Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Out With the Old | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes- “Based upon the believer’s death and resurrection with Christ, Paul exhorts believers to put to death in their lives what belongs to your worldly nature. This exhortation is not a reference to the careful management of sins in your lives, but it demands the complete extermination of sins from your lives.”
He is saying we need to take off our old smelly worn out clothes, our sins, our bad habits, and we need to put on fresh clothes fitting of a child of God, what God wants us to do. This is the perfect time for -out with the old and in with the new, since New Year’s was only a couple weeks ago, for setting our sights on getting rid of the sins in our lives and living the way God wants us to.
Dear Father, as I take down all my Christmas decorations and start a new calendar, a brand new year, I think of the changes I’d like to make to my life in 2019. I’m so thankful for the past and look forward to all the possibilities for spiritual growth in the coming year and all that can happen if I daily follow God’s words for me to LOVE and be THANKFUL.
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