Abounding in Thanksgiving

Colossians 2:6-7, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,  rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (ESV).

There are several ways we can pay homage to God and give Him all the honor and the glory; Abounding In Thanksgiving. Through our prayers, we glorify God telling Him that we have faith in knowing He will answer our prayers. God hears our thanksgiving prayers, and we should prayer to Him abundantly. Psalm 96:6 says, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker” (ESV)! Once again, His word gives instructs on how we should pray and worship. Christian Discipleship Journey

As we follow the Great Commission Jesus gave us to GO and make Disciples in Matthew 28, we must ensure we are doing it with love and God will be with us to protect us. The “GO” part is where I think, and this is just my opinion, is where we are failing as the Body of Christ. Many times we have a full prayer meeting, but sometimes when it comes to the prayer walk, the numbers are lacking. I can remember when we our Church in Philly would have prayer walks and how we talked about going but never made it out there. I must say looking back at that now; we came up with many excuses not to go. Some may have been valid but if it was in our heart to go, we would have found a way to get there. If we had given our heart to God fully at the time, Jesus would have made it impossible for us not to do the right things as He does now.

Abounding in Thanksgiving   

Colossians 2:1 -23 English Standard Version (ESV)

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Laodicea because there were rumors being spread around. The hearsay being told is that the way to salvation was knowledge; they used the terms Gnostic, Gnosticism, or Gnosis, which in Greek means knowledge. We can all have knowledge quoting the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, but if we do not know the hidden mysteries of how to truly receive salvation then the knowledge is no good.

2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Spiritual Discernment

The rumors being spread were that only the spirit is all good and that all matter is all evil. If all matter is all evil then man was therefore evil by default. Paul is letting them know in verses 2 and 3 of the mysteries surrounding God, His Word, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. If you do not have the Holy Spirit within you and operating in your life then the mysteries of God’s Word and Will for our lives, His Holy Bible, will not be understood.

4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.

5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Alive in Christ

The ones that were spreading the rumors were making plausible arguments that sounded very conceivable to young immature Christians. When we first enter the Kingdom of God, we are learning to be a Christian just as a child learns to be an adult. As long as we are Ambassadors and Disciples of Christ Jesus with the Holy Spirit within, the mysteries will be revealed to us. Paul was letting them know in verses 4 and 5 just that. What they are spreading sounds good, but we know better because we have the Spirit in us and we are always together, never apart except in body.

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Spiritual Maturity

Walk with Jesus because you have received His Holy Spirit He sent to us as a comforter. Always remember that He is here to build us up so pay thanksgiving to Him for everything in Paul message from verses 6 and 7. In John 14:16 Jesus says, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever” (ESV). We need to listen to the Holy Spirit within us and understand when others are trying to deceive us.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.              Verse 8 is a warning against listening to foolishness of the world. God is not of this world, He made this world, so we can follow the traditions and spirits of this world, we must follow His Holy Spirit and allow the hidden treasures to be revealed. Jesus thanked God for hiding them from the wise but allowed the children to understand in Matthew 11:25-26, “Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will” (ESV). We must be like little children when reading the Bible and let God’s Word minister to us. We must try to forget all the little things we have been taught contrary to His word. We must stop relying on what we have seen with our natural eyes and seek the spiritual guidance through the Holy Spirit within us.

9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.  Ambassadors For Christ       Verses 9 and 10 of Colossians chapter 2 solidify why we are Ambassadors for Christ Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, it says, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation” (ESV). We are filled in Christ as one church. He is the fullness, the head, and has all the authority and rule and we are His Ambassadors and Disciples.

11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

Colossians chapter 2 verses 11 thru 14 continue the verification and confirmation for us to be His Ambassadors and Disciples. 2 Corinthians chapter 5 continues with verses 20 and 21, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (ESV). We must have faith the God used Christ to clean our sins with His blood. We must believe that He took our sins up on the Cross. We must also trust that He died on that Cross and was then buried for three days.

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Spiritual Creations

As we are baptized, we have confidence that we are being buried with Jesus Christ because we are now also dead to the sins of the world and being cleansed and circumcised of those sins. Only by the power of God are we raised from the dead reconciled to Christ Jesus and forgiven and cleansed of our sins. Not just some of our trespasses but all of them nailed to the Cross, wiping our record clean giving us a new life as Ambassadors and Disciples of Jesus Christ.

15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Let No One Disqualify You

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.

Verses 15 and 16 takes us back to how the different denominations are carrying on and it instructs not to be judged because those in Christ have the secrets of God Word, The Holy Bible, revealed to them. In John 9:16 we see where Jesus was not keeping the Sabbath, “Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them” (ESV). Jesus instructs us in Luke chapter 5 that works can be done on the Sabbath, verse 5 reads, “And he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath”” (ESV). Let us stop bickering about the differences between denominations. Do not Judge them for what they do but Judge yourself for what you are doing according to how Jesus instructs us.

17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

Spiritual Walk

Ambassadors and Disciples of Christ Jesus must learn His ways, follow His ways, then teach His ways according to God’s Word and Will for our lives, which is the Holy Bible. In verses 17-19, we see more of the items that have separated churches till this day. We cannot do things on our own, we should not worship idols, not even angels; worship only God. Be careful not to listen to false prophets about their visions, dreams, or what their natural mind is telling them. Christ is the Head;  He feeds us, He holds us together, Jesus ensures our growth is Spiritual and not natural to be reconciled to Him to glorify God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—Stop reacting to the natural things of the world. Stop wanting things that will satisfy the flesh. Stop following those evil spirits without authority that cannot give you everlasting life. This is what Colossians 2:20 is letting us know; many are making up rules for Christians because they are not true Ambassadors of Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit operating in them; they are out for self-gain and satisfaction. Some may think then that they do not have to obey the laws of man and only do what is in the bible. Yes, you must follow all of God’s laws and in Romans chapter 13, He instructs us to also obey the authorities appointed over us because God put them in place. Romans 13:1-2, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (ESV).

21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?

God’s Instructions

Verses 21 and 22 continues in the same line about false instructions. We have too many made up rules from false prophets telling us we cannot eat this, we cannot drink that, or even not to touch or handle certain items. Stop thinking like humans in the natural; stop using human principles and wisdom but seek God’s wisdom and His divine purpose, rules, and regulations for our lives. We give God all the honor and glory and seek Him first and foremost.

23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Finally we see in the last verse of Colossians chapter 2:23, the rules and regulations set forth by many churches are not for the glory of God. They are not for the edification of the Body of Christ, His church. They are for selfishness, religious purposes, and to keep people in line with a whip, but they are of no value. Only with the help of Jesus can we overcome the weaknesses of our flesh. In Mark 14:38 Jesus says, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (ESV). We must also be careful to whom we listen to about what the bible says. Spiritual Ear

If you are a Christian, Baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, then listen to the Holy Spirit within you. Give God your full heart and He will lead the way. Abound in Thanksgiving to God. Thank Him for giving His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ as a sin offering to wash our sins away and make us free of unforgiving. Amen!

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