Recently I gave a speech in which I almost died by way of drowning; standing fully on dry ground no less! Publicly choking on a sip of water can be deadly…and most embarrassing when you almost project the rest of the liquid onto the front lines of the audience of which I failed to previously label with my “splash zone” warning signs. (Live and learn I guess.) However long story short, thankfully God kept my heart beating that day which reminds me of something Chambers wrote once, “You no more need a holiday from spiritual concentration than your heart needs a holiday from beating.”
Colossians 1:23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. DON’T DRIFT! The enemy is out to choke you, to trip you up, to cause you to drift, to often take a slow fading trip away from the One true treasure you’ve been given; because see he can’t take that treasure from you… you have to drift away on your own. (John 10:28)
Remember the secret?! And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. (YES!!) This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. (Alleluia!) Col. 1:27 Good golly He wants us to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. He wants us to have complete confidence and understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col. 2:2,3) And friends He Himself is willing to reside within us!!! Don’t drift from that Truth!!!!
We have been made aware of our treasure in His Word so that no one will deceive you with well crafted arguments. (Col. 2:4) Know Truth because those lies are well crafted especially in stormy seasons when the wind and the rain, snow and ice seem to blur those lines through tears. Col. 2:7-8 shows us our conquering King Jesus knew well about these seasons and so it is stated here, 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 over flow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
This world holds nothing of lasting value for us in Christ, 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 rulers of the world… (Col. 2:20) Why, is right!!?!
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. Col. 3:10 Do not succumb to the choking of the enemy dear one. Just as every heartbeat is precious to the sustaining of our very lives so too is clinging to the treasure which is Jesus, and the secret that He has given Himself in our place so that we could be with Him in His (John 3:16).
Oh dear one He has no favorites (Col. 3:25), He is pursuing you and He longs for you to allow Him to persuade your heart into a deeper faith and trust in His faithful, true and good character! YOU are precious to Him, don’t drift from that kind of love! Today lets choose to live, drowning/fully immersed in the freedom of His eternal life sustaining Truth which is His Word!
Independent Read: 1 John 4:4, Eph. 3:14-21, John 1:1-5