Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
In the season of thankfulness, I am not feeling very appreciative of this head cold that decided to plague me. Having five days off work and serious shopping plans, I have been a bit miffed at the sniffles and lack of energy. Luckily the local drug store offers good remedies for the symptoms, but the melancholy blues of being under the weather are hard to shake off. While the world is in full festive measures, I am ambling around the house trying to remain in good holiday spirits. I put up the Christmas tree and replaced fall overtures with bright red and green. The first few boxes have appeared and Christmas shopping has begun if only online. Today I feel more human than yesterday so I sit here praising God who is my healer. When I read this passage today, I began to think about how the life we live begins in our thoughts. The things left to careful consideration must be thoroughly examined through the Word, Jesus, and His Spirit or they will surely take us captive. It say, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord…” Is Jesus the Lord of your life today? It means more than just our Savior. The Rescuer who swept us up out of sin, covered us in His Blood, and washing us in the Word to place a robe of righteousness upon us to come into the Father and experience His Love again and again. There is more to Christ than just salvation. There is redemption, renewal, restoration and revival for those who make Him the unrivaled authority and power in all aspects of life. Do you call Jesus “Lord” today?
Continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
This cold is a minor inconvenience interrupting my plans and hindering my movements but not at all fatal. However, in my head, I must keep my mind focused and alert or the enemy will make a mountain out of this molehill. He always does. In every possible way, I only use my head cold as an example. Our family has experienced much worse. But sometimes in life it is the mountains that bring us to the Lord when He really wants us to step over the molehills together. To live our lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith and overflowing in thankfulness – no matter what the circumstances, situations or conditions of our natural life living in the supernatural realm of hope where all things are possible and constantly subject to change – His Change. The kind of change produced by miracles. We want God in the major things of life but He wants to help us in the minors as well
Colossians 2:8-10 (NIV) See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
Philosophy is natural and rational contemplation of truths and principles of living, knowing and conduct. Everyone can choose to live by their own philosophy or adopt that of another. There are spiritual philosophies as well that form religion and tradition. There is nothing wrong with our philosophy for life as long as the central thought and conviction puts Christ in the center and in control of it all. There is no other way to God except through the Son. Who the Son sets free is free indeed and if the religious traditions bind us then it hinders liberty which is not of God’s Spirit. What is the secret to sorting out our thoughts? Overcoming the need to be accepted and affirmed which leads to compromise or misplaced expectations? It in the fullness of Christ Jesus as Savior and as Lord which gives Him permission to be the authority and power in our life which means taking control of the musings of our mind and bringing them into full submission to Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Peace with God is a mindset established by Jesus Christ. When hardship comes or the unexpected arrives, there is a battle of the mind to decide who to believe. Rational thinking wants to act on adrenaline making hasty decisions of self-preservation preset by society and the flesh’s need to survive. Or will I trust Christ? We live in the world. Evil will prevail over good sometimes. We are not of this world. Christ will always triumph – it may just be a little different than we can think, ask or imagine. But the promise is that it will always be exceedingly and abundantly more than that to those who believe. We must demolish the arguments that build strongholds around dependency on Christ and fully trusting the Lord. Faith will never be a rational choice but it will always be a fruitful condition.
I am fighting this head cold. It has been a battle. I will not give into fleshly weakness or allow it to make me sad or depressed. I am not missing out on the world but in this moment of introspection the Lord reminds me that the enemy will always attempt to commandeer my thoughts even in the smallest of inconveniences. He wants to steal my peace, joy and rest in the Lord. I must fight the battle of my mind with the Word of God. I must constantly change my complaining into praising. I cannot allow the enemy to get a foot in the door or he will take over the house. Sometimes this battle is all in my head like this nasty cold, but greater is He who lives in me than he that is in the world.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.