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November
3
2019

Thankful to God

Thankful to God

Have you ever just stopped and thanked God for what all has happened in your life up to this point?  Often times we thank God in the good times and complain in the bad times.  Today as you read Colossians 1:3-8 you will read how Paul was thankful to God that the gospel was growing and bearing fruit in the lives of the Colossian believers.  Today you can be thankful to God that the gospel is growing and bearing fruit in people’s lives all around the world and maybe even in your life as well. You might be asking yourself how does the gospel grow and bear fruit? The gospel grows and bears fruit as disciples of Jesus are obedient to Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) Toward the end of the paragraph we read about Epaphras who was a faithful minister of Christ Jesus. He must have heard the gospel message from Paul in another town where he was proclaiming the good news that people can have forgiveness of sins and be made a new creation and have a real purpose for living.  Epaphras believed the good news put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and his life was changed forever.  He went back and shared with the folks in Colossae the good news and they too believed and put their trust in Jesus Christ alone, as well. Paul writes that when he prays for them, he thanks God for them because of their faith in Christ Jesus.  You need to know that faith cannot be exercised until God has spoken.  Once God has spoken then a decision to believe and obey must be made.  As you read Hebrews chapter 11 and focus on verses one and six and the examples that are given you will see that faith was exercised after God had spoken.  Because of their faith in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit came to indwell the Colossian believers and began to bear his fruit through them.  The first fruit of the Spirit that we read about is love.  The Colossian believers were growing and abiding in Jesus, and his word was abiding in them and as a result, the Holy Spirit was bearing much fruit in their lives and Paul heard about and others saw it. The foundation for all of this is the hope that is laid up for them in heaven.  Their salvation is in heaven’s deposit box.  The Holy Spirit is a down payment of that hope.  As you reflect on your life, are you thankful for the faith that the Lord gave you to believe in him, and the love that he has expressed to you and the hope that he has reserved for you in heaven?

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