For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
Death is something that most people do not like to talk about. They do not want to think about the fact that some day they must die. Many fear what happens after death.
For the majority of people, death is the end of the line, things are over. When a person is dead, there is nothing more that can be done. It usually brings about sadness and depression, missing the one who has died.
With the exception of a few, most people cling to life. They want to live and keep going for a long time, despite the problems in this life. Yet, there is a death that God wants every person to go through.
God wants people to die to self, sin and this temporary sinful world. Sin had brought death into this world, and it is death that can cast death and sin out of this world.
Removal of sin required a death, which is what Jesus did. Jesus died on the cross to remove sin and death from the lives of all people. He did the work of dying, now every believer needs to follow Jesus in His death. They must also die to sin and self.
Paul said that the believer has died and that his life is now found in Jesus. This death is not the physical death that the world knows of, but death to self and sin. It is getting rid of sinful habits. It is dying to the old way of living in sin.
When a believer has died and is now living in Jesus, he no longer is concerned with the things of this world. He is not concerned with what people think about his beliefs. He is now only concerned with what God wants. It is God who is now moving in him and giving him life.
Allow yourself to die to the old self and sin. Allow Jesus to live in and through you. As a dead person, allow God to move you in what needs to be done and how to do it.
Now that you have died, the world and sin no longer has any control over you. You are a new person found in Jesus. It is Christ who is living in and through you.
You have a new life, live the life God has for you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow yourself to die to sin; that you will allow Jesus to live through you; and that you will allow God to control every part of your life.
Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? Job 28:20
The author of Job starts out this chapter talking about how man can dig down into the earth and discover many different things that animals will never find. Two things cannot be found by looking for them: wisdom and understanding. Neither of these can be bought, so the question is where do they dwell? How can a person find these things?
It has been said that understanding is knowing about something, and wisdom is knowing the best way to use that understanding or knowledge that one has.
In most places in the world, people look for understanding through schooling. They go to others for information to have a better understanding on some subject. Teachers can give a lot of information about a subject, but at times that information will just go over the head of the student. Understanding the subject comes from somewhere else, besides just words from a teacher or a textbook.
Thousands of people go to college, get their degree, but cannot properly utilize what they have learned in the real world. Their information is just book knowledge. They still do not have wisdom.
In other parts of the world, people look into self-meditation to find wisdom. It is believed to be void of all feelings and study the teachings of others will bring about great wisdom.
While these things can give some insight into various subjects, there is a level of understanding and wisdom that is missed. Everything being learned is what is coming from another person. Every person is limited in his knowledge and wisdom.
People are finite. They are confined to one place, at one time, in a extremely brief period in history. In light of the entire history of the world, even someone who lives to be one hundred years old, has only been around for a short amount of time.
With this in mind, man’s information is very limited. His wisdom and understanding is very faulty at best.
True understanding and wisdom must come from somewhere else. It has to come from God. He is the only one who has been around for all eternity and knows everything perfectly.
Seek understanding and wisdom from God. Go to God to get what you need and are searching for. It will not be faulty.
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will seek wisdom and understanding from God; and that you will not allow yourself to be led astray with faulty wisdom of this world.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to who we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13
People who acknowledge that there is a God, are also usually willing to acknowledge that He is everywhere. They are even willing to acknowledge that God knows everything, in word. However, most do not live with that truth in their lives.
Many believers try to live their lives with secret sins. Behind closed doors they live a different life. Language is used and actions are done that they would not want their pastor or fellow believers to know about. These are just the outward actions that can be seen. There are also the inner thoughts that go on also. As they do these things they often think that it is also hidden from God.
All over the world people love to have their own freedom. They want to be able to do what they want, when they want and how they want, with no one to tell them differently. They do not want to be accountable to anyone. Yet, at the same time they will hold another person accountable for his words or actions.
Every person will be held accountable for his words and actions by God. God sees everything, even the little things done in secret in your closed room or in your mind. There is nothing that God does not know or see.
It may seem at the moment that you are getting away with something, but God is still watching. Even when you think you are alone, you are not, God is still present with you. There will come a day when you must give an account to Him for every word, action and thought you did.
Since this is the case, you must strive to live your life for God all the time. Be willing to be accountable to God and to others. Watch what you do, say or think.
Live your life in such a way that you will not be embarrassed knowing that God is watching you. Keep it in your mind that God is always right there beside you.
I pray today that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that you will know that God is watching your every move; that you will be willing to give an account to God for all you do; and that everything you do, say or think will bring honor to Jesus.