STAY AWAY FROM VERBAL SIN

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter three. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” –Colossians 3 : 9 (NLT) 

Lying to one another disrupts unity by destroying trust. It tears down relationships and may lead to serious conflict in a church. So don’t exaggerate statistics, pass on rumors and gossip, or say things to build up your own image. Be committed to telling the truth.

Jesus wants to clean your life and your church of sexual sin and verbal sin. There is no place in the Kingdom of God for hedonistic sexual experimentation or for gossip, rage, and back-biting. In their place, witness to the world like a lighthouse on a stormy night by displaying love, faith, and hope.
 

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STAY AWAY FROM SEXUAL SIN

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.” –Colossians 3 : 5-6 (NLT) 

We should consider ourselves dead and unresponsive to sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. The warning in this verse is not against sex, but against sexual perversion. Where is the line between the two?

The Bible everywhere celebrates heterosexual, monogamous marriage as the proper situation for sexual fulfillment. Christian men and women should be open to true love–and to sexual intimacy–within the commitment to lifelong fidelity. That is God’s way. The rest is dangerous and futile. Stay away. Sexual sin and perversion will drain your energies and turn your heart away from God. The anger of God refers to God’s judgement on these kinds of behavior, culminating with future and final punishment of evil.

When tempted to sin, remember that you must one day stand before God.

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SEEK WHAT GOD DESIRES

Happy New Month!
The message for today is titled “SEEK WHAT GOD DESIRES. May the Holy Spirit minister to you as you share it with your family and friends. 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” –Colossians 3 : 1-3 (NLT) 

Setting our sights on the realities of Heaven means striving to put Heaven’s priorities into daily practice. Letting Heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal.

“For you died to this life” means that we should have as little desire for improper worldly pleasures as a dead person would have. The Christian’s real home is where Christ lives. This truth provides a different perspective on our lives here on earth. To “think about the things of Heaven” means to look at life from God’s perspective and to seek what He desires. This provides the antidote for materialism; we gain the proper perspective on material goods when we take God’s view of them. It also provides the antidote of sensuality. By seeking what Christ desires, we have the power to break our obsession with pleasure and leisure activities. But it also provides the antidote  to empty religiosity because following Christ means loving and serving in this world. Regard the world around you as God does; then you will live in harmony with Him. 

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MAKE A THANKFUL LIST


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” –1 Thessalonians 5:18(NIV)

To help you achieve and maintain a new level of contentment in your life, I encourage you to use some of your quiet time with God to make a list of everything you have to be thankful for. It should be a long list, one that includes little things as well as big things.

Why should it belong? Because we all have a lot of things to be thankful for, and we’ll see them if we look for them. Get out a piece of paper and start listing things you have to be thankful for. Keep the list and add to it frequently. Make it a point to think about and thank God for whatever you might be doing throughout the day. You can only learn the power of thankfulness by practising it intentionally. When you meditate on what you have to be grateful for every day and verbalize it to God, it will be amazingly helpful to your thought life and heart.

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HOW TO GUARD AGAINST MAN-MADE RELIGIONS

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2 : 23(NLT) 

We can guard against man-made religions by asking these questions about any religious group:Does it stress man-made rules and taboos rather than God’s grace?Does it foster a critical spIrit toward others, or does it exercise discipline discreetly and lovingly?Does it stress formulas, secret knowledge, or special visions more than the Word of God?Does it elevate self-righteousness, honoring those who keep the rules, rather than elevating Christ?Does it neglect Christ’s universal church , claiming to be an elite group?Does it teach humiliation of the body as a means to spiritual growth rather than focus on the growth of the whole person?Does it disregard the family rather than hold it in high regard as the Bible doesTo the Colossians, the discipline demanded by the false teachers seemed good, and legalism still attracts many people today. Following a long list of religious rules requires strong self-discipline and can make a person appear moral, but religious rules cannot change a person’s heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.

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PAUL CONDEMNS HERESY

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2:22-23(NLT) 

Paul writes against any philosophy of life based only on human ideas and experiences. Paul himself was a gifted philosopher, so he is not condemning philosophy. He is condemning teaching that credits humanity, not Christ, with being the answer to life’s problems. That approach becomes a false religion. There are many man-made approaches to life’s problems that totally disregard God. To resist heresy you must use your mind, keep your eyes on Christ, and study God’s word.

We cannot reach up to God by following rules of pious self-denial, by observing rituals, or by practicing religion. Paul isn’t saying all rules are bad. But keeping laws or rules will 

not earn salvation. The Good News is that God reaches down to human beings, He asks for our response. Man-made religions focus on human effort; Christianity focuses on Christ’s work. Believers must put aside sinful desires, but doing so is the by-product of our new life in Christ, not on our own discipline and rule keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.

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NO LONGER SLAVE TO SIN


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” –Colossians 2:13-15(NLT) 

Before we believed in Christ, our nature was evil. We disobeyed, rebelled, and ignored God (even at our best, we did not love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind). The Christian, however, has a new nature. God has crucified the old rebellious nature; “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” (Romans 6:6) and replaced it with a new loving nature; “..for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him”  (Colossian 3:9,10)

The penalty of sin died with Christ on the cross. God has declared us not guilty, and we need no longer live under sin’s power. God does not take us out of the world or make us robots—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin. The difference is that before we were saved, we were slaves to a sinful nature; but now we are free to live for Christ.

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YOU ARE COMPLETE THROUGH YOUR UNION WITH CHRIST

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So you also are complete through your union with Christ, Who is the Head over every ruler and authority.” –Colossians 2:10(NLT) 

Look around you. People are searching for something to give their lives a boost. Few people seem content within themselves. A strange and often hard-to-identify inner vacuum gives most people an uneasy sense of incompleteness. Christ fills that vacuum! As Jesus’ Person is fully divine, so we, united by faith to Jesus, find personal fulfillment in Him: “you also are complete through your union with Christ.”

When you know Jesus Christ, you don’t need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or unbiblical philosophies as the Colossians were doing. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life because He is life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved. Some days may not feel like it, but in Jesus, the vacuum is gone; the full power and presence of God has taken up residence in your mind and heart. You are a new person equipped for life and satisfied in God. Take some risks-God will guide you. Give more generously-God will supply. Love more freely-God will energize you. Say “can do” more often-God will amaze you.  

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BE ROOTED IN CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” –Colossians 2:6-8(NLT) 

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by:Committing your life and submitting your will to Him;
Seeking to learn from Him, His life, and His teachings;
Recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you  Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from Him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life’s answers. If Christ is our strength, we will be free from human regulations.

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TELL OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter one. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me..” –Colossians 1:28-29(NLT) 

The word ‘perfect’ means ‘mature or complete,’ not ‘flawless.’ Paul wanted to see each believer mature spiritually. Like Paul, we must work wholeheartedly like an athlete, but we should not strive in our own strength alone. We have the power of God’s Spirit working in us. We can learn and grow daily, motivated by love and not fear or pride, knowing that God gives the energy to become mature.

Christ’s message is for everyone; so everywhere Paul and Timothy went, they brought the Good News to all who would listen. An effective presentation of the Good News includes warning and teaching. The warning is that without Christ, people are doomed to eternal separation from God. The teaching is that salvation is available through faith in Christ. As Christ works in you, tell others about Him, warning and teaching them in love. 

Whom do you know that needs to hear this message?

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