Thursday, February 20, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 20

As I mentioned yesterday, that particular passage is one that I center my beliefs around. I think it represents a modern day truth. Today we are also in Colossians.

Today's focus:
Colossians 3:1-11
So it comes down to this: since you have been raised with the Anointed One, the Liberating King, set your mind on heaven above. The Anointed is there, seated at God’s right hand. Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things,  because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God. On that day when the Anointed One—who is our very life—is revealed, you will be revealed with Him in glory! So kill your earthly impulses: loose sex, impure actions, unbridled sensuality, wicked thoughts, and greed (which is essentially idolatry). It’s because of these that God’s wrath is coming [upon the sons and daughters of disobedience], so avoid them at all costs. These are the same things you once pursued, and together you spawned a life of evil. But now make sure you shed such things: anger, rage, spite, slander, and abusive language. And don’t go on lying to each other since you have sloughed away your old skin along with its evil practices  for a fresh new you, which is continually renewed in knowledge according to the image of the One who created you. In this re-creation there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian and conqueror, or slave and free because the Anointed is the whole and dwells in us all.
It is a constant message in the Bible that we need to cast the ways of the world away and focus on God. But it's not only the ways of the world, we also need to focus on our emotions. Emotions are a funny thing, but we cannot let them run our lives. 

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