Nothing Better Than Christ

Colossians 2:8-10 KJV

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

There is, it seems, this constant urging in our flesh for something new, better, fresher.

The bondage to sin operates on this urging.

We can never indulge in a sinful practice without the risk of that practice growing into something more sinister than the sin we originally indulged in. Drug addiction, alcoholism, sexual deviation; all tend to increase in intensity over time. They can never level out. They lose their satisfaction unless they increase.

 

The advertising and sales industry rely on this urging to keep moving products

It seems like it is never enough to have a working item; we want a newer one, a faster one, a shinier one, a bigger one, a more luxurious one, one like the one our neighbor has. Cars, computers, smart phones electronic gadgets all have us craving the next one before the new smell wears off the one we have right now.

 

The sin nature tempts us to constantly seek something better than Christ

Paul warned the believers at Colosse, and through them, us, to beware of anything or anyone that would spoil our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ by enticing us to seek something better than Christ. The philosophies and traditions of men; the rudiments of the world are nothing compared to Christ, except that they prey on our sinful nature to seek something else. Paul’s message is that Christ is:

  • The fulness of the Godhead
  • The completion of the believer and
  • The head of all principality and power

There is nothing better than Christ. There is only a better walk with and love for Christ.

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To God Alone

Deuteronomy 13:4 KJV

Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

 

I would call this verse the pivot of all of Deuteronomy 13. The chapter offers three possibilities in following after false gods:

  • A prophet might bring a true sign
  • A member of the family might tempt you privately or
  • Certain men (this might be a political party in our day) might lead a whole city away from god

 

The point was that, no matter what, you do not turn from God to idols.

  • Even if the prophet tells a dream that comes true or performs a miracle and it is proven genuine
  • Even if it is you your parents your spouse or your children
  • Even if is the direction your whole country is heading towards

We who are God’s people are to:

  • walk after God
  • fear him and keep His commandments
  • obey His voice
  • serve Him and
  • cleave unto Him

 

If anything tends to draw us away, especially if they are emotionally compelling things, we should view that as a test from God to prove, try and strengthen our faith.

 

Our allegiance is to God alone.

 

For this and more than 3000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2007.

Proving the Acceptable

Ephesians 5:10 KJV

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

 

We prove those things that are acceptable unto the Lord by practicing them, by doing them and thus observing their resulting consequences.

Gill writes, “There are many things that are acceptable to God, as

  • the person of Christ, 
  • his righteousness, sacrifice, sufferings, death, and mediation;
  • the persons of his people, 
  • their services, sufferings, sacrifices of prayer, and praise to him, and of bounty and liberality to the poor;
  • their graces, and the exercise of them; and 
  • the actions of their lives and conversations, when they are becoming the Gospel, are according to the will of God, and are done in faith, and are directed to his glory: 

… are acceptable to God…”

 

By walking as children of light we become an experiment serving to test, try and prove those things that are acceptable unto God.

 

For this and more than 3000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2007.

 

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