Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Col. 2:12-13
12 When you were buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him when he forgave us all our trespasses.
On Sunday, we were sharing testimonies up in the mountains...but we pick our sermon series in Colossians back up this Sunday in Col. 2:11-15! In this passage, Paul uncovers three things that separate us from God: a broken heritage, our sin, and the evil forces of the world. Each causes spiritual death, and Christ overcomes each through his death and resurrection.
Often, we ignore these unpleasant realities because we think they're "out of fashion." However, we experience the spiritual chaos they breed every single day, often covering them over with euphamisms like "My family is a wreck," or "I'm crabby," or "I had a bad day." But such language doesn't get to the root of the problem: our spiritual separation from God.
Take a few moments for self-examination and prayer:
1. Look back over your day today.
What unpleasantness have you experienced? From heaven's point of view, what caused that difficulty? Sin in you or another? Spiritual warfare? Wounds from your past?
2. Offer this struggle up to Christ, since He is the only hope for that situation.
No matter what it's source, he has dealt with it through his death and resurrection!
The Lord's Prayer