Nation in the Balance

America’s fate is in the balance. The upcoming election is more than just a General Election. It is a day in which the nation’s entire destiny could be changed and not necessarily for the better. The candidates could not be more opposite in views and goals.

As Christians, we know that America is not our God. The President is certainly not our Lord and Savior. I will keep serving the Lord no matter who is in office, but scripture is clear about government. God sets up kings and dethrones them according to Daniel 2:21. We are told to pray for our leaders (see 1 Timothy 2:2). In other words, we have a responsibility.

VOTING IS A PRIVILEGE

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Let’s face it. During the times the scriptures were written, leaders were not elected. We have an advantage that many do not. As Christians, we must vote and vote responsibly. While we certainly are unable to control the outcome, we must do our part.

Staying home and avoiding the polls is not an option. Do your research. Find out how the candidates have voted on bills that are brought before them. Find out how they stand on issues such as abortion, traditional marriage, foreign relations, and so much more.

Stop believing the Mainstream Media

Unfortunately, the media is not your friend. They have been reporting in a most biased manner for years. Various news stations would have you to believe that evil is good and good is evil. The Word of God has something to say about this. Isaiah 5:20 states the following: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

For more fair reporting, take a look at some of the less popular news sites. Do your own research, and when you do, avoid believing the first headline that pops up in your google search. Scroll further and look at the issue from different angles.

MAke a prayerful choice

Our current President is by no means a perfect man. I have disagreed with his words and actions on many occasions. What I do observe is the way he deals with issues. The left wing party is not interested in protecting your freedoms. They want to stifle your free speech. The only exception is if you agree with them.

The left wing is adamant about abortion rights rather than the rights of the unborn. The traditional family is being torn away which is what they want, but it is the opposite of God’s will. Of course, you do not have to take my word for it. Look around you. Look through the eyes of Christ. While Christ would not have been affiliated with a political party, He would have given a strong rebuke to the liberal left for the attacks against what God has deemed sacred. Certainly, He would have had some rebukes for the right wing as well.

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Speak

When the Republicans make a decision with which I disagree, I voice it. My voice seems to speak more loudly against the Democrat party because their wrongs are a bit more obvious than the Republican. However, both parties have been guilty of wrongdoing. We must let our voices be heard in speaking against wrongdoing, but we must still vote.

We are citizens of a heavenly city, but we still must occupy here until Christ returns. In the meantime, we must live for Christ and refuse to compromise with the world system. If this post has convicted you, good! Do something about it. Go before God and intercede for this nation, then, ask Him to guide you as to how to cast your ballot. He will not lead you in the wrong direction.

Where Change Takes Place

The following is a portion of a booklet I wrote entitled Are You Ready for Transformation?

Repairing the Breach

Once you begin to recognize destructive thought patterns, you have to begin to repair the place in which they entered your mind. If a breach occurs in a dam, water can begin leaking out, or the dam could break down which would be detrimental to those in its path. It is the same with your mind. If you do not repair the spiritual door or wall of your mind, the destructive thoughts will continue to gain access. Repairing the breach is what will begin to bring about permanent solutions.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a breach is a violation. When demonic forces sense a weak spot, they will pounce with all their might to gain access. What we entertain as far as movies, television shows, books, and conversations have the potential to weaken our spiritual walls which can eventually cause a breech. This gives easy access to demonic forces to play games with your mind.

The following quote is from Kelly Minter and her Bible study on the book of Nehemiah: “Have you ever wondered if ‘mindless entertainment’ might be a wide-open gate in your life by which many hurtful and deceiving ideas are sliding straight into your thinking? What about the friendships you keep, the magazines you read, the conversations in which you choose to engage? Are your doors open to the uplifting, truth-telling, and life-giving, or to what corrodes your soul? All day long we choose what goes in and out of our hearts and minds, and if you’re like me there are some doors, bars, and bolts that need tightening.”

When I went through the portion of that study, I was convicted. We are not going to be perfect, but there are certain entertainment such as conversations, movies, and reading material that we need to avoid if they continually cause a problem. On the other hand, there might be some entertainment in which we should take part if it brings life to our hearts and minds.

