Rule In Your Hearts

The Word Centered Life - Day 9 - Colossians 3:15-17 - Rule In Your Hearts - Growing As Disciples

The Word Centered Life – Day 9 – Colossians 3:15-17 – Rule In Your Hearts – Growing As Disciples

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV)

Dwell Richly

How much is that? How much is what? How much is dwelling richly? I’m not following you. I’m not understanding your question. If you wanted my word to dwell in you richly, what would that look like in your life? How often would you meet with me in my word? What strategies would you employ so that my word would be dwelling richly in you? What would you expect to see happen in your life if my word was continually dwelling richly in you? Now, I understand your questions. Now. I know what you are asking of me. If I want your word to dwell in me richly, I will meet daily with you in your word. Is there a day that I don’t need to hear from you? Is there a day that I can rely on my own wisdom, follow my own guidance, or receive my own instruction? Is there a day that I don’t need your help? Certainly not! I will make meeting with you, in your word, a priority in my life. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray and proclaim your word. I will teach your word. I’m not much of a singer, but I will even sing your word. In every way that I can think of, I will take hold of your word, so that it can take hold of me. I will allow your word to dwell richly in me. That will be very good.

You have not yet answered one of my questions. Which one? What will happen to you as you allow my word to dwell in you richly? My heart will be changed, my mind will be transformed, and my life will be guided as your word dwells in me richly. I will come to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me as I continue to meet with you in your word. You will allow me to think your thoughts, speak your words, or take your actions, as your word dwells richly in me. Your word and the power of the Holy Spirit will make me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. Your word dwelling richly in me will make me able to live the life you have called me to live. I will live a life that is good and right and true, one that is pleasing to you. Yes, you will. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will allow your word to dwell richly in me. I know your word will make it possible for your peace to rule in me. Teach and admonish me with your word. Your word has filled me with gratitude. Use your word to guide my thoughts, words, and actions. Amen

Key Question…  How significant of a commitment will be required of you if want God’s word to dwell richly in you?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily practice to allow God’s word to dwell richly in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will change your heart, transform your mind, and guide your life as His word dwells richly in you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing God’s word to continually dwell richly in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the word of God to dwell richly in your heart and mind.

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Dwell In You Richly

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 168 - Colossians 3:15-17 - Dwell In You Richly - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 168 – Colossians 3:15-17 – Dwell In You Richly – Growing As Disciples

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 (NIV) 

My Peace

Do you want my peace to rule in your heart? Yes, of course, I want your peace to rule heart. What must I do If I want your peace to rule in my heart? That is a very good question. But the answer will not be what you expect. What do I expect? You expect that letting my peace rule in your heart will depend on something you will do. You think that some effort on your part will make my peace rule in your heart. I have a big surprise for you. What’s that? Your efforts will never bring you peace in your heart. My peace being in your heart does not depend on you. You have my full attention. I am listening attentively to you. Let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead. Do you believe that I love you? Do you believe that I care for you? Do you believe that I can and will help you? I know that I have you thinking. Yes, you have me thinking. What are you thinking? I can see where this line of questioning is headed. Where is that? If I believe that you love me, if I believe that you care for me, if I believe that you can and will take care of me, then I should be able to rest in that knowledge and receive the peace that you want me to live in. You got it. You want me to come to trust and rely on you. Yes, I do. Then, I will be letting your peace rule in my heart. That I will do. That will be very good.

I do want to warn you that coming to trust and rely on me will not be easy. The devil and all his evil will try to attack you and try to fill you with fear and worry and anxiety. He will try to steal and kill and destroy the peace and hope and joy and the peace I have for you. You need to be ready. You need to be prepared. How can I be ready and be prepared? Let my word dwell in you richly. You need your heart and mind and life to be focused on me. You need to be attentive to my voice. My word will strengthen you. My word will sustain you. My word will make you able to live a life of peace and joy and gratitude and thanksgiving as you love and follow and serve me. Will you let my peace rule in you? Will you let my word dwell in you richly? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then you will live the life I have for you. Then you will live in my peace. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, there is no doubt about it, these are troubling times. There is great difficulty, not only in my life, but also in the lives of many people around me. Help me to let your peace rule in me. Help me to let your word dwell in me richly, so I can live in your peace. Amen

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Whatever You Do

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - Colossians 3:17 - Whatever You Do - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Colossians 3:17 – Whatever You Do – Growing As Disciples

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

Do It All

If you can’t think a thought for me don’t think it at all. If you can’t speak a word for me don’t speak it at all. If you can’t do a deed for me don’t do it at all. You want me to think thoughts, speak words, and do deeds that come from you. That’s right. That sounds a lot easier than is the case. You’re also right about that. You can’t think my thoughts, speak my words or do my deeds without my help. If you rely on yourself you will only be thinking your thoughts, speaking your words and doing your deeds. In that case I will not be in your thoughts, words, and deeds. I want you to be in all my thoughts, words, and deeds. That is a very good desire that you have in your heart and on your mind.

How can you help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds? That is a very good question. You must first put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature. What belongs to my earthly nature? I’m sure that you have a good idea of what belongs to your earthly nature. When you gave your life to me you confessed all your sins to me. Yes, I did. All your sins were from your earthly nature. You turned away from them and started following me as your Savior and Lord. Yes, I did. Your sins and your past sinful life is your sinful nature. Your old sinful nature was put to death on the cross. Yes, it was. You threw away your old nature like a set of old filthy, stinky clothes. Yes, I did. Don’t ever let yourself try on those old filthy, stinky clothes again. I won’t. That’s good. Then let my word dwell in you richly. Meditate on my word day and day. Feast on my word. My word will change your heart and transform your mind. As you keep on letting my word dwell in you richly you will begin to think my thoughts, speak my words and do my deeds. As you think my thoughts, speak my words and do my deeds you will be putting on the new life that I have called you to live. Your old thoughts, words and deeds will be gone. Your old sinful nature and its practices will be dead and gone and a thing of the past. You will be filled with joy and thanksgiving because I will have made you able to live a life that is pleasing to me. That is what I want with all my heart and mind and soul and strength.

Lord, thank you that you are changing my heart and transforming my mind. You are helping me to serve you in all that I think, say and do. I want my entire life to honor and glorify you. Thank you for using me as your servant. Amen

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