Devotionals - Hymns of Faith

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This week’s Hymn – I Stand Amazed

Devotional Focus – The Preeminence of Christ

MONDAY

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Today’s Application: “He is the image of the invisible God – Vs. 15. Jesus is the very representation of God! When we look at Jesus, we look at God. If we know Jesus, we know the Father. What an amazing truth that God has allowed Himself to be known. He has given us the Son so that our finite minds can begin to grasp the infinite. What if we meditated on that? How would the knowledge of the Holy change the way we see everything else? Our problems? Our needs? Our desires? Today, in your spare moments, let your thoughts trend towards Christ and dwell upon Him.

Today’s Dedication: Lord, thank You for sending the Son that we may know You. May thoughts of You fill my day and change my outlook.

TUESDAY

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Todays Application: “…all things were created through him and for him.”– Vs. 16. We are His. That’s true whether we believe it or want it. All things are from Him and for Him. Jesus was the creative agent of the Godhead. We have a tendency to think we are autonomous which leads us down roads of independence and selfishness. But I am from and for Jesus. There is freedom in that if I let there be. I am His. That is the kind of truth that can set you free to live fully within your God-given purpose. Seek His purpose for you today over your purpose.

Today’s Dedication: Lord, I am yours! I confess my tendency to take back control and I ask that you would bind my heart to you today.

WEDNESDAY

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Todays Application: “…in him all things hold together” – Vs. 17. What are you leaning on and trusting in to see all things turn out ok? Sometimes we are under the illusion that in us all things hold together. Scripture is clear, “Lean not on your own understanding” – Prov 3:5. What a gift that God is never asleep, that we are taken care of. He holds it together so you don’t have to. That sets you free to be on mission for Him. Step away from the bondage of being in control. Reject the temptation to use your freedom to pursue worthless things.

Today’s Dedication: God I trust you. I give you control. Give me opportunities today to serve you instead of myself.

THURSDAY

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Todays Application: “…that in everything he might be preeminent. – Vs. 18. Jesus is worthy of being in first place in every area of my life. His will should saturate and permeate all of my pursuits. Each of us must regularly take inventory of our heat to see where we have dethroned Him. When He is preeminent, all things are in their proper place and function more fully. When He is preeminent I am most satisfied and fulfilled.

Today’s Dedication: Jesus I need you to be King in every area of my life. Help me be aware of the times when I am trying to retake the throne.

FRIDAY

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Todays Application: “…making peace by the blood of his cross. – Vs. 20. Let us never forget how the peace we have with God was attained! Jesus has earned preeminence by His obedience. I don’t just submit because of His title, but also because of His proven love. I am at peace with my creator because my creator suffered on my behalf. What a truth!!!!

Today’s Dedication: Jesus I love You. I confess that my affections are very often split. I invite you to interrupt my thoughts all day with thoughts of you.