We live in America, the land of the free. When you go to a party, sometimes you get free food. After getting out of your parents house, you have freedom. After accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have true freedom. Don’t believe me? Do it and see how drastically your life improves.
Dose of the Daily Word
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Reflection Soothes the Soul
Paul pointed out that knowledge itself is empty. To be worth anything, it must lead to a changed life and right living. His prayer for the Colossians has two dimensions: that they might be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, and that they would bear fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Knowledge is not merely accumulated; it should give us direction for living. Paul wanted the Colossians to be wise, be he also wanted them to use their knowledge. Knowledge of God is not a secret that only a few can discover; it is open to everyone. God wants us to learn more about him and also put belief into practice by helping others.
Paul’s prayers teach us how to pray for others, whether we know them or not. We can request that they (1) understand God’s will, (2) gain spiritual wisdom, (3) please and honor God, (4) bear good fruit, (5) grow in the knowledge of God, (6) be filled with God’s strength, (7) have great endurance and patience, (8) stay full of Christ’s joy, and (9) give thanks always. All believers have these same basic needs. When you don’t know how to pray for someone, use Paul’s example above.
Welcome to Friday! Feel free to do this workout to the best of your ability… and then do one more!!!
Today’s Workout is 3 minutes of burpees. I do this benchmark test in my athletic and PE classes so my students can gauge their mental toughness.
- Make sure to have a good full body warmup
- Do as many quality burpees as you can in 3 minutes
- Remember that number for next time
- Have a good cool down