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I Want to Please Him (3 of 12)
May 2, 1999
Here is Paul, writing to a group of believers, writing to the men and women who were members of the church at Colosse, here is Paul writing to people who were living in a world that was just as difficult of a place to live 2000 years ago as it is today.
They might not have had people killing others with bombs and automatic weapons, but when they traveled, they faced the risk of being attacked and killed by gangs of thieves. They faced having the ruling powers ordering their executions in mass. They faced having loved ones dragged off and placed into slavery for their beliefs, of being arrested, thrown in jail, and even executed for believing in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Just like us today, they lived in a very difficult world. And Paul calls to their attention, to remind them, to encourage them, the very fact that what they have is greater than anything else. What they had was Jesus Christ, Whom they had heard about in the True Gospel. This Jesus Who has made them not just conquerors, but MORE than conquerors. This Jesus Who had given them, just like gives to us today, He has given to the believer today also, the power to go through hardships and to rejoice in them at the same time.
9For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you.
WE do NOT CEASE to PRAY for you.
Paul begins to offer a passionate petition for these folks. I want us to see that we need to put this same kind of passionate praying into practice in our own Prayers. And when we do, I'm telling you, we will find that we've got both more joy in our prayers, and we'll also see more power to live in the midst of trying or difficult times.
Now, What do we see here? It's not just some more words of Pauline greeting.
The Lord is showing us one of those great examples of someone being truly burdened for someone else. Now, we don't find Paul just go around saying, "Man, I sur ...
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