Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day Thirteen - Fixing our Minds on Christ

Is God your source of help and strength? 

Thank you for joining me again today as we walk through our daily devotion through the book of Colossians. Today we'll look at chapter 2 verses 20 through 23.

If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men. Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.
Colossians 2:20-23 (HCSB)

Are you struggling with an area of self-indulgence? I know I struggle from time to time and my encouragement for you, as it is for myself, is to stop behaving like you still belong to the world. 

Remember day by day that we belong to Jesus Christ. He not only already won the victory but He has promised to walk with us to give us His strength and power. We can do this thing! We need to remember every single day to invite Him and ask Him to walk through the trial with us. 

Today's Challenge

My challenge to you right now is to stop whatever you're doing and take a few minutes to ask the Lord for help with your trials today. Maybe you are trying to stop swearing so much or trying to stop overeating, or you'd really like to quit smoking, or arguing with your family members. Whatever it is that you are facing ask the Lord right now for his help in that thing and trust that He is going to meet you in it. 

Let's seek Him first, His kingdom and His righteousness, and trust all of these things will be added to us. He has already given us the victory. Let's walk as if we belong to Him, shall we?

Be blessed today. I pray that you'll meet me right back here tomorrow as we continue to fix our minds on Christ and walk through this daily devotion through the book of Colossians. I've been deeply encouraged by Paul's teaching and I trust that you have been too. I look forward to meeting you right back here tomorrow.

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