The Book Of Colossians

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Colossians 1

Greeting
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother: 

2 To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Thanksgiving

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3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,

4 for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints

5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel

6 that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.

7 You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf,

8 and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Prayer for Spiritual Growth

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9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,

10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.

11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy

12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.

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13 He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.

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14 We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.

The Centrality of Christ

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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.

17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.

18 He is also the head of the body, the church;
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
so that He might come to have first place in everything.

19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,

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20 and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself
by making peace through the blood of His cross—
whether things on earth or things in heaven.

21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions.

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22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—

23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.

Paul’s Ministry

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24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church.

25 I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known,

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.

27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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28 We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

29 I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.


Colossians 2

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For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.

2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ.

3 All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.

Christ versus the Colossian Heresy

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4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.

5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.

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6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,

7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.

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8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

9 For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ,

10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

11 You were also circumcised in Him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah.

12 Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses.

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14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross.

15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.

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16 Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day.

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17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind.

19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

20 If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations:

21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”?

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22 All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men.

23 Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.


Colossians 3

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The Life of the New Man
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.

2 Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.

3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.

4 When the Messiah, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

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5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.

6 Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient,

7 and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.

8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.

9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices

10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.

11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.

The Christian Life

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12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.

14 Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.

15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.

16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.

17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Christ in Your Home

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18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.

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23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,

24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.

25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.


Colossians 4

Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.

Speaking to God and Others

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2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison,

4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak.

5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.

6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Christian Greetings

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7 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother, faithful servant, and fellow slave in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.

8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and so that he may encourage your hearts.

9 He is with Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.

10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, as does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin (concerning whom you have received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),

11 and so does Jesus who is called Justus. These alone of the circumcision are my coworkers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always contending for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.

13 For I testify about him that he works hard for you, for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

14 Luke, the dearly loved physician, and Demas greet you.

15 Give my greetings to the brothers in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her home.

16 When this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.

17 And tell Archippus, “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.”

18 This greeting is in my own hand—Paul. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.


“Somebody New — Imperials” (1982)


“Stand By The Power — Imperials” (1982)


“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus – Sweetest Name I Know – Gaithers”

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37 thoughts on “The Book Of Colossians

  1. Daily Devotional — 1/22/17

    LIVE IN PEACE AND HOLINESS
    Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

    As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. Now the writer teaches us about the value of peace and holiness. It is difficult to live in peace with others until you have made your peace with God.

    Pastor Haik Hovsepian in Iran (who was martyred in January 1994) once preached on the topic “Salvation or Religion.” It was a very powerful message that goes through five differences between religion and salvation in Christ. Thousands of his tapes on this topic have been distributed in Iran.

    One of the people who recently got hold of this tape is a Quran reciter. He has a very powerful voice and many times he has been invited to recite the Quran in different mosques in Iran. He also passionately recited about the life of the Imams (Muhammad’s descendants), who have died in mourning ceremonies in order to make people cry. He used to be a very religious person himself.

    When he got hold of the tape with the sermon of Haik, he realized that through religion he cannot be saved. He was in captivity of some immoral sins such as alcohol abuse and adultery. He was a very high-tempered and depressed person too. When he heard about the difference between religion and the salvation of Jesus, the Spirit of God spoke to his heart. He was so moved by the message that he listened to the tape a few more times. Every time he listened to this tape, he felt even more convinced that he needed the salvation of Jesus, until he finally gave his life to the Lord.

    Then he was not only liberated from the captivity of his sins, but also from the captivity of the religion with which he was identifying. There was an extraordinary joy and happiness in his face after this experience. In the past, he wore black shirts, as his job was to make people in the mosques cry. But after experiencing Jesus in his life, even his shirts changed to lighter colors! He is now using his voice to sing for the Lord and shares about Jesus wherever he goes.

    Being a well-known person among Muslim religious leaders and other people, one evening the secret police knocked at his door. Two weeks later, they released him from prison on bail until his trial time. He had to borrow half of that money from his relatives. As he lost his job as a Quran reciter, he does not have any source of income, so it is difficult for him to live and to pay the money back to his family. But he is trying to live at peace with all people and show God’s holiness in his life. Praise God for the faith of this brother and for his steadfastness in following Jesus.

    RESPONSE: Today I will live at peace with others and reveal God’s holiness in my life.

    PRAYER: Pray for more believers of Muslim background to find peace with God and others.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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    1. Stig, this is all still just a distraction. I did watch the entire Inaugural Event to see if anything strange was going to happen. It didn’t surprise me to see some national news correspondents adding drama to something that would normally put you to sleep 🙂 Apparently there will be an ongoing war between the Lamestream News Networks and The White House.

