Colossians 3:17

17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

We are called to do all things to glorify and honor the name of Jesus.  When Jesus left this earth, He commissioned all those who follow after Him to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We live in a world that is 2000 years removed from when Jesus first walked the earth.  Many today don’t even believe in God.  The greatest testimony we have on this earth is the transformation the Lord makes in our lives.  We are transformed from a broken vessel into a vessel for His glory.

This transformation happens on a daily basis as we simply walk with the Lord.  As we spend time in prayer and the study of God’s word each day, the Holy Spirit pours out revelation into our hearts.  As we understand the truth of God’s word in a deeper way our lives are transformed.  For ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set ye free.

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Psalm 25:14-15

The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant. My eyes are continually toward the Lord, For He will pluck my feet out of the net.

Psalm 25:14-15 NASB

The key to all things is the fear of the Lord.  The fear of the Lord is holy reverence for who the Lord is.  It means we understand that He alone is the Living God and He alone deserves all glory and praise.

There are many who would claim today that there are many different gods and there are many today who believe that they are simply their own god.  But the truth is is that Jesus Christ is the one true God.  He holds all things in His hands and holds all things together by His mighty power.

As we walk with the Lord each day His hand and His protection is upon us.  We have nothing to fear.  Though we face enemies on every side, the Lord is greater than anything we will face upon this earth.  Let us focus our hearts upon Jesus and simply draw near on a daily basis.  He is preparing our hearts and minds for His soon return.

2 Samuel 7:22

Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

2 Samuel 7:22

There is none like Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the beginning and the end. He holds all things in His hands and holds all things together by His power and His grace.

The Lord is moving upon the earth and daily He is transforming hearts and lives. We must guard our hearts daily from the lies and deceptions of the enemy. The enemy would try to get us to focus on the darkness of this world. But our hearts and eyes must be fixed upon Jesus.

Today seek the Lord with your whole heart. Know that no matter what you face the Lord will lead you to victory as you trust Him and walk with Him. He prepares His people daily for His return. May we prepare our hearts as we simply abide in Him.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

We are called to not be confirmed to this world. That means we don’t chase after the desires of this world and we don’t worship or esteem what this world worships. Day by day our world and our culture becomes more and more anti-God. But it gives us the opportunity to shine in this world in a very dark time.

Our minds are only transformed as they are renewed by the truth of God’s word. God’s word destroys every lie of the enemy. As we diligent study God’s word our hearts and minds are transformed and set free. The daily study of God’s word is essential for every believer.

As our minds and hearts are transformed we are able to discern what the perfect will of God is. But it simply comes down to intimacy with the Lord. The more we come to know Him the more our lives are transformed.

Hear the instruction of thy father

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Proverbs 1:8-9 KJV

To listen to the instruction of thy father and thy mother is to listen to wisdom.  Now it depends on the spiritual condition of one’s parents.  If we grow up in a family where our parents have no relationship with God then it is not going to be the voice of wisdom we are hearing.  But if our parents walk closely with the Lord, it will be wisdom that we are receiving.

The wisdom and instruction of the Lord will truly be ornaments of grace upon our heads.  It will lead and guide us on a daily basis.  Our Father in Heaven desires to lead and guide us in all that we do and simply calls us to walk in obedience.  Those who fail to follow the leading of the Lord simply invite destruction into our lives.  It is only through the Lord alone that we find the abundant life that Jesus spoke of.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Colossians 3:15

There is a perfect peace that is found in Jesus Christ alone.  People search the earth to find peace.  Some believe peace can be found in a relationship with another person.  Some believe peace can be found in wealth or in fame.  But in all of those people find all they are left with is emptiness.

There is only one place that peace can be found and that is in Jesus Christ alone.  When we entrust our lives to Jesus Christ and keep Him the focus of our lives, we will walk in perfect peace.  A decision to follow Jesus Christ is one in which we make Him the focus and obsession of our lives.  To follow Christ is to desire to know Him with everything that is within us.

When Jesus walked upon the earth He spoke of abundant life.  Abundant life can only be found when we daily walk in deep intimate fellowship with the Lord.  He is alive and living and therefore we can draw near and come to know Him in a deep, personal, intimate way.

The more we draw near to Him, the more we become like Him.  Walking in holiness is a result of coming to know Jesus Christ on an intimate level.  Many rob themselves of all that God has for them because they allow other things to take the place He deserves.

One of the greatest battles the nation of Israel faced throughout its history is guarding their hearts against idolatry.  There are things in this world that will continually try to usurp the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our hearts.  But the way we protect our hearts is simply by drawing near to Him daily.

He has called us to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence.  When we understand the full measure of the price that Jesus paid, we will draw near with our whole heart.  If we will simply draw near with our whole heart, we will experience all that God has for us upon this earth.  He desires that we would be a vessel for His glory and this only comes as we walk with Him closely each and every day.

Truly my soul waiteth upon God

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Psalm 62:1 KJV

Our salvation is found in the Lord alone.  There are times in our walk with the Lord when we are told to wait upon Him.  His time table and ours is very different.  He views things in an eternal perspective and all things happen according to His sovereign will.  There are times when God will close doors and not tell us why He has closed a door.  He simply tells us to trust Him.

There is a deep work that takes place in the waiting.  There is a maturing process that happens in the human heart as we wait upon the Lord for His timing and His will.  When we wait upon Him we surrender to His will and we lay down our wants and desires at the foot of the cross.

We live in a day and age when people want things right now.  This is not how it works with God’s kingdom and this is why I think many Christians struggle.  There are false teachings out there that speak of simply speaking things into existence.  The problem is that this is not biblical and will not happen if it doesn’t align with the Father’s will.  What it ends up doing is simply shipwrecking the faith of many because they are feed a lie and place their faith in this false teaching.

We are called to do all things according to the will of the Lord.  We are called to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  This means that we will need to lay things down and pick up our cross.  May we never view God as simply someone who gives us what we want.  To do this is to cheapen who God is and fail to understand what Jesus has truly done at the cross.  Jesus came to save us from ourselves.  Left to ourselves we will destroy ourselves and there are times that it is because of God’s love for us that He simply says no and closes a door.