The Supremacy of the Son of God

As I was reading my bible this morning I came across the following verses in Colossians, Chapter 1. These verses are very explicit in explaining who Jesus Christ was, is and will forever be. These verses leave no doubt in my mind who Jesus is and what He has done for me. If you ever have doubts about Jesus, your relationship with Him or any other concerns, read these verses prayerfully and you will understand what He has done for you.

And it’s important that you continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way.

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

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Empowered By God Himself

God the Spirit is important to us in our daily lives. He is so important that Jesus said, “It is to your advantage that I go away … if I go, I will send Him to you”. He’s the Spirit of truth who interprets God’s Word for us, and helps us remember and apply it to our life. He’s also our encourager, and He empowers us to obey.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t bring attention to Himself but always seeks to glorify Jesus. He guides us, challenges us, and transforms us. Allow the Holy Spirit to transform your life. Then, all of your challenges, problems and rough times will seem insignificant because you have been empowered by God Himself living within you.

How Will You Conduct Yourself Today?

Today is Tuesday and you are now into your week. Yesterday I mentioned that you might be looking at the week to come and realize you have a number of challenges that must be dealt with. Facing those challenges was the crux of my post.

As you approached some of your challenges yesterday, did you give any thought as to how you would act while taking care of business? I don’t mean were you aggressive, professional or success oriented while working with others? As a child of God you have the responsibility for conducting yourself in such a way as to reflect Jesus Christ and God’s love in you and for others.

Paul writes in Colossians that we should “Conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” There is a lot of wisdom in that passage. Why?

Think about that one co-worker or supervisor that is especially difficult to work with. I think all of us at one time or another have been in that situation. How did you handle it? With wisdom and love or were you passive-aggressive in your approach? No matter how you handled the situation, if your response was not seasoned with salt (love), then you probably weren’t too successful in achieving your goals.

The best example we have to follow in our daily lives is Jesus Christ. Think about how He responded when dealing with the Pharisees and Sadducees of the day. No matter what the situation or who He was dealing with, Jesus responded with wisdom and love.

That’s your goal for today. Respond with wisdom and love in all that you say and do. You will be blessed.

Facing Your Giants

As you start your week you may already be looking toward Friday and realize you have some major challenges waiting for you along the way. You might think to yourself, “How will I ever get through all this?” It’s important to realize that the Lord is sovereign over everything in heaven and on earth, and He has the power to give us the victory no matter what challenge we face.

Trusting in the Lord gives us the courage to face our giants. Being so armed, we can respond to challenges on the basis of three important truths:

Who Christ is in us—our Savior and Provider.
• Who we are in Christ—God’s adopted children, eternally secure and indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
• What we have in Christ—the promise of access to almighty God.

Instead of fixing our attention on how big the obstacle is, let’s begin focusing on the greatness of our God. If we’ll trust and obey Him, His Spirit will equip us for the challenge, and our faith will glorify Him.

Enjoy Your Day of Rest

Enjoy your day of rest. Put aside your office work, your computer, yard work and car washing accessories. Take the time to look around and be in awe of God’s creation. As I write this post I see birds outside my window looking for food. Squirrels are running and playing and climbing trees. And, the trees in my front yard are gently swaying in the breeze.

Take some time today to smell the roses. Pack a picnic lunch and go to the park with your family, best friend, spouse or group of people you like to be with. This is the Lord’s day, so enjoy it. For twenty-four hours let go of the cares of this world and instead worship Almighty God, the maker of heaven and earth. Listen to Him say, “Be still and know that I am God.”

And, finally praise God from whom all blessings flow. He is your source, now and forever more.

How Infiltrated Are You With God’s Patience?

Has anyone told you about God’s patience? His patience and willingness to put up with you! “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8).

God is very patient with us. Think about this—how many times have you committed the same sin and then asked God to forgive you? If you’re like most, you’ve probably done it a lot. Although God’s patience is infinite, we shouldn’t take advantage of His love for us.

How does this apply to you and your daily living? 1 Corinthians 13:4 states,  “Love is patient!” Patience waits. It listens. It’s slow to boil. And according to Jesus, this is how we should treat others. How infiltrated are you with God’s patience? You’ve heard about it. Read about it. But have you received it? The proof is in your patience. Patience deeply received results in patience freely offered!

The next time you find yourself losing patience with someone think about how much patience God shows you on a daily basis. It’s infinite, right?

Switch On Your Brain…The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

Our brain, that chunk of gray tissue sitting inside our skull, is a very powerful tool. It is a fascinating organ and can solve many of our problems or at least provide the direction and wisdom we need to have a degree of mental health and success in life.

