Day #21 “It’s NOT a Bunch of Do’s and Do-Not’s” Colossians 2:20-23

Day #21

“It’s NOT a Bunch of Do’s and Do-Not’s”

Colossians 2:20-23

 

20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 "Don't handle! Don't taste! Don't touch!"? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person's evil desires.

  • Living for Jesus is NOT a bunch of legalistic rules and regulations that weigh you down.
  • Living for Jesus does not give us a license to sin and do whatever we feel like because of His GRACE.
  • We died with Christ. What does that mean? The death Jesus is talking about is not in the literal sense of us dying, its spiritual and heartfelt.  We accept Jesus into our hearts and we have a new heart and we learn to “die daily to old sinful ways” and come alive and bear fruit (godly characteristics, behaviors and lifestyles). We die daily-we use the gift of self-control to find peace and deliverance; it’s a process and takes time and more time.
  • Freedom and peace comes from knowing Jesus and doing what His Word tells us. We deny ourselves from sinful pleasures to become more like Him, and when we become more like Him, we walk in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and others will want what we have. Do people want what you have? What kind of Christ like attitude are you wearing these days?
  • Let your life (light) shine grace, peace, joy, and forgiveness.
  • Actions speak louder than words – as the old saying goes.
  • You will never be able to conquer the sinful flesh by self-help programs or by being a very self-disciplined person, it takes real GRACE and Jesus.

Message Version (MSG)

So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.

 

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Day #20 “Angels Watching Over Me” Colossians 2:18-19

Day #20

“Angels Watching Over Me”-  Colossians 2:18-19 

 18 Don't let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

What does condemnation mean?  CONDEMNATION
1. An expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
2. The condition of being strongly disapproved of
3.Criminal law- a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

  • Don’t let anyone put you down, or try to condemn, judge, degrade, or put you on a guilt trip. Stand your ground, stand strong in your convictions and faith in Jesus.
  • God is the only one allowed to “judge” us on judgement day-just be ready.
  • We don’t worship angels, (we worship God) but God sends His ministering angels to watch over and protect us every day. Angels are not little fairy looking characters or ornaments we set on our dash, desk or bookshelves. I believe angels can appear in different characters and circumstances. Have I ever seen one? NO. Do I know they exist? YES! Do I know I have them watching over me every day? YES and Amen!
  • Beware of teachers/preachers that go on about “visions and dreams” more than the teaching of God’s Word, and lifting up Jesus and giving God all glory, praise and thanksgiving.
  • When we grow in our faith, and get to know Jesus on a very personal basis while having constant fellowship with Him, we won’t be “looking” for a quick fix, warm fuzzy feelings or signs and wonders, to keep us going or motivate us to serve Him.
  • Pride comes before a fall. The true characteristics of someone that strives to serve and be like Jesus, will have a spirit that draws people to them, not away from them. They will show evidence of the real fruit of the Holy Spirit.: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness and Self-Control.
  • For He holds the whole body together…. And the body will grow as God nourishes it”. God, our Heavenly Father holds us in His hands and graces us to walk in unity and peace. The more time we spend with Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God, the more we grow and become nourished (encouraged or promoted in growth or development).

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Took a short trip to GRACE today-Blessins-bfc

GRACE

Grace means to get something that you do not deserve; unmerited favor.  Mercy means you do not get a punishment that you deserve; compassion, forbearance. God is abundant in grace and mercy and we can read about it in the Bible. His greatest act of grace is the gift of salvation that is available for all people through faith (Eph 2:8-9).  When the gift is accepted, eternal life is promised to the recipient. This eternal life is a promise of a home one day in heaven with God. The promise to the believer is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee that one day Jesus the Christ will return to earth to claim His purchased possession (Eph 1:12-14; 4:30). Jesus purchased every sinner with His own blood on the cross at Calvary.

 

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

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Colossians Chapter Two through Four

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