Now is the time to insert one of my disclaimers. I am not saying that you should not watch television or read books. There are television shows and movies that I greatly enjoy. I am simply saying that if it breaks down walls in my thinking and brings ungodly thinking, then I need to find another type of entertainment.

Our conversations with others are a part of our “entertainment”. When a friend or acquaintance gives you the “low-down” on someone else, you will begin to entertain negative thoughts about that person even if you do not know her. That is why the Bible gives instruction as to the types of conversations that we should, or should not, be taking part in.

Let me say that when these thoughts invade, you can and should take them captive and renew your mind; however, renewing the mind might not be such hard work if we refuse to allow certain things into our minds beforehand. Sometimes, it will mean changing the subject in a conversation, or turning off the television if needed.

You might be thinking that I sound extreme at this point. If your thought life is in extreme trouble, it will take extreme measures to break free. Remember, in most cases, you did not get into the mess in your mind overnight. It happened over time. It is the same with taking your thoughts captive and renewing the mind, it will take time. It will also take time to survey the walls of your mind to find places that need repair. It took Nehemiah the exiles time to survey the walls of Jerusalem to determine what types of repair would be needed and where. Allow yourself to utilize the grace God has given you. Philippians 1:6 reminds us that the work God has begun in us will be completed. Some jobs take time to complete, particularly if you want the work to be thorough and complete. You cannot afford to leave breaches in the walls of your mind. You must guard what you are allowing in your mind. Even in doing this, there will be things come through our walls that are not godly. We are only human. It is then that we hold the thought up to the light of God’s word and allow it no further entrance if we determine it is not what we need.

At this point, I feel the need to warn you about stubbornness. There are times when stubbornness can be a good quality to have if one is taking a stand for what is good. However, stubbornness as a refusal to change a negative behavior is dangerous. Refusing to take thoughts captive and refusing to take care as to what you will allow into your mind will be detrimental to you.

Repentance is the cure for stubbornness. By turning to God in repentance for ungodly thinking patterns that we have allowed to become strongholds, we invite freedom. We are allowing God to come in and help us repair the walls of our minds which will lead us to victory.

James MacDonald had a Bible study entitled Think Differently. He addresses the issue of stubbornness. An example of stubbornness is thinking or even saying that you can repent when you are good and ready. Some people want to hold on to their sin because it brings a sense of comfort. Refusing to repent when God is dealing with you is dangerous! Yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. There is such peace and joy that results from repentance.

In many churches today, the word “repent” is almost considered a by-word. God is saddened by this because it puts up a dangerous wall between Him and His people. Strongholds of destructive thinking patterns will result in destructive behavior. The results of destructive behavior are a ruined life. Sadly, these results can spill over into the lives of others. If the Holy Spirit is convicting you to allow Him to work on a destructive thought pattern, behavior, or both, yield to that conviction. You have nothing to lose but your chains.

There are some people in the bible who refused to repent when given the opportunity. As a result, they suffered dire consequences. Cain, the son of Adam, was one of these people. In Genesis 4:7, the Lord assures Cain that he will be accepted if he does what is right. Another example is Esau, the son of Isaac. Esau was at odds with his brother, Jacob, from childhood. Sibling rivalry can be ugly. Esau allowed his fleshly appetite to cause him to sell his birthright to Jacob (see Genesis 25). Yielding to our fleshly desires rather than to the Holy Spirit will cause us to reap unwanted results. We might shake our heads in disbelief at Esau’s foolishness, but we are guilty as well. When we decide to listen to the latest gossip, we are selling our peace. When we are entertained by people who blaspheme God’s name, we are forfeiting what we have with God for something that is temporary. Let’s learn from these examples. Certainly, we will not be perfect, but we can be more mindful toward the eternal.

