Living As Those Alive In Christ

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I love Colossians 3. It reiterates Galatians 5. God is emphasizing who we are in Christ and how we should govern our lives. That’s right, the does and don’ts of life. Paul was inspired by God to write both Books, one to the Galatians and one to the Colossians, same message. It’s the same message to us today, these millennial years beyond the days of the Bible. It doesn’t matter who we were before Christ entered our lives. When you received Him, you were given new life and freed from your past. You can become the ‘you’ God created you to be, that person who was laying dormant in the recesses of your mind. Shed the past, it does not own you, nor you it. Today is a new day!

Accept this fact, Christ died for you. You have morphed into a child of God. Now is the time to recognize the new you and work towards manifesting that person who was formally lost in darkness.

If you rid yourself of the old behaviors and exchange them for the new behaviors delineated in both Books, your new self will see the light of day. Psychologist’s say it takes six months to eliminate bad habits/behaviors. It is a process. So, this too, you will succeed, fail, retry, give up, BUT never give in to the difficulties the evil one uses to keep you from changing. You may loose friends and loved ones. In exchange you will gain new friends and loved ones who are children of God. The most important of these new loved one’s is our Lord and Savior. Our Lord walks with you. The Holy Spirit will nudge you and direct you. You are not alone.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

NOTE – I added orange text to add emphasis.
‭‭Scripture: Colossians‬ ‭3:1-17‬ ‭NIV‬‬. Bible.com. Images: amazing facts.org;knowing-Jesus.com; woman’sday.com

Our Subliminal Conflict

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As human beings, and as Christians, we will always find ourselves in the middle of a battle of good and evil. Where do you stand when evil desires enter into an internal conflict?

“Therefore submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭MEV‬‬. bible.com

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How many times has our egotistical thinking led us down the wrong path?

Internally we regularly experience a tug-of-war going on which we can easily acknowledge. Think about past experiences where you had at make a decision, one were you stood fast and the other where you caved in. How love did true satisfaction weigh in when you caved in? It’s never satisfying for long. In most cases, guilt arose shortly after caving in, the devil, evil one, or Satan (your choice) is a slick deceiver. Guilt only dug the hole deeper and like David, you begin to find ways to cover it up. Slippery slope, sliding down. Quicksand consuming your very breath of life.

It’s incumbent upon us to remember that if we submit ourselves to God, meaning follow his direction, the devil will flee.

He only nudges at when we desire what he is offering., dangling before us. We are all weak and without resolve from time to time, that’s our plight, our human nature. When this happens that’s the moment to step back and follow God‘s direction, even if it means that our desires are not being met at that moment in time, or if ever.

This situation is usually pretty clear. If we question our decision, that means we know the desire does not align with God’s plans for our lives, and we should deny the devil’s nudge. When we stand fast in God’s plan, and acknowledge the difference between right and wrong, he (the devil/evil one) will flee. I wish I could say he will never return, but we know better. The evil one will never cease and we will always have to remain alert to his attacks. Our lives are one of challenges. The battle will rage on until Christ returns. Vigilance is the key, for we all fall short of the glory of God.

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Resource: Bible.com