Tuesday, May 13, 2008

success is believing God [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

Yesterday we talked about the fact that many Christians set themselves up to miss blessings and to fail by not seeing what God is doing.  Join me for some God moments, I had some this morning.
 
By now you know that I spend time in Proverbs each day.  It is an awesome book of wit and wisdom and of keeping your mind with God.  I turned this morning to Proverbs to Psalms (chapter 13 in both) and then over to Colossians 2, and God rocked my world in that last chapter.
 
You gotta see some of the stuff I saw.  Here it goes:
 
8-9 Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
 
13-15 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
 
18 Don't let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things...
 
20-22 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, "Don't handle! Don't taste! Don't touch!"?  Such rules are mere human teachings
 
That is good.  Listen up...
 
Stop letting people lie to you.  They take you captive through their judging and their human rules.  It is all about Christ.  He died for you.  He has forgiven you.  Literally Jesus canceled your debt by dieing for you and for me.  Don't let your failure be based on what other people say to you or what want you to do.  Let your success be based on what God has done for you and to you.  Christ is your life.
 
That is huge.  See it for yourself.  Believe God.  That is success.
 
Get some more of those verses in you:
 
6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
 
15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
 
That last verse.  When you feel guilty or someone is slamming your faith, take them to the cross.  Seeing Jesus for who He is will give you success.  Believe Him.  By seeing Jesus on the cross, we see where our victory and where our success come from.  Not from me.  Not from human rules.  But from God.  From God who loves us, gave Himself for us and keeps on every day loving us, His forgiven and blessed kids.  Success is believing God!

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