Jesus is your power for the purposes of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 1

JESUS IS YOUR POWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF GOD

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.  For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me.  (Colossians 1:28-29)

There is no greater purpose in all of life than to bring glory to God by proclaiming Jesus through our words and our lives.

Jesus matters more than your personal growth.

Jesus matters more than your family.

Jesus matters more than your money or material things.

Jesus matters more than your individual legacy or any program to make the world a better place.

The Bible describes Him with the word “preeminent,” meaning that He is in first place above everyone and everything else.

However, in a world that tries to focus our passion and priorities on anything but Jesus, this perspective can be hard to maintain.  In a life filled with so many demands on our time, such devotion can be difficult to sustain.  In light of the fact that hell itself wants to keep you from committing all things to Jesus, such a life may seem to require more energy than you can muster.

That’s why Jesus gives you power!

When you devote yourself to the cause of Christ, God Himself will empower you to stay faithful.  When you give yourself to being His worker and witness, Jesus Himself will provide the labor and fill you with His strength!

Don’t let Satan tell you that you don’t have what it takes for Jesus to do great things through you.  If you’re in Christ, let this hopeful truth inspire you to move forward to His call: Jesus is your power for the purposes of God.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your power for the purposes of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 1

JESUS IS YOUR POWER FOR THE PURPOSES OF GOD

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all His energy that He powerfully works within me. (Colossians 1:28-29)

There is no greater purpose in all of life than to bring glory to God by proclaiming Jesus through our words and our lives.

Jesus matters more than your personal growth.

Jesus matters more than your family.

Jesus matters more than your money or material things.

Jesus matters more than your individual legacy or any program to make the world a better place.

The Bible describes Him with the word “preeminent,” meaning that He is in first place above everyone and everything else.

However, in a world that tries to focus our passion and priorities on anything but Jesus, this perspective can be hard to maintain. In a life filled with so many demands on our time, such devotion can be difficult to sustain. In light of the fact that hell itself wants to keep us from committing all things to Jesus, such a life may seem to require more energy than we can muster.

That’s why Jesus gives us power!

When we devote ourselves to the cause of Christ, God Himself empowers us to stay faithful. When we give ourselves to being His workers and witnesses, Jesus Himself provides the labor and fills us with His strength!

Don’t let Satan tell you that you don’t have what it takes for Jesus to do great things through you. If you’re in Christ, let this truth inspire you to move forward to His call.

Jesus is your power for the purposes of God.

-Pastor Phillip

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How to Know the Will of God With Ease

Do you ever struggle with “knowing the will of God?”

“[We pray] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will (in all spiritual wisdom and understanding) so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, (fully pleasing to Him), bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” -Colossians 1:9b-10 (from the Amplified Bible, emphasis added)

Ask any Christian if they want to know “the will of God” for their lives and almost all will say yes.

Well, good news: here it is, the will of God, plain and simple.

What pleases God?  When His people “bear fruit” (produce tangible results) in “every good work,” AND when they “increase in the knowledge of God.”

That’s it.

What should you do in your work?  Take what you know and apply it to doing good to all around you as often as you can.

What should you do in your relationships?  Have a heart to see every interchange with another person as an opportunity to learn more about God and do more good for others.

What is a good use of your personal time?  Things that help you grow in your knowledge of God’s nature and goodness, and that help you share that goodness with as many people as possible.

Think about this: that time when you did something kind for a person who really didn’t deserve it, you were doing the will of God!  That conversation where you chose to really listen to what the person had to say because you understood they are made in God’s image?  You were doing the will of God!  That time when you woke up a little earlier to read the Bible and pray for just a little bit?  You were doing the will of God!

Finally, don’t forget that “every good work” also includes being good to someone many “good Christians” don’t thing about: yourself.  You were created to bring glory to God, not just through serving others, but by enjoying the world and the life He prepared for you!

When you spend time finding things that fill your spirit with joy and turn your heart towards Christ;  when you take advantage of opportunities to really enjoy the little things in life, you are doing the will of God.

 

Progress in the Kingdom Looks a Lot Like Retreat

Do you ever feel like your walk with Christ is “three steps forward, two steps back?”

Relax, it’s normal.

The journey of discipleship is not a linear progression like the building of a tower.  It is a cyclical journey like the growth of a tree.  (Read more about towers and trees here.)

The process progresses through birth, growth, harvest, death and rebirth, growing larger and more far-reaching each time. Not only that, but all along the way, it multiplies.

The key to growth is twofold, though.

First, if you understand that it’s a cycle, then you can let yourself off the hook for not “being awesome” all the time.  That doesn’t mean giving up on holiness; it means forgiving yourself when you fail, “as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

Second, when you enter a season of “winter” or failure or pain, always go back to the Gospel, because that’s the source of life that will start you growing again!

The Gospel is never about what you can do, and always about what Christ has already done.  The Gospel is never about “making a good showing in the flesh [our own strength]” (Galatians 6:12).  It is always about “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

Next time you feel less-than-perfect, don’t run from it.  Accept it.  Embrace it.  Not so that you can stay there, but so that the love and forgiveness of Jesus will give you the seed and the strength to keep moving forward in Him.

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(See elso, Romans 2:4)

Hope Will Help You Hang On

Do you ever find it hard to just “hang in there?”

We heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.” -Colossians 1:4-5

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith when the world around us is so disappointing.

Often it’s truly hard to love others, because let’s face it: sometimes people just make themselves hard to love.

Yet, something happens when the heart begins to dwell on the hope of the glorious future Jesus promises His people.  We look to a life and a world with no more pain, sorrow or suffering, no more disappointments or letdowns or betrayals, and that hope has a way of strengthening the soul.

If I know deliverance is coming, then I  know I can hang in there one more day.

…And so can you.

 

Be Strengthened

A prayer for you today…

May you be given power today, power from the Creator who spoke the stars into being.
Let Him speak into your life.

May you be given strength today, strength from the God who holds the universe together.
Let Him hold up your heart.

May you have endurance and patience with others, and may you be filled with joy as you remember how much endurance and patience God has with you.

May you give thanks to the Father today as you remember how the blood of Jesus makes you worthy to be called God’s Child.

May you rejoice today that Jesus delivered you from the darkness of sin and brought you into the light of forgiveness.  Receive His forgiveness.

May you remember that since you didn’t deserve any of these gifts, you can’t un-deserve them any more, either, and nothing can take them away.

–(amen)–

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:11-14)

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