5-8 And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
meditate & chew :)
i started reading colossians 3 today, and after the first verse or two, i felt like “THIS IS SO GOOD! I need to focus on this, big time!!” and then it hit me.
so stop here for today.
there is no reason why i have to read an entire chapter in one sitting. i’ve been trying to do the “Bible in a year” for like 3 years in a row now, and i have to say… i’ve started to feel like if i’m not reading 3 or 4 chapters of the Bible a day, i’m just not cutting it. but that’s so not true!
part of me has felt a need to read through the whole Bible every year so that i remember all the things that happened in the OT and in the NT so that i never have one of those moments in a conversation like “omg… i have no idea what this person is talking about! eeeek.” rookie fears.
and the truth is, it’s important to read the whole Bible! and i want to make sure i’m hearing the whole counsel of God.
BUT… sometimes it’s okay to go slow. to taste and see that the Lord is good. to meditate on one particular part of His Word so that it infiltrates your soul.
sooo :) i’m going to do that with Colossians 3. here’s what i’m meditating on today (from the Message translation):
1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
i had one of those moments today where there was criticism thrown my way, and to be fair it wasn’t that bad or that much, but i realized something: I’M A BABY! i get all bent out of shape in my heart and act like i’m just lost when someone doesn’t agree with me or - shock! - doesn’t think i’m great. well let me tell you this - i need to get OVER that! and i know that there’s a possibility that God is putting me in those situations and will do so more often so that i can learn how to handle it. are you like me? do you expect and want everything to go just perfectly and then get all bent out of shape when it doesn’t? man… if you are, we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to do some work in us so we don’t have to be so WEAK but instead we can be made STRONG!
One of my pastors asked last week in his sermon, do you love your Bible? Everybody says YES!
Do you love your Bible more than your cell phone? I could swear a few less say YES!
Okay then, do you spend more time in your Bible then with your cell phone if you love it more? …just a few mmm’s and groans.
Don’t lie. And I won’t either. That’s straight conviction.
When I leave in the morning, I always check and make sure I have my phone. My Bible?
When I run to the corner store, I contemplate whether I should bring my phone or not. My Bible?
When I get a spare second at the doctors office, on the bus, shoot - at a stop light!!!! - what am I looking at? Bible or phone?
My new goal: treat my Bible like I treat my phone. Can’t believe I’m typing something so ridiculous? Well what’s the point in hiding the truth. I already confessed it to God. I’ve learned there is NO point in lying to Him. He knows I have loved my phone more than His word, sad state of affairs that it is. Just look at the evidence. AIN’T NO POINT IN LYING! Either you use your cell more or your Bible more, case rested.
So I ask you - do you love your Bible? Do you love it more than you love your cell phone? Do you use it more than you use your cell phone? Do you treat it better? When you have a spare second, what do you reach for? Before you go to sleep, what’s the last thing you see? When you wake up, what’s the first thing you reach for?
Repent and be saved, y’all !!!
this song is AWESOME!
ever been in a situation that you KNOW is too big for you? there is nothing you can do - you’ve done everything you can. well, what do you do?
for the next 24 hours i’m going to a secret place with JESUS, my God! no internet, no phone, no instagram, no food, no water, no friends, no nothing - but JESUS!
i want to hear the sound of heaven touching earth! NOTHING is too hard for Jesus, so to Him i go!!
when is the last time you closed the world out to get straight JESUS??
SPIRIT BREAK OUT _ HEAVEN COME DOWN!!
Looking back through my journal and this spoke to me. Who are you when you’re forced to wait? Are you like Paul, or do you struggle with negativity like me?
Pray tonight with me that we can be like Paul, who says that nothing moves him! Remind yourself that you “will see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living - be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord!” Because “He who called you is FAITHFUL and He will do it!!”
And also… while we’re waiting, lets NOT waste time. Let’s use each day to glorify God’s name and to seek His Kingdom and to prepare for the future :)