From Daniel's Desk on 11/26/19
Hold FAST to CHRIST | Let God determine your growth!
My Verse: 6
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
For whatever reason (most likely self importance and the need to matter) religion (and your flesh) will work to take your eyes OFF of Jesus and put them back on the work of your hands. DON'T be so SELFISH. - You are ALIVE in Christ. Let God grow you to maturity in your faith... WALK in CHRIST. Be BUILT UP in HIM. And always abound in thanksgiving!
Vs. 1 - Paul STRUGGLED GREATLY for those he had never even seen! He had a heart for God's people!
Vs. 2 - He knew, and taught, that the body (the Church) is being knit together... even though there is no other reason that we would find unity other than Jesus is uniting us. Why fight to have LOVE WIN? - In the world, if you don't get along, you separate. Leave. Find another group. In the church, you forgive, you deny your rights and pick up another's burdens. You fight for unity.
Vs. 3 - In CHRIST are ALL the treasures of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE!
Vs. 4-5 - Don't get distracted with plausible arguments! - Stand FIRM in your faith for Christ!
Vs. 6 - DON'T FORGET. You RECEIVED CHRIST!!! WALK IN HIM. ROOTED IN HIM. BUILT UP IN HIM. Be mature in your faith. Be ESTABLISHED in the FAITH. This is how you were taught... always abound in thanksgiving... no matter the circumstance!
Vs. 8 - Human tradition is just empty deceit.
Vs. 9 - YOU have been FILLED in Him, who is the head of ALL RULE and AUTHORITY! <-- NEVER FORGET THIS! - (You don't wield the Holy Spirit... the Holy Spirit wields YOU.)
Vs. 11 - If circumcision is the point of controversy... remember that you circumcised by putting off the flesh... this was done by the Lord and not human hands.
Vs. 12 - You were buried WITH Him in baptism. You were also raised WITH Him through FAITH in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Vs. 13 - You were DEAD in you tresspasses. God made you alive together with Him, having forgiven ALL your tresspasses by CANCELLING your record of debt!!! - He set it aside NAILING IT TO THE CROSS!
Vs. 15 - Jesus disarmed THE RULERS AND AUTHORITIES and put them to OPEN SHAME by triumphing over them IN HIM!
Vs. 16 - THEREFORE Don't let ANYONE judge you! Everything calling you to obey the LAW is only a shadow of the things to come but it has been FULFILLED by Christ!
Vs. 18 - Don't listen to foolishness! Disqualifying you. Insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind! (Sounds like SO many missguided religions!)
Vs. 19 - HOLD FAST to the HEAD (which is Christ!) - You will grow with a growth that is from GOD!
Vs. 23 - (Do not taste, do not touch) These things have the APPEARANCE of wisdom in promoting SELF-MADE RELIGION... but they are of NO VALUE IN STOPPING THE INDULGENCE OF THE FLESH!