Colossians 3 : 1-4

 Colossians 3:1-4

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above,where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life,appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

I have spent the last couple of Friday evenings with a friend studying the above passage , in some depth. I have been blessed with the help Edward has provided in interpreting scripture , the Lord has gifted him great skills in teaching and we continue to be a blessing and an encouragement to one another.

These 4 verse’s when dug into deeper have  reveal so much to us , and personally have been a real blessing in keeping on track , faithful and, importantly, aware of how easy it is to be distracted from our loving God.

Two lines really stood out for us :

1. Set your hearts on things above

2. Set your mind on things above

These too statements are not requests but commands from God. But how can we achieve this?

1. Acknowledge that its no longer i that is living but Christ living in me.

2. Reading the bible and praying.

Ezekiel 36:26

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

The above verse from Ezekiel tells of how God has given us a new heart ,a loving heart of flesh filled with his glorious spirit. If we fail to keep our heart and mind on God however things soon slip back and our heart turns back to stone as we turn away from him.We find ourselves stumbling blindly along the path that is our own inferior plans ,set to fail, putting our trust in perishable things that cannot ultimately bring eternal happiness.

So turn back to God set your heart and your minds fully on him, accept that his plans are the key to our ultimate happiness , do not let your plans intersect the Lords plans,

and most importantly PRAY. Pray that his will be done.

Opendoors

http://www.opendoorsuk.org/

We as Christians are immensely blessed here in the U.K to be able to openly show our faith and practice our Christian beliefs.

Normally the worst persecution we suffer is maybe people calling us names behind our backs, and laughing about our beliefs.

This however is not the case in many parts of the world where Christians are persecuted in the worst possible ways.

Preachers are locked away indefinitely for no reason, followers are beaten and tortured, homes and livelihoods taken or destroyed,  churches are attacked with bombs or by arson and Christians are executed for their faith.

We must all come together and pray that these things may come to an end , and pray for the suppressors that they to may one day come to know Christ as their Saviour to.

Also we can pray for organisations that are in place to help and support the suppressed Christians of our world such as Open Doors. The people involved in such organsiations risk their own saftey that the good news of the Gospel can reach those in even the most persecuted countries.

Take a minute to click on the above link and look at the work of open doors

. Please pray for them and their workers, and for the supresses and the supressors.

 

 

But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.

—Jeremiah 20:1