“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,  rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.”  Col.  2:6-7

 

Several interesting points worth me thinking through just in this one little verse…

1.)  If I (and you…) have received Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, do we actually walk in Him?  Does our life reflect, even a bit, that of His? Do I pick and choose the times that I look like Him… and then other times justify my actions because I’m only human?  It should be our heart’s goal as we respond to this great, redeeming love that we try to give all that we are — surrendered in total to Him.  It is so hard, I know!  This world is not an easy place to be, and our hearts long to be appeased by the comforts of this world.  I want things and people to make me feel good in the moment… so I fall into clinging hard to things that are not the source of my peace, and my true joy.  He has a plan to help us with this,  and that leads me to the next point…. 🙂

2.)  Rooted and built up!?  Do you know why you believe what you believe?  Start asking yourself why you do the things you do!  Do you have a basis for your beliefs?  We need a foundation!  If you are building something, you certainly always have a plan, and you have a reason and rhyme (hopefully!) for each board, nail, and tool.  The condition of your soul is a vital thing to work on building!  Doncha’ think?  Here are a quick few questions to ask yourself….Then, as you ask them, can you back each answer up with verses?  Time to dig in, and find out the why’s!  Let’s not flippantly play around with something SO important for our life!

  • Do I believe the Bible, if so… why?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • What does salvation mean?  Why do I need to be saved?

3.)  es*tab*lish – a. To place or settle in a secure position or condition; install. b. To make firm or secure.

Am I established in my faith?  I do know this:  I can be more so each day!  Constantly, it should be our aim to daily grow in our faith and knowledge that God keeps His promises, and He does not fail.  No matter how each day may look, or how each moment may feel emotionally — the fact remains that our God is constant, never faltering, and on the throne.  Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Him — clinging to Him in prayer, and study of His word to us.  Let’s tell our hearts to be still, rest, and KNOW He is God.

4.)  OUCH!  Not so sure that I am always OVERFLOWING with gratitude… haha.  This is simple:  He asks us to give thanks in all things.  All?  Yep, all.  Don’t believe me?… Check out 1 Thessalonians 5:8, and Ephesians 5:20 for yourself.

Are you joining me in the challenge?  Change comes with the challenge… get ready.  🙂

 

 

 

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2 responses »

  1. Peter Hughes says:

    Joani,
    You have no idea what an encouragement you are to me right now. Claire and I are going thru massive trials and if didn’t know better I would say that God had deserted us. Your blog serves to remind me that that isn’t so and that we need to trust in Him always.
    PSALMS 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
    Blessings,
    Pete Hughes
    Grand Cayman

    • Love you guys much, and praying for you. I think often of the beauty on the water from our last, lovely boat trip — Today, I drifted into a daydream thinking of how as lovely and peaceful that trip was, I realized the eternity that awaits is oh-so-much more amazing in the presence of God.

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