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  2. God is so good!!! This post is so perfect James!!!

    Last weekend the Lord gave me very clearly: “seducing spirits.” At the time I knew it was regarding a ministry group I had stepped away from some time ago yet He was leading step all the way and warn. Little did I know Holy Spirit was going over an intense time of days to show just how many areas of seducing spirits were going on so close to me. And in my beliefs.

    I pray I can put this to words correctly: I have been through deliverance and followed this type ministry over 25 years. It was there when Jesus set me free of PTSD and I was trained thoroughly in this area. All the original authors, teachers etc who came out with this ……………….I read all their books. It made sense when no one was around to simply cast out and send out to share Jesus.

    I began moving away from the generational digging and moving into discipleship of the Word and renewing the mind in our Bible studies. This is not to say casting out demons is not needed. It certainly is. Just the digging, the time, the way it’s been marketed is so uhg! The enemy also used it to play on areas I was weak in faith, weak in renewing my mind to Christ in areas. Casting out demons is easy, simple. But if one believes in digging, it leaves one always feeling less than in Christ. The “what if’s” there’s some huge sin from way back, the “what if’s” your sin has damaged your own children for life, or their fathers sin and so on. It does just enough to keep that 100% freedom in Him with a tad of doubt there and that “tad” can be a stronghold!

    Jesus never asked what sin, what this or what that. He simply set free and healed everyone, everyone, out of His compassion. Then disciple and sent forth. All is renewing the mind to the things of Christ, the atonement and how very much He did for all of us.

    See, I thought the word He gave me was over certain ministries that were digging into all the esoteric etc. Which part of the word was because it was just enough distraction to keep from going forth and getting people free, sharing the Gospel. What Jesus said to do. What Jesus said WE would be doing. Wow, any little thing the enemy can get in to keep that little side track going…………

    Ezekiel 18 pretty well nails it when it comes to going over past sins:

    The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

    2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?

    3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

    4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

    5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

    6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

    7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

    8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

    9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

    10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,

    11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife,

    12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

    13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

    14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,

    15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife,

    16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,

    17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

    18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

    19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

    20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

    21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

    23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

    24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

    25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

    26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

    27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

    28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

    30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

    31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

    32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

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    1. Thanks for sharing this with us Sonshine. Your comments about “Seducing Spirits” describes what we can see all around us. There is also a great “Delusion” going on, which God gives those that don’t accept the truth. You can see this clearly in how people are walking away from their calling, some are professing that God’s Judgment won’t happen and others are now just doing their own thing instead of listening to the Lord.

      We are also now seeing Professing Christians turn on each other. Many are verbally “Stoning” those that proclaimed to have a prophetic gift and gave false prophecies. People forget that all of us are still human, we make mistakes and we need prayer. Many forget that they need to be showing the Characteristics of Christ.

      My concerns for the false prophecies are from those that gave out specific dates and sometimes specific people. Those people who were “on the fence” about Christianity, may now make the decision to continue down the wrong path because of these things. All of us need to keep asking for more Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom.

      My best advice to anyone out there that is considering condemning those that have sent out false prophecies — pray for them and remain quiet. It would not be appropriate to bash them in a public forum for all to see.

      2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

      10 and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false, 12 so that all will be condemned—those who did not believe the truth but enjoyed unrighteousness.

      Jeremiah 23:20-22

      20 The Lord’s anger will not turn back
      until He has completely fulfilled the purposes of His heart.
      In time to come you will understand it clearly.
      21 I did not send these prophets,
      yet they ran with a message.
      I did not speak to them,
      yet they prophesied.
      22 If they had really stood in My council,
      they would have enabled My people to hear My words
      and would have turned them back from their evil ways
      and their evil deeds.

      Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaks in the Lord’s name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.

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      1. Amen James. My heart feels fear for them. Not sure if that is where to be in it all just feeling fear for them yet a sense of excitement too????? That we are also in the times when there will be so very many return to simply Jesus and going forth.

        I am certainly one of the slowest growing, took forever it felt to get free and am walking an hour at a time. Sometimes moments. My heart is breaking for where we all are in this time. What a mixture of burdens in prayer yet also knowing He is in control and has ALL of His children gathered and gathering.

        The fear too, is such a fear of being deceived. Perhaps the greatest fear for self and the Body of Christ. It is such a strong warning that IF possible even the elect will be deceived………SCARY!!!! In it all though and this walk of learning I see HIS faithfulness to pull back to Truth as long as the heart is willing to hear. Even in the pokey growers, immature believers like me!!!

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  3. Daily Devotional — 1/23/17

    THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS
    See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

    As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. The writer now turns to the issue of a growing root of bitterness which defiles and causes trouble and disunity.

