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How to pray

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:2.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Colossians 4.

This nice short verse really spells out how praying works.

I need to be committed to praying.  There needs to be a set time per day when I will be praying.  The next level is spontaneous praying.  As something happens I pray IMMEDIATELY about it and possibly with someone else.  The amount of my spontaneous praying reveals my closeness to God.

I need to be tuned in to what is going on.  That would mean that my prayers need to be specific.  If I am still in the “Bless my family,” zone, I am not being watchful.  Granted, there are some things we lack specifics about.  In most cases, our lack of specifics is from our ungodly disinterest.

We can’t pray without being thankful.  We have been given everything.  The verse telling us to “pray without ceasing” could well be in Scripture to remind us that we have more than enough to be thankful for to fill up “endless” praying.

“Lord, I love You.  Forgive me for praying with ceasing.  Help me to be more watchful, more specific, and more thankful.  You are great. Your praise should ever be on my lips.  I love You.  Thank You, Lord, for dying for my sins.  For giving me a new life.  Help me to live/pray accordingly.”

We must pray without ceasing.

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Who are you working for?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Colossians 3:23-24.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 20-21, 2 Chronicles 17, and Colossians 3.

Believers ultimately work for God.  We may be employed by individuals/companies, but God is the overseer of our work.

With that in mind, my approach to any work changes.  I want to do it as unto Him.

What does this look like?  There will be no corners cut.  No side-trips away from what needs to be done.

I may end up in disagreement with associates over how our competition is treated because I want to do it God’s way.

If I am not filled with God, I will fail at serving Him.  I will have good intentions but too often I will shame God by my negligence.

“Lord, You are with me and that must impact how I work.  You are nearby.  You see me.  You hear me.  I cannot function in a Godly manner unless I am under the influence of You.  Take me over, I beg, right now.  Direct me.  Correct me.  I love You, Lord.”

I must be completely aware that all my work is done in God’s sight.

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A tip on witnessing

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Colossians 4:5-6.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Colossians 1-4.

I am looking at these verses and I’m thinking that they are only about interacting with nonbelievers.

But on second look, and I pray before writing these entries, I am struck by the word “always” in the middle of it.

Could it be that one of the reasons witnessing is so difficult for many of us is that we see it as a part-time activity.

If we aren’t witnessing to those in our midst, no wonder it is difficult when we try it in new territory.

Witnessing must be present in our normal conversations.  If not, it becomes convoluted and awkward to do.

I believe that successful witnessing requires an understanding of appropriate techniques.  There is a need for, “They say this, so I counter with this.”  However, the skill of being a conversationalist must not be left out.

I must enter every conversation with Psalm 19:14 in mind: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart (thoughts) be acceptable/pleasing to You, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

“I need You, Lord, in every conversation I will be in today.  Let me not take any of them lightly.  Fill me with You, I beg, so that every thought, every word, brings glory to You.  Prick my conscience when I mess things up.  I love You, Father.”

I must be Godly in every conversation I am in today.

 

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Speaking God to others

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  Colossians 4:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 2 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Colossians 4.

“No Christian should have a dull, tiresome, know-it-all monologue of his faith.  Instead, Christians, who have the most exciting news in the world to share, should be able to share that message with excitement, ability to invoke interest, an understanding of the basics, a willingness to listen and discuss, and a desire to answer everyone’s questions gracefully.” Life Applications New Testament Commentary: Colossians 4:6.

Certainly well put by the commentator.

I want so much to be able to be to express my faith to others.  I falter at the prospect because I trust my own abilities rather than following the Holy Spirit’s lead.

I tend to pre-plan a conversation and that won’t work.  I need to be grounded in what I believe and be ready to give an appropriate response to what comes along.

I need to trust the Holy Spirit to direct me verbally.  It sure would be easier if everyone was at the same place spiritually.  Then one solution would work with many.  Instead, people are at various places and my words need to factor that in.  Bottom line is that I will always need His Words.  Mine will mess things up.

