Sorry this is late again! The past seven days have been a whirlwind. I cannot even begin to describe how overwhelmingly happy I am. That being said, I have neglected some responsibilities, my Monday post being one of them.
I am ready to delve into Colossians and Esther so let’s get started.
I love this selection of Scripture. It perfectly outlines everything that we are not supposed to do. It gives the boundaries I so desperately crave. I really love having the specifics, and I feel like these verses give them to me. When we allow Christ to work in us, we are supposed to put away the “earthly” things. Our focus should not be on what He can do for us, but on what we can do for Him. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s what this whole Christianity thing is all about. We should be showing Christ to those who do not know him.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)
We need to change our focus from the temporary to the eternal. What can you do everyday that causes you to leave a mark? What causes you to lose your focus on the Lord? What can you do to store treasures up in Heaven rather than on earth?
In Philippians 4:8-9, we can see what we should focus on rather than what we should not. Paul instructs us to focus on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and worthy of praise.
Here we get to see the culmination of events, the climax if you will. We see King Xerxes once again tell Esther that he will give her whatever she wishes. This time she asks for her life and the life of her people. She brings to light the horrendous thing Haman has done to the Jews.
We also see Haman pay the price for his actions. The king calls for his death, and Haman is hanged on the very gallows he intended for Mordecai. This gives us a picture of what Proverbs 26:27 tells us about…
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. (Proverbs 26:27)
If a person decides to set a trap for another, they will often times meet a tragic end. Spending time plotting against those in your life is a waste of time. You could be spending that energy helping that person or praying for that person. Not only would you be doing something to benefit them, but you ultimately would be do something that helps yourself.
I know how easy it is for Scripture to become just white noise. When you hear the same verses over and over, they almost become rehearsed or commonplace. This week pour over verses that give you these vibes. Focus on putting those verses into practice in your daily life.
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Also remember that you are not alone. There are people all around you that love you and are praying for you. There are people who will help if you need it. You just have to ask.
The readings for next week are Colossians 3:12-19 and Esther 8.
Have a good week!