Tuesday May 4, 2021

 
Tuesday – May 4th – Colossians 2:23    ---    
 
 
 2:23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
        CONFESSION WITHOUT CHANGE IS JUST A GAME.*
 
     Hello Tuesday! There are some days when the inspirational thought is just a thought to ponder and then there are days when it brings strong conviction and an unavoidable change to the soul. Today, I would classify it as a game-changer. A powerful and uncomfortable reminder that God wants more from me than lip service. Jesus’ death on the cross was because of what I confess. His victory over the grave provides the opportunity for me to change. The result of my confession becomes my personal choice – with the help of the Holy Spirit – to actually change the sinful pattern of my life.
 
    Today our pick verse concludes the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossian believers. Paul also brings to a close his argument on salvation that comes through the grace of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, instead of a false salvation through acts of legalism.  Keeping such rules may make us look holy on the outside, but they really lead to nothing more than arrogant self-pride. Mere outward regulations are never of value against the indulgences of the flesh. Unless our hearts have been changed, we can always find a way to keep the rules but disobey God. Nearly two-thousand years ago, Paul understood that confession without change is just a game we play with ourselves.

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Wednesday – May 5th – Colossians 3:1-4
 
 
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 24538). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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