I must be in close relationship to God.  I must listen, walk, and talk with Him all the time so that His Words become my words. Those words would be appropriate.

The words of Jesus were not always well received.  If I’m looking to be popular I will revert to my words.  God’s truth is God’s truth!

“Lord, fill me with You.  Take me over entirely.  Forgive me for my hesitancy in talking about You.  Empower me with Your Holy Spirit so that I will be able to rightly represent You verbally.  The time is short and so many need to know what You did and why You should be trusted in.  I love You, Lord.”

I want His Words to replace my own in every conversation.

 

 

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How forgiving must I be?

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 20-21, 2 Chronicles 17, and Colossians 3.

What a lofty standard!

I can’t even fathom the Lord’s forgiveness of me.

That I can fathom what it even is to forgive someone, shows that my level of forgiveness is zilch compared to what He did for me.

It is so easy to justify being upset with someone.  Look what they did to me!  They had it coming!

I have often wished that I could collect my words before I said them to prevent saying something I shouldn’t.  It might also be nice to have time to recall the way I was forgiven by God when I deal with reactionary possibilities during the day.

But I don’t have either facility UNLESS I am filled with the Holy Spirit.  It would enable me to be like Him as I react to things that happen.

Since I often react poorly, it is a clear indication that I am often less-than-filled with the Holy Spirit.  That needs to change.

“Lord, fill me with You.  Take over every part of me.  Forgive me for sinning against You.  What love!  Your forgiveness is amazing.  Fill me with You now, I beg.”

What is my level of forgiveness?  Certainly not where it should be by a long shot!

 

 

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How to be a Godly conversationalist

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Colossians 1-4.

Do you have something to say?

Believers possess sure have; the Gospel!  The good news.  We do have something to tell.

But are we able to tell it in a winsome way?  On our own?  No way.  We may win arguments and prove points but without using God-driven words we’re wasting our time.

I am convinced that we speak from a knowledge base that reflects what is important to us.  I know sports.  I read about them.  I think about them.  I have no trouble tuning into folks who are discussing sports.  I even have two blogs (McClelland Miscellanea, Writing Scots) in which I write about sports.

The ease for me in which I talk sports must acquire similar traction in sharing the Good News.  I need to know the Good News as well as I know sports.  It must grab my thought process.  It must drive me.   I must chase the workings of the Good News.

As I write this, I am more aware of why my Good News sharing suffers.  Why I am disappointed in it.  It is a lack of concentration on the Good News.  I must drive myself to be ready to share the faith that is within me.  That faith needs to turn into knowledge and words…..His Words.

“Lord, thank You for Your Word.  I know what I want to be…….rightly representing You.  Help me to get there.  Overtake my life.  Remove the distractions that limit my capacity to share You comfortably in conversations.  I have that comfort sharing sports.  There must be a way for me to acquire a similar comfort in sharing the Good News.  That Way is You.  I beg for Your help.  Thank You, Father.”

Let your words be the overflow of a Godly heart.

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Prepared to serve

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message. So that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”  Colossians 4:2-4.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 18-19, and Colossians 4.

Good intentions are one thing but actually be prepared is even better.

Going into something without a bit of instruction and preparation is begging for frustration and ultimately failure.

Paul sets believers up to serve God as they should.  Then he narrows things down to himself.

How crucial my prayer life is in following God!  I was confronted in Philippians with the need for my praying to be “without ceasing.”  If my prayer life is functioning as it should be I will surely be more alert to what is going on around me and more thankful for the way God has blessed me.

Paul asks for opportunities to share the Good News and for the ability to present that Good News clearly.  I would want to reverse the order of those two for myself.  Why? I want to get clarity in my head about the Gospel first.  To jump into opportunities unarmed could well cause more damage than help.

