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.

Ephesians 2:1-2 Originally The Walking Dead

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. Ephesians 2:1-2

The world loves to watch movies about the living dead, zombies, without realizing that they are living just like the zombies. Most people in the world are living in a sinful way thinking that they are really living life, when in reality they are dead.

Paul points out to the believers that they were dead at one time, when they were living in sin following the sinful ways of this world.

Sin appears to be fun and exciting, full of life at the time of one doing it. However, all sin brings about death. It is immediate death to one’s relationship with God. Later it can and will bring about death to relationships with other people, and ultimately death to one’s own self, both physically and spiritually.

Every person who has chosen to believe in Jesus is no longer dead, but now made alive. He has been made alive, because he has been forgiven of the past sins that caused him to be dead.

Sadly, many believers go back to being dead. They choose to live in sin and follow the sinful practices and beliefs of this fallen world. Jesus did not save a person to allow him to go back to sin and become dead again. He is saved to be alive for all eternity.

Each believer has a choice to make each and every day. He can choose to be alive and remain alive, or he can choose to go back to being dead in sin. No true believer will go back to being dead.

As a believer you, also, were once dead in sin. You used to follow the sinful ways of the world. At some point you chose to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and were made alive.

Do not allow yourself to go back to being the living dead. Do not succumb to the sinful ways and practices of this fallen, sinful world.

Live the life that Jesus purchased for you. Live a life of obedience to God and His ways. Only in doing this, will you know what true life is while walking in this dead world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive in Jesus; that you will obey God’s word; that God will guide you in fleeing the sinful ways of this world; and that you will be an example of the life of Jesus to this dead world.

Galatians 5:24 Kill The Flesh

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:25

Every person is born with an innate desire for sinful activities. Given the choice, people will turn towards sin and will enjoy it for a time.

The mindset of the world is to just do it. No one is to deny himself any pleasure that can be grabbed onto. To deny oneself of a pleasure, is to be harmful to one’s self. It is uncomfortable and not needed, according to the world. Every one is to live life to the fullest, whatever that means.

Paul had just listed what living by the flesh looks like. Then he showed what living by the Spirit looks like. Now he says that anyone who is living by the Spirit of God will have crucified or killed off his flesh and its desires.

Following Jesus means that one has become a new creation, a new and different person. This can be seen in how they think and act, what they say and do.

The world lives in a way that it is all about pleasing self, living in sinful ways with no regrets. All sin comes down to two types of selfishness. It is selfishness against God or selfishness against others. Too often, many believers in the church are willing to continue to live in sinful ways. There is no difference between them and the world.

The true believer is no longer living for self, but for God and for others. He is willing to kill off all selfish and sinful desires and actions within himself.

Every believer must be willing to turn away from every sin, regardless of how ‘little’ or ‘big’ it is. This must be done in a violent, crucifying manner, killing all sin and its desires.

As you take a look at your life, take note of the sinful ways in your life. Are you willing, as a believer, to live with those sins? If so, you are denying Christ and His power in your life.

If you are not willing to live with those sins, then crucify them. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to destroy sinful desires. Allow God’s word to so fill you as to be a double-edged sword that will kill of all sinful desires in your life.

Have you killed the flesh in you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your entire life for God; that God will strengthen you to crucify the fleshly desires in your life; and that you will live to serve God with all of your life.

2 Corinthians 12:21 Grieved Over No Repentance

I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged. 2 Corinthians 12:21

It is common for people to have expectations of friends and family when they are separated. They expect certain things to happen or to be when the meet up again after a time of being separated.

Discouragement and disappointment often come when these expectations are not met, and even more so when there is not even an attempt to meet the expectations.

Paul tells the church in Corinth that he is concerned that when he sees them again he may be grieved over them, because some will not have repented of sinful ways.

It is expected that people will slip up and sin. No one is perfect, nor can claim to be. The world has no problems with sin and do not expect any change or sorrow for their sins. It is a part of their life.

The believer, however, has a different expectation put upon him. If he does sin, he is expected to repent of it and turn away from the sin. This was the entire purpose of Jesus coming to the earth, dying upon the cross and raising from the dead.

Even though many claim to believe in Jesus, there are many in the church who refuse to repent of certain sins. They continually go back to those sins, refusing to give them up. Sadly, there are also many who claim that certain sinful acts of sexual immorality are acceptable in the eyes of God. They purposefully live in a sinful way, while claiming to be a believer and follower of Jesus.

The heart of every true believer should be grieved over seeing this type of action.

As you consider yourself a believer, you must examine your life for any unrepentant sin. Seek God’s forgiveness and change your ways to live according to God’s holy and righteous standards. Do not purposefully live in sin.

When you see other believers who are refusing to repent, allow your heart to be grieved as God’s heart is grieved. Seek to restore believers who have chosen to not repent and to live in sin. God loves everyone and wants all to be saved. This includes you and every one you know.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sins against God; that God will strengthen you to give up all sin; that your heart will be grieved at seeing others sin against God; and that you will be a witness to God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.

2 Corinthians 11:3 Are You Being Deceived?

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

Magicians work hard on deceiving the audience into thinking something had happened that did not. Their goal is to distract those watching to not really see what is occurring, making it appear as though something else grand had happened.

Those watching a magician are usually very amazed and know that they are being fooled, but love it anyway. However, in life many are being deceived in the same way, but do not even realize it.

Paul was concerned that some in the church were being deceived, just as Eve was, and led astray from their devotion to Christ.

Deception can occur very easily when a person does not really know the truth. There have been many believers who begin looking at the world to understand how it works and thinks.

Suddenly, after a time, they change their ways of thinking, being deceived by the world, and begin to think and act as the world does, while claiming to be a follower of Jesus. The world was able to deceive them into thinking that some sinful activity or thought was acceptable to God and would not be judged as sinful.

Many in the church and churches themselves, have been deceived by the enemy. They have turned their eyes away from God, while claiming to follow Him. They accept and promote things as good that God calls evil.

The only way for believers to keep from being deceived like this, is for them to stay focused upon the truth. Every believer must flee all sin, not even step close to it. They must know God’s word thoroughly and stay in close communication with God. Knowing the truth will set one free from the deception of sin.

You may or may not know if you are being deceived. Take a look at your life and see if there are things in your life that could be or are sinful. Flee those things and get focused back on God.

Immerse yourself in God’s word and prayer. Focus on knowing the truth and the deception will reveal itself. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead you so that you do not get led astray by the deception of this world.

Are you being deceived by this world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit into all truth; that God will open your eyes to the deception of the enemy; that you will focus your life on God’s word; and that you will not be deceived into sinful thoughts or actions.