Before closing this chapter, I must address another type of situation. Often, destructive thinking patterns form as a result of abuse suffered at the hands of another person, or, by someone who has offended or hurt us in some way. If you have suffered abuse, I urge you right now to seek godly counsel. For those of us who might struggle with other types of offense, we must take captive thoughts of bitterness and lack of forgiveness. In our minds, we must choose to forgive our offenders. The process might have to be repeated a number of times. Forgiveness does not mean that your offender was right in harming you. It simply released you from bondage and puts the situation in God’s hands for Him to deal with. Trust me, He can deal with others much better than we can.

The following are scriptures that relate to what we have discussed in this chapter:

Acts 3:19, “Therefore, repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away, and that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, if there is any praise, think on these things.”

Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 3:2 (NKJV), “Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.”

What Are You Thinking About?

Our thoughts matter.  While I cannot control every thought that comes into my mind, I do not have to entertain it.  I can choose to entertain it, or, I can choose to refuse it entry to the gate of my mind.  You have the same choice.

I am not promoting a mystical, new age experience.  What I am presenting to you is a Biblical practice.  Controlling my thought life is part of allowing my old nature to die and my new nature in Christ to come alive (Romans 6 and Romans 12:2).

Guard Your Thoughts

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1 Peter 1:13 instructs me to gird up the loins of my mind.  In other words, guard my thinking.  The verse continues instructing me to be sober.  In this case, sobriety is not just an absence of alcohol, but it is being alert.  You and I must be alert to the type of thinking we entertain.

For example, I can be convinced that a friend is upset with me because she has not called or texted in a few days.  My mind can roll back through conversations that I had with her when we last spoke.  I can convince myself that she has misunderstood something I have said or done.  At this point, I have a choice.  Either I can continue the irrational thinking that leads to illogical conclusions, or, I can call or text her to see if she is okay.

What if she is upset with me?  Even if she is angry at me, entertaining the worst possible scenario only leads to torment which is the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit.  The fruit the Holy Spirit brings is peace (Galatians 5:22-23).  Continuing on a path of this type of thinking leads to confusion, and God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).  Checking on my friend through a visit, call, or text message is the best approach.

Thoughts Determine Actions

A cold-blooded murderer does not simply wake up one morning and decide to take a life with no thought beforehand of the deed.  He or she has devised and calculated a plan.  Time has been taken for careful preparation.

A person having an extra-marital affair does not suddenly cheat on his or her spouse with no sign of trouble.  Thinking about how much better life would be with someone else, magnifying one’s faults, and other thought patterns lead to acts such as these.

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Taking ungodly thoughts captive at the onset will prevent much heartache later.  Unbelievers do not know to practice this biblical concept, but believers should know what to do.  Do not allow such thoughts to take hold.  Take them captive and replace them with biblical thinking as soon as possible.  If needed, seek help from a trusted Christian friend or pastor.

You Have a Choice

If you notice that you are out of sorts or that your attitude is horrible, it is always a good idea to assess your thinking.  What has been on your mind?  What occupies your thinking?  How do you feel when you entertain this type of thinking?  Asking these questions can give you a quick answer as to the reason for most negative attitudes.

Certainly, I am not suggesting that changing your thinking will bring everything you want in life, I am suggesting that allowing God control of your thought life can change your attitude and outlook on life.  Changing the way you think, if that change is needed, can change relationships.  You can develop more peace of mind and joy in the Holy Spirit by refusing to give just any thought access beyond the gate of your mind.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee_ because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26_3

Free Online Bible Study: Colossians

Several of my blog posts have been portions of the Bible study I have written on the book of Colossians.  The first week of the study has been distributed throughout several of my posts.  Beginning Monday, August 3, I will be leading a study on the book of Colossians.  The study will last for seven weeks and will take place in a Facebook group.

The study is free.  A PDF copy of the entire study will be posted in the group as well as weekly videos.  There will be occasional, optional video chats.

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The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ_ A Study on the Book of Colossians Written By_ Allison Amber Mitchell

The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ, Week 1, Day 5

Day 5:  Love in the Spirit

“Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit,” Colossians 1:8, KJV.

