A Life Worthy

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“so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,” Colossians 1:10 NIV

Paul so loved the early churches!  In Colossians 1 he gives a beautiful account of who God is, all He has done for us, and who Jesus is.  It tells us how God drew us out of darkness.  And that when he did that, he transferred us into the kingdom of His Son.  The Son of His Love.  Our Father desires to have all creation (not some) dwell in Jesus Christ permanently.  He intention is to have all things reconciled back to Him through the blood of the Son of His Love.  God did not want us to be  alienated from Him.

Then there is Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life.  It is through Him we have redemption. He was the exact likeness of God; the first born of all creation.  Jesus is the glue that holds us all together.  He pre-existed us. He, as head of the church, reconciled us through His perfect sacrifice.

Paul reminds us here that if we firmly continue in faith, holding onto our hope in Christ, we can be assured in reconciliation, being made perfect in God’s eyes.  That gives us a life that is worthy!

Thank you Father for making a way for us to be reconciled back into Your arms!

Colossians 1:1-23, John 14:6

Walking In The Light

Embed from Getty ImagesIf we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7

What does walking in the darkness look like?

It’s stubborn and bull-headed. It’s untrusting of God. We continue to try to maintain control and agendas.  We want what we want when we want it. Because we are not well suited for that, we get distracted by having too many balls in the air. It is very “me” focused. We get wrapped up in what we are about instead of looking to our Father. We lose sight of His ways. We become insensitive, inflexible and disobedient. Maybe even thick-skinned. Hard-hearted. We think we know best. We take detours from God.

What does walking in the light look like?

We stand, trusting in God and His word. We surrender to His will. We spend time learning and applying His principles to our lives. We walk a different way; His way. We keep our eyes on Him. We stretch ourselves to walk in what we cannot see.  Ever trusting God. We become sensitive, pliable and obedient to His will. We surrender to His love and (sometimes) correction to keep our hearts straight. We seek to see each other through His eyes. It’s beautiful when we see each other with His eyes.

Father, thank you for giving us all Your love and offering a better way. Help me to trust You more every day.

Psalm 119:27, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Hebrews 13:5, 17

A Life Worthy

Embed from Getty Images“so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,” Colossians 1:10 NIV

Paul so loved the early churches!  In Colossians 1 he gives a beautiful account of who God is, all He has done for us, and who Jesus is.  It tells us how God drew us out of darkness.  And that when he did that, he transferred us into the kingdom of His Son.  The Son of His Love.  Our Father desires to have all creation (not some) dwell in Jesus Christ permanently.  His intention is to have all things reconciled back to Him through the blood of the Son of His Love.  God does not want us to be  alienated from Him.

Then there is Jesus: the way, the truth, and the life.  It is through Him we have redemption. He was the exact likeness of God; the first born of all creation.  Jesus is the glue that holds us all together.  He pre-existed us. He, as head of the church, reconciled us through His perfect sacrifice.

Paul reminds us here that if we firmly continue in faith, holding onto our hope in Christ, we can be assured in reconciliation, being made perfect in God’s eyes.  That gives us a life that is worthy!

Thank you Father for making a way for us to be reconciled back into Your arms!

Colossians 1:1-23, John 14:6

Revelation

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“1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:1-3 NIV

The image of John receiving this message from the angel of God is a powerful one. Wow. To see and hear from God like John – that would be incredible.

So what does it take to hear from God this clearly? Be still. I think we also have to know how much God loves us in order to fully trust what we hear.  It is critical for us to know how deep and how true He loves us.

We will be tested.  We will need to stand firm; stand firm in His life and His love.  We will be faced with ugliness. Darkness will be all around us.  In those times, the hard times, we need to trust God.  Trust His love for us.

Father, help me stand.  Help me simply stand firmly next to You. Hold my hand. Never leave me or forsake me.  I know You never will because You promised.

Ephesians 3:18, Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 2:18, Joshua 1:5

Tough Love

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“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” Psalm 36:9

When I feel like I don’t know anything, God is the one thing that is true and constant.  Especially during seasons of my life when I know there is a stripping of everything that is familiar to me – seasons of change. During those times it is critical for me to seek the Presence of God.  Stay in His life-giving love light.

We are made in God’s image.  He is not a sissy.  Jesus was God’s human image here on earth.  He was not a sissy.  Why do we think as Christians we are off the hook?  We can’t be sissies either.  So here’s a new twist on God’s love.  God’s love is so pure that it is like acid.  It will literally melt away darkness. If darkness is in us He can melt it away.  If darkness is in someone else He can melt it away. For a visual, I sometimes go to that scene in the Wizard of Oz when the witch is melting from the bucket of water that was thrown on her. Picture God’s love as Living Water that will melt away any darkness in its path.  It will not tolerate prejudice, injustice, mockery, spite, judging or comparison.  That is how powerful God’s love is.  It melts the darkness away.

As I yearn to love like God, it’s encouraging to know the power that brings.  It brings light into the darkness like nothing else can.  Now that my friend is tough love!

1 Peter 5:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 2 Chronicles 6:14-42