Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spiritual Food--Colossians 1:9-14

The last couple of weeks, I have been facing some unexpected health challenges.  I have been researching like crazy, learning all I can about nutrition and what I can do naturally to try to correct any imbalances I may have.  However, I also realize there are definitely some spiritual elements to deal with as well.  Stress plays a big part in my physical well being (not just proper nutrition).  I have been dealing with so many things over the last several years.  I know I have been carrying some emotional stress as a result of not always fully putting my faith in God.  I sometimes feel helpless as I try to figure out how to get out of the situations I am in, or I worry about the future outcomes.

There are so many scriptures that pop into my head.  One passage I feel like sharing right now because it continues to come to mind.  Colossians 1:9-14--"For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins."

This was a prayer that Paul and Timothy prayed for the faithful believers in Colosse.  I find that I keep praying this not only for myself but for a lot of people coming to my attention lately.  It seems to me to be a perfect prayer, one that we can all learn from and implement in our lives.  Instead of asking God for things, for good health, for bills paid, etc., isn't it better to ask him to be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding? I know that I am worthy because God has declared me so and loves me, His daughter.  However, I do want to walk out that knowledge in my life.  I don't think it's enough to have a mental knowledge that He has made me worthy.  I want to demonstrate with my life that I am His child, that I am worthy.  I want to show forth good fruit and really know Him, and then He will give me the strength, patience, endurance, and joy that defies our natural understanding and logic, to get through whatever trials He has decided we should walk through for whatever His reasons are.  No matter what is along this path He is walking with me, I want to demonstrate joy and thankfulness.  He has delivered me from the power of darkness, and I live in the kingdom of Christ.  I am saved.  I am forgiven.  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you that I am no longer under the control and power of darkness.  Thank you that I am, right now, living in Your kingdom in the spiritual realm.

No matter what I face in the natural, I know that I am a child of God.  He has given me every blessing and the power I need today to face the trials I must go through.  He will give me wisdom and understanding as I need it.  If I continue to ask for His guidance, I need to stop second guessing decisions that I make based on what I perceive to be His guidance and just leave my family and myself in His hands, even if the outcomes seem to be different than I expected.  In the midst of it all, as I demonstrate joy, patience, and endurance, I want the world around me to see and know that God gives his children peace in the storm, that we can get through anything without falling apart, and if a person accepts God's invitation and decides to walk in the knowledge that he or she is God's beloved and worthy child, he or she can also experience His peace and joy in life.

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