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817 Pride Before Destruction - Proverbs 16:18
What are you proud of? How careful should we be when it comes to pride?
I've been a Christ-follower for over 30 years, and I still struggle with pride every day. My worst days are the days when I don't struggle. I just go with the flow. My own pride and arrogance are very intrenched in who I am.
And even though God made me, I'm commanded and warned all throughout scripture to avoid pride. Here's another reminder.
Pride before destruction and arrogance before a fall. Please take a moment today and ask God to reveal your pride to you. I believe if we're genuine, he can show us and he can help us deal with our pride. If you get no answer from him, it may be because he knows you won't do. anything. We talked about walking humbly yesterday from Micah 6:8. Today, ask God to give you the guts to face your pride, and do whatever it takes to tame it including the sometimes painful activities of asking for forgiveness and making amends.
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816 Walk Humbly - Micah 6:8
What does God ask of his followers?
Do justice: Do you ever notice how the argument about what's right or not only exists at the fringes? Often, we argue about how Government should behave or how others should behave. Could it be that "do justice" simply means to do what we know to be right? What's best for others? Often we have a pretty good and common idea. Would you say you "do justice?"
Love kindness (or mercy): Do you lean toward the things that are kind? I often find myself focused only on myself. I think that's the opposite of this word. Can you love kindness? Can you make it something that comes from who you are?
Walk humbly - Have a correct understanding of things. There's only one piece of the world you can manage, you. Remember God manages the rest. When we're busy managing us, we're looking for ways to give our lives away. We've been called to be a living sacrifice. This should move us toward humility. We belong to God, not the other way around. Let's remember how wrong we can be and ask God to direct us as we bless others so they might see him.
Do you have the guts to pray for humility? It's scary. Ask God to guide you and give you humility. He will use us.
815 Our Enemy Is Disarmed - Colossians 2:15
Jesus finished the job for us. He disarmed the rulers and authorities. But if he did, why do we have so much trouble?
Jesus celebrated over the enemy. Notice the enemy isn't other people. The enemy is rulers and authorities.
If they've been defeated, then what is God asking us to do? Let's make a positive difference in the lives of others. Let's give something away. Let's invest some time in someone else, just because they're a child of God, too! Send a message, buy a lunch. Let's live differently today and watch God use us.
Even if we give a cup of cold water, we will not lose our reward (Matthew 10:42 or Mark 9:41). What will you give away today?
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814 The Record of Debt - Colossians 2:14
Are you in debt? Have you ever been?
We don't want to make light of debt. If you're in debt, know we pray for our listeners. We prayed particularly for this podcast because of this question. Debt can be a heavy burden. Imagine owing an amount of money that you can never repay. Take a moment and feel the pressure.
Now imagine being freed from that debt. This passage reminds us our record of debt has been cancelled. The record of our debt was nailed to the cross. Christ paid our bill.
So now that we've been set free from our record of debt, how can we live? Do we live for ourselves. Do we just shake our heads at people who are still in the burden of debt? Or do we tell them about what happened for us?
In the developed parts of our world today, we're more sophisticated. We can't often just tell them. People don't want to admit they're in debt or that they don't know the answers. We must be more subtle. We must live like free people and let others decide if they want to join us. Our record of debt is gone. Let's be on the lookout for others who suffer under the burden of their sin. Let's get ahead in our work today so we can be interrupted by a coworker or a customer who's having trouble. If we're not rushed, we have time to be the people we really want to be.
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813 Our Position in Christ Part 2 - Colossians 2:12-13
Do you have any idea what death is like?
We've been called from death to life. Our position as Christ's people, which we first discussed yesterday, is completed in that we've been raised to the life of Jesus. We've been made alive together with Jesus. And he forgave all of our violations.
Do you live every day like you just won the lottery? I don't want to make light of anyone's situation. But we've been forgiven, set free.
So if we're free, what can we do that we couldn't do? We're free to enjoy life in Christ. We're free to serve others. We don't have to fight for ourselves because we've been promised forgiveness.
How does that show up in your life today? What can you do to rest in Christ's work on your behalf? Maybe we should ask God to remind us of how he has provided for us so we can work on our story. Part of how we prepare to share the gospel is to practice being able to explain why we're different. When was the last time you prepared for someone to ask you, "Why are you doing this?"
Thanks for considering how you can use your position in business, education, healthcare, government, or any other field as ministry. Our job is to serve others so Jesus might become visible to others. Care to join us? Check out https://community.followerofone.org and join a community of believers who are intentionally pursuing life with Jesus during our normal work days. You have nothing to lose.
812 Our Position in Christ Part 1 - Colossians 2:11-12
What position are you in?
Back before I understood that Jesus saves us by grace alone through faith alone, I wanted to be the 3rd to last guy to get into heaven. I didn't want to be too good. I was OK with cutting it close.
My body, the worldly parts of me thought that being with Christ required work, loss. but after a few years of following Jesus, I realized that being with him is life, joy and peace. Doing what God tells me to do isn't work, it's joyful. But my flesh thinks of it as work and I have to wrestle all the time.
We've been included in Christ's family. We're fully adopted. The reference to circumcision says we're included, one of the family. We've been brought in. There's no separation.
We're also part of his resurrection. We were buried with him. Our old life is in the process of dying. Baptism becomes a symbol of his death and we are dying to our old life.
We regularly find the joy of following Jesus in how we do our regular old jobs. We can be in a toxic work environment and still experience God's joy and peace. Don't believe us? Check out our online community and the Marketplace Mission Trip. You'll experience the joy of following Jesus every day.
Heart of gold!
Mike Henry and Follower of One are the real deal. The guests and content can help us all live out our faith better every day! Best of all - teaching that we are workplace missionaries is such a needed Avenue. Thanks for sharing your passion with others.
Waking up to hear Encouragement
This podcast is an encouragement to listen to each morning before heading off to work. It helps you focus on ways to show encouragement to your coworkers who struggle just like you do in living out their lives pleasing to God. But we can encourage each other and those around us to follow God who is always there to help us throughout each day. Thank you Mike Henry for this podcast.
Great and diverse podcast!
I love the variety of interviews and content on how to live this faith in and outside of the workplace