Posted by: bshelley | May 12, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 13, 2008

Today’s Verse: Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, NASB

You might be wondering, “Where in the world is he going to go with this one?” Obviously self-imposed religion and angel worship are condemned, but that’s not what I want you to see in this. There is an assurance that we all need to cling tightly to even in the face of daily trials and the world’s attempts to marginalize our beliefs as “quaint” or worse. Satan is happiest if you can be kept from a saving relationship with Jesus. Once foiled in that, the next tactic is to is to get you too distracted to be an effective follower of Christ. There are far too many Christians wandering the face of the globe today who are not living in the joy available in this life before eternity. Certainly we are not promised an easy ride, in fact the contrary is what Jesus foretold. We can expect to be made fun of, called fundamentalists or worse, for simply believing the Bible is God’s word and navigating our way with God at the rudder and His word as our compass. Too many are afraid to even speak of our loving Father in the marketplace, or wherever we find ourselves. It seems to me that one of the key elements that drives that timidity or lack of boldness is a disconnect with the truth of having already received what God has promised. That’s the truth that jumped off the pages of the scriptures this morning at me. There is in this verse a fundamental truth of our Christian walk, that if we indeed lose sight of it that evil wins the day. There is a promise that we need to cling to every hour of every day. For if we have truly internalized this simple yet profound truth the boldness with which we serve our risen Lord and Savior would take on new life and dimensions. That truth is in God’s assurance for you, His child, that the prize is already yours! Don’t let anyone talk you out of that. Go forth serving with a renewed gladness, with joy in your heart and spring in your step because you have already won the prize. Praise God for His Good News!

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