Tag Archives: Colossians

Valiant Warrior

Armor of God

Father, so much has transpired since we were last together in this setting. Thank You for all of Your guidance and I am profoundly grateful for Your presence, especially in my time with Beth following the sudden loss of her husband. I could not have done it on my own. Thank You, for helping me get through work yesterday and for Your presence at Bible Study last night. I would ask for Your blessing on our time together this morning.

Colossians 2:1-5 (<< click here)

Lord, humanity likes to think that we are so smart and that we have everything figured out. Things that the Church has held to for centuries are now being questioned. As a pastor, and more importantly as Your child, I need to be planted firmly in my relationship with You. Truth does not change. We cannot tweak it because it not P.C. or because it no longer fits the mind set of society. Only a very small percentage of society is yielded to following Your directives, so it cannot be trusted. Our selfish desires do not build up Your kingdom. We claim great wisdom and knowledge but only in You, Lord, do we find “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” v3. We are deceived if we think otherwise. We are only strong when we place our faith in You.

Lord, strengthen my faith; fill me with Your wisdom. I would ask that You would enable me to discern Your will in all aspects of life. Help me to remember that we do not fight “against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 Help me to be valiant warrior of LOVE. To be strong and courageous, to not give up or give in but to fight bravely and to love mightily!

June 9th, Tue, 10:32 am

Joy and Pain

Thank You, Father, for a beautiful day yesterday!  The opportunity to share in Ariana & Andrews special day and to catch up with other fine young people was a blessing. Looking ahead for this day please be with us – goodbyes are never easy. I pray for Massey, Karen and myself as once again life takes us down different paths. Thank You for the time we’ve had together.

Colossians 1:24-29 (<<click here)

Lord, You are showing me that I have the responsibility to proclaim a wonderful secret. At just the right time You came to us – a gift of unsurpassable worth! You came so You show us the way to have an intimate relationship with – by inviting You to live in us. It’s a wonderful gift and one that fills us with joy but it will not be a journey without suffering, for even Your journey was painful.

Help me with Your wisdom and direction, to warn and teach others about You so that we may all come to that point of perfection, that is maturity, that You have called us to. Help me to shepherd others along this life journey of joy and pain until we reach the end of this life, stepping across the threshold into Your wonderful glory for all eternity!

June 7th, Sun, 7:33 am.

Sand Off the Edges

Father, You deserve all my praise and adoration. Though life can get complicated with all of our diverse personalities interacting with one another, we can find, in You, a solid place on which to stand. Thank you, father, for who You are and that I can rely on You.

Colossians 1:15-23 (<<click here)

Lord, You are supreme. You know me through and through for You made me. You knew me before the world was created and You loved me (Ephesians 1:4) You came to live on this earth, so I (we) could be reconciled to God through You, that is Your sacrifice in giving Your life on the cross, took care of the sin that kept me from having a right relation with You. We made a mess that we were incapable of cleaning up – but we are the ones who drove the wedge between ourselves and Yourself. You, because You love us, took care of it at great cost to Yourself. We broke our relationship with You, we cut ourselves off from You, we thumbed our noses at You, we severed the link. You re-established the connection AND to beat all, in Your eyes – it’s hard for us to grasp – it’s like it never ever happened. No probationary period, no test to past, no earning back our status. Instead You bring us into Your very presence. You who are holy made us holy and if we have accepted the fact and believe in who You are and what You’ve done for us, we are “blameless as [we] stand before [You]without a single fault.” vs.22b

I’ve heard the concept 100’s of times in my life but I sit here in awe once again, as my mind tries to grasp it all. And to think You went forward with my creation knowing that all of this would have to take place to set things straight. All of this! I deserve nothing at best and yet You freely give me everything and our relationship is as if nothing ever came between us, on Your part no hesitation, no doubt, no holding back. Thank You is nowhere sufficient.

Lord, help me to live my life with what You have done for me at the forefront. Help my gratitude to be palpable! May it influence everything! How dare I harbor anger or begrudge anyone for what I perceive as a slight against me, my loved ones or my beliefs! Forgive me, Lord, for consistently doing so!

I pray Lord that You will continue sanding off all the rough edges of my being. Please make me into what I was created to be. Amen!

June 6th, Sat, 6:54 am

Prayer…a Powerful Thing

What a beautiful morning, Father! Thank You, for Your many blessings – for the exquisite detail of Your creation, for my home, the food on my table, my life, my abilities and my family. That’s just the tip of the enormous iceberg – for Your blessings are deep! Wide! Help me to live my life in that reality and to be grateful every moment!

Colossians 1:1-14 (<<click here)

Lord, I am struggling this morning. Things on my mind are distracting me, they are inhibiting me from concentrating on Your Word and focusing on what You want to say to me, help me.

Prayer…is a powerful thing. It obviously is how we interact, Lord. It is the way I speak with You and in the midst of that my desire is that I am attentive enough to hear You speak to me. It’s how we lift others up to You, their needs and struggles. Just mentioning that we are praying for others is an encouragement for them. Lord, help me to pray more effectively, help me to hear Your voice more clearly. Give me the assurance that it is You that I am hearing and the courage to act upon that Word. In this passage Paul mentions praying for the Colossians three times and it is full of love and encouragement. It is also full of formational Truth.

Lord, I know You hear all my prayers but I know I need to pray more like Paul. Help me to do more than to go through a list of names with a little thought of each one. Help my prayers to have depth and to weigh them with foundational truth. Bring to mind Your Word as I pray, enable me to link them together, claim Your promises, empowering myself and those for whom I am praying to be filled with Your power and wisdom and for all of us to be changed because we have been touched by You!

June 5th, Fri, 7:20 am