“Lord, Your ways are simple on paper.  Forgive me for stumbling over the simplicity and excusing myself from participation.  Prepare me to share the Good News, I beg.  Fill me with Your Spirit this day.  Enable me to entertain thoughts of You without ceasing.  I love You, Father.”

Are you ready to serve God?

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Dressed right to please God

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  Colossians 3:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 20-21, 2 Chronicles 17, and Colossians 3.

All dressed up and ready to live as I should!

Paul lists qualities that should be on display in my life this day.

No need to suggest that I don’t understand them.  I know what they mean.

The challenge is to practice them naturally.

God knows my motives.  He will not be fooled by insincerity.

My sins are gone and I have a new life in God minus the burden of sins.  I must live accordingly.  That would certainly include exhibiting the qualities in the Colossians 3:12 list.

If those qualities are missing, then I have slipped into a sin-burdened life.  That should not be happening.  If my sins are gone, why would I return to them?  I have to remember that truth.

“Lord, I can tell when I am misrepresenting You.  Thank You for pricking my conscience.  Forgive me returning to sins that have no power over me unless I deliberately yield to them.   I have You.  I have Your Spirit.  I yield to their control.  I love You, Father.”

Does our behavior reveal accurately our relationship to God?

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Godliness at home

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Colossians 1-4.

When there are instructions given for husbands, I am all eyes.

Any road to full-time Christian service begins with a personal relationship with God. The next stretch of that road is found in my home among my family.

It is quite discouraging for me that in actual life I see myself getting high marks in the personal relationship with God part only to miserably fail in the life in the household part.

Something is clearly missing in my relationship to God. If my relationship to God was structured the way it is supposed to be, there would be enough of an overflow to seep into life at home.

Maybe my relationship with God is the fair weather variety? I spend quality time with God as I read Scripture and pray but these wonderful times are followed by struggles in the household. I face no trouble during my time with God but noticeable trouble during my time with family. What am I missing?

I think it is fair to say that something is wrong with the genuineness of my love. Do I really love God as I should? Am I filled with the Holy Spirit? I wonder about it because the offshoots of my time with God are negatively revealing.

I must rightly represent God in my midst. I cannot do it if my understanding of Him is limited. I cannot do it if my commitment to Him is shallow.

The recent shootings in San Bernardino brought to the surface the term, “radicalization.” The President said that the killers may have been, “radicalized.” By this he meant that the killers took what they learned and put it into deadly action. I need to be “radicalized” in a good way when it comes to my relationship to God.

My closeness to God MUST produce evidence within my household or it is a fraud!

“Lord, I want the full dose of You. I want so much of You that those around me know that something Godly has happened to me. I thank You for giving me a family. Empower me to be the Godly head of it, I pray.”

Only total surrender to God will make things work at home.

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Bear and forgive

d7“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  Colossians 3:13

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Colossians 1-4)

Timely verse for me.

Scripture appears to have no tolerance for hassles among believers.  How about hassles among husbands and wives?

A verse of this sort drops the hammer at the end.  Early in the verse you create in your head what forgiveness is like.  “I’m sorry.  I won’t do it again.”  At the end of the verse you learn that you are to forgive the way God forgave.  That is a completely higher level, don’t you think!

I cannot be consistently Godly without God completely controlling my life.  There may be flashes and dashes of it but my consistency in Godliness has its depth in my relationship to Him.

I am told to forgive others the way God forgave me.  His forgiveness was unnecessary yet He did it because of His love for me.  What mercy!

I was warned via a commentary, that since God has forgiven others of their sins, what would ever suggest that I too shouldn’t forgive them as well?  Recall the parable where a person has a huge debt cancelled and then refuses to cancel a debt that is owed to them.

“Lord, I need You.  Talk is often cheap on my part.  My desperate neediness is a reality.  So quickly I fall into sin.  So quickly I’m unwilling to bear and forgive as You did and want me to do.  I am sorry for that, Lord.  Make me mindful of my waywardness.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!”

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