whatever. When you are changed from an earthly focus to a heavenly focus, we are not saying that you forget about everything that is material, the things that you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. What we are saying is that we will have a greater concern for eternal things than we do earthly things. And, we are saying that we will pray and work so that things on earth are the way they are in heaven, the perfect place where Jesus eternally reigns as Lord, where people relate to Him and to each other perfectly, where there is perfect health and joy and adventure for all eternity.

Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

My question to you on this point is this: How are you setting your mind on heavenly things? 

  • Are you devoting time each day to Bible reading and prayer?
  • Are you connected to other believers in a small group on a regular basis?
  • Do you read books and view media that builds up your faith or things that tear it down?
  • Do you pause throughout the day to think deeply about the events occurring in our world, thinking about what God’s Word says about them and how to respond?
  • Do you think about all of your words, actions and attitudes, and ask God to help you to set your mind on a Christ-honoring way of thinking, which will then lead to Christ-honoring actions?

3. You have been changed from an old nature to a new nature. And because you are a new person, you have the capacity to put to death on a daily basis those attitudes, actions and sins that plagued you in the past. You are not bound to them anymore. You are brand new in Christ!

For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4)

My question to you is this: How are you daily putting to death your old nature so that your life can glorify Christ in every way? According to Colossians 3:5-11, there are at least twelve areas of your life to do a little self-examination. Ask God to give you the strength daily to overcome them.

5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient, 7 and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. 8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator. 11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. (Colossians 3:5-11)

  • Twelve areas to examine: 
    • sexual immorality (v5)
    • impurity (v5)
    • lust (v5)
    • evil desire (v5)
    • greed, which is idolatry (v5)
    • anger (v8)
    • wrath (v8)
    • malice (v8)
    • slander (v8)
    • filthy language (v8)
    • lying (v9)
    • prejudice (v11)

So what’s the secret to overcoming these areas? Is it to focus on them? No. The answer is seen in Colossians 3:1-2. Seek God with all your heart, and set your mind on heavenly things. When you do those two things, you will notice that your old nature will not be able to dominate your life. Your daily life will reveal the new person that you are, and your life will glorify Christ!

1 So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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You’ve Got To Know What You Believe

What you believe drives how you live. For instance, if you believe that drinking tomato and spinach smoothies will help you lose weight, then you may drink one every day for lunch and dinner, if you’re on a diet. What you believe about spiritual matters drives how you live too. In this post, we’ll discuss why it matters what you believe about salvation and sanctification.

If you’ve been on any kind of media recently, you know that some people have no problem pushing their beliefs on you. Some do it to make a financial profit, some do it to try to help others, some do it for a host of other reasons. Some of their ads and viewpoints seem persuasive, so it’s important to have one source of absolute truth: the Bible. Let the Bible be your filter of truth for all the messages you hear. Paul writes to the followers of Christ in Colossae:

I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments. For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ. Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭4-7‬)

Notice that Paul reminds his friends the Colossians that he is not always with them physically, but he is with them in spirit — thinking about them and praying for them. He writes to them so their faith will be strong, rooted, built up in Christ, and overflowing with gratitude.

Know what you believe about salvation

In Paul’s day, there were a lot of philosophies, religions and ideas about eternal life. There are a lot today. How could the Colossian Christians know what was the truth, and how can we know the truth about salvation today?

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭8-15‬)

Some of the people in the city of Colossae taught philosophies and ideas based on human tradition regarding the elemental forces of the world (which could include: worshiping earth, wind, fire or water; or a host of other philosophies and religions). Paul reminds the Colossians (and us) that these viewpoints are not based on Christ, and therefore they are empty deceit. We should not put our trust in them. They will not lead to salvation.

Salvation comes by realizing who Jesus is (the fullness of God in the flesh) and what He has done for us (died for us on the cross). Even though we were dead in our trespasses, He made us spiritually alive, forgiving us of our sins and erasing our certificate of sin-debt. When we put our trust and faith in Jesus, He saves us, forgives us, and fills us. Metaphorically speaking, He does a work of spiritual circumcision on our heart, cutting away the old nature and making us brand new in Christ. We publicly declare our faith in Christ through believers baptism. (This paragraph is a summary of the truths of Colossians 2:8-15; see above). 

Our saving faith in Jesus Christ compels us to share the good news with others that Jesus offers salvation to all who will believe. We are motivated to help get this message of salvation to people all over the world, people who desperately need Christ. What we believe about salvation impacts the way we live.

Know what you believe about sanctification 

We must also know what we believe about sanctification, the process with which we grow to be more and more like Christ. When we grow closer to Christ, we begin to think like Him, talk like Him, have compassion like Him, and act like Him. This is the process of sanctification.