(If you are working on writing out the book of Colossians, today might be a good day to write out verse 8.  If you are behind on your writing, do not fret.  Simply catch up when time allows.  This is not a legalistic exercise but rather a fun challenge.)

On Day 4, we discussed Epaphras and his faithfulness as a servant of Jesus Christ.  Verse 8 above continues on to say that Epaphras had told Paul and others about the love those of the Colossian church demonstrated.  How did this love come about?  The Spirit of God!

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Romans 5 states that the Holy Spirit pours out the love of God in us.  Incidentally, Galatians 5:22 states that the fruit of the Spirit is love.  We know we belong to Christ if we have love for one another.  That is not to say that we will not waver in our love walk.  I have many times, but if we truly love God, we will make the sacrificial choice to walk in love with others despite any ill feelings we might have.  This is not hypocrisy!  Choosing to do what is right despite what you feel is walking in the Spirit rather than the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

What does Romans 15:30 state that the love of the Holy Spirit will cause one to do?  What did Paul ask the Romans to do?

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If you are having trouble demonstrating love to someone, begin to pray for them.  I am not suggesting a God bless so and so prayer, or a “bring down fire from heaven” prayer.  I am talking about a true prayer of love and concern for the well-being of the individual in question.  Of course, I realize it will be a challenge in the beginning, but after a period of time, you will begin to see your irritating person in a different light, the light of God’s love.

What does Proverbs 10:12 state that love does with offenses?

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Friends, when we seek to expose the sins of others with malicious intent, our hearts are far from the place they should be in the Lord.  Proverbs is not suggesting that we ignore sin when it keeps occurring, but we can put those offenses under the blood of Jesus.  In doing so, we are trusting the sovereignty of God to deal with negative behavior while we refuse to let that same behavior control us. Rather, we are choosing to be led by the Spirit of God because we are reminded in Romans 8:14 that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God.

We talked about love on Day 3, but we did not delve into the subject too deeply.  Today, I am attempting to become more in-depth although I will never give it the attention it deserves.

No love lesson is complete without 1 Corinthians 13.  Turn there now and read verses 1-8.  Write some of love’s attributes below.

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How are these attributes similar to the parts of the Spirit’s fruit in Galatians 5:22-23?

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When we walk in the love of God, we will seek the interests of others rather than our own.  Why?  We have a love for others because God has planted it in our spirits.  We also are secure in God.  We know that He will take care of us.  Since we can trust God with our welfare, we are freed up to look out for others.  What freedom!  We can rejoice in that!  Do you realize what a weight is lifted when you stop worrying about yourself?

There is not even a hint of self-righteousness as I write this. Not that I have not experienced my share of that ugly sin, but I know what it is to struggle with demonstrating love to someone who has exhausted your patience.  The Holy Spirit will give you the grace to extend even more grace to the one annoying you.  He knows when to extend mercy, and He knows when it is time to speak the truth in love.

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Yes, love and truth go hand-in-hand.  Often, love is speaking unpleasant truth to someone.  We might have to be straight-forward and tell someone that his or her actions are causing others pain.  We might have to put some distance between ourselves and someone else.  

You might be asking how that could be love.  I can say that it is when distancing is done by the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When I distance in the flesh, it only brings harm to others or myself.  When the Holy Spirit tells you to put some distance between yourself and someone else, it is for the protection of both parties. 

Sometimes, love requires correction to be given.  If it is done in love, you will get no enjoyment from it.  We live in a culture that is adamant in avoiding offense.  While I am not suggesting that we purposely offend others, I am stating that we have to stop the facade of being politically correct, in a manner of speaking.

People are often tempted to sweep the truth under the rug to keep the peace.  When we avoid the truth to keep from being offensive, we are not walking in love.  It is the act of selfishness to allow someone with whom we are close to persist in a destructive behavior simply because we do not want to deal with it.  We are doing no favors for anyone.

In order to bring a proper balance to my words, I will say that much prayer and time in Bible study should be done before speaking the truth.  Timing is important, and our heavenly Father knows when the time is right.  We only need to follow His leading.

