TODAY IN HIS WORD COMES FROM
(Col 2:6-7 NCV)
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him.
Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him.
Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.
THOUGHT TO PONDER:
From the moment Satan asked Eve, "Did God really say..." God's main purpose has been to bring us back to Himself again. Knowing before God ever said "let there be light," what man would do to Him, He loved us enough to create us anyway.
TODAY’S INSIGHT INTO HIS WORD:
Christ was never an accident, nor was He "plan B" when we took God by surprise. The reason being is; we have never, in all the ages, taken God by surprise. Christ has always been God's redemptive plan to restore our relationship with Him.
This agrees with the purpose God had since the beginning of time,
and he carried out his plan through Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Eph. 3:11 NCV)
And because of what Christ did for us, we can go to God Himself when we have a need. God desires a personal relationship with each of us, and when Christ died, the veil to the temple was torn so that we could step in and speak one-on-one to the Almighty God. In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this through faith in Christ (see Eph. 3:12 , Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 3:6; 4:16; 10:19, and Rom. 5:2).
The amazing thing is that God loved us first before we ever knew Him. And the crazy thing about it? He doesn't force us to love Him back. He gives us a choice. If the shoe had been on the other foot-- would you have made human kind? God knew as He was making the very first man-- that we would so often turn from Him, and how so many of us would reject Him. God knew all of this-- and made us anyway. He chose to create us and to love us first, and His Son step down from heaven and began a journey to save us.
The day Christ left the carpenter's shop, He knew what waited for Him at the cross. And yet, Jesus did not let anything move Him or distract Him from His destiny in Jerusalem. And do you know why He wouldn't? Because, He had looked across the span of time and saw me-- He saw you, and He saw our children, and even our children's children, and said He couldn't live in eternity without us.
When I think of the suffering He bore for my mistakes-- it makes me cry, and I am very ashamed, but what humbles me is the fact that Jesus took my sins so that I could be made clean, so that when God looks at me, all He sees is Christ. My friend, He did it for me, and He does so for you.
One of the questions I have always asked, and maybe some would think it is such a minor thing-- but why did those men who beat him with clubs have to further belittle Him and spit in His face? Wasn't it enough that they ripped out His beard, and beat Him until he wasn't recognizable, why did they have to spit on Him? And even in this-- with mankind at its lowest and being hateful and evil filled being; Jesus still loved them, and in doing so loved us, and asked God to forgive them.
I would like to share one more passage out of Eph.3: So I bow in prayer before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth gets its true name. I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God's holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ's love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God (vss 14-19 NCV).
My friend, Jesus stepped down and glorified God, and God honored His Son by placing everything under Him. Christ is our head and we are covered under Him.
For he “has put everything under his feet.”
Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him,
it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
(1 Cor 15:27 NIV)
And this, my friend, is the good news that Paul was teaching in our beginning verses today of Colossians chapter 2. Paul's message back then is our message too. Stand firm in your faith of Christ, remember the day you first heard the news and believed and received Christ as your Lord and Savior. My friend, let no one take that from you. Stand firm in the foundation that Christ has set for you, and do not let yourself be moved.
PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You that we can come before You in freedom and without fear, through Your Son Jesus Christ, Whom You have put everything under. Thank You for Your Son's love for us, that is so great that it is even hard to understand. Lord, for all that we have pained You, Your love remains steadfast. And we praise You for Your faithfulness. Lord, help us to remain in You through Christ, and our faith not be shaken. Lord, help us to stand steadfast on the foundation that You have set, and may we honor and glorify You in all that we do.
Father, I lift up this reader to You. Lord, I pray that You will strengthen them and hold them in place. Lord, I pray blessings for them and on them.
In Christ Jesus Name,
~ My friend, may God shine upon you today..