9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stoppedpraying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Something we should ask the HOLY SPIRIT for
when we pray...
More endurance, more patience, and more joy!
Endurance to bear our tough situations...
Patience to deal with people who torment us...
The Joy of the Lord while facing every trial...
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Discussion: Colossians 1: 9-14
The apostle was constant in prayer, that the believers might be filled with the knowledge of God's will, in all wisdom. Good words will not do without good works.
He who undertakes to give strength to his people, is a God of power,
and of glorious power. The blessed Spirit is the author of this. In
praying for spiritual strength, we are not straitened, or confined in
the promises, and should not be so in our hopes and desires. The grace
of God in the hearts of believers is the power of God; and there is
glory in this power. The special use of this strength was for
sufferings. There is work to be done, even when we are suffering. Amidst
all their trials they gave thanks to the Father of our Lord Jesus,
whose special grace fitted them to partake of the inheritance provided
for the saints. To bring about this change, those were made willing
subjects of Christ, who were slaves of Satan. All who are designed for
heaven hereafter, are prepared for heaven now. Those who have the
inheritance of sons, have the education of sons, and the disposition of
sons. By faith in Christ they enjoyed this redemption, as the purchase
of his atoning blood, whereby forgiveness of sins, and all other
spiritual blessings were bestowed. Surely then we shall deem it a favour
to be delivered from Satan's kingdom and brought into that of Christ,
knowing that all trials will soon end, and that every believer will be
found among those who come out of great tribulation.
The Sermon Preached Today, 11-3-2013 at St. Paul's Community Baptist Church was taken fromJOHN 4: 27-38
27 And at this point
His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet
no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” 28The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him. 31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!36 And
he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that
both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
left her waterpot
went her way
into the city
to witness to men about Christ.
The harvest is ripe and ready for reaping.
There's a harvest in unexpected places, fields where you did not sow. Drop some things you brought with you, go your way to do the will of the Father.
It's alright, and all ready!
Leave that waterpot you came with.
God has met you right where you are to fulfill His will and His purpose, and
although we could have thrown our weight around as Christ's apostles. Instead, we were gentle with you like a nursing mother caring for her own children.
John 13:34-35 click picture for SERMON
New King James Version (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”