Rescued and Translated!

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, and in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

What an absolutely marvelous gift! Each person who chooses to walk in Jesus Christ is completely rescued from the dominion of darkness and has been brought into the Kingdom of the Son of His love! Whether we believe it or no, whether we receive it or not, He still did it! My believing it and receiving it simply places it into activation and it is a done deal – for the one who says “Yes!”

During the past 20-30 years in the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement, there have been many “how-to’s” and various trainings about the power of our enemy and how to deal with Him in that realm. In the light of this passage, I find those things unnecessary. We are simply not in the same spiritual Kingdom as the enemy of our souls. When we engage in his realm, we have simply forgotten whose realm we live – the Kingdom of the Son of our Father’s love. We were rescued from one kingdom and translated into another!

Now if we choose to participate purposefully in his realm, then we will have placed ourselves back into and under his dominion. We need not do that. That is much of our problem, we do not know who be belong to, nor do we understand His power within us – if we will so choose. So let’s keep ourselves in His keeping, (it is not that hard with all the power – just read the passage in its contacts and the previous blogs and rejoice) within our Lord’s dominion and continue to move forward in His power and wisdom.

Yes, LORD!

Following The Motion – Integrating​ Fully

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The passage above has some motion markers placed within the words. As you read it, allow the sense of motion to invade so it can be felt as well as mentally seen. This section, which I have needed to break up into smaller portions to begin to get a grasp on it all, in the Greek runs from Colossians 1:9 through verse 14. Most of our English translations have made some breaks in it to help us breathe with it.  I have worked with it and put a few things there to help us see that one thing leads to another, empowers something further and just keeps moving into more and more and more. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit. When we feel we have finally conquered a portion of Holy Writ, then the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see further, then further then further. It never ends!

In this brief passage (most of which we have studied) the pathway has opened for us to step into the “already done” work of our Lord Jesus, and integrate our lives within His provision. Our part is to allow the infusion which He has done in us. When we came to Christ, we were “infused” with His nature in the new man. Now it is our part to cooperate and to integrate all of us with that infusion. Our Lord remains a gentleman and never force feeds us with anything He has provided. He simply allows us to discover the fullness and choose to receive the truth of His might in us.

Talking with Him is a good example. While it is all accomplished, it awaits activation by our will and our desire to be involved in all dimensions, as they are discovered in us. As we dialogue with the Lord, more and more begins to become apparent – our thoughts about need are completely overtaken by the massive provision. Then we learn to move within the provision. Our conversation in Him makes all the difference. Our thoughts become the switch-gears that propel us into such love, mercy, and provision. It is all in Him.

 “…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the Kingdom of light,” (1:11-12) 

These open for us the understanding that He has even provided the strength and energy to endure, whatever and to have patience in the process as we become people of joyful thankfulness. This is the portion of those who have been qualified to share with all His people in this Kingdom of Light.

Those concepts and realities are almost too much to receive into me. I want to balk and adopt a pseud-humility that has its eyes on my person, instead of my King! It is so easy to be consumed with my thinking about me, instead of His thinking about me.

Thank you, Lord, for such strength in your Spirit to think the thoughts of life and to allow such integration into You. You are much more than we have ever thought!

Stronger Than We Dreamed!

“…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:11-12 NIVBe-strong

Back to being a recipient! The thrust of the message in this entire passage is the over whelming and complete power of God on our behalf. Here we have the expectation of being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might…. Our Father doesn’t just give us a thimble-full of power, but his strengthen in all power (dynamos = inherent power; the power of reproducing itself: from which we have English dynamics, dynamo etc. – E.W. Bullinger, Companion Bible, 1922 p. 191 Appendixes). Then he adds, “according to his glorious might.” “Might” is another Greek word which also means power but it is defined by the same reference as Kratos = strength (as exerted); power put fort with effect, and in government by God). So in this entire passage as we grasp the over abundance of progressive movement and growth, the Lord assures us that we have been given strength according to His power and the might of His glory to accomplish whatever we are led by Him to accomplish. This wipes away any doubt in us, if we will allow it to do so, that we will be able to begin and complete that which has been worked in us through Him.

Therefore, the endurance and patience follows and we are able to dwell in joyful thanksgiving to the Father because in it all He has qualified us to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the Kingdom of Light. We are qualified to know Him experientially, to be filled with the full knowledge of His will in wisdom and understanding, to live life worthy and to please Him – in every way – all the time. We are strengthened and qualified to do all sorts of good works in His strength and might!

The last phrase is that our qualification is into the inheritance of the holy people in the Kingdom of light! What a privilege and inclusion. Let us not stay on the outside of this passage but begin to count ourselves inside the loop of all that He is and has chosen to give to us.

Helping Others

58e5291b1500002400c7e1d7“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: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,” Colossians 1:9-10 NIV

Once again we are working in this passage of Colossians. It seems like every word, or at least every phrase, has a richness in it that I do not want just to pass over. The part for today is the very last two phrases. We have worked with the rest of the passage listed here and have come to understand that it is the full-experiential knowledge of God that the Holy Spirit is talking about. So that our relationship and our interactions in Him are wrapped in His love, understanding, empowerment, and blessing. We are then empowered within to begin to allow the fruit of doing good to develop. Most of our development in Him is just with Him. However, here he has included what we do in that development process. We learn to experientially know more of our Father by spending time with Him doing good for other people.

