November 16, 2020
There are thousands of breathtaking statements in the Bible. These are definitive statements which, if dealt with properly, should be the end of the discussion. These statements define what really IS, whether we agree or not. And, they demand a response. We can ignore them if we choose, but there are sad and destructive consequences if we try to live counter to what is true. It simply won't work right.
One of the greatest such passages is Colossians 1:13-20. It is perhaps the highest statement in Scripture about Christ's fullness and authority.
Take one statement in this magnificent passage: "He is also head of the body, the church" (Colossians 1:18a). Pause and meditate on the implications of this simple truth.
As Christ is the head, it means ...
One response comes to mind: Hallelujah for the Head! Praise God that He has so designed His body that is not mindless or leaderless, and at the head is One who is perfect in all ways and all directions.
And, Lord, please give us the wisdom to draw near to You, listening constantly with You and moving only at Your initiation.
Father, thank You that we are not in charge! You reign sovereignly in all Your perfection. Give us the humility and wisdom to look to You, defer to You, and follow You completely.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.