January 25th

Living According to God 

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14 NKJV
 

This passage wonderfully captures the idea of walking according to God.  In conversing with sex addicts, we often talk a lot about stopping the habits of fleshly indulgence and lust, when we ought to talk more about how to live according to Godís Spirit in the ďnew lifeĒ in Christ.  One of the secrets to successfully putting the sinful deeds of the body to death each day is engaging ourselves in good things that will bear fruit in Godís kingdom. We donít want to leave a vacuum when we clean all the evil out of our life, and so we should fill our minds with Godís words and present our bodies for righteous works that will glorify God.  This will help us have less idle time on our hands and also tune our minds to Godís ways and power for living in righteousness. 

The new life is not about keeping to a list of doís and doníts.  It involves a fullness and satisfaction in life that can be found nowhere but from God.  It is not a life lived in stoic obedience, but rather, a life lived in the love, refreshment and peace of God.  Some of the elements of this new life that Paul mentioned above include:

        Filling with knowledge of Godís will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding

        Walking worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him

        Being fruitful for God in every good work

        Increasing in knowledge of God

        Strengthening with all might, according to Godís power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy

        Enjoying a wonderful inheritance as children of God

        Forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the power of darkness 

If you desire to live the new life in Christ, you can turn the above passage into a prayer for yourself.  True joy, satisfaction and happiness is found in living this new life.  God will help you do it by His Spirit that lives in you through your faith in Jesus Christ. 

Questions for further thought:

Prayer:

ďLord Jesus, thank you for your matchless sacrifice on the cross for me!  Lord, please fill me with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.  Please strengthen me to walk worthy of you, fully pleasing to you and being fruitful in every good work.  Please help me to maintain a forward momentum in my walk with you, increasing in the knowledge of God.  I invite your Holy Spirit to strengthen me with all might, according to your glorious power.  Thank you, Father, for qualifying me as a co-heir with Jesus!  Thank you for delivering me from the power of darkness and conveying me into your kingdom!  In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen.Ē