BY REV. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel…” – Colossians 1:23
In this scripture, the author Paul writes about where we all once were in verse 21, illustrating that we were at one time alienated and removed from God’s covering because of our wicked ways and evil habits we all have demonstrated at some time in our lives. He goes on to remind us that we have been reconciled and forgiven from that past when you have accepted the Lord as your savior due to His sacrifice of himself upon the cross. This brings him to verse 23, where he says “if ye continue.” In other words, Paul is trying to remind us that God has looked past our transgressions and sins and placed us on a path that if we continue to be grounded in our faith and not moved from our hope, only then will we begin to really experience God’s best in our life.
Being grounded in your life is the key in reaching a great destiny. It’s only when you put down roots and decide to go deeper in faith will you receive a deeper understanding of the plans God has on your life. The Bible reminds us that by taking steps towards being a more righteous person, we reap the benefits. After all, things work out for the good for those who love the Lord.
These words of promise from God should leave you joyful, no matter where you are in life. Your hope reminds you that if you continue to be grounded in your faith, your days ahead will indeed reap a better harvest than the days past. We tend to lose hope when we have nothing to believe in. We are fortunate as believers that God is a keeper of promises.
The one thing God has always shown His chosen people (That’s YOU!) is that we should never compare ourselves with others. No one has ever received the benefits of God like His chosen people that believe in him.
Paul reminds us that God has brought us out of an alienated status and reconciled us. This signifies that God has given you all you need in order for you to enjoy your life. So the question is: What is keeping you from enjoying your life to the fullest? You may be working a job that you don’t want. You may not live in the exact home you pictured yourself living in. Maybe you’re single and wish you were married. Possibly you feel you wasted a good portion of life due to unexpected occurrences in your life. These are all things that are changeable and should be viewed as only being temporary.
If you view your current situation as anything more than a temporary state, then you are not grounded in faith and not standing on the very hope Paul reminds us about in this scripture.
Focusing on temporary seasons in your life can open doors of becoming frustrated, comparing yourself with others and a life of complaining. If you allow any of these things to creep into your life, it will take you off of focus and steal your joy. If you don’t learn to be happy where you are, you’ll never get to where you want to be. Some seasons in our life requires us to work harder, think smarter and be more strategic in our decision making.
Some may say “the devil is busy.” The reality is the Devil has nothing to do with you refusing to complain, refusing to give up or refusing to believe you have the ability to do anything you put your mind to doing with the help of our Lord and Savior Jesus, who strengthen us on a daily basis.
Today, I want you to reset your thinking and realize that God is directing your steps if you continue to be grounded in your faith and be not moved from the hope of the gospel. Anticipate an awesome outcome knowing that God is working all things together for your good according to His divine plan. Stay focused in faith and soon this season will pass away and new doors will open, so you can walk into your rightful place of blessings God has on reserve for you!
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