Nov. 13 – (Col. 2:20-23) When we get weary from trying to “figure out” Christianity we tend to take the easy path to accepting rules and regulations rather than a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It’s easier. Why does Paul characterize the “fundamentalist” behavior as worldly (vv. 20-23)?

 I am a dead man walking.  I am dead to sin and alive to Christ.  This is something that helps me put everything into perspective and aims me in the right direction.  Name some of the things we are dead to, in this passage. Replace them with the things we are “alive to “in Christ.

Nov. 14 – (Col. 3:1) We are raised with Christ. Christ is now seated at the right hand of God (Ps. 110:1; Eph. 1:20). He has a position of authority.  If we are with Him, then we have authority if we are seeking the things above.  Conversely, what happens with our authority when we are not seeking “things above”? Do we relinquish those things to the enemy for that time?  Selah

Nov. 15 – (Col. 3:2-4) Paul says to “set your minds on things above, not on things that are on earth.”  Is worry “things above”? Is anxiety “things above”?  Just verses 1-4 can be a checkup to help us see where we may be missing the mark (of the high calling) Let’s ponder that and adjust.  Pray and ask the Holy spirit to show you…you. 😊

Nov. 16 – (Col. 3:5-7) Because we believers have died with Christ, we can overcome sinful practices. Then why do we continue in some?  Our mind has not yet been renewed (changed to think and then act as Jesus does) in that area.  This is something we will work on until God takes us home.  

Nov. 17 – (Col. 3:8-11) in verses 5-11 Paul names two fundamental areas of behavior as typical of the old lifestyle that is now to be abandoned.  They have to do with sex on the one hand and speech on the other. They are two central areas of human life, both involving enormous potential for good and for evil.  Even though some pretend that such things are purely private matters, how does wrongdoing in these two areas of life lead to problems for a community? Next question: Is one area a “greater sin” than the other?  I don’t think so. So…how do we do away with these two areas of our lives?  We renew our minds by His Word and the Holy Spirit, repent and replace with His ways of thinking and responding.

Nov. 18 – (Col. 3:12-14) I think the key to forgiving one another is to remember (in each moment) what Jesus did so you are completely forgiven. It’s so easy to say, but the habit of remembering in each moment is just a little bit harder.  Is it easier to forgive someone when you know they love you?  Genuine love really does make a significant difference in this forgiveness process. 

                Being tenderhearted doesn’t mean being sentimental.  Being kind doesn’t mean being a soft touch. Humility isn’t the same thing as low self-esteem.  Meekness is not weakness. How might you instead define each character trait? How is the foundation of strength and confidence in Christ’s love and peace the deciding factor in each?

Nov. 19 – (Col. 3:15-17) How do we “do everything in word and deed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ…”? It is only in His power.  It is only through knowing when we don’t get it right, that He loves us just as much as any other time. It is also by being thankful to Him for all He has and is doing in our lives.  Let me share a Life Lesson Max Lucado’s Inspirational Study Bible that brought peace and encouraging insight into this passage.

                If people love you at 6:30 in the morning, one thing is sure: they love you.  They don’t love your title.  They don’t love your style. They don’t love your accomplishments. They just love you… Sounds like God’s love.

                “He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy,” wrote another. Underline the word perfect. Note that the word is not better.  Not improving. Not on the upswing. God doesn’t improve; He perfects. He doesn’t enhance; He completes. What does the perfect person lack?

                Now I realize that there’s a sense in which we’re imperfect. We still err. We still stumble. We still do exactly what we don’t want to do.  And that part of us is, according to the verse, “being made holy.” But when it comes to our position before God, we’re perfect.  When He sees each of us, He sees one who has been made perfect through the One who is perfect - Jesus Christ…

                You are absolute perfection.  Flawless.  Without defects or mistakes. Unsullied. Unrivaled. Unmarred. Peerless. Virgin pure. Undeserved yet unreserved perfection.

                No wonder Heaven applauds when you wake up.  A masterpiece has stirred.  (From In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado)