In the Valley of Dry Bones Is Where Your Faith In God Is Tested

Colossians 3

In the Valley of Dry Bones Is Where Your Faith In God Is TestedWives, submit to your husband. (This is the point where Eve stumbled.)

Husbands, love your wives. (This is the point where Adam stumbled by failing to bring Eve to God for restoration.)

Fathers, encourage your children. (This is the point where Adam stumbled with Cain.)

Children, obey your parents. (This is the point where Cain stumbled.)

Workers, obey your employers. Colossians 3:18-23

Employers, provide for your workers with what is right and fair. Remember, you have a boss in heaven. Colossians 4:1

Do this not only when the eyes of others are on you and to win brownie points, but sincerely and out of reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. Work at it as though you are working for the Lord, not men, for it is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:24

The height of the mountain is measured by the depth of the valley. In the valley with others is where you live for the glory of God. In humiliation is where we find our true worth in God. Oswald Chambers

In the valley of dry bones is where your faith in God is tested. All the power of heaven and earth belong to God, both on the mountaintop and in the valley. And that power is yours through Christ.

Present the Word of God In Its Fullness

Colossians 1

Present the Word of God In Its FullnessChrist suffered afflictions for the sake of his body, which is the church. Colossians 1:24

My commission from God is to present the word of God in its fullness. Colossians 1:25

The mystery of God is this: that Christ is in you. Therefore, may everyone be perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:27-28

In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

Make sure no one deceives you by fine-sounding arguments. Colossians 2:4

Make your purpose to encourage in heart, be united in love, be full of the riches of Christ, and have complete understand of the mystery of God. Colossians 2:2

If you are called by God, it doesn’t matter how difficult circumstances may be. Oswald Chambers

 

May God Bless You With Great Endurance, Patience, and Joy

Colossians 1

May God Bless You With Great Endurance, Patience, and JoyTo the holy, believing, and faithful brothers in Christ, I write to you. Colossians 1:1

You have a hope stored up for you in heaven that is revealed to you in the word of truth, that is, the gospel. All over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing. Colossians 1:5-6

We pray that God will fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

In response to God’s blessing and grace, live a life worthy of the Lord. Please him in every way. Bear fruit in every good work. Grow in the knowledge of God. Be strengthened with all power. Colossians 1:10-11

May God, according to his glorious might, bless you with great endurance, patience, and joy. Colossians 1:11-12

Be full of joy. Give thanks to God who has rescued you from the dominion of darkness and brought you into the kingdom of light, that is the kingdom of his Son. Colossians 1:13

The words of the Lord hurt and offend until there is nothing left to hurt or offend. Oswald Chambers

 

Tychicus Will Tell You All the News About Me

Colossians 4

Tychicus Will Tell You All the News About MeTychicus will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him and Onesimus to you for the express purpose that you may know about our  (John Mark, Doctor Luke, Aristarchus, Justus, Epaphras, Demas) circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.  Colossians 4:7-8

He and Onesimus will tell you everything that is happening here. Colossians 4:9

Epaphras is always wrestling in prayer for you that you may stand firm in ALL the will of God, mature, and fully assured. Colossians 4:12

“Do you have even the slightest reliance on anything or anyone other than God? Are you relying on yourself in any manner whatsoever? The more weak and feeble you are, the better.” Oslwald Chambers

Lord, please send others on my behalf to tell all the news about me and the work I do in your will. Please provide for me a “Epaphras” (or several) who will wrestle in prayer for me that I may stand firm in ALL your will and grow in maturity. (Feel free to make this YOUR prayer, too!)

Devote Yourself to Prayer – Be Watchful & Thankful

Colossians 4

Devote Yourself to Prayer - Be Watchful & ThankfulDevote yourself to prayer. Be watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

Pray that God may open a door for our (your, my) message so that we (you, I) may proclaim it clearly as I should the mystery of Christ. (Lord help me) to make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:3-4

Let your conversation always be full of grace and seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

 

If we will obey the Spirit of God and practice in our physical life what God has placed within us by His Spirit, then when a crisis does come we will find that our own nature, as well as the grace of God, will stand by us. Oswald Chambers

Whatever You Do, Do It As Though Working for the Lord

Colossians 3

Whatever You Do, Do It As Though Working for the LordWives submit.

Husbands love.

Children obey.

Fathers encourage.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as if you are working for the Lord — for you are. From the Lord you will receive an inheritance. It is the Lord you are serving. – Colossians 3:18-24

The Lord has been placing in front of you some big plans and proposals. God allows the opinion of His saints to matter to you, and yet you become less and less certain that others really understand the step yo are taking. Do not consult with others, not even other Christians. Simply and freely declare before God, “I will serve you.” Oswald Chambers

 

Set Your Hearts On Things Above

Colossians 3

Set Your Hearts On Things AboveSet your hearts on things above. Colossians 3:1-2

Set your minds of things above. Colossians 3:1-2

Let the word of Christ dwell in you. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. 

No one on earth has the passionate love for the Lord Jesus Christ unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him. Oswald Chambers

 

Put to death:

  • Sexual immorality
  • Impurity
  • Lust
  • Evil desires
  • Greed, which is a form of idolatry
  • Anger 
  • Rage
  • Malice
  • Slander
  • Filthy language 
  • Lying
    Colossians 3:5-9

Put on:

  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Peace
  • Thankfulness
  • Wisdom
  • Love
    Colossians 3:12-15