Some people think that elaborate lists of rules, regulations and religious activities are required to become more like Christ. They think you must eat (or not eat) certain foods, and/or participate in religious festivals in a certain way (or at a certain place). But the way of Christ is much simpler than that. The way of growing closer to Jesus is a life of daily devotion to Him, built upon the foundation of Bible reading and prayer. This allows you to learn from Him, talk to Him, listen to Him, and walk daily with Him.

Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind. He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭16-19‬)

If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭20-23‬)

Growing in Christ (sanctification) does not come by adherence to external activities. Sanctification comes as your heart is transformed day by day as you follow Christ. Notice in the verses above that the religious activities are not the substance of faith, but rather they are a shadow. Jesus the Messiah is the substance. We grow as we remain close to Him. What you believe about sanctification impacts the way you live.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Pour Your Life Into Others

God wants to use you to make a difference in the lives of others, to help them be all that God created them to be. Life is not just about you. When you pour your life into others, you will be blessed to see them growing, leading and changing the world in amazing ways.

What kind of life does it take to pour your life into others?

1. A life of suffering. Yes, to make a difference in the lives of others, you can expect that there will be periods of time that include suffering. It is through your suffering that you grow personally, and you gain the perspective that you need to help others. Don’t view suffering as punishment from God. The apostle Paul was locked in a prison cell because he was speaking the truth of the gospel: “Jesus Christ is Lord.” He suffered for that reason. But the greater purpose behind his suffering was so that he would stop his church planting travels long enough to write letters that would instruct churches in the first century, letters that are still helping us live out our faith today. He rejoiced in his suffering, because he knew there was purpose in his suffering, and he knew that through suffering he was becoming more and more like Christ, who suffered for us!

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church. (Colossians 1:24)

2. A life of serving. To make a difference in the lives of others, you must find ways to serve them. This may include teaching them, encouraging them, helping them, making a meal for them, caring for them, serving them in a hundred different ways. Some people think that pouring their lives into others is simply giving them a to-do list. But real teachers, real coaches, real mentors, real disciple-makers are dedicated to serving others.

I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. (Colossians 1:25-26)

3. A life of sharing. As you pour your life into others, you will share vital information with them. This could include training, insights, feedback, tips, encouragement, and all sorts of helpful words. If you are pouring your life into someone spiritually, you will share the most important news: the good news of Jesus Christ. Paul calls this good news the “mystery” that was not fully understood until it was clearly seen in Jesus Christ. To pour your life into others, continually share the great news of the good news. Paul reminded them, and we remind you: Christ in you, HE is your hope of glory, both on this earth and for all eternity!

God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:27-28)

4. A life of striving. Pouring your life into others is not easy. It’s a lot of work. But as you strive to do what needs to be done to help them, you are not alone. God, through the Holy Spirit, strengthens you. Your supply of energy is limited. His strength is unlimited. When you rely on your own strength, you get worn out. When you rest in His strength, you have more than enough energy and strength for the tasks of each day. Don’t strive alone. Strive in His strength.

I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:29)

5. A life of struggling. The struggling that you experience as you pour your life into others is not struggling against them; it is struggling for them. It is wrestling in prayer on their behalf. It is “going to bat” for them when others attack them. It is doing whatever is necessary to help them be all that God created them to be. Paul did this for the people in the churches in Colossae, Laodicea, and in many other places.  Coaches stay up late trying to determine how to put their players in the right positions for their team to win. Spiritual leaders spend lots of time praying, planning, and struggling alongside those they are leading. They do this with joy!

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledgeare hidden in Him. (Colossians 2:1-3)

A life of suffering, serving, sharing, striving, and sharing. A life of pouring yourself into others.

What a life!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Driving Tip #502

Driving Tip #502: How to determine who should go first when you come to a four-way stop

Here’s the dilemma: you get to a four-way stop at the exact same time as another car who is going in a perpendicular direction to you. In other words, if you both stop then go at the same time, you will crash into each other in the middle of the intersection. You both want to quickly (and safely) get through the intersection.

What should you do?

Pick the correct answer:

A: Flash your bright lights, warning the other driver that you are about to go no matter what

B: Rev your engine like a NASCAR driver then accelerate through the intersection without looking back, leaving black marks and exhaust smoke where you just left

C: Honk your horn and scream wildly until everyone gets out of your way

D: Determine who is the driver that is on the right (not the left), and that driver crosses the intersection first

What’s your answer?

