Sunday, August 14, 2022

Two Worlds - Colossians 1:2

 In Christ...

The Colossian Christians lived in two worlds.  They physically lived in the city of Colossae, while spiritually, they were in Christ.

As Christians, we also live in two worlds.  We live in a physical location, but spiritually we are in Christ.  This only becomes a problem if we try to separate them.  Some Christians try to keep their 'natural' life separate from their 'spiritual' life.  This causes conflict and problems that our Father never intended us to have.  Like a divorce, this is separating what God has joined together.

God designed our 'natural' lives and our 'spiritual' lives to be a unity.  We are primarily spiritual creatures who are in the process of learning everything that means.  Our 'In Christ' lives are to envelop or saturate every other aspect of our lives.  When that happens, we are living whole; when we categorize our lives into different boxes, we are divided within ourselves.  As Jesus pointed out, a united house stands, and a divided house falls.  What kind of house are you?

Friday, August 12, 2022

Peace - Colossians 1:2

 Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

Paul's desire was for these believers to experience God's grace and peace.  Peace is something we all want.  The peace of God does not mean smooth sailing in life, but it does mean that we can rest in the knowledge that we have peace with God and He is in control of our life.

Since Paul is writing to people who are already believers, he is probably not referring to peace with God - they already had that.  He wants them to experience the peace which comes from an increasing knowledge of and relationship with the Father.  

This is a peace that we can enter into as we continue to develop our relationship with God.  When we are feeling overwhelmed with the situations of life, we need to focus on the Grace and Peace of the Father.  His loving arms are around us, no matter what waves are crashing on the beach of our life.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Grace - Colossians 1:2

 Amazing Grace!  One of Strong's definitions of Grace is "..of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues."  Wow!

When we look at it like that, we see how dependent we are on the Grace of God.  Without Him, we can literally do nothing of eternal value.  We can do nothing to earn or keep this Grace.  It is all by the 'merciful kindness' of God.  That should give us confidence in our Christian walk.  While we are responsible for living worthy of Christ, it is His Grace that provides us with the ability to do so.  We depend on Him.  It is all from Him - justification, sanctification, perseveration, glorification.  We say 'Thank You!'  And then we learn to live according to our high calling.  Truly Amazing Grace!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Update: Den Of Iniquity Book

 My book, Den Of Iniquity, just got rejected by an agent who said it had merit but didn't fit the type of books they represent.  So on to the next one...  The life of a writer is full of faith and hope...lots of hope :). Whatever your dreams and visions are, never give up.  Just keep working at them in faith and hope...and sprinkle a little joy in as well.  Anticipation can be fun.

In Christ - Colossians 1:2

 ...the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.

When we think about being In Christ, we are often thinking of our position in Christ.  Knowing our proper position in Christ is vital to our Christian life and health.  But we are not the only ones who are In Christ.  All true Christians are In Christ, and we need to think of them and treat them that way.

Family is important.  A hard concept to realize is that our spiritual family is the most important family we belong to.  If Jesus must have priority in our lives, that also means His family must have priority in our lives.  Of course, I don't mean that we neglect our natural family, but I find often it is the family of God that is neglected.  

I am sure we all have Jesus as our top priority.  [If not, we have bigger problems!]. Where does His family rate on our list of priorities?

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Christian Requirement - Colossians 1:2

 ...the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.

Faithfulness is being trustworthy, reliable and honest.  If a person is faithful, they can be counted on to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.  As a manager, I can tell you that I would rather have someone working for me who is faithful and has developing skills rather than someone who is unfaithful but has highly developed skills.  I think God feels the same.

As Christians, we often put the greatest value on things like prayer, Bible study, church, etc.  Those are essential things to be doing, of course.  But I think what God is looking for most in His people is things like faithfulness, integrity, and honesty.  I know of a church, an entire church organization as well, that has a great outward show of spirituality but is rotten at the core.  How about you and I?  Are we proving ourselves to be people of solid character?  Would Paul call us faithful brothers and sisters?

Monday, August 8, 2022

Holy Stubborness - Colossians 1:2

 To God's holy people in Colossae...

If you are a Christian, you are holy now; that is, you are separated to God for His purposes.  This is not something you have to work at.  It is not something you have to earn.  It is simply a statement of fact.  You are holy.

But the next question a Christian should ask is:  Since I am holy, how should I live my life?  As we will see later in this book, the Bible speaks of walking worthy of Jesus.  It should be our desire to order life so that it is pleasing to God.  This requires both knowledge of His will and the self-control/self-determination to do it.  Elsewhere I have referred to this as holy stubbornness.  Our feet are set to serve God well; nothing- inside us or outside - will deter us.  The knowledge of His will comes through Bible study and application and prayer, and self-control comes through submission to the Holy Spirit.

Two Worlds - Colossians 1:2

 In Christ... The Colossian Christians lived in two worlds.  They physically lived in the city of Colossae, while spiritually,...