Sometimes this calls for a real change in our thinking. I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 9:8, And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” In other words, when we receive abundantly (speaking here of financial gain) it is for the purpose of helping others. Most of us will need to read the 2 chapters of 1 Corinthians 8-9 to see what is really being talked about. However, for this post it is enough to know the expectation of our Father is that we do good works and that opens the opportunity to richly abound in a very special relationship in the Father’s heart. He is not (and neither should we be) impressed with money or goods. He is, however, deeply moved by a heart of love that is bend on giving, and giving, and giving. It is not something that we do by ourselves, but something we do in Him, through Him, and with Him.

So when we produce the fruit through or in every good work, then we grow in the knowledge of God. That word knowledge is the same word used in verse nine. There he was praying they would be filled with the full-experiential knowledge of the Lord’s will, here it is the full-experiential knowledge of God Himself. As we read these verses, let’s see that it is one thing accessing another, then that accessing another, and another, and another. Each step opening the sight of another step and another concept in His love.

These wonders are awesome. Beloved, let’s sit with them and allow that understanding to filter through our own, until we are thinking like He thinks and allowing what He choses to do within us. He is awesome in every way, and He will do it, if we wish. Part of the result of our developing the fruit of good works is that we end up growing up in experiencing Him. We, in effect, have chosen to join Him in His work. Sweet!!!

Receiving the Exchange

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One of the things I notice as I walk in Jesus is that I often stumble over the difference between my perceived understanding of who I am and His understanding of who I am. My eyes are often on what is “true” in my understanding of my flesh. His is based on absolute truth according to His love for me and the placement He has given to me through that love. The obvious failings can so outweigh the Word in my heart that I must stop and repent of that stumbling. It is not humility that makes a choice to look at those things, it is sheer unbelief.

I often say “If He said it, then I believe it.” Yet on a day to day level, this is not always easy.

9“We continue to ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,” Colossians 1:9b-10 NIV

Living a life worthy and pleasing Him in every way, growing in the knowledge of God. WOW! That is a huge expectation from flesh people. Yes, it is! Yet, here it is and it is true. So, as I adjust my thinking to the thinking of my Lord through His Word, I become aware that He has made me “worthy” in every way, and that I please Him just because of who He is. Learning to live out that reality in His power is what the passage is talking about.

It has never been up to you or me. He always only awaits our permission, to move us and make real what Has been purchased through His sacrifice. As I choose Him, repeatedly, I make the permission real, and immediately it is true in me, of me, and about me.

Flesh will always argue, but faith will receive. So, as we continue through this passage, let us become receivers in our daily thinking. We can do all things that He asks because He lives within us and supplies us daily power – more than we can use.

Whatever the reluctance and whatever the seeming lack, remember 2 Peter 1:3.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” NIV

Next post – more on Colossians 1:9b-10. It’s too good to leave yet.

Knowledge of His Will

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(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.

Love in the Spirit

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“You learned it (the gospel) from Epaphras, our faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.” Colossians 7-8 NIV

I thought this post would move on into Paul’s prayer for the saints in Colossae, but instead, the Spirit alerted and informed me that we needed to allow this one to be seen a bit more than just a mention.

“and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.” This is an excellent rendering of the Greek and tells us that they loved Paul with a love that wasn’t human love. We have a tendency to interpret all the commands to love, as conforming our human understanding to loving as He loved. Well, that is eventually done through the Spirit, but it is not such much a matter of effort as it is His work.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is not developed in us through study, prayer, our diligent effort or any action we can do — it is simply the by-product of fellowship in and with the Holy Spirit. “Fruit” is always a by-product. The apple tree simply stands and allows the tending of its fruit to the environment around it and the care of its caretaker. The development of any fruit is much the same. It does nothing but “be.” That is much like the fruit developing within us as believers. We must just rest and fellowship in the Holy Spirit and leave the rest to Him. The realm of the Spirit is not a matter of human control and development, but of a willing heart to simply dwell in and with Him. Through that willing heart, much will be developed. But it is His work and His fruit.

Fear of what He might do will hamper and stunt our growth. Controlling Him is off the table. Willing hearts, open to be and do as He wills — that produces what human effort cannot do. It is known as sabbath — not as a day, but as a lifestyle. Trust and rest in our Jesus and purposely releasing the action of the Holy Spirit within us. Fear is always a work of our enemy to keep us from truly becoming who the Lord made us to be in Him and from enjoying Him entirely.

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2b-5

God’s love has been “poured” (“gushed into” is a better rendering of the word) out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us! The very “love of the Holy Spirit” that is required to love others, regardless of who they are in our lives, has been given abundantly (like a Niagara Falls gushing) into our hearts. This happened as a result of our hearts receiving Him. It had nothing to do with our effort to get it; it was given free of any effort and given massively.

Human love is manipulative, controlling, and self-serving. His Holy Spirit love is free, abundant, entire, and a gift – always. We discover we can love — regardless. We learn to put up boundaries where they are needed and to order this love by the Spirit’s ways and instructions.

But Brother and Sister, our ability to love and include others is boundless. Our human love is to be given to Him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength” – remember? It is all to Him, but He has given us an ability supernaturally to love others – regardless of who they are and what they have done in His love.

This is an awesome provision. Now as we lean into the Spirit of God, we are shown how to love appropriately and thoroughly to release Him to interact within the relationship. He has given it all. Now, let’s take some time with and in the Holy Spirit to refresh our hearts and allow Him to show us the difference in our lives – His way.

How? It is simply. Get alone with Him and release Him inside you and around you into your atmosphere. Allow what He moves and receive what He gives. Over time, this time will be so precious that we will learn to do it anytime we have a moment to spare. The boundless refreshment and riches are more than can be spoken or written. Let’s give it a go Beloved readers!

May the blessings of the Lord rest upon you and teach you His goodness today!