A personal Letter from Your Lord
Get alone in a quiet place, and read this letter with an open heart toward your Lord. May ii mark a new day in your spiritual journey and draw you to love, adore, worship, and exalt the Lover of your soul, Jesus Christ.
I am going to give you the complete knowledge of My Father’s will, along with spiritual wisdom and understanding so that the way you live will always honour and please Me, and your life will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know Me better and better.
I will strengthen you with all My Glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. And you will be filled with My joy, always thanking My Father.
My Father has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to all of My people, those who live in the light, by rescuing you from the kingdom of darkness and transferring you into My Kingdom. I, dearly beloved of My Father, purchased your freedom and forgave you of all of your sins.
I am the visible image of the invisible God. I existed before anything was created, and I am supreme over all creation, for through Me, My Father created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
I made the things you can see and the things you cannot see- such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Me ad for Me.
I existed before anything else, and I hold all creation together.
I am the head of the church, which is My body.
I am the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So I am first in everything.
God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Me, and through Me God reconciled everything to Himself.
I made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of My blood on the cross.
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemy, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now My Father has reconciled you to Himself through My physical death. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.
Continue to believe this truth, and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the good news.
This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to you, for My Father wanted you to know that My riches and glory are for you. And this is the secret: I live in you. This gives you assurance of sharing My glory.
I am God’s mysterious plan. In Me lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And now, just as you have accepted Me as your Lord, continue to follow Me. Let your roots grown down into Me, and let your life be built on Me. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Me. In Me lives all the fullness of God in a human body, so you also are complete through your union with Me. I am head over every ruler and authority.
You were once dead because of your sins, and your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Yet when you came to Me, you were “circumcised”, but not by a physical procedure. I performed a spiritual circumcision on you – the cutting away of your sinful nature. You were buried with Me when you were baptised, and with Me you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who resurrected Me from the dead. My Father made you alive with Me, when He forgave all your sins. He cancelled the record of charges against you and took it away by nailing it to My cross. In this way, I disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. I shamed them publically by My victory over them on the cross.
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. These rules are only shadows of the reality which has come. And I am that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Me, the head of the body. I hold the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as My Father nourishes it.
You have died with me, and I have set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!” Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as they are used. They may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and a severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.
Since you have been raised to new life with Me, set you sights on the realities of heaven, where I sit in the place of honour at My Fathers right hand. Thing about the things of heaven not the things of earth, for you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Me in God. And when I, your life, am revealed to the whole world, you will share in My glory.
Since My Father chose you to be a holy person He loves, clothe yourself with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Make allowance for other people’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, I forgave you, so you, too, forgive others. Above all, clothe yourself with love, which binds you together with others in the church in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Me rule in your heart, as for a member of My one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let My message, in all its richness, fill your life. Teach and counsel others with all the wisdom I give. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to My Father, with a thankful heart. And whatever you do or say, do it as My representative, giving thanks through Me to God the Father.
With unfailing and unconditional love
Your Lord, Jesus the Christ
Adapted from Col 1:9 – 3:16
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