    A group of believers in rural Hubei Province in China came to Christ as a result of listening to Christian radio programs. When a local woman was healed of appendicitis after prayer, two whole families converted to the way of Jesus enlarging their group to twenty. Five years later a Brother Chen arrived in the village on a sunny spring day. One believer shares this report:

    Some said Brother Chen was “sent straight from God to our company.” He said so too. Looking back over a year later, I think he was Satan’s man. But who knows, I may be harsh in my judgment. I remember that night so clearly. We were all gathered in my father’s house. The gas lamp flickered strange shapes against the whitewashed walls, on which we had stenciled “JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.”

    I remember Brother Chen saying, “Jesus needs our gold to build our mansion in heaven…the more gold we give him now, the bigger your mansion will be.”

    Well, we were poor. And because we were poor, the idea of having a golden mansion in the afterlife was very tempting to us. We handed over all we owned: family heirlooms, money, some expensive textiles from a distant ancestor. One in our group even gave his motorcycle, which he had saved for years to buy. Anyway, after all the “gold” had been collected, Brother Chen said he had to go and “open the gate for us.” He left, on the donated motorcycle. He took most of our savings. He hasn’t been back.

    Now the fellowship is ruined. Some of our group believes he is coming back, and was indeed sent by God to help us know Jesus better. Others of us believe he was a deceiver. It has split my family. My father thinks Chen was a good man. The rest of the family thinks differently, but we dare not disagree with my father openly.

    We still can’t read the Bible very well. We really don’t know that much about Jesus, to be honest. We know he has saved us, and healed a family member. But we know little else. Brother Chen’s deceit has made me bitter.

    RESPONSE: Today I will not allow Satan to grow a root of bitterness in my life or in my fellowship.

    PRAYER: Lord, help new believers around the world to recognize Satan’s tactics and the bitter root that will keep them in bondage.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  4. Sonshine, we are all in different places in our walk with the Lord. We can still learn from each other and are certainly worthy. Jesus made all of us worthy. It doesn’t matter what our past was — if we truly repent, it will all be blotted out and not brought against us in judgment.

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  5. I think foolproof against seducing spirits is simplicity. Simple and Word for Word interpretations of scripture.

    Think the passage My sheep hear My voice. IF somebody comes from an unscriptural angle at you stop and think. Somebody has to prove IT from scripture with at least 2-3 supporting verses to build a case. Thats why simplicity and stalwartly holding the scriptural barricades are important.

    Thats why i hold to the Kjv because IT has this defense mechanism built into it Very strongly.

    Simplicity in interpretation gives complexity in doctrine and faith. After all we know who gave us the scriptures! We must not fool ourselves that we know better unless the Holy Spirit directly moves to strengthen our interpretations.

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    1. Truth in what you said Stig. Nobody can dispute the truth in the Holy Bible. It doesn’t matter what version we are using, as long as the Holy Spirit guides us in the truth. I tend to use multiple version to bring clarity. Many of my scriptural references come from the Holman Christian Standard, but it’s not the only one I use. I personally don’t use the King James very often, as the Elizabethan English used in it is very difficult to understand and it can cause confusion in my understanding.

      I have nothing against the KJV at all — it’s more important that we not just read the Bible but apply it to our lives. Many times I bring up several versions side-by-side online, so I and compare scripture.

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      1. The thing is with Elizabethan english is that its not so hard to get an proper understanding of it. The reading grade of the kjv is lower than the Esv and Niv for instance.

        Im a foreigner with english as my 3 language and dont consider myself too smart. My idea is that for you americans its an heritage built into your soul and could be absorbed by you like clear spring water.

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      2. Personally, I like many of the standard Psalms and Scripture passages in the King James, because it’s familiar and I grew up with it in church.

        As far as reading the Bible cover to cover, I did that in the past few years about 8 times condensed in 90 day periods each time. BUT, I definitely didn’t want to attempt that even once in the King James Bible around here. For one thing, every syllable is shown with hyphens. Also, I don’t know the meaning of many of the words. I challenged myself to read about 24 pages per day, and I would’ve been too stumped by my King James in that particular exercise (not meant to replace Bible study).

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    2. Yes! What’s so crazy is if you hear teaching/preaching, the way it is said by the person/read in the book etc is something to be on guard against. I am amazed at the simplicity of “what Jesus said!” When, why and nothing added or taken away. Like I said, slow here and so many take advantage of those who are isolated and desperate for freedom………..then there are others who simply do not not know YET> teaching handed down to each one……….hmmmm like network marketing only the network is a net that has been in the sun too long……….

