colossians

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.

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.

• C O L O S S I A N S • 3 : 1 2 •

How do you get dressed in the morning?

We can spend a lot of time thinking about what to wear. Some of us may change our outfit two, three or even four times.

Even more of us forget to walk into our biblical wardrobe. Take a look. Your shoes of empathy are untouched. Your shirt of humility still carries the shopping tag. Your scarf of patience is moth-eaten and covered in dust.

We are described in John as children of Light. Being a child of Light means that it should shine out from within. Naturally. Because it’s part of our identity.

But when we think no one is watching, we replace humility with pride. We take off our patience because it means endurance and we don’t want to wait. We take off compassion and chuck on selfishness because it’s easier to focus on us.

Learning to dress yourself is for toddlers. So why are we still messing about in the sandpit and splashing dirt up our freshly-cleaned clothes?

We need to learn to get dressed.

// Lou

DAY 122/365

My Dear Sister,

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. - Colossians 1:18

We can’t win without Him.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the only one who makes it possible for us to truly live, because in Him, we know where we’re headed. We know where we’re going!*

So as you get ready to graduate, start a new college, start a new job, or simply start a new day, remember who is at the head. Remember the one who is REALLY making things possible!

Christ is the one who brings about the fullness that we need in this life. We can’t win without Him. He is the head, and it is through Him that we find that balance and stability we are looking for. It is Christ alone that will center us!

So remember this today when you find yourself:

1. Comparing your progress to others
2. Constantly thinking about that one guy who takes forever to text back
3. Worrying about your finances and how God could possibly provide when you have so little
4. Wishing you were somewhere else
5. Wishing you had someone to talk to about what you’re going through
6. Reminiscing about the past and the way things used to be
7. Getting stressed out thinking about everything you have to get done today
8. Completely not in the mood for work or other tasks
9. Unmotivated and discouraged
10. Looking for validation from other people

When you start to feel that way, don’t forget The One who has extended His arm to you to give you all of the love, security and comfort that you need today. It is not a sin to desire earthly things or earthly relationships, but don’t for a moment take your eyes off the Eternal Love that comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Talk to Him today. Don’t overlook overlook the opportunity to talk to Him about both your troubles AND your dreams. You don’t win without Him! You need Him! Remember the beautiful truth that He is looking out for you, but He also wants you to be looking to HIM!

Biblical context + further reading: Colossians 1:15-23, *Philippians 3:14
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