Thursday, March 9, 2017

Day Six - Fixing our Minds on Christ

God sees us as holy, faultless and blameless before Him.

Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him – if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.
 Colossians 1:21-23

We need to understand that we all have a sin nature. Every human on earth has a sin nature. We have to hold fast knowing Jesus is the One who redeemed us, reconciled us. He gave His life on the cross so we could be cleansed and made holy in the sight of God.  He is the One who reconciled our relationship with G the Father through the blood He shed on the cross.

As a result of the sacrifice of Christ, we are . . .

1)   Holy – set apart for God. Devoted to God.
2)   Faultless – you know how it is when we look in the mirror and see something we don’t like. We think, “I have so many faults, so many blemishes.”  But God sees us as faultless as if we have no blemishes whatsoever.
3)   Blameless. When the accuser proclaims lies against us to God, imagine that the Father says, “No, I don’t hear that. This is my child and she is blameless.” If you’d like more reading on that, visit Zechariah Chapter 3. It’s amazing and beautiful.

God sees us and declares in His Word as holy, faultless, and blameless. Embrace that today, sweet one.

Challenge #1

Insert your own personal name into Colossians 1:22.  Let me give you an example as I declare this for myself: “Cathy, God sees you as holy. Cathy, you are faultless in God’s sight.  He sees you, Cathy, as blameless.”

Challenge #2

Ask the Lord to help you receive those truths for your own and live them out. As I asked a few days ago, what if you lived like you were loved? What if you lived as if you were holy, faultless and blameless? How would your life look different?

The Word of God goes on to say, “if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” So many times the words “if” and “since” are used interchangeably in the Scriptures. It’s more, “You are holy, faultless, and blameless SINCE you have not fallen away and since you have not shifted away in your beliefs or your thinking. 

We are not saved by remaining steadfast in the faith. Rather, we remain steadfast in the faith because we are saved. It’s an evidence of the work that Christ has done in us. It's evidence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us that make us steadfast in our faith. Hold fast to that today. 

Know that the Lord loves you. He sees you as holy, faultless and blameless. Walk in that today.

Please join us tomorrow as we continue our walk through the book of Colossians with our daily devotions this month.

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But God is never absent. He is as involved in your life today as He was when He protected Queen Esther and the entire Jewish nation from annihilation, and He will bring victory.  Click here to purchase.

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