      It was so awesome seeing so many healed and set free! Curry Blake prays for each person and teaches pure Jesus said, then go forth. Same thing Jesus told His disciples. The lack of faith lies on the person ministering NOT on the person ill, or in bondage. Love the example Curry gave: When you buy or think about buying a new car, there is all of a sudden the same make, model, color etc all around and you’ve just not noticed before. It’s the same way with the ill, oppressed, possessed and wounded. They are all around!

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  6. Douglas Stauffer has made quite a convincing case in his Magnum opus One Book One Authority of what is considered difficult and not. And JC i am quite serious about the heritage thing, its in your blood your nation was builded on the Kjv and the ideals stemming from it. Next to Israel at its height under Solomon id say the USA under the Kjv at its height are the two premiere nations that show what one nation under God can do.

    Dont underestimate heritage, you are built upon it and your nation will always have it Even as IT moves away from God.

    IF My own nation had your history boy id be proud of it! And would remember whence it grew from!

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  7. Nice to hear from you Peggy. My take on the hyphens is that IF you use a Strongs concordance and look up the Hebrew/ greek words you are forced to use them because ancient languages are so more condensed and filled with meaning. Even today many words used in koine greek have never needed replacement When translated to English but are only simplified.

    Languages degenerate as New terms are deviced all the time. IF you listen to old people in My country most of them have superior vocabulary and mastery of speech than many academically educated youths.

    For My own part i say that the bible taught me the English i know today and i always recommend people WHO want to learn a language, any language to pick up a bible of that language. The older the better!

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  8. All are welcome here on this blog. It doesn’t matter what anyone’s background is, education, past sin, marital status, gender, age, country of origin — The Lord sees us as his children. The important thing here is that we accept him as our Lord and Savior, repent from all Sin and ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the truth.

    Anyone out there looking — just know that this is not a place where we condemn someone or belittle them because of the way they were taught. Church Doctrine and many Theologies should stay out of this blog, as we are here to lift each other up and welcome everyone.

    We don’t try to bring stress or condemnation on anyone by telling them false ingrained Church Doctrine such as:

    * You must be a member of a Church Building
    * You must use only a certain version of the Bible
    * You must prove you are saved by speaking in tongues.
    * You must read your prayers out-loud
    * You must quote scripture
    * You must belong to a Bible Study Group
    * You must sing or play an instrument in Church
    * You must ………….etc.

    The Lord is not impressed by our Churchianity and all the rules, regulations that man has made up! He never came here to hang out with Pharisees or build churches! Being a true Christian is not an easy path, but it sure is worth it in the end.

    Here’s what Jesus himself said were the most important commandments found in Mark 12

    30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

    31 “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.”

    https://jcsouthwest.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/mark-12-teachings-from-jesus/

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    1. I had to get out from under and make and am still asking for forgiveness from many over the way I was taught and believed. Another “Daniel” time of all unfolding……….oh boy………..

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      1. Its easier for a woman to get into the proper flow once confronted with true gospel and Holy Spirit influenced message. The downside is women are more prone to going Wrong lane When in that state. Men are more rigid and tend towards religiosity easier and we require more work to change because of our singular thought patterns. Think St Paul what IT took to change him.

        This is one reason we see abundance of women in church nowadays and little men. IT takes so much more to impress a man and quite often we are only led to Christ after severe hardships or near death experiences.

        IT says in scripture IF a man or woman is of faith and their spouse is not to just pray and perservere because IT is by their example or the Lords action the other one might be saved.

        So our learned patterns are difficult to unlearn but sonshine is a good example of someone WHO went the right way.

        And think of this ancient comparison, When you read the bible the ot is on left NT on the RIGHT. The Lords right hand saves while the left that is most oftenly parallelled with cerebral activity gives us the framework where to operate within.

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      2. Sonshine, when I was first saved (back around 1982), I was attending a non-denominational church that taught things that I now know were man-made doctrines. That church emphasized speaking in tongues so much, many believed they weren’t saved because they never did! There were many other things they taught, that I also now know were simply man-made church doctrines. Many of those doctrines are included in that list I made in a comment above. At the time when I was attending Church services (3 times a week) and sometimes a Bible Study group on the weekend — I was simply going through the motions and not really allowing the truth to sink in. My walk sure didn’t show that I was a True Christian.

        I walked away from the Lord for over 30 years and didn’t return until early 2015. I’ve repented from all sin, forgiven everyone of their trespasses and continue to ask the Lord for guidance. I’ve also had to unlearn the demonic doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved” — as we need to repent often, even if we just sin in thought.

