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Reflection: Giving thanks

God the Father."

(NASU) Chapters 1-2 of Colossians describe the pre-eminence of Christ in a variety of ways. Chapters 3-4 are a measuring stick to measure your life by. If the qualities found in Colossians 3-4 are true in your life, then you can be confident that Christ is indeed pre-eminent in your life. If Colossians 3 and 4 are not true in your life, then you should read, study, and meditate on the awesomeness of Christ described in Chapters 1 and 2. Colossians 3:12 identifies the Christian as one who has been chosen by God and declared by God to be holy and beloved. Verse 15 commands Christians to be thankful. Verse 16 tells us to sing with thankfulness in our hearts to God. A life of praise and thanksgiving to God is clear evidence that we belong to God and that Christ is pre-eminent in our lives.

Psalms 40:1-3 tells us where our praise originates from and what effect it will have, "I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord." (NASU)

Our life of praise comes directly from the Lord. Our life of praise is a marvelous evangelism program and discipleship program. If I call myself a Christian, I ought to live a life of praise to God that will cause others to have a reverent fear and trust the Lord. It is an incredibly sobering warning that my lack of praise keeps others from responding in faith to the Lord.

Steve Ellison's years coaching and teaching in public schools have given him a love for high school students. He was on staff with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which fostered an interest in sports ministry. His life's purpose is to teach the Bible in a way that will capture the attention of a world that needs it. He works as camp administrator at Ouachita Baptist Assembly, providing preaching, revivals and youth events. Email questions or comments to pastorsteve8800@gmailcom.

Religion on 11/24/2018

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