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Approaching God

As we enter a new year, this of 2023, it is a must that we move forward upon our knees before a God that is still in the business of answering prayer. So much is beyond our control, but nothing is beyond His knowledge and ability (Ephesians 3:20-21)! Nothing takes our Lord by surprise, for He already sees the needs of our lives completely and clearly knows the remedy (Matthew 6:8). Nonetheless, our God patiently waits upon us to seek Him in utter dependence for a solution by His wisdom and might (James 1:5). So may we make a point of and make every effort in looking to the Lord for His will to be done, especially as it pertains to the Body of believers, the Church.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:18

The apostle Paul’s prayer for the people in Colosse stands as a wonderful pattern for us today. First and foremost was that they would rest in the will and wisdom of God (Colossians 1:9). This is nothing more than an appeal to God that these dear ones would be immersed in the Word of faith “as [they had] been taught” so they would not fall prey to the world’s philosophies (Col. 2:6-8). The fulness of Christ would give them stability to order their steps in accord with His desires, thus, honoring the Lord in every area of our lives (Col. 1:10a). Practically, this would be accomplished in putting off the old man and putting on the new man (Col. 3:10). In addition, Paul prayed that the becoming like Christ in our lives would result in the outworking of our faith in bearing fruit through good works. This is nothing less than preaching the gospel to all around us, for the ultimate work of Christ on the cross was for the saving of souls (  This message should naturally form upon our lips in thanksgiving to God since we have received an inheritance in Heaven, deliverance from Satan, and remittance of all our sins (Col. 1:12-14). What we have gained can be the same for any and all who will believe in Christ (Col. 4:2-6)! Lastly there is a plea to God for His strength to faithfully and joyfully minister to other believers along the path of life (Col. 1:11). By our love people will know we are Christ’s disciples (Col. 3:12-17).
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