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  9. Daily Devotional — 1/24/17
    BROTHERLY LOVE
    Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Hebrews 13:1

    As we see in Hebrews chapter twelve, once we “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,” we will be aware of how we should then live. The writer now turns to the issue of brotherly love and he uses the verb form of repeated action. Keep on loving, over and over. Jesus Himself said that this would be the sign to the world of true discipleship—love for one another.

    In China a house church network leader was being pursued by the Public Security Bureau (PSB) due to his active ministry. He had to be on the run and couldn’t go home because the PSB were waiting for him at his house.

    His wife went through much emotional suffering since she didn’t know where her husband was. Other believers were afraid to come to the meeting held at the house and even other co-workers didn’t come near due to fear. The wife had no money and eventually ran out of food. That was the hardest time in her life.

    In spite of the PSB officers standing outside, an elderly Christian lady approached the house and boldly entered. The wife was surprised and asked the elderly woman why she was willing to take the risk. The lady said she wasn’t afraid because she knew the woman’s husband was serving the Lord and she was also serving the same Lord. The old lady prepared some noodles for young wife and her child. The young wife was really impressed with this love. Also the old lady told her that many outside were praying for them so this also brought tremendous strength and encouragement as they continued to suffer isolation.

    Another house church leader in China spent time in prison. He wrote to his fellowship, “It is because of your prayers that I could go through the most difficult times while in prison. My mother, who also prayed for me every day, knew that there were many brothers and sisters who did the same for her son and that she was not alone. She too, would like to express her thanks to those who prayed for me.

    “Following my release, I spent two weeks with my whole family. My daughter shared that she thought I was a bad person because she had seen the policeman arrest me right before her eyes. She was very angry with me until the day she received a card from a fellow Christian. In the card were the words, ‘Your father is a hero for he has suffered for Christ.’ Immediately all her anger dissipated and she became very proud of having a father who is a hero and willing to suffer for Christ.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will make an extra effort to show love to all Christian brothers and sisters.

    PRAYER: Help me, Lord, to make love for the brethren a daily repeated action, for Your glory!

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  10. Sure thing JC not meant to lead anyone that ways anyhow. But i am however impressed by the New things i learn all the time here. Somebody knows me then they will know im no stickler for rules. Only the one you said Love the Lord and the people around you like yourself.

    But i will hold to the idea that older is better, Isaac Newton said IT best. We are standing on the shoulders of giants When we do our studies.

    And another one is this as he was sleeping in the Apple garden where he wondered IF the Lord is not up to his task as creator thinking about fruit trees and branches. He was hit by an Apple in the head and said Thank God IT was not a pumpkin!

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  11. Excellent Verse of the Day — 1/24/17

    [ Carry One Another’s Burdens ] Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.
    Galatians 6:1 HCSB

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    1. That verse brings to mind that sometimes we encounter “difficult” situations with people we meet in person. When I am dealing with an individual in person, I ask the Lord to guide my words. I sometimes have to be quiet and wait on the Lord. I know I’ve said this before, but I find it more difficult dealing with people in-person that are “Professing Christians” then those that don’t know the Lord. (Not referring to this blog or anyone following it in any way). I often pray for more patience in these areas.

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      1. Thats interesting because i met the same difficulty with people of Christ. There seems to be an separating barrier there somewhere and i think Michael Lake was correct in his idea on false anointing in the Shinar directive!

        Anyone can be prone to that if one is not totally in sync with the Lord all the time. Even in philosophy and Science they have a term for it, its the Luciferian gene especially considered and pondered on in a subdiscipline called qualia or easier the quantum physics of the mind.

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  12. There’s so much out now on the false anointing. Seeking after feelings, emotions vs truth. Trying to ride the bike here w/out training wheels!

    Last night I dreamed there were two huge barrels. One was full of water to the brim and had cups floating on it, some had a bit of water, some half full etc
    The other barrel was full to the brim of dirt. The cups could not be filled w/out it spilling. There just wasn’t room. The cups had no place to “go”

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  13. One of the things that many churches teach is Old Testament Law of Tithing. If we are going to follow Old Testament Law, then we need to practice all of it and that includes Burnt Offerings and all the rest.

    It’s more important that we follow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the area of Giving. We don’t need to tell people how we give. Some may be prompted to give in many ways: Finances, Volunteer, Time, Donating Goods, Helping Others, etc.
    Some may be prompted to give 50%; others 10%, etc… The Lord knows our hearts. He wants 100% of us, not just part of us.

    Matthew 6:1-4 (“How To Give”)

    “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 3 But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

    Matthew 23:23
    23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. These things should have been done without neglecting the others.

    Luke 18:9-14
    The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else: 10 “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people —greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’

    13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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