Sunday, October 11, 2015

October 11, 2015:  Checkup for Change

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 283  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Gordon Mote singing Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory, … declaring the prayer of all Christians to live surrounded by God’s glory in His grace.

Highlight Passage:   Colossians 3: 1-2 [NKJV] …  
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 
…  Setting our minds and hearts as to Christlikeness.
Highlight Context – Colossians 3: 1-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  
…  Checking our lives to put off selfishness and to put on the “Savoriness”

Reference Passage #1 - Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Mark 12:30 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s teaching, through Moses and Christ; … and God’s charge from His word to stay healthy and not miss His glory by our selfishness.

Reference Passage #2 - 2nd Corinthians 13:5 [NKJV] … 
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 
 … Paul’s exhortation to Christians to examine ourselves to see if we’re walking in the faith.

Reference Passage #3 - Ephesians 4: 1-3 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God’s teaching, through Paul, on striving to stay in fellowship with our Lord and walk in worthiness to our calling as Christians.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Julie Ackerman Link, reminded me today that all Christians should take a “check-up from the neck up” occasionally to see if we are walking worthy of our calling as “Christians.” (see Paul’s calling in Ephesians 4: 1-3) And the Apostle Paul also exhorted us, as Christians, to examine our walk of faith occasionally (see 2Cor. 13: 5) so that, as Gordon Mote sings (linked above), we don’t miss God’s glory in this life.

Today in the ODB teaching, the author, Julie Link, leads her readers (me) to ask/answer several questions from Jesus restatement from the Old Testament to the Scribes and Pharisees [see Mark 12: 30]; and they are these [in conjunction with today’s ODB highlight passage from Colossians, Chapter 3].
Do I love God with all my soul? Do I listen to God telling me who I am? Am I moving away from self-centered desires? (Col 3: 5). Am I becoming more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient? (Col 3: 12). 
Do I love God with all my mind? Do I focus on my relationship with His Son or do I let my mind wander wherever it wants to go? (Col 3: 2). Do my thoughts lead to problems or solutions? To unity or division? Forgiveness or revenge? (Col 3: 13). 
Do I love God with all my strength? Am I willing to be seen as weak so that God can show His strength on my behalf? (Col. 3: 17). Am I relying on His grace to be strong in His Spirit? 

 I’ll leave it to you to deal, as I am today, with these challenges from God’s word? I’m certainly convicted by this spiritual checkup this morning. … How about you?

My Prayer Today:  Oh, … Help me to open myself to Your grace and glory by staying healthy in the Spirit. … Amen  

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