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Colossians 2 verses 6 to 7

6 Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
7 rooted and built up in him and firm in your faith just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

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Key words and phrases:

Therefore – connects the above teaching about not being deceived

Just as you received Christ – meaning when they received Him into their hearts by faith 

Continue to live in Him – meaning continue to live by faith in Him and not by trusting in any works

Rooted and built up in Him – meaning our faith started by being rooted in Him and our faith grows as a building being built up in faith in Him. Again we were not rooted or built up by works but by faith in Christ

Firm in faith – clearly teaching that this all came by faith

As you were taught – reminded them how Epaphras taught them in the beginning faith in Christ not dependence upon works

Overflowing in thankfulness – meaning our salvation is totally dependent on faith in Christ and this causes thankfulness, but if we depend upon our works it instead causes boasting. 

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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Have You Placed Your Soul in His Hands?

Bob

Do you remember that gift of faith I gave you?  Oh, remember the struggle you had to believe?  Remember how restrained you were to believe – so cautious, not wanting to be found a fool. Oh, the struggle to trust Me:  someone you can’t see, can’t hear, can’t touch. How can it be, you thought, to trust this person with all my soul?

Remember the first time you rode a bicycle. Remember the first time you really kicked off the wall to swim. You thought, is it really going to work? That’s the feeling to willingly hand your soul into My hands and care-but that feeling is amplified! 

Oh, remember the internal war!  But finally you had no other choice. I was drawing you, yet you came willingly. 

Shew, finally you gave Me your soul!

Continue to trust Me. Don’t trust your own works. Don’t trust what you see. Continue to place your soul in my care for everything. Your spiritual life started with the root of faith. Continue to live your life being built up in this same faith. 

All the riches are in Me. Trust Me. Be thankful that I have called you. I love you. 


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