Hi friends! Well, here we are at the next to the last video in our “A Home at Rest” series and this is only 13 minutes in length, and I hope this one video will really really encourage “recreation” in our lives … as regularly as we have work, rest, and so many other commitments. And when I make reference to “your spirit” in this video, I’m not referring to the Holy Spirit. The spirit is the element in humanity that gives us the ability to have an intimate relationship with God. Whenever the word spirit is used, it refers to the immaterial part of humanity that “connects” with God, who Himself is spirit (John 4:24).
Here’s your listening guide –
MEMORY VERSES for this week —
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:1-3
I choose these because they are verses that we keep referencing in videos and in bible study. When we live daily putting on the Helmet of Salvation, saturating our minds with the Word of God, our life changes. It changes in power, in effectiveness, in divine opportunities, and in even far-reaching usefulness in advancing the Kingdom of God. Why? Because when our heart and mind are both SET on things above, and we “do the practice” of setting daily, hourly if necessary, then thinking heavenly does become more of our normal way of thinking. It begins to come more naturally to think God’s thoughts after Him and to DO what those thoughts are prodding us forward to do. If you really want to challenge yourself, memorize Colossians 3:1-17.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.