Colossians 1:13 Rescued From One Kingdom For Another

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13

Throughout the earth and time there have been many different kingdoms. Some have been filled with joy and happiness, while others were filled with destruction and sorrow.

Those who have lived in oppressive kingdoms or nations, have always desired to get out of them. Most people want joy and happiness in their lives. Yet, many do not even realize that they are living in an oppressive state, because that is all they have ever known.

Paul opens his letter to the Colossians telling them that he and they have been rescued from a dominion of darkness. They were brought into the kingdom of Jesus.

When a person lives in darkness his entire life, he does not know what light is. He has no understanding of what he is missing out on, because he has never seen it.

Once a person gets a taste of true freedom and life, he wants to get away from the dark bondage and death that he is in. Yet, many do not know how to escape the darkness and death.

The majority in the world are living in this darkness of self and sin and do not know it. Some have seen the light of Jesus and been rescued from it.

Every believer in Jesus has been rescued and now lives in a new kingdom, one of light, love and life. There is a joy and a peace that the world cannot understand or enjoy, because they live in a different kingdom, one of darkness and oppression.

Believers must realize where they have been rescued from and what they are now living in. Along with being a new creation, every believer is now a new citizen of a new kingdom.

As a believer, you have also been rescued from the dark kingdoms of this world. You have been forgiven and released from the bondage of sin and death in order to live life for God.

Do not allow yourself to go back into the darkness of the old kingdom, but stay in God’s kingdom. Live and walk in the light of Jesus everywhere you go while here on this earth.

There is an eternal kingdom waiting for you to step into, as long as you continue to walk in that kingdom on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the kingdom of God in your life; that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be the light of Jesus to this dark world; and that you will reach out to help bring others out of the darkness into God’s kingdom.

John 3:3 A Complete Restart Required

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

It is common in many businesses that when things go completely bad, that they shut down for a time, reorganize and then reopen. Their attempt is to rebrand themselves as better than before to build the business up again.

This type of rebranded or restarting can be seen in businesses and the lives of people. It is all about trying out something completely different, going a different direction than before.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized that Jesus must be from God and tells Jesus that. Jesus tells him that if anyone wants to see the kingdom of heaven, he must be born again.

Claiming to believe in Jesus or God is very easy for a person to do. All that is said are a few words. Many people have made this claim and believe that they are going to heaven someday. But very few have actually made a change in their life.

All over the world, there are many in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but continue to purposely live a sinful lifestyle. They have neither changed, nor attempted to change. The desire is to live in both worlds, sin and heaven.

One who truly believes in and follows Jesus will be changed. God will do a complete restart of his life. It will be as though he had died and was reborn as a brand new baby, innocent and pure. As he grows the second time, it will be as a completely different person. The past is gone and a new life has begun.

If a person has not undergone this transformation and rebirth, he will be unable to get into heaven, regardless of his words. Jesus does not save a person to keep him in sin, but to remove him out of sin into a new life.

As a believer, examine yourself. How much of your old self still remains? Allow God and His Holy Spirit to come in and give you a brand new start. Be the changed person Jesus made you to be.

Be born again into the new creation that is the image of Jesus, not the sinful, fallen world. Turn away from old sinful ways and live the life God is giving you. Be the new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to restart your life for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new beginning; that you will live as God desires you to live; and that God will make you into a new creation.

Mark 2:14 Leave The Past And Follow

As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. Mark 2:14

People often do not like major change in their lives. They like things to always remain the same. Many, however, will jump onto something new and popular, often because everyone else is doing it.

A new fashion fad comes out being promoted by some famous person, and suddenly everyone is doing it. They are quick to drop the old ways for the new fashion.

As Jesus was walking along one day, He goes up to Levi and tells him to follow Him. Levi immediately gets up, leaves his work and follows Jesus.

While many people are quick to change ways and follow a new fad in this world, it is not as popular with following Jesus. He is still going around telling people to follow Him.

Many do not want to follow Jesus, because it means major change. In order to follow Jesus it means one has to leave his past behind, get up and follow Him. One is not to hold onto the past and say they are following, staying in sin and sinful ways, but to leave it all behind.

Just as Levi got up and left behind a lucrative business, people are to leave behind the things of this world to follow Jesus. This may or may not mean a change of a job, but it does mean leaving sin behind. It will mean a change in activities and friends. It is going wherever Jesus is leading, with no questions being asked.

God will always lead a person on a new path, when he begins to follow Jesus. This path is a new path of a full, abundant life that goes into eternity.

Jesus is also calling you to follow Him on the path He has for you. It is more than just words, but will require some change and sacrifice upon your part to follow Him.

God does not call you to follow without some change. You cannot stay where you are, physically, emotionally or spiritually, and still follow Jesus. You have to get up, leave the past behind and follow Him. Become the new creation God is making you to be.

Are you willing to follow Jesus today? Or will you stay where you are in this fallen world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s call to follow Him; that God will give you strength and direction to leave your past behind to follow Him; and that you will know all God has for you.

Matthew 4:20 Leave And Follow

At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:20

There are times when some new person comes on the scene with some new great idea, toy, song, word or something, and everyone appears to drop everything to follow that person. People are very quick to follow major celebrities in whatever they do.

Things that will catch their attention to follow are new ideas, objects or performance. People love to follow new ideas, hoping or thinking that it will make life better, thus they are quick to change what they follow.

Jesus came up to two men who were fishermen, working on their nets and boat. He told them to follow Him, and they immediately dropped their nets and followed Him.

Most people are not quick to drop everything to follow a complete stranger, whom they have never met before. Questions are usually asked first. People want to know the who, what, why and where first. This becomes especially true when they must drop their job, their livelihood. It is their means of provision for themselves and their family.

Every day there are people who choose to believe in Jesus. They will say a sinner’s prayer and be saved. However, it is another thing for them to leave their past, change and follow Him. In many church circles, the emphasis is to believe in Jesus, with no mention of change of life and following Him.

Believing in Jesus is the first step to living for God. The next step is turning away from the old life and embracing a new one. God will show a person what He desires of Him. The new goal in life is catching people for God, being His witness. Every believer must be willing to drop their past as they begin to follow Jesus.

God is calling you today. First, if you are not a believer, to believe in Jesus, His one and only Son. Then Jesus calls you to be His witness and strive to catch men for Him.

This means you must be willing to let go of your past and embrace the new life. Change your way of acting, thinking and speaking. Your new goal will be to be His witness everywhere you go, with every opportunity you have.

As God is calling you, are you willing to let go of your past, trust Him and follow Him? God has a plan for your life when you choose to follow Him. Embrace it today,

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God with all of your life; that God will strengthen you to leave your past behind; and that you will embrace what God has for you now.