colossians

God we thank you today that you are God our peace, ‘Jehovah Shalom’!

We thank you that you calm the storms raging on in our lives so we can “be still” and focus on you Jesus and your amazing love for us! We ask today for a double portion of your peace, so that it may overflow out of our lives and into the lives around us, thus spreading your love and grace throughout the world!

Finally we pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done here on Earth God!

And we pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

God bless you!

My Mammie told me to read Colossians...

All of you should find a wise older person, anyone from a parent to a youth pastor or a close friend, and let them mentor and advise you in your Jesus journey.  I’m very blessed to have a grandparent like my Mammie who cannot go 5 minutes without talking about Jesus. She is awesome, albeit a little crazy but hey the best of them are. Every year of University she has given me a book out of the bible to read. First it was Proverbs, then it was Philippians and now it’s Colossians. I’m not going to give you a verse by verse recap of Colossians but this one really hit me.

Whatever you do whatever your task may be, work from the soul. That is, put in your very best effort, as something done for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3v23. 

Probably one of the most well known verses from the book, but wowza did it wake me up. See i struggle with anxiety and sometimes it tries to break down my potential. But this verse gave me some hope for this year. 

I’m one of those girls who has super high expectations for herself and that is often where my anxiety will strike me. But i don’t want it to. I am capable, i am following God’s plan for me and i am brave. This year of University will be different. 

This verse is all about our mind sets which is great because as Christians we are given a mindset of righteousness over our old mindset of sinners. All we need to do is step through the doorway and allow the righteousness that God has placed inside of us to guide our behaviour, actions and lifestyles. 

So when we go about our day to day tasks whether that be University life, work life, school life, an awesome time or a season of pain.. whatever our task let it come from that place where Jesus lives inside of us. Let us try our best to reach our God given potential, show the world some Jesus through our actions and give the devil a good stomp as we rise above his schemes. We are all called, set apart and the Lord delights over each of us with singing! 

Nothing is too big for our God and as His children that covers us too. There is nothing that we are going through that God can’t handle. He is supreme, He has a plan and when we live our lives for God and go about our day to day tasks as if they were for God then we are reflecting the righteousness He placed in us and giving Him the praise He deserves!

He’s got this, He is giving us His covering and blessing, all we need to do is trust in His strength and plan and go for it! 

-31women (Gabi)

Our spiritual growth is of more value than our material wealth and needs to be given our highest priority.

Sometimes we focus and invest too much into something that do not last forever like career, relationship with other people, and other commitments. We focus too much on these things that we forget what really matters. Life is too short to not live it for the Lord and not live it according to His will.

Because anytime soon He will come, and the careers we have now, the earthly relationships we have and commitments with them won’t help us get to the next level. These won’t save us, only Jesus saves. It is our spiritual well-being that we need to focus on and not these earthly things and sometimes all we need is a little reminder.

-M.B.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
—  Colossians 3:12-16
Christian Witches...

I’ve just been perusing through the Christian/Christianity tag and was really surprised and disappointed to see that a lot of it was about Christian witchcraft?  I didn’t know that was a thing…

But I think it needs to be said (and a lot until everyone gets it)…Christian witches is not okay!  Y’all can’t believe that God is okay with it.

I don’t mean this to be condemning or judging.  But I do believe that we, as Christians, can and should instruct and guide each other, just like we should confess our sins.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom…” - Colossians 3:16

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,” - 2 Timothy 3:16

It’s ‘God-breathed’, it’s from the Holy Spirit through man.  It isn’t the prophets or writers interpretations of what they saw, it is what they saw (“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.  For prophecy ever had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20,21).  So we can trust that it’s right and true, God’s instructions and hope and love for us.

Many verses show God’s stance on the occult, practice of witchcraft, divination, and communing with the dead.

  • “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them.  I am the Lord your God.” - Leviticus 19:31
  • “‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.’” - Leviticus 20:6
  • “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord your God,” - Deuteronomy 18:10-12

For those who think it’s okay to imitate the way the pagans worship because you’re not worshiping another god and you’re still worshiping God, just in a different way…

  • “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates.” - Deuteronomy 12:31

Look at what happens to Saul when he consults a medium in 1 Samuel 28.

  • “The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines … The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.” - 1 Samuel 28:19

Or to Manasseh, a king of Jerusalem, in 2 Kings 21:6 and 2 Chronicles 33:6.  Both verses say that Manasseh practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritists.  “He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.”  It goes on to say, “Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on Jerusalem and Judah that the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle,” (2 Kings 21:12).  It doesn’t end there either…it says that God will hand Manasseh over to his enemies because Manasseh had done evil in His eyes.

Ephesus was a city that was full of people practicing witchcraft and taking part in the occult.

  • “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done.  A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly.” - Acts 19:18,19

Isaiah 8:19 says, “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?  Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

We have God’s Word to consult.  Between the covers of it, we have all the answers we could possibly need.

I’m not judging because I am not perfect.  I have sinned and will continue to sin.  I appreciate it when someone calls me out on something, especially if I don’t think it’s wrong.  It makes me question myself and remember that my ways are not His and how His ways are so much better for me.

“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone,” - John 8:7

I’m not throwing stones.  I’m trying to help like I hope others try to help me.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.” - Galatians 6:1

But none of this means God doesn’t love you.  He loves everyone, no matter what they’ve done.  I don’t mean to say that.  There isn’t anything any of us can do to remove His love from us.

anonymous asked:

Hi! My youth group is doing a weekly bible study on Colossians and after we finish I'm planning on spending one extra week in it to go over popular verses. So what's your favourite verse(s)/section(s) in any chapter of colossians? Also any of y'all who follow tumblr mom pls add yours too!

Hi friend,

I love the entire section about putting on the new self (Colossians 3:1-17), especially the last verse:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Such a good reminder. 

What about y’all? Any favorite verses in Colossians?

All my love,

S.