Thursday, August 21, 2014

TRUTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT

I read the book of Colossians this morning. It was awesome, and I want to share with you what God spoke to me. I hope that God uses it to encourage you right where you're at :)...

Do you realize what a treasure you are as a child of God? Do you realize how much he loves you, cares about you, thinks the world of you? He even SINGS over you! Today, I want you to know (and God wants you to know!) that if you belong to him, He sees you has holy and blameless, and you stand before him without a single fault...you stand before him without a single fault because God sees you as justified (just as if you never sinned) through the blood of his only Son, Jesus Christ. BELIEVE this TRUTH! Stand firm in it! Any thoughts that label you are failure are not from God, but from the enemy, who prowls around like a raging lion to DEVOUR you! God's word says that satan also wants to sift you like wheat! And he's constantly fighting a hostile battle in and for your mind so you MUST take EVERY - THOUGHT - CAPTIVE!  Don't let anyone capture you with thoughts of inadequacy or any nonsense that comes from human thinking or the enemy. You are complete through your union with Christ, who is also the head over every spiritual power! God cut away our sinful nature and disarmed satan when he saved you, so do NOT let the enemy condemn you with thoughts that you're a failure or that God is displeased with your effort to live for him! GOD IS NOT DISAPPOINTED IN YOU! You, child of God, bring him glory and make him smile! Through the death and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus - YOU ARE FREE! Free from believing the lies of the enemy! Free from having to adhere to a strict list of rules to earn your righteousness! Free to be all he created you to be! Free to say NO to the power of sin! You have died to this life and your real life is hidden with Christ in God! Put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become more like him.

If this blog post inspires or encourages you, consider taking some time to read the book of Colossians. It's short and sweet - and most of what I just wrote about comes from there! :)

In the mean time, let me leave you with this assurance that you are who you are because of Jesus Christ, and not your own efforts...

Philippians 3:3 "We rely on what Jesus Christ has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort...(v8) all effort is garbage."

1 comment:

  1. Ages ago, Bethel's previous pastor's wife took some of us (then) young moms aside & did a Bible study with us on the book of Colossians. That little 4 chapter book turned into a year-long study. There was no particular schedule so we just took it slow & worked through the book, 1 verse at a time. I still have that black binder full of all the papers we created that year. I still can't look at the book of Colossians without thinking about Patsy, Melynda, Amy, Tamara, Debe, Lori, Jennifer and the other ladies who were in that group.

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