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Series: DEVOTIONS IN Colossians
Devotional - Being Patient
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Feb 1, 2023
Devotional - Being Patient

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully” – Colossians 1:11

 

A 2007 study conducted at Fuller Theological Seminary found patient people were less likely to suffer from depression. Patient people were found to be more grateful and expressed they felt more connected to mankind. A study by Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., revealed people who rated themselves as having the ability to be patient with people around them also reported being more satisfied with their lives than people who were impatient. Schnitker also found patience was linked to hope. Patient people were more forgiving, they were more empathetic, and they were more equitable.

Schnitker said: “Research shows that people who are more patient have higher well-being – more life satisfaction, hope, self-esteem, positive emotions in general. They seem to be able to pursue their goals with greater effort and have more satisfaction with their goal progress. Patients with higher patience tend to have fewer health symptoms such as headaches, ulcers, diarrhea, and more.”

 

One of the great fruits of the Spirit of God is patience. It is through patience that we mature and become more like our Savior. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for His patience towards you and seek to be a more patient person.

 

“He who waits on God never waits too long.”- Chuck Wagner

 

God’s Word: “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8

 

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Devotional - Rescued!
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Feb 1, 2023
Devotional - Rescued!

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves” – Colossians 1:13

 

In October 2022, dozens of Ukrainian miners were rescued after being trapped underground following Russian missile strikes on the southern Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih. 

The official, Oleksandr Vilkul, said that 98 miners had safely returned to the surface by 2 a.m., having spent hours trapped underground after missile strikes that left many areas without power. Mr. Vilkul said three rockets had been fired at Kryvyi Rih as part of Russia’s broadest aerial assault against Ukraine in months. One rocket was shot down, but two hit infrastructure targets, knocking out water and electricity supplies, Mr. Vilkul said.

He said that the trapped miners had air, food, and warm clothes.

“The destruction is serious,” he said. “Thank God, there were no victims.”

 

We also were cut off and needed to be saved. Yet in our darkest moments, Jesus Christ came into our lives and rescued us, giving us eternal life. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for saving you!

 

“Salvation comes through a cross and a crucified Christ.” – Andrew Murray

 

God’s Word: “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” – Titus 3:5

 

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Devotional - Praying For Others
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jan 31, 2023
Devotional - Praying For Others

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you” – Colossians 1:3

 

In his book “Stories for the Journey”, author William R. White wrote: “There was a European seminary professor named Hans and his wife, Enid. World War II forced them to flee to America where he found a job teaching. He was warm, gentle, beloved by his students, and he brought Scripture to life for them. Hans and Enid were very much

in love. Nearly every day they took long walks together, holding hands, and they always sat close in church, until Enid died, overwhelming Hans with sorrow.

Worried because he wouldn’t eat nor take walks, the seminary president, along with three other friends, visited him regularly, but he remained lonely and depressed.

Experiencing the dark night of the soul, Hans told his friends, “I am no longer able to pray to God. In fact, I am not certain I believe in God anymore.” After a moment of silence, the seminary president said, “Then we will believe for you. We will make your confession for you. We will pray for you.”

So the four men met daily for prayer, asking God to restore the gift of faith to their dear friend. Many months later, as the four gathered with Hans, he smiled and said, “It is no longer necessary for you to pray for me. Today, I would like you to pray with me.” The dark night of the soul had passed. Instead of carrying Hans to Jesus on a stretcher, his friends carried him in their prayers.

 

One of the best gifts you can give others is prayer. Today in prayer, look to the Lord with expectancy and pray for some of the needs of others.

 

“I have benefited by my praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them, I have gotten something for myself.” – Samuel Rutherford

 

God’s Word: “God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” – Romans 1:9-10

 

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2023, Devotional E-Mail   

DEVOTIONS IN COLOSSIANS   †

 

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