(I took this photo a week or so ago. The leaves are gathered (a couple of times already) and it is beginning to look like this again. It is my front yard looking toward one of my neighbors. I thought you might enjoy it. It is a beautiful fall day today in Central New York State. A bit warm for our fall tastes, but excellent for getting yard work completed before the cool air sets in to stay).
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so, that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way:…” Colossians 1:9-10a
(This sentence continues to verse 14. However, we are going to work with it in sections so each post will take us a bit further in the passage).
Even though Paul does not know them personally, his heart overflows here with love and connection in the Spirit. He lets them know he prays for them – all the time. What preciousness!
Paul, in this book, has several of these lead on sentences. They have much in them for us to allow to penetrate our minds and souls. Our spirit is one with him in Jesus, so the Spirit in all of us know – now lets direct the mind to embrace what the spirit already knows.
He asks that God will fill them with the “knowledge of his will.” The word “knowledge” here is full-experiential knowledge. It is not just the mind, but heart and soul involved in this fullness. It happens only experientially. Let me repeat that. The full-experiential knowledge of God’s will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives only happens through experience.
Lest we think otherwise, let’s make clear that the mind is always engaged and used in the experiential. It does not “take-a-hike” and you just “feel.” Quite the contrary, what we think determines what we will feel.
If I have do not know that experience in the will the Spirit is essential, I will tend to discount it and just hang tight to what I know mentally. However, when we personally get involved in His love and thoughts, then we experience His goodness and love without measure and discover the fullness of His will through the wisdom and understanding of the Holy Spirit.
Now we all know that time with Him is very important. Let’s allow that knowledge to lead us into more of an emphasis in our whole being of His presence and His thoughts. He will lead if we allow.
Next step – next post. Thanks for joining me.