Posts Tagged ‘change’

Colossians 3:1-2

The Message (MSG)

1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Temporary things will give you temporary happiness which is a temporal emotion. Temporary in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent. Temporal things tend to cause many believers to be like a roller coaster. People are up then down. They go real fast but stop abruptly. If you set your mind and life on temporal things then you will always be making changes to get the same result. With your mind and your will in pursuit of eternal things you will always have a guarantee. People today are looking for a guarantee on temporal things. The way that I define temporal things is… Subject to change!

For example… You have a candy bar. It satisfies you for just a moment. After 30 minutes or so you find yourself wanting something more or even another candy bar. Why? Because it is temporal. It is meant to give immediate satisfaction but it always has you coming back for more.

Eternal in the New Oxford American Dictionary means lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning. What a powerful definition. This blesses me because the Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes on him shall not perish but have eternal life. Eternal means forever. This is like eating a candy bar one time and never having to eat another because the craving has been permanently satisfied. Being a human we often still feel unsatisfied. Why? Because of temporal cravings for worldly things. We want the hottest and greatest things that come out. We try to keep up with the Jones’ only to crave more. We are temporarily satisfied.

Put your mind on eternal things. Pursue eternal things that Jesus presides over. Looking at the things in front of you will always have you in the here and now.

I will close with this in mind. Too often people get moved by what they hear and what they see. These things on the Earth are temporal and not eternal. If you pick your head up and look to God the Father, He will set you on eternal things and the things of this Earth will not move you. Be moved by the presence of God and not the temporal things.

Scripture Study: Colossians 3:1-10

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Romans 12:2

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.

Last night I watched a scientific documentary on people who go with the flow. They were given signs to follow and everyone followed them. People were touching their nose in front of everyone and others began doing the same thing. People were hearing a bell-like noise and they began to stand up and the people who did not know what was going on followed suit.

It was amazing to watch this documentary. I laughed a lot but as I sat and watched I heard the Holy Spirit speak this to me… The Word of God says to not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. People are following others even when they don’t know what they’re doing. People will do things that others are doing so that they’ll not be left out. Everyone wants to be part of the in-crowd! If the Believer does not quickly renew his mind then he will fit into the worldly ways and manners. He will be going with the flow!

I liked the Phillips version because it uses the word mold. Many times we do what others do because we don’t want to be left out of the crowd. We want to fit into the same mold. However as a Christian we are not supposed to fit into the world’s mold. We are supposed to be the ones with the new witty ideas and new ways. The believers mind is to be renewed and changed daily. If you would like to see if you’re following a molded idea, then change your routine in the morning. I am sure if you change that routine you will find yourself slightly irritable because your mind is used to the daily morning routine.

Conform is defined as comply with rules, standards, or laws. Mold is defined as form (an object with a particular shape) out of easily manipulated material. Are you easily manipulated? Do you just go with the flow? Break the mold is defined as put an end to a restrictive pattern of events or behavior by doing things in a markedly different way. This last definition is powerful to think that God did not create the human being to be the same as everyone else. He created us to be creative just like Him. If it were not so then why should we have the mind of Christ. Jesus was different from all and He was flesh and blood like you and I. People had a problem with Him because He did not go with the flow. Jesus was so different that many could not comprehend. Many questioned His authority and power. If we are to model Jesus in this world then why don’t we see more healing and miracles? Perhaps our minds are not renewed and most likely we are going with the flow…

I dare you to be different! I dare you to break the mold and to make a change! It needs to be biblical to be different from the world.

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 13:1-5

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