Look up the following scriptures and write them in your own words.

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1 Corinthians 16:14 __________________________________

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Ephesians 4:2 ______________________________________

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Colossians 3:14 ____________________________________

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In closing of today’s lesson and the first week of our study, choose at least two of the above scripture references to write a prayer below asking the Lord to help you to show love in the Spirit to those who need it.

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(If you are memorizing Colossians, add verse 8 when you are comfortable with 1-7).

The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ_ A Study on the Book of Colossians Written By_ Allison Amber Mitchell

 

Truth and Love

My heart breaks as I see America slowly being destroyed from within.  Her own people are hating her.  How disheartening to watch!

Not only am I saddened, but I also have waves of anger that come over me.  It is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of bickering on social media.  The people who are sick of seeing America go downhill feel they need to speak up about these issues, and they do.  However, there is a right and wrong way to go about it.

The Truth in Love

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Ephesians 4:15 reminds us to speak the truth, but to do so with love.  We can be firm in our stance and stand for what is good and right without becoming catty and rude.  When we become like those who are screaming and shouting, we are setting no example of godliness to others.

Trust me, there is no judgement. I have been involved in several heated discussions in which I had to finally just choose to stop engaging in the argument.  Yes, consequences must be enforced to the lawless, but they must be enforced by those with the authority to do so.  (I am not telling you that you should not defend yourself if physically attacked. I am only saying we do not need to engage in heated discussion and arguments.)

Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger

James 1:19 gives clear instruction about the way we should react to certain situations.  If we are easily angered, it is best not to speak until we know that we will remain calm.  Trust me, I have uttered many rash words only to regret them later.

Sometimes, listening and making certain we have the facts can prevent a great deal of trouble.  So many false reports are being circulated.  Christians, we do not need to help circulate what is false.  Check your sources before you post or spread certain news items.

Guard Your Words

Proverbs 13:3 tells us that if we guard our words, we are guarding our lives.  Loose lips sink ships, so to speak.  We want to avoid speaking too rashly because we bring ruin to our lives and reputations.

In the second chapter of Daniel, the king issued an order for all of Babylon’s wise men to be executed.  When Daniel was told of this, he used wisdom when he spoke to those around him.  He was not rash with his words.  He did not allow his emotions to dictate him, and it saved his life.

Prayer and the Holy Spirit

Prayer is the key to all of the change America needs.  While we need to speak out as necessary, and speak with wisdom, we need to be on our knees in prayer.  We must cry out to God for revival and intervention.  We must pray for our government leaders whether or not we like them or agree with them.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,. Matthew 6_33, KJV.
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Matthew 6:33 says to seek God’s kingdom first.  This might not be popular, but God’s kingdom comes before our nation.  When we seek God’s kingdom and righteousness before all else, He will move in situations that concern us.  The American church has put the kingdom of God on the back-burner for too long.  It is time to promote the kingdom and trust God to heal our nation.

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Biblical Spiritual Warfare

Beginning July 6 and ending on July 17, I will be leading an online Bible study entitled Biblical Spiritual Warfare. The study is 10 days with 2 days off on July 11-12.  The study will take place in a Facebook group.  At least one Zoom meeting will be held.

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The Fullness of God in Jesus Christ: A Study of Colossians

Here is Week 1, Day 3 of the study.  The PDF of the study will be available in August.

Day 3:  Love, Hope, and the Gospel

“Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of the truth of the gospel which has come to you just as it has in the all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth,” Colossians 1:5-6, NASB.

(If you are completing the writing challenge, today would be a good day to write verses 5 and 6.)

Although I placed verses 5 and 6 above, we are going to begin in the last portion of verse 4 which reads as follows (ESV):  “the love that you have for all the saints.”  In Day 2, we discussed Paul’s commendation of the faith of these people.  Today, we will talk about their love for each other.

Look up the following verses and write them in your own words.

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Although I did not ask you to look up the following verses, I am referring to them here because they complement our lessons.  Matthew 7:20 states that one can know if a person belongs to God by the fruit he or she displays.  Galatians 5:22 states that the fruit of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) is love.  

