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Regarding Prov 24:27. I think you have to remember the times these people were living when this was written. If you didn't have a field to keep, you didn't eat. You could live for a while without shelter, but not without food. It's still great advice as you translated into modern terms - know where your income is coming from before purchasing a house.

Colossians chapter 3, “ In verses 12 through 14, “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in
perfect unity.” WOW! THESE VERSES REALLY STOOD OUT TO ME. THEY MAKE YOU STEP BACK AND TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU ARE LIVING. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE ME THESE VIRTUES IN MY HEART. HAVE A BLESSED DAY! PEGGY

Yesterday Paul warned us against rules based on human commands and human teachings (Col 2:20). Today my NIV has Chapter 3 of Colossians headed: "Rules for Holy Living". So here are rules that come, not from human teaching, but from God (according to the NIV editors). Maybe if we have reservations about 'rules' as a checklist for achieving perfection we could regard them as a guide. Anyway, at one level, Paul seems to be providing a list of "do's and don'ts". However, he describes it as more than a way of life, it is a way of being.

He provides a list of "don'ts" - sexual immorality, anger, lying, etc. - but they are far more than "don'ts" - we are to die to the lifestyle of which they were a part, we are to rid ourselves of them, they don't exist for us anymore.

And on the other hand we are exhorted to far more that just a list of "do's". We are to clothe ourselves with Christ's way of life, live as He lived at a deeper more integrated level than just a regular WWJD check. We are to become as Christ. We are to act in His Name. Nay, even more, with Him living in us, together, we become Him.

Is that overstating it?

Jeremiah 8:8-9:26

How can you say, We are wise, and we have the written law of the Lord [and are learned in its language and teachings]? Behold, the truth is, the lying pen of the scribes has made of the law a falsehood (a mere code of ceremonial observances). [Mark 7:13.] The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken [captive]. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom and broad, full intelligence is in them? (Jeremiah 8:8-9 AMP)


Because of the way I grew up, I rejected God and His Word for almost 20 years. I know about twisting the law and God’s Word to fit into a personal agenda and that is why I love what Mike is doing, getting people to read the Word of God for themselves. Yes, most of the time we may not understand but as we mature and continue reading God’s Word year after year, what we once could not comprehend becomes real and alive. Just like it takes maturity of mental ability to grasp Algebra and Quantum Physics, it will take years of studying and reading God’s Word to understand many things.

May we all strive for the day when we can stop depending on others, the mature and the Adults among us to spoon feed us as we sit at the table of spiritual food, and pick up our own knife and fork and feed ourselves, enjoying and savoring every single bite.

[Put first things first.] Prepare your work outside and get it ready for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house and establish a home.
(Pro 24:27 AMP)


Mike I think this is one of those common sense Proverbs that countless people, Believers and Non-Believers, have no clue regarding its meaning. Some of us would say, “Well, duh-you can’t do it any other way.” Remember, common sense is not so common.

You would be very surprised just how many people don’t get it! I didn’t get this Proverb for a while until about the last year I was in College (89/90) when one day it exploded in my spirit and I realized that it was the clear answer and rebuke to all those who knew me while I was on welfare, family and friends(?), or should I saw acquaintances. They at first mocked me when I began going to school (College), “Look at how old you are why do you want to go to school? How old will you be when you finish?” When my graduation was in sight, maintaining a 3.7 GPA through my journey, they then felt free to tell me how I should spend my money when I became employed which was 99.9% on things that would benefit them.

The Holy Spirit kept this Proverb ever in my thoughts and I did not know why I could not get it out of my head. Although one can mentally assent to certain concepts that make good sense, pressure, especially family and or peer pressure can obscure common sense in such a way that behavior belies one’s thoughts and knowledge. A revelation of this Proverb saved me from serving the dictates of others despite the anger that followed when I rejected their multitude of financial proposals.

Hope this was helpful.

Colossians 3:12 – 14:
“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Notice the choice – action verbs in the verses above: “…CLOTHE yourselves…BEAR WITH each other and FORGIVE WHATEVER grievances…FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU…over all these virtues PUT ON love…”

I am reading a book by Dr. Gary Smalley entitled, “The DNA of Relationships: Discover How You are Designed for Satisfying Relationships”. This is an excellent book. Here is a short quote.

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1. The external problem is rarely the problem. What we think is the problem—finances, the other person-is not the core problem.
2. The core problem is our fear. The problem in nearly every conflict is that the something touches each person’s core fear. We wrestle with a core fear.
3. Each of us is involved in a Fear Dance. Triggered by a core fear, we get stuck in a destructive Fear Dance that involves our hurts, wants, fears, and reactions.
4. We can break the rhythm of the Fear Dance. By identifying our core fears and by understanding that the other person isn’t the problem, we can begin to learn new dance steps to healthier relationships….