The correct answer is D. The driver to the right of the other driver has the right of way. That person should go first. After they have safely crossed, the other driver should safely go through the intersection.

Now, if three cars arrive at the same time, then the driver who is on the right of the other two drivers should go first. (The person who is opposite that vehicle has the benefit of going at the same time as them if they are both crossing the intersection.) If four drivers arrive at the same time, see the extra tip below.

Extra Tip: Even though the driver to the right has the right of way at the four-way stops, sometimes people are in too much of a hurry. If a crazy driver gets to an intersection at the same time as you, and even if you have the right of way, if the other driver doesn’t seem to be waiting their turn, let them go ahead and cross. It’s wiser to wait a few extra seconds rather than have a crash at the intersection. That will take much longer and cost lots of money. This same “extra tip” of waiting would apply if four cars arrive at the exact same time. Be a little patient, then someone will go first.

The bottom line of this tip is to approach four-way stops with caution and patience. In some parts of the world, four-way stops are approached differently (no stop signs, which leads to A-B-and-C from above). But for all you drivers in this part of the world, let’s follow driving tip #502.

Happy driving everyone!

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Reconciled

What does it mean to be reconciled? Think about the various uses of the word “reconcile” in our world today. One dictionary defines the word this way:

rec·on·cile (rĕk′ən-sīl′)

v.  rec·on·ciledrec·on·cil·ingrec·on·ciles
v.tr.

1. To reestablish a close relationship between: reconciled the opposing parties.
2. To settle or resolve: reconciled the dispute.
3. To bring (oneself) to accept: He finally reconciled himself to the change in management.
4. To make compatible, harmonious, or consistent: reconcile my way of thinking with yours.
5. To compare (one financial account) so that it is consistent or compatible with another: reconciled my ledger against my bankstatement.
v.intr.

1. To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
2. To become compatible, harmonious, or consistent: The figures would not reconcile.

- source: thefreedictionary.com 

When things are messed up, reconciliation needs to take place. This is true of finances, relationships with people, and most of all our relationship with God. Deep down inside, we long for peace with God, a right relationship with our Creator, the one who sent His Son to be our Reconciler.

The good news is that Jesus’ death provided the way for you to reconciled to God!

Don’t miss that amazing truth. Here’s how the Bible describes it:

Colossians 1:21-23
21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him —  23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.

what we were

The reasons we needed to be reconciled to God are described in verse 21, and if we are honest with ourselves, we know these to be true. According to the Bible, we were alienated, hostile, and evil. Take a look at verse 21 again. It says that for all of us, there was a time in our life that we were alienated from God, hostile in our minds toward Him, and full of evil actions.

You may not think you were a very bad person, but if you begin to think that way, you are missing the fact that even one error makes you imperfect, and we are talking about your relationship with a perfect, holy God. God, who is the great Reconciler, is always working toward reconciling with people, and God is perfect in every way. We are not perfect. We are human. We mess up. We are sinners by nature and by choice.

Our relationship with God was broken because of sin. Our sin caused us to be alienated from God, hostile in our minds, and full of evil actions. This is the bad news. But to understand the good news that we spoke of earlier, we have to understand the bad news first. Not only are we the ones who have messed up the relationship between us and God, but we are also impossible to repair it; we can’t bring reconciliation on our own.

The good news is that Jesus’ death provided the way for you to reconciled to God!

what He did

In just a few words, the Bible speaks volumes: “But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death” (v22). The good news is that Jesus through His physical death on the cross paid the price of reconciliation. While He was on the earth, He was tempted to sin but He resisted every time. He lived a perfect life. He never spoke an unkind word. He helped everyone, exactly the way God would have Him to serve them.

He was betrayed, thrown into a dungeon, lied about, spit upon, brought before rulers, mocked, flogged with ropes laced with rocks & bones & glass, and led to a hill to be crucified. He was beaten so badly and He bled so severely that He was barely recognizable as a human. He carried His cross to a hill and was crucified between two thieves.

He did this for you, and for me. He did this to reconcile us to God. He absorbed the wrath of our sin-debt, and made a way for us to be at peace with God, a way for us to be reconciled to God.

The good news is that Jesus’ death provided the way for you to reconciled to God!

who we are now

When you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you are reconciled to God. This means that you are at peace with Him, in harmony with the God of the universe. Our sin had made us His enemy, but through the blood of Christ we are now His friends, eternally reconciled to Him. And the Bible uses words like holy, blameless and faultless (v22) to describe us. Wow!

