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Monday, September 18, 2017

OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” - Colossians 2:6-7 New Living Translation 
     The congregation in Colossae had already accepted Christ as Lord. Paul’s letter was meant to correct errors in the church’s teaching.  To live faithfully for God we must commit our life to Christ and submit to his will. We must have a hunger to know him and learn from his teachings. We must recognize the power of the Holy Spirit that is within us. It’s what the Colossians had to do and it’s what today’s Christians must do as well if they want to be an effective representative of our Lord.
     As we grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ our faith and trust will expand. The truth, which we should accept without hesitation, is what we must built our lives on. That is the impenetrable foundation that we can build upon. The winds and storms of life may destroy that which we have built but the foundation shall forever stand as a testament to the greatness of God.
     It is with thankful hearts that we are to serve the Lord, recognizing that without his presence in our lives we are doomed to spend all eternity separated from him.  What a tragic thought. We must tap into his spirit to become all he desires us to be in this life. God wants us all to succeed, not as the world sees success, but in his eyes, for it is God whom we must please, not man. Side step the world and embrace Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

IMITATING GOD

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.” - Ephesians 5:1 New Living Translation
     To imitate is to copy the mannerisms and character of another. This is exactly what the Apostle Paul is saying to the Ephesian believers. It isn’t easy to do this because we are not that individual. What we are called to do as followers of Christ is to come to know him so well that his thoughts, words and actions become ours. Like the moon reflects the sun, so we would be a reflection of our Lord.
     Our imitation would be born out of a grateful heart because of what was willingly done for us.  Once we have a knowledge of the deep, abiding love God has for us, that should be sufficient to motivate the self-sacrifice necessary to live a Christian life.
      It is a natural thing to emulate our parents. Some of their traits are passed onto to us thru genetics. It is our heart that is triggered to be like Christ thru the start of our association with him. So by all means, be like Christ in your daily lives. That may mean placing your desires on hold for a time or perhaps forever. You won’t be shortchanged, for God knows exactly what those desires are and what you are in need of far better than you do. Shed the skin of self-centeredness and live for others over yourself. If you ask, the Spirit of God will enable you to do just that. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resources: The Life Application Study Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quote by Rick Warren

“What gives me the most hope every day is God's grace; 
knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, 
knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”

Rick Warren

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quote by Lawrence Welk ...

“Never trust anyone completely but God. 
Love people, but put your full trust only in God.”

Lawrence Welk

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Quote from Thomas Paine ...

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; 
character is what God and angels know of us.”

Thomas Paine

Monday, September 11, 2017

GOD’S PLAN

“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.” - Proverbs 14:12 (Amplified Bible)
     Did you know that you could actually hinder the plans of God in your life? It’s true. You pray, seek God’s face, ask for His will; yet all the while in your heart you want a certain thing to take place. You see an opening for that certain thing to become a reality and jump at it, telling yourself that it’s God’s will. The reality of it is that you have pushed your own will in front of God’s. Because the Lord gives us a free will, he will always allow you to have your own way if you insist. He is there watching, yet not interfering, with what you have talked yourself into believing was the only right choice for you to make.
     I don’t see this as disobedience as much as I see it as being obstinate and spiritually immature. God is a willing teacher, however, we are not always listening. It’s God’s desire to be a part of every decision and plan we make. Where you work, where you go to college, where you go to church, who you date and who you marry. If it’s important to you, it’s important to God as well.
     God’s way is the right way every time. There is no fault or failing in Him. His wisdom is reliable, His plans are steadfast and true. Wherever the Lord leads you is where you need to be for that time. Submit to the Lord with a willing heart and watch your scenery change. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.