Colossians 3:16 - How To Let The Word Of Christ Dwell In You Richly.

Colossians 3:16 - How To Let The Word Of Christ Dwell In You 

Colossians 3:16 (NKJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you 
richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms 
and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to 
the Lord.  

Colossians 3:16 (AMP)  Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the 
Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in 
[all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another 
in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, 
and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody 
to God with [His] grace in your hearts. 

   We have all been given one great choice: how we will live our 
lives. We can live them "our way," as Frank Sinatra sang. Trouble is, 
on our own, we lack the resources and understanding we need to 
avoid disaster. Most of us find that out the hard way. Or we can live 
our lives according to society's norms and expectations. That sounds 
good, but aligning ourselves with the naturally evil hearts of men is 
also fraught with danger and disaster. 
   There is another option, however. One that is sure to work in 
our favor. We can choose to align ourselves with God and live our 
lives his way. 
   God instituted a plan for each of us long before we were 
born, and he has given us the gifts and insights we need to follow 
that plan successfully. He has guaranteed our success before we even 
   To find God's will for our lives, we must spend time alone 
with him. Even Jesus spent much time praying and listening for his 
Father's voice so he could carry out the mission for which he was sent. 
He made conscious contact with God, and we must do the same. God 
must be more than a concept to us. 
   Conscious contact with God begins in his Word - his love 
letter to us. In its pages, we find his will for us and learn how to 
make right choices.  
   Father, thank you for the care you took in giving me all I 
need to live a successful life. I want to be all you created me to 
be. In Jesus' name, Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by 
John & Johnny Baker] 

   Heaven is full of God's voice. Angels obey the sound of His 
voice, worship Him, bask in His glory, and proclaim His will. 
Multitudes declare His goodness around His throne. No one in heaven needs 
to sort out the voices to determine which is from God and which is 
not. No one questions what His purposes are. It's an openly 
God-saturated environment.  
   Here in our realm, however, things aren't as clear. Lies 
swirl around us, discouragement and fear and unholy agendas seem to 
dominate the atmosphere, and most people have a hard time telling which 
end is up. We strive to find truth and meaning, live purposeful 
lives, and have healthy relationships, but we often find ourselves 
confused and disillusioned. Yes, we Jesus followers cling to the truth 
that has been revealed, but we struggle desperately to apply it to 
the difficult situations in our lives. Our environment is not nearly 
as heavenly as we want it to be.  
   The words of Colossians 3:16 can make an enormous difference. 
Many of us say we want to hear God's voice, but then we fill our 
hearts and minds with things that would never fit in a heavenly 
environment. We want the clarity of heaven, but take deep breaths of the 
polluted air of the world. We willingly tune in to mixed signals and then 
complain about not being able to discern God's voice.  
   If we want the clarity of heaven in our lives, we need to 
saturate ourselves with heaven's atmosphere. Our spirits will be much 
more sensitive to God's voice when we've surrounded ourselves with 
the things His voice inspires. Worship-saturated, glory-permeated 
souls hear God more often and more clearly than those steeped in 
unholy messages.  
   Jesus, I know I'm thoroughly in the world, but You never 
meant for me to be influenced by it. Please, I need tastes of heaven - 
even full banquets - that will open my soul to Your voice. Help me 
fill my atmosphere with Your words and songs. [The One Year Hearing 
His Voice Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   What are the benefits of Scripture meditation? They are 
beyond telling. Here, however, are just some of the benefits the Bible 
offers to those of us who will take the time to meditate: (1) success - 
Joshua 1:8, (2) understanding - Psalm 119:99, (3) the ability to wisely 
discern between right and wrong - Psalm 119:11.  
   But the one that is most pivotal occurs in Psalm l - 
spiritual freshness. This psalm makes it clear that one of the secrets of 
staying spiritually fresh is to send one's roots down into the Word of 
God by meditation.  
   In my teens I knew a man, a miner by trade, whose spiritual 
freshness and radiance were responsible for turning many people to Jesus 
Christ. Just before he died, and in the company of several other 
Christians, I asked him: "What is the secret of your spiritual freshness? 
You always seem to be on top of things, always radiant. Tell me how 
you maintain this inner poise and power." He replied in one word - 
   I pressed him for some further thoughts on the subject. This 
is not a verbatim quotation, but as far as I can remember, this is 
what he said: "Meditation is letting your heart become the workshop 
of the unseen Sculptor who chisels in its secret chambers the 
living forms that contribute to character development and an increasing 
likeness to Jesus Christ." That old man, now in heaven, was one of the 
greatest illustrations I have ever known of the spiritual freshness and 
fruitfulness that comes from meditating on God's Word. His experience can be 
ours - if we meditate.  
   O Father, help me to master the art of Scripture meditation, 
so that through the written Word and by the meditated Word, those 
around me may see the Living Word. Amen [Every Day With Jesus Bible 
with Selwyn Hughes devotional re Psa. 39:3] 




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