YOU HAVE BEEN RAISED

DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR

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You Have Been Raised
 
“Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” 
Colossians 3:1-4
 
The world has a way of getting us down. It fills us with distractions, temptation, and entertainment, promising us happiness but never fully delivering. Perhaps you have felt weighed down when looking at the state of the world—overwhelmed by the corruption and confusion that surrounds us. Even the day-to-day responsibilities we’re given can feel burdensome. When we focus on these earthly things, our eyes slip from the “things above”; we forget the blessings and promises we have through our adoption as sons and daughters of Jesus, and our satisfaction in Christ slips away as well. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way!
 
Colossians 3 explores what it means to set your mind on things above, enabling us to experience the true joy the Father wants to lavish on us. Furthermore, when we set our eyes on Him, we are better able to serve him—and service is ultimately the duty and pleasure of every believer.
 
When it comes to refocusing our eyes on Christ, the Bible gives us clear instructions: we are not to linger in our old habits of fear, sin and discouragement, as when we were unbelievers. Instead, we’re called to lay down these things that hinder us, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, step into our new life as Christians. The old man looks at the things of this world, but the new man in Christ looks above, to His precepts, promises and spiritual power.
 
The daily devotions this week will look at five ways to live in the here and now through a heavenly perspective. See you tomorrow.



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