In light of Paul’s commendation to the Colossian church, it should serve as an exhortation to us as well.  How believers treat each other speaks volumes to unbelievers.  If we slander and gossip about each other and mistreat each other, the world will take notice.

Of course, that is not to say that times will not come in which we must call out false teaching or error, but even that will be done in love according to Ephesians 4:15.  If the matter is private, it needs to be addressed privately, but statements that biblical teachers make in public sometimes have to be addressed in a more open setting depending upon the capacity of the audience that particular person reaches.  

Please note that I avoid calling out names when possible, and I will not call out names during the course of this study.  I want to uplift my readers, but I do need to tell you that many saved people can teach erroneously.  Depending upon the teaching, it might need to be corrected.  More importantly, seeking the leadership and guidance of the Lord and His word will keep everything in order.

In verse 5, Paul begins to address the hope these people have.  Their hope is laid up in heaven due to having heard and received the gospel.  What is the gospel?  It is the good news of Jesus Christ.  

We are all born with a sin nature due to the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When we reach a certain age which some refer to as the age of accountability, we become aware of right and wrong.  The sad part of this truth is that we can do nothing to overcome the sin nature on our own.  Jesus came to this earth to live as a man and die for us becoming the atoning sacrifice for our sins so we can have peace and reconciliation with God, the Father.  We must accept His atoning work on the cross and believe in His resurrection.  If you are reading this and you are not saved, please take this portion to heart.  Once you accept Jesus and confess Him with your mouth, you are saved according to the Word of God (Romans 10:9-10).

Even if you are saved, we still need the gospel.  The cross of Christ is needed everyday of our lives for the sanctification process.  We cannot overcome our sin nature without it.  Not only do you need to hear the gospel, Christian reader, you need to share the gospel with others.  Our hope is in the cross of Christ.

Look up the following scriptures and write what they say about hope.

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Our hope is in God alone.  He is the one who has saved us. He is the one who brings deliverance and help in our daily situations.  What a loving and awesome God we serve who gives all we need for this life, then, when this life ends, we have a better one coming.

When I think of the gospel, I cannot help of thinking about when I first received Christ.  I was fourteen, and I will never forget how light I felt.  Before, I felt heavy-hearted.  The weight of my sin and my need for Christ was weighing down on me.  The weight lifted when I surrendered my heart and life to Him.

My dad began facing some major health issues during my late teens and early twenties. Not too long after I was married, dad had been hospitalized, which was frequent at that time.  On this particular day, I was going to pick him up because he had been released.  I remember that I kept getting delayed as I was traveling.  I would either get every red light possible, or I would get behind what seemed like every slow driver in southern West Virginia.  

It pays us to remember that our God is sovereign. He has a plan.  Dad’s roommate at the hospital was not a Christian.  Dad shared his faith with the man and led him to saving faith in Christ.  What if I had been earlier?  Sometimes, the most irritating of circumstances could actually be working something wonderful.

How about you?  Can you think of a similar experience?  Share a time when you witnessed the salvation of someone, or a delay ended up being the hand of God at work.

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As I said before, we need the gospel.  Sometimes we need to prompt ourselves so that we are reminded of what God has done.  The Colossian church had experienced the saving power of the gospel.  How do we know?  Paul spoke of their faith and love.  Fruit always comes as a result of salvation.  It might not come as quickly as we would like, but it will come.

What do the following verses say about the gospel of Jesus Christ?

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The gospel began spreading quickly after Jesus ascended into heaven.  The Apostles got busy immediately.  Paul was soon called to be an Apostle.  He started many churches throughout Asia minor. Although Paul had never met the Colossians, he was friends with Epaprus who founded the church in Colossae.  Epaprus kept Paul informed.  

So, what are we waiting for?  Let’s follow the example of Paul and others and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

(If you are memorizing the book of Colossians, today might be a good day to work on verses 4 and 5, then adding verse 6 if you become comfortable with 4 and 5.)