Good Morning my friends!
It is a new day and Our Lord’s mercies are NEW every morning!!
As I am up this morning early before the sun, I am seeking God’s word for my life today and the word he would have me share with you. This is the last day in May of 2009 and we will never re-live this day again… All of the things that happened in May 2009 are in the past and we are beginning a new month of June 2009. As I look back on May of 2009 I see some battles we went through, some of life’s circumstances we had to go through….
As I thought in my mind of these situations as battles, I heard the Lord say, I already won the battle, it is your responsibility to WALK IN THE VICTORY!!
In Colossians 2:14-15 we see what Christ did for us on the cross of calvary.
Passage Colossians 2:14-15:(amplified)
14Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.
15[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
When Christ went to the cross and then rose again, HE DISARMED THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS THAT WERE RANGED AGAINST US!! In other words he won the battle already!! The enemy is disarmed, but we don’t always see it that way. How many Christians are talking about the attacks from Satan on their lives………… HE CAN NOT HARM US, HE HAS BEEN DISARMED!!!
So how can we walk in the victory that Christ has ALREADY purchased for us? How do we continually walk in divine health, prosperity, wholeness, joy, strength and everything else he purchased for us??
I believe the key is in the previous verses in Colossians chapter 2. In the beginning of this chapter Paul is sharing about his concern for the people. As you read all of the books of the bible that Paul wrote, you see his heart, which is just like our Father’s heart. He wants us to walk in the fulness of all Christ purchased for us. He wants us to have wisdom and understand of the mystery of God!
Passage Colossians 2:2:
2[For my concern is] that their hearts may be [a]braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are knit together in love, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively [b]more intimately acquainted with and may know more definitely and accurately and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).
Then if you continue reading the rest of Colossians 2 you will see the mystery of God that Paul is talking about!! This is the key to walking in the victory that has been purchased for us!!
He states it first in Col 1:26-27
Passage Colossians 1:26-27:
26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
We are able and expected to walk in full victory because we HAVE CHRIST IN US!!!! Then in Chapter 2, Paul goes into further detail of what we have in Christ.
As you read the following passages I want you to see all that you have IN HIM. These are things you don’t have to pray for, you don’t have to beg him for, you don’t have to do without. If you are IN CHRIST and HE IS IN YOU, you already have all of these things and this is how we walk in victory, by knowing who we are and walking in the power and authority he has purchased for us.
I am going to allow you to read the following scriptures for yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you through these scriptures!!
God Bless you and keep you!!
In Christ, Pastor Carol
Passage Colossians 2:3-11:
3In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom ([a]comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.
4I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.
5For though I am away from you in body, yet I am with you in spirit, delighted at the sight of your [standing shoulder to shoulder in such] orderly array and the firmness and the solid front and steadfastness of your faith in Christ [that [b]leaning of the entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].
6As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.
7Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
8See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).
9For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10And you [c]are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
11In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).