Come Holy Spirit, Grant Wisdom and Understanding

Colossians 1:9-12  New International Version (NIV)

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying 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,[a] 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[b] to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.

Footnotes:  a.  Colossians 1:9, Or "all spiritual wisdom and understanding."   b.  Colossians 1:12, Some manuscripts "us".

What a wonderful prayer for all of us!

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Kingdom Living, But Whose Kingdom?

"Tell my people of their sins! They act so pious. They come to church every Sunday and Wednesday. They seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous congregation that would never abandon the laws of God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. 'We have fasted before you!' they say. 'Why aren't you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don't even notice it!'"

"I will tell you why!" I respond. "It's because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarrelling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?"

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