Friday, December 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 341 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Colossians 1; Colossians 2; Colossians 3; Colossians 4 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Colossians 1:15, “The Son is the image of the invisible God.”
21 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22
… he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.”
Colossians 2:9, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”
Colossians 3:1, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…”
12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…”
Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Devote yourselves to being… thankful…
Funny, I get “devote yourselves to… prayer…
But to being thankful? Now that’s an interesting order, isn’t it.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
THIS is God’s will for you… Rejoice always, pray continually (to prayer) give thanks in all circumstances (being thankful)…
THIS is God’s will for me. Rejoice ALWAYS, pray CONTINUALLY, give thanks in ALL circumstances.
Ever want to know what God’s will is for your life?
Well, there is your answer.
Lord help me to give thanks in all circumstances…
PS Obviously, God’s will for us goes on from there… but this is foundational to our life, regardless of where we work, live, who we marry, kids or no kids, etc…