Sunday Morning Podcast May 24, 2020. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:1-17

1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 

6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy an beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.                                                                                                                              

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord

17 And whatsoever ye do in word in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Interruption. There are things that get in the way of a devotional life, and we need to know about them .”Seek those things that are above,” on the right hand of God, “set your eyes and affections above.  Seek and set.  We need to have a devotion, to help us seek and set a connection.   Devotion is an “action” kind of feeling, out of one’s desire, a verb in a way.   Devotion is also used as a noun, a method, which would be needed in devotion(s).  We need devotions to keep us connected or attached to God. We need to be motivated to an action, in a way to look at life.  An attitude of devotion.   In St John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  It has been said that you can also read this as “In the beginning was the “Verb.”  The idea of the Creator creating.  Verse 3; “All things were made by him;……”  This idea is, that Christ is a verb to us.  He is our life, our creator, our motivator!  Our Verb.  So we began our lesson, based on the first 3 verses, ..seeking and setting.  Are we doing that?   Are we waking up seeking …and setting?  Seeking involves looking for the right person.  And then are we setting our affections?   And then ..we can even get caught up in that as a form.  We can read.  We can pray.  We can think or meditate about, all those things.   But if  “that”  becomes our Christianity, our life, ..we get into a pattern without motive!  So we began our message on those first three verses about seeking and setting.  Are we doing that?  Are we?  Stop and consider it.  Are we waking up, …seeking for the right “person,”  and setting our affections there?    The apostle Paul here was jealous for this congregation to be established, and to be aware of what interrupts a devotional life.

We need devotion(s), (a verb) to keep connected to God!  Without interruption.  We need to have an attitude of devotion!  “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”  Colossians 3:5  These things are what will kill us, if we are without a full devotional life!   We lose our spiritual life!  We will become detached from God.  Then Paul exhorted that there are other things that will take away your relationship with God.  Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Take off  these!  Our strength will get us in trouble!  Paul then exhorted to put on these; bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another. That above all, we should put on charity or love, ..Let the peace of God rule in your heart, and called as one body be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching, admonishing, with wisdom in spiritual songs singing with grace unto the Lord.  (Verses 12-17)     Beware the little foxes that spoil the vines (referenced from Song of Solomon 2:15)   It’s those little interruptions that become big.  King David was supposed to do what was expected of kings, and be also on the battlefield when there was war.  But instead he leisurely stayed home, wandered onto the rooftop that looked down over where one could bathe.  He then fell into temptation from looking at a woman that was already a wife, and he already a husband.  It’s those little things that will take you down!   Those little foxes raise havoc on our spiritual life and heart!   Then we are presented with a decision once again to go, or not go back, to those fleshly attributes.  We must put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created him.(Colossians 3:10)    Where are your desires this morning?  We can have a devotional life!

What Interrupts A Devotional Life?….