1. Take control of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. You are part of the picture in every relationship, in every Fear Dance. You can choose to do something. Remember that your thoughts determine your feelings and actions.
2. Take responsibility for your buttons. You have a choice about how you react when someone pushes your fear button. No one controls how you react. You alone do that. You are in charge of your buttons.
3. Don’t give others the power to control your feelings. Focus on the right person. Personal responsibility means refusing to focus on what the other person has done. The only person you can change is yourself.
4. Don’t look to others to make you happy.
5. Become the CEO of your life. You can’t force people to meet your needs, but when you express legitimate needs to others, they can choose to step in to assist you.
6. Forgiveness heals relationships. Taking personal responsibility means you confess your wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. You also forgive others.

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All I have to say, as I work out my salvation with fear and trembling, is AMEN !!

Proverbs 24
27 "Develop your business first before building your house."

It seems that there is a very simple and clear message here—a simple message that is very profound. The message is don’t buy quickly without having the financial foundation to pay for it. People who are “impulse” buyers always buy because it “makes them feel good” so that “all is right with the world” because of their purchase.

Do not do that. Build a strategy to have money and to save money. Then, money can be spent with true wisdom, joy, and freedom. BEST OF ALL THERE IS NO CREDIT CARD DEBT !

Vance


Colossians

Rules for Holy Living

AAGH! I do not like this title for the chapter. It can get one into trouble if it becomes a checklist of do's and don'ts.

Look, Paul never makes exhaustive lists of "sin" when making a point. they are examples or representations of what he is talking about. Sin is sin, and if you are in the Word of God and indwelt by the Holy Spirit - you will know what is to be avoided or gotten rid of in your life.
[Note: of course the things listed are part of the "universe" of sin.]

Col3:14
"And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
Yes, the virtues are listed but I am pretty sure this is also not an exhaustive list. The important thing is that over all is "LOVE" - Gk. AGAPE.

The love that is rooted in the Word - with wisdom, knowledge, and discernment. A conscious willing love. If you strive towards that "love" you will be cloaked in ALL the virtues and will bind the "assembly" in unity.

I think in all Colossians these are the verses to meditate on:

Col3:15-17"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." NIV

Be in the word of Christ, be in Him, and be joyously thankful as you teach, admonish, or sing (again not exhaustive), but...

"whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (CAPS MINE)

I have been reading the Bible through the year this way for 5 or 6 years, and what has always amazed me is how the verses often tie together for one long lesson. Today: God gives us rules to live by. They are for our good. His plans are to prosper us and give us a hope of a future-a good future. But what do I do? I live for myself, and I wind up in the kind of trouble Jeremiah wailed about and Paul wrote about. But rules don't cut it- what needed to be done was to re-make my heart in such a way that now I live for Him. The seed must die to bear any fruit. If I live for me I will lose my life. Seek first His Kingdom and then the rest will come.

Colossians is very powerful...the old man we should put off and the new man we should put on.
I still have something in me, and i venture to say many ppl do also, think that its something I/we can do. Something i need to put effort into...to do these things and dont do those things.

No... its a byproduct of having Christ indwell us. I can try to put anger, bad language, etc. away; i can try to be forgiving, etc...but thats just a fruitless effort cause its not me that can do these things. I may be able to for a while, but I will fail.
Its all of God and not my effort; its His grace, His mercy, Christ in me. The only thing I can do is saturate myself in Him, learn of Him, dwell in Him, stay in Him. HE does everything for me. He does the work in me. I dont do the work! Its easy to say, but not an easy concept for me to put into practice...getting the works effort off me and attributing it to Him. The more I learn of God's grace the more i'm getting it!
I cant do it, all i can do is give up control...ask the Spirit to do it for me. the response will be total gratitude for what He did! I can do nothing; its His working. Its all Him!

He has given me another day! Wash me Jesus. Take my garments of filth and give me garments of praise, love and adoration for my Lord and Savior and love my neighbor as myself. Remember the enemies that you have delivered me from so that I can know that you are able to deliver me from my enemies of today- You are my life. Breathe your life on this nation and it's leaders once again. Forgive us of neglect and turning away from you. Hear our prayer O Lord. Come quickly-if not in the clouds, then in the hearts of men - this year in the USA. Remove the lies and deceit from our hearts so that they can be filled with life-Yours, Amen.

Do you have bibical reading on cd

My Husband is legally blind and therefore he is unable to read, He is very interested in listing to biblical read espescially on his ipod

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