The evidence of this reconciled relationship is an ongoing walk with Him, a steadfast relationship over time (v23). A person who is truly reconciled to God will not be content to live any other way. They have the hope of Christ in them (v23). Paul the apostle is one example (v23).

a prayer: “Thank you, Jesus, for the great work of reconciliation you have done for me. I was messed up. Thank you for dying for me on the cross, and for changing my life forever. Help me to live in gratitude for all you have done for me, and help me live committed to sharing the good news with others that they can be reconciled to you too. Help me also to work toward reconciliation in my relationships with all people. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.” 

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Who Is Jesus?

If you interviewed people from around the world and asked them, “Who is Jesus?” what do you think they would say? The Bible has much to say in answer to that question. One concise poem (a first-century hymn, perhaps?) that is found in Colossians chapter 1 gives us powerful insights into who Jesus is.

Colossians 1:15-20
15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16  For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17  He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
18  He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.
19  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,
20  and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross— whether things on earth or things in heaven.

1. He is God in the flesh. When He walked the earth, Jesus was the image of the invisible God (v15), because God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him (v19). Jesus was God in the flesh, the incarnate God.

2. He is Preeminent. Jesus is firstborn over all creation, which means that He is first-in-rank over all creation (v15). He is before all things (v17), and He is first place in everything (v18). Jesus is first. Here’s a good question: is He first place in your life?

3. He is Creator. As the the Second Person of the Triune God, Jesus is our Creator (v16). He created everything out of nothing! He created the earth, the galaxies, animals, fish, birds, plants, people, everything. And our Creator knows what is best for us. We take great comfort knowing we are in the hands of our strong, brilliant, loving Creator.

4. He is Sustainer. Not only did He create you, He also upholds you and sustains you every day of your life. He not only sustains you, but He sustains everything — He holds all things together (v17). He is big enough to hold all things together, and personal enough to hold you in the palm of His hand.

5. He is the Head of the Church. The head of the church worldwide is the Lord Jesus Himself (v18). By His Word and through His Spirit, He leads and guides. And He is the head of each local church. Let’s continually look to Him for guidance and direction.

6. He is the Beginning. As my friend says, “Jesus wasn’t at the beginning when the beginning began; He began the beginning.” (Try saying that 3 times real fast.) Jesus got all time started, He set things in motion. Not only is He the beginning of all things (v18), He is also the one who will end all things. And He knew the end from the beginning. Therefore we can trust Him as the events of time unfold.

7. He is the Firstborn from the Dead. Jesus died on a cross and was placed in a tomb. But on the third day, He rose from the dead! No person brought Him back to life. God resurrected Jesus from the dead. And as the firstborn from the dead (v18), He lives eternally. This guarantees eternal life for all who put their trust in Him. His physical resurrection is the guarantee of our eternal life in heaven with Him forever.

8. He is Reconciler. Because of our sin, we were enemies of God. We could not reconcile our relationship to God on our own. Jesus knew that. He lived a perfect life then willingly sacrificed His life for us on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. He bled and died that we could be forgiven and reconciled to God (vv19-20). Question: have you recognized that Jesus did this for you, have you repented of your sin, and have you trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, do that today!

So, who is Jesus to you?

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Praying for You

When you pray, the God of the universe is listening. Wow! Did you catch that? When you pray, the God of the universe is listening. He hears you, and He answers according to His will. What an amazing privilege to pray. And what an honor it is to pray for others.

So when you say to someone, “I am praying for you,” what do you pray? Here’s what one writer in the Bible wrote to some friends that he was praying for:

For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him. (Colossians 1:9-14)

1. I am praying that you will know God’s will. To the Colossian church Paul writes, “We haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will.” Paul wanted the Colossian believers to know God’s will. He knew they needed wisdom and spiritual understanding. He prayed for this for them. God’s will is not hidden, and it’s not lost. God’s will is revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. Pray for people, that they will know what God’s will is.

2. I am praying that you walk worthy of the Lord. Paul tells them that he is praying that they “may walk worthy of the Lord.” This means that the things they say and the things they do are pleasing to Jesus. He prays that they bear spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. He prays that they grow to know the Lord better, getting to know Him through faith and obedience.

3. I am praying that you will be strong! Paul prays that the Lord will strengthen them with His might and power. He prays that they will have patience and endurance during the trials and temptations of life. He prays they they will be ready to face persecution that may come because of their faith in Christ. He prays that they take time to thank God (more on that HERE) for spiritual blessings, for rescuing them from the domain of spiritual darkness, for offering them salvation (redemption!), and for forgiving their sins.

Hey, if you wonder what you can pray for me, these three things are a great place to start. What a privilege we have to pray for one another. I love it when I hear someone say, “I’m praying for you!”

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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