Summary: The devil will do everything to keep you from discovering who you are in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ completes us and the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a victorious life.
Walking in the Spirit
Colossians chapter 2:1-10
Turn with me to Colossians chapter 2. It located right after the book of Philippians.
I want to talk to you about walking in the Spirit of God. ( in the fullness of God.)
What would God be able do in your life and the life of the church if you totally gave your life to Him?
We have some who think that is too religious! To think that we could walk in step with God.
We have some that think that is impossible- to think that we could walk and please God.
We have some who just plain don’t want too- that is too restrictive. That God would tells us what to do and how to act.
We are going to hear the words of Apostle Paul.
Hear his heartbeat for people
Hear the love he has for the church.
The Bible says God “preserves the simple” (Psalm116:6) (Don’t you just love that)
You don’t have to have a PHD to learn God’s word.
You don’t have to be a Greek or Hebrew scholar to learn this lesson.
The Bible is such a wonderful book.
It is shallow enough that a little child can come and get a drink without fear of drowning, and so deep that a scholar can swim in it and never touch bottom. (I love that)
Colossians 2:1-10 (Read from the Bible)
Paul tells us that he has a deep concern for God’s people.
(1) Because they struggle to live a victorious life.
(2) That they are not empowered by the Holy Spirit and do not accomplish in their life what the Lord intended for them.
I would have to say a big Amen! We spend most of our time pretending we are okay.
A little boy was lost inside a busy shopping mall. He was standing in the aisle of the department store crying and crying, I want my mommy, I want my mommy. People felt sorry for him and many gave him nickels, dimes and quarters to try to cheer him up. Finally a salesperson from the floor walked up to the little boy and said, I know where your mommy is. The little boy looked up with tears in his eyes- so do I, just keep quiet, I got a good thing going here!
Vacation Bible School this week has been a blast.
We have set a record for number of kids coming and we have watched God do some amazing things!
The theme is cooking up a life that is pleasing to God, by using the right ingredients. Chef Bazzel, Chef Otto, and Scraps the raccoon, all pointing us to the fact that right ingredients make the difference
Some of their ingredients:
Be ready for God
Believe fully in Jesus
Remember Jesus often.
Why does Vacation Bible School appeal to us?
Because inside of us, we all desire to live a life that has purpose and simple!
It is a reminder where we are and where we need to get too.
Every year somebody get the Vince Lombardi Trophy. It is given to the winning team in the Super bowl. In 1959 Vince Lombardi took over the 1-10 Packers as head coach. He said “I have never been associated with a loser and I don’t expect to be now.”
Passion was a driving force for him and his love of football.
Apostle Paul is telling us that if we have a driving force passion for God that we not only won’t fail, but we will be victorious.
The key verse is verse (9) “For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
He says that the mystery of God is knowing Christ! (repeat)
“In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Why would God make Jesus a mystery? So that we can discover Him and realize the treasure that we have found.
Why did God hide it? So we could have the joy of discovering Him.
South African Diamond mines we not discovered until they noticed the kids playing with beautiful rocks. They played with them like marbles. Until they discovered what they were playing with.
I read awhile ago about a ship that was out in the ocean, off of Brazil, and the ship was without water. And, the people on board the ship, though surrounded with salt water, were dying of thirst. They saw another ship, and they sent a message to the other ship by semaphore, and said, Do you have any water? We need water. The other ship sent a message back, and said, “let down your buckets where you are. They said, no you don’t understand. They sent another message, “we need drinking water. They sent back the message again, “let down your buckets where you are. They let down their buckets and came up with fresh water, because they were at the mouth of the mighty Amazon River, and that Amazon River of fresh water was flowing into the Ocean and bringing fresh water, way out into the Ocean where they were. Here they were, thinking they were dying of thirst, and surrounded by water to drink. But they failed to see what was all around them.