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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Peace Of Christ Rule

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - Colossians 3:15 - Peace Of Christ Rule - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Colossians 3:15 – Peace Of Christ Rule – 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. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

Your Peace

That’s exactly what I want. What is exactly what you want? I want to live in your peace. I want your peace to rule and reign in me. Well, then we both want the same thing. That’s good. Yes, it is. Now, I just have to figure out how to let your peace rule in my heart. Is that something you think you will be able to figure out? I could try. But, I doubt it. I don’t think that all my best efforts will bring your peace into my heart and mind and life. I might even be filled with more anxiety trying to bring your peace into my life. How about asking me to fill your life with my peace, have you ever thought of that? How about just allowing me to bring my peace into your life, have you ever considered that? Well, no, not really. You would do that? You would bring your peace in my life because I asked you to? You would bring your peace into my life simply because I allowed you too? What do you think? I think you want me to live in your peace. I think you want your peace to rule and reign in my life. Yes, I do. Then if I ask you to do that for me, I can see no reason why you would not hear and answer that prayer. That would be a good observation. That would be an excellent prayer that I would gladly answer for you. Then, I will ask you to fill me with your peace. Replace conflict and anxiety and discord in my life with your peace. Change everything about me. Help my mind to think thoughts of peace. Help my mouth to speak words of peace. Help my life to take actions that bring peace. Help me to be your peacemaker in the world. Draw people to you through your peace being lived out in and though my life. Those are good desires. Those are great prayers. Keep on praying them. Keep on asking me for them. Keep on allowing my peace to work in and through your life. Yes Lord, I will.

I have one question for you. What’s that? When I hear and answer these prayers of yours what will you think and feel and say? I will be filled with gratitude. I will be thankful. I will give you thanks and praise and honor. All the glory and honor will belong to you. I will say thank you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That will be very good.

Lord, I no longer want to live in conflict. I no longer want to live a life filled full of anxiety. I want your peace to rule and reign in me. I want your peace to change all the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Fill me full with your peace. Amen

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Gratitude – Colossians 3-15 – Peace Of Christ Rule – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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