The Bible states in Proverbs 23:7 that, “as a man thinks within his heart, so he is.” There is a lot of wisdom that can be drawn from this verse. I am currently reading a book titled “Switch On Your Brain…The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuroscientist. Her book discusses various facets of the brain, how it works, the messages it sends to itself and to our consciousness.

Without getting too complicated, Dr Leaf writes in her book that a miswiring of brain regions involved in the default mode network, leads to all kinds of ups and downs which may even be part of disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s to Schizophrenia. She also writes that toxic thinking produces this miswiring resulting in a decrease of activity in the task positive network. This causes maladaptive, depressive ruminations and a decrease in the ability to solve problems. This makes us feel foggy, confused, negative and depressed.

So, what’s my point in this anatomy lesson of the brain? It’s just this—your mind can powerfully and unexpectedly change your brain in positive ways when you intentionally direct your attention. “Direct your attention to what?” you might ask. It’s the kind of internal dialogue (thinking) that you have with yourself that affects the outcome of whatever you’re dealing with. Here’s an example of toxic thinking that most, if not all of us, can identify with. “I’ll never be able to….(you fill in the blank here).”

When you think this way, guess what, you will act exactly the way you are thinking. God gave us a brain to function in this life with peace, wisdom, and happiness. Through our meditating on scripture, we wire our brain in such a way as to have positive thoughts about ourselves and the outcome of our lives. One disclaimer here, this is not in any way a blog post supporting the religious point of view of “name it and claim it.”

God wants only the best for us. He has given us the ability to have peace, happiness and wisdom as long as we have positive thinking and not toxic thinking that brings us down. “As a man thinks within his heart, so he is” can be the key to our happiness and success in the life God has given us.

The First Step of Love

God loves you. Personally. Powerfully. Passionately! God loves you with an unfailing love. And his love—if you let it—can fill you and leave you with a love worth giving!

Could it be that the first step of love is not toward others but toward him? Could it be that the secret to loving is receiving? You give love by first receiving it. “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19 NASB). Long to be more loving? Begin by accepting your place as a dearly loved child. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us” (Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV).

We need help from an outside source. A transfusion. Would we love as God loves? Then we start by receiving God’s love.

Contentment—Something We All Desire

Contentment is something we all desire yet too seldom have. If it comes, it usually seems short-lived. And often we think that contentment is possible only if all our circumstances are comfortable and there are no conflicts or misunderstandings in our relationships.

The apostle Paul proves that perfect conditions are not the source of contentment. He wrote his letter to the Philippians while he was in a Roman prison. Contentment was something he had to learn, not through comfort but through hardship and suffering. Paul relied on spiritual truths to enable him to face his difficulties God’s way—without complaint, worry, or fear.

In every trial, we have a choice to view the situation from our perspective or from God’s. Depending on our focus, we either react emotionally or respond spiritually, based on God’s Word and promises. Inner turmoil and outward agitation result when we focus on feelings instead of spiritual principles. But when we habitually see every matter from God’s point of view, then irritation, anger, and blame will be replaced by an inner quietness and confidence.

Is it really possible to face serious trials and have God’s peace? According to Paul, the answer is yes. We can be content in all circumstances through Christ’s strength (Phil. 4:13). This isn’t a natural response but a supernatural one, which God alone can produce in the lives of His children. If we’ll let divine truths interpret our trials and trust the Holy Spirit to empower us to respond in faith, our heart will find rest no matter what goes on around us.

How Much Patience Does God Have With You?

Paul’s conversion was for your sake.

I want you to take this very personally. God had you in view when he chose Paul and saved him by sovereign grace.

If you believe on Jesus for eternal life — or if you may yet believe on him for eternal life — Paul’s conversion is for your sake. It is to make Christ’s incredible patience vivid for you.

Paul’s life before his conversion was a long, long trial to Jesus. “Why do you persecute me?” Jesus asked. “Your life of unbelief and rebellion is a persecution of me!” Paul had been set apart for God since before he was born. So all his life was one long abuse of God, and one long rejection and mockery of Jesus who loved him.

That is why Paul says his conversion is a brilliant demonstration of Jesus’ patience. And that is what he offers you today.

It was for our sake that Jesus did it the way he did it. To “display his perfect patience” to us. Lest we lose heart. Lest we think he could not really save us. Lest we think he is prone to anger. Lest we think we have gone too far away. Lest we think our dearest one cannot be converted— suddenly, unexpectedly, by the sovereign, overflowing grace of Jesus.