the epistle to the Colossians 3:12-13 (KJV) Paul basically exhorted them to put
on the character of Christ. To put on means to become. “Put on therefore, as
the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any
man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”.
reminds us all as Christians that we are holy, beloved of God and the elect of
God. We are only Holy because Christ made us so and to be elect means to be
chosen; God chose each one of us and Christ died for us so we could be born
again and made Holy.
exhorts us to put on bowels of mercies (this is the greatest compassion we can
muster), kindness (this is not just having good thoughts toward someone but
goodness in action), humbleness of mind (simply put, this is not having any
arrogance about us), meekness (I love this one; this isn’t being a mouse but
knowing who you are in Christ and yet being perfectly humble about it),
longsuffering (this is patience, especially in the face of adversity). In verse
13 we are told to bear with each other and commanded to forgive.
tall orders, but in Christ we can do all things (Phil 4:13); he enables as we
walk by faith.
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love Paul’s humility in 1 Cor 2:1-5. He gets to the very crux of the source and
power of Christianity. He says I came preaching the Gospel with fear and
trembling; speaking only God’s word, not man’s wisdom and not with elegance of
speech. Paul dared not insert himself but focused on Jesus; allowing the Spirit
to give him the words to share. He gave pre-eminence to the power of the word
of God to affect and change men’s hearts and lives. His preaching was
accompanied by clear demonstrations of the power of the Holy Spirit; signs
wonders and miracles.
preach, as the word is defined, is simply to proclaim, publish or herald. As
the word is preached, the Holy Spirit takes it, reveals it to the sensitive and
receptive heart and provides the power for the word to impact, bless and change
the receptive listener (1 Cor 2:10). Paul was bold enough to say that as we
preach in obedience to God and as directed by the Holy Spirit, then the father
will demonstrate his power among us.
word, his power, humility, fear of God and obedience, as exemplified in Paul’s life
and ministry, are a recipe for change. We really need to meditate on this and
get it down in our spirits.
Jeremiah chapter 23 we see that Israel listened to the false prophets because
those prophets tickled their ears. To have your ears tickled is to hear things
that please and appeal to our carnal or fleshly nature. Jeremiah warned of God’s
anger with sinful Israel but they would not listen. Do we take heed of God’s word,
his whole word or are we selective, hearing only our favorite words? If we want
to move on with God and be all he wants us to be he will need to change us and chasten
(to discipline or instruct) us with his word (Rom 12:2; Heb 12:5-11).
we pray but the results don’t come or we make decisions and they prove to be
the wrong ones. We must hear from God with our spiritual ears not just our
physical ears and minds and be changed (Matt 13:14-16; 1 Cor 2:14). We need to
humble ourselves and repent (1 Peter 5:6), plough up the fallow ground of our
hearts (soften our hearts toward God; Jer 4:3). God’s word can break and change
us if we let it (Jer 23:29), but we have to allow this to happen. To fail to
submit to God in this way assigns us to the status quo, mediocrity and
frustration. To allow God to change us maybe painful, but it leads us on to his
highest and best: “above all that we ask or think” (Eph 3: 20-21; KJV). Wow, I
want that, what about you? Let’s press into God’s word and let him change us;
nothing held back.
all get excited about Mark 11:24, where we are told that if we believe when we pray,
we will receive. In other words, faith is believing you have something when you
pray, not just when you actually physically receive it.
the 15th chapter of John always catches my attention when we think of using our
faith to receive from God. In verses 7 and 16 God puts some conditions on our
getting our prayers answered. We need to abide in Christ and let his words
abide in us and we need to bear fruit, then God can answer our prayers. Abide
is to tarry or remain continuously. Fruit is the life changed by God and the godly
works that result.
other words, a casual relationship with God doesn’t cut it, we need to have genuinely
asked Christ into our lives as savior and Lord (Rom 10:9-10). We need to have a
genuine desire to press in to him, to allow him to change us, grow us and use
us. The life surrendered to God and sold out to his will and purpose will be blessed
do we press in? Well, how do you grow any relationship? You spend time, you communicate
and you get to know the other person. With God, you spend time in the bible,
you pray, you praise him, worship him, and give him thanks, you just spend time
in his presence; there are no short cuts. God’s greatest joy is to bless his
children (Ps 115:13). Walk and talk with him today
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love the Psalms; reading one a day is a good plan. David really shows his love,
fear of and heart for God in his poetry. In Psalm 139 verses 23 and 24 David
humbles himself before his God and cries out that his heavenly Father would
search his heart for any wickedness and show him how to walk in godliness.
with David, we cannot do this and walk the walk on our own; o how we need God
in our lives. In Romans chapter 2 and verse 15 we learn that our born-again
spirits, hearts or consciences will show us if we are right or wrong, if we
allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate and strengthen our spirits with the word of
God. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26; KJV).
in the word, ask God to make the word come alive to you (what we call
revelation) by the Holy Spirit as you read and meditate. Allow the spotlight of
God’s word to show you where you need to change so you can draw ever closer to
God. Remember it is not in our own strength but it is God who shows us the way
and empowers us to change and be more like him (Phil 1:6). “Being confident of this
very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6). Lord, flood us with your presence, your
Holy Spirit today and have your way in our lives. Be blessed today.
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