Glenn’s Meal 04-29-13

Freedom 042913

Good morning everyone. I was in a group of people the other day and the subject of laws came up. The person that brought up the subject happened to be a fallen believer. When I started sharing biblical principles with this person, he just stopped dead in his tracks and listened. The scripture I used when I talked with the group is today’s meal.

Today’s Prayer

Father, help us to see that in Your inspired Word we are warned: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world!” * C. S. Lewis also recognized that we may face this problem when he observed: “If you haven’t met Satan recently, you are probably going his way!” Open our eyes to see that perhaps at no other time in our nation’s history have we been attacked by such powerful demonic forces, misleading and overcoming so many of our people. Keep our eyes, minds and hearts focused on your will for us and we will be careful to give You all honor and glory. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Let’s eat.

Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ

New Living Translation
Colossians 2:6-23

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

Quote of the Day

Among the many great things about admitting your weakness and vulnerability is that it is so relaxing. I don’t have to be a fake any more.

Dan Hayes

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Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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