I’m drawn to a couple of verses in Colossians this week.
“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” (Col. 2:6-7 ESV).
I want to focus on three different parts of this scripture.
First, “walk in him.” This makes sense. I mean, we should walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. In fact, the Bible says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25 ESV). This verse from Galatians falls shortly after the Fruits of the Spirit. In other words, when we “walk in him,” we sacrifice our fleshly desires and make room for the Holy Spirit.
I’m sitting here listening to a song that reminds me of how good God is.
Last summer, I fell in love with this song. I remember listening to “His Name” with my blue Beats as I glanced out the car window at Florida’s morning sky.
My family and I left Clearwater Beach early in an attempt to make it to church that evening in North Carolina. I was really excited to visit this church.
All went well until Savannah, Georgia. While traveling the middle lane of I-95 at a speed of 70 mph, a log came flying like a missile and busted through our windshield.
Despite the shock, my dad kept control of the car. The log only penetrated further as he applied the brakes. With no other options, he brought the car to a stop on a bridge. After calling the police, we waited for nearly 30 minutes. Meanwhile, vehicles zipped past us . . . 70 mph on a bridge.
On November 27, 2014, I published a Thanksgiving blog called “Remember.” It’s now three Thanksgivings later, and I’m so thankful for God’s faithfulness. This week, I’d like to share my first blog with you:
In the book of Psalm it says, “Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given” (Psalm 105:5 NLT). David wrote this compelling verse of scripture with a heart of profound thanksgiving. He knew that in order to truly be thankful toward God, he had to remember what God had done in the past to bless him in the current. As David thought about all the wondrous blessings given to him and his ancestors, he found his Lord’s faithfulness to be ever so true.
From Under the Tree to On the Tree
According to Luke chapter 7, Jesus was dining with some men of honor. All of a sudden, a woman came to the event and knelt down with a peculiar-looking present. Well, it would have been odd compared to the gifts of today. I doubt it was wrapped with red and green wrapping paper, and it was more than likely not topped-off with a bow. Nevertheless, she brought the object and knelt down to the feet of Jesus with the gift in her hands. She began to cry, washing his feet with her tears and wiping them with her hair. It wasn’t long before she began to kiss Jesus’s feet. Then, that gift came into use. It was “a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume” (Luke 7:37). The woman anointed the feet of the Son of God with the gift that she brought. After the men of honor threw their shouts of discontent saying, “…She’s a sinner” (V. 39); Jesus spoke hope to the guilt-stricken, desperate young lady. He said, “Your sins are forgiven…Your faith has saved you; go in peace” (V. 48, 50).
On Your Way to the Promised Land
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?”
Then the LORD asked him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.