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The Word Changes You and Those Around You

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"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom...." Colossians 3:16

Have you ever noticed that you start to act and talk like the people you hang around? If you have been married for several years, you might even hear, "You and your spouse look alike!"

Paul talks about the old self and the new self in this portion of his letter to the Colossians. He says you and I need to put to death our sinful, earthly ways and put on the new ways of Jesus. Over time, spending time in God's Word and packing His truths in your heart changes the way you act, talk, and look.

The word dwell in this verse does not mean to just let God's Word "hang around" in your mind and heart, but to let it influence the way you live, which in turn will influence those around you.

What are some ways you can begin to cultivate the Word of God in your heart so that it influences your behavior and the behavior of those around you?

Remembering God's Faithfulness

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"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, with the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival." Psalm 42:1-4

 

Monuments are structures built to help remember and celebrate significant people, places or events that have impacted history. In this passage, the psalmist is looking at a desperate world, realizing his desperate need for God and hearing the mocking of his culture, but he is not shaken. Why not? Because he is tapping into the spiritual monuments of a good and faithful God in his life. "These things I remember," he says.

In the life of a Jesus follower, no matter how desperate the times get, what our culture says, or how bleak the situation is, we must recognize our desperate need for Christ and remember the faithfulness of God. We must have confidence in Him because of what He's done!

When was the last time you took time to think about what God has done for you, and used that fact as a monument to minister to yourself?

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