Time Alone With God Daily Devotional

Thursday, November 17

Time Alone With God daily devotional

Written by Pastor Phil Stout, JAXNAZ Church

Read: Colossians 2:6-12

New International Version (NIV)

Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh[b] was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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Consider: This week we’ve been considering God as he is presented to us in the New Testament—God who is one and God who is three. Sometimes people ask, “Who should I pray to—the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit?” I always say, “Yes!”

For me, Jesus of Nazareth—the Christ—makes the knowledge of God most accessible. That’s probably true for most people because Jesus was seen, heard and touched with the physical senses. As John said…

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard…” (1 John 1:1-3)

The astounding thing is that when we talk to Jesus, in addition to interacting with the Christ who preceded all things (John 1:1-3), we are praying to our Father and to the Spirit of God who pervades everything, everywhere. As we read today…

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” (Colossians 2:9-10)

In light of this amazing reality, Paul gives us a simple, practical, daily, down-to-earth directive.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (2:7-8)

Pray: “Lord, help me to arrange my life—including today—so that I am steadfastly ‘rooted’ and continually ‘built up’ in you. Help me to think and do the things that anchor and build me. And as our brother Paul taught us, I know that this begins with an attitude that is ‘overflowing with thankfulness.’”

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