June 27, 2017: SOAP #2763: 1Kings 20-21; 2Chronicles 17; Colossians 3   Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, [...]

June 27, 2017: SOAP #2763: 1Kings 20-21; 2Chronicles 17; Colossians 3

 

Scripture:  Colossians (NIV) 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Observation:   In these verses we see two facts.   First: I have died to my old way of life and now I am alive with Christ! (verse 3) What a change.  It requires a whole new way of thinking. Second:   I am to 'put to death' the things of the sinful nature that hang on to me.   The life of Christ within me stops some actions and starts others.

Application:   For several months after we were settled into our present home, I often missed the turn going home because my mind had been trained to go to WheatState Camp where we stayed with my parents our first month in Kansas.     I knew where we lived.   I could give you the address.   But when my mind was not 'set' on going home, it seemed 'programmed' to go to the camp.   I had died to living with my parents; I now had a new address.   I had to 'put to death' the old thinking and way of getting home.   But when I was driving, I sometimes drove as though I still lived at the camp.

The same is true in my spiritual life.   Sometimes I still live as though the old worldly man is still alive!

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, remind me that I have 'died' and help me 'put to death' thoughts and actions that displease my Heavenly Father.   I know I cannot succeed without you living in me.   I need your life power and wisdom. Amen            

Pastor Leon
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