Short Reads to Stimulate Long Thoughts

Colossians 2   11- 19-25  2017 (NASB) QT

Colossians 2   11- 19-25  2017 (NASB) QT

Sunday 11-19-2017 Colossians 2  8-8  QT

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Terry, I also include in the traditions of men, especially, those that have entwined themselves around My Church or more clearly those traditions that are part and parcel with “Christianity”.  All you do and all you think should flow out of Our relationship with Each Other. 

Monday 11-20-2017 Colossians 2  9-12  QT

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Terry, My Father chose you to find completeness in your Oneness with Me.  To find yourself, is not found in the study of your past, but in embracing the significance of who you are in Me.

You can search in the desert your whole life and never find a pearl.  Why? 

You can plant palm trees your whole life, in the Colorado Rockies, but you will never grow a palm tree.  Why?

So, don’t search for your identity where your significance does not exist.  Why.

Tuesday 11-21-2017 Colossians 2  13-15  QT

13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.

Terry, you are alive, free from the bondage of sin, quit hanging onto the idea you are a failure, of no significance and cannot please Me.  You think too much about the condition of your old man that you begin to act out the old man.  I would remind you of My Truth:

Philippians 4 (NASB)

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,

whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,

whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence

and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard

and seen in me, practice these things,

and the God of peace will be with you.

Proverbs 23 (NASB)

For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, …

You see Terry, what you think about, you will display in countenance, attitude and eventually action. So, think about Me, keep Me on your mind all the time, for wherever you are, I am there.

Hebrews 12

For consider Him who has endured such hostility

by sinners against Himself, so that you will not

grow weary and lose heart.

Wednesday 11-22-2017 Colossians 2  16-19 QT

16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.

Terry, don’t become so inflated with the truth you seem to understand that you stop relating to Me and My Body as I would have you to.  My body is designed to grow by keeping Me as the Head and contributing to each other by your connection with Me.

Thursday 11-23-2017 Colossians 2  20-  QT

20 If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”22 (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of  the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Terry, if you organize your life after the formats of this world you will find yourself embroiled in attitudes and actions that will appear to be wise but, in reality, your action will enslave you to a self-made religion and sacrifices that will actually keep you entangled in fleshy pursuits.

Friday 11-24-2017 Colossians 2  WEEKLY REVIEW  QT

Saturday 11-25-2017 Colossians 2  WEEKLY REVIEW  QT

Terry, the only excuse you have for doing anything, is that it is an act on Faith, flowing out of Our intimacy with each other.  Any other source of reasoning is an act of your flesh. 

The act is not nearly as important as the source of your action.  I am up for this kind of relational intimacy, are you?



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