Daily Devotional: Colossians

Colossians Devotional

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Colossians Devotional 1

The Apostle Paul writes to the Christians at Colossae saying, “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints” (Col 1:3-5). Paul had not been to Colossae yet, but received Epaphars’ report regarding them. They had, like you, received the Gospel from the testimonies’ of others and Paul was praising God for saving them.

Colossians Devotional 2

A primary change that took place in your life as well as the Colossians is your confidence in Christ’s promise to you. The Apostle Paul states, “because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit” (Col 1:5-6). Your Christian life is not to be stagnate or static, but vibrant, dynamic and fruit bearing.

Colossians Devotional 3

Your true spiritual life is also, “increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth” (Col 1: 6). Your maturity as a believer is based upon the understanding of God’s grace. Paul explains, I “thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge” 1 Cor 1:3-5). Jesus Christ is your life (Col 3:4) and your life is continually being enriched by Him.

Colossians Devotional 4

The Apostle Paul prayed for the Colossians and asked “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Col. !:9), You cannot fulfill this prayer request with your natural ability [flesh] no matter how sincere and motivated you are. Only Jesus Christ can fulfill this in, through and with you by your willing availability.

Colossians Devotional 5

The Apostle Paul’s desire ““that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” was “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Col. 1:9-10). None of you is worthy for Jesus to save you and neither can you please Him in your natural ability [flesh]. This is the reason He dwells in you so that He may please His Father in, through and with you.

Colossians Devotional 6

The Apostle Paul identifies the purpose of you the Christian, “to please Him (Christ) in all respects” (Col. 1:10), You desire to please God. You think that you must help God in order to please Him. However, it is not your effort, it is your availability to Him working in, through and with you, “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil 3:18)..

Colossians Devotional 7

The Apostle Paul says that it is pleasing to God for you the Christian to be, “bearing fruit in every good work” (Col 1:1). The only fruit your old nature is able to yield is, “to bear fruit for death” (Rom 7:5). This spiritual fruit may only come by your abiding in Christ. He produces His own fruit in, through and with your cooperation; “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (Jon 15:5).

Colossians Devotional 8

The Apostle Paul says that it is pleasing to God for you to be, “increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10). This knowledge is not just Bible study it also implies your intimate relationship with Him, “Then the Lord said, ‘“Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote’” (Isa 29:13).

Colossians Devotional 9

Often well-meaning Christians believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is available to make you into a powerful Christian. The Apostle Paul learned from God that His, “grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor 12:8-9). It is through the indwelling of the Lord Jesus Christ that you may in your weakness, “be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might” (Col 1:11).

Colossians Devotional 10

The Apostle Paul says that it is God’s “glorious might” that transforms the you from being a weak Christian into a strong mature believer, “for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light” (Col 1:11). This maturity is accomplished as you, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col 3:16).