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3:17 REAL TALK

3:17 REAL TALK CLICK or COPY & PASTE LINK TO LISTEN NOW!!! http://cinch.fm/spiritedconcept/475784 Greetings! BlogFam, Colossians 3:17 NIV And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus... OK. REAL TALK... So what does this phrase mean? What does it mean to do it ALL in the name of Jesus? What exactly does it mean to do ANYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus? I am sure you have possibly said or heard this phrase so many times. But what does it really mean? I know the name of Jesus. I know who Jesus is as Lord. I know that there is no other name like Jesus. And I know I should not use Jesus name in vain. So how does one reverently do all things IN the name of the Lord Jesus? I believe that this is an important question for all of us to consider. For while we might be familiar with praying in the name of Jesus because that is what Jesus taught us explicitly to do for He is our advocate to the Heavenly Father. We can grasp that concept more readily because of the picture that is painted in our minds of Jesus standing at the right hand of the Heavenly throne pleading our case. We can understand this phrase, "IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS" in terms of prayer. But how does it relate to every other WORD or DEED in our lives? Besides, does anyone besides me think that this is alot to consider? Must the Lord Jesus be a consideration in everything...in ALL things...in WHATEVER we do? Well, my friends, we all probably know the answer to the last question... YES. We know that on some level we must consult heaven for direction and guidance and leadership but the truth is that we often might feel as though asking the Lord Jesus about every detail and decision in our lives might be a little too much. There are some choices we make that intentionally ignore heaven's sanction. There are some words we use that are not at all reflective of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are some deeds we participate in that fall outside of what it means to be holy. Yet my Friends, in this verse we are encouraged to do it all IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS. This is a tall order, a high standard, a seemingly insurmountable feat. But no exceptions are provided, no caveats are prescribed, and no contingencies are proffered. Ladies and gents, it just is what it is AND what it is will never change. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, giving thanks to God the Father through him. So how do we relate this admonition to every other WORD or DEED in our lives? What do we need to do or have or be or give in order for everything to be done IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS? Well, Im glad you want to know and Im glad we do not have to go very far to find the answer. The answer is just a few verses earlier in the same chapter of Colossians 3... Colossians 3:1-4 NIV Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. I like the way the MESSAGE BIBLE breaks this down... Colossians 3:1-4 MSG So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. Sistas and brothas, this is how we do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus!!! And as we are raised, set, hidden, act, pursue, look up, stay alert, and are content in and with Christ, then WHATEVER we do, whether in word or deed, it will be done IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS!!! Now that's REAL TALK!!! PS... I am still blogging on the go... More details in due season... Thanks for your patience!!! God loves You and I do Too!!! Delesslyn Delesslyn@spiritedconcepts.net Kids Korner Radio Program Listen ONLINE every Sunday at 5:15 est - www.wigoam.com Purchase my books... STEP OUT OF THE BOAT THE POWER TO BE PERFECT www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.booksamillion.com I WRITE BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT!!!

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