SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ”.   Colossians 2:2 NKJV

 

What were the gifts Paul was praying for for these unknown believers? Paul asked for spiritual strength, for “their hearts to be comforted”. Paul always went to the very core of things, so we find him constantly praying with reference to the “hearts” of these Colossian Christians. We have been reminded that the “heart” in Scripture is the centre of our moral and spiritual being. If the heart is right, all will be right, for “out of it are the issues of life”. Paul prays that their “hearts” would be “encouraged”, strengthened. Another translation uses the word “comforted”. In this word, courage, strength, consolation is included. In the full meaning of the term “comfort”, we are reminded of “Comforter”, as applied to the Holy Spirit. He is the one Who gives strength, courage and consolation. With hearts made strong, courageous, and cheerful, Christians can face anything. If our hearts are weak, fearful, and sad, our Christian life becomes prey to all the temptations of the Evil One. One of the supreme needs of any Christian is a comforted heart. It is with such hearts that Christians live, grow, extend, and witness for Jesus Christ in the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit, the “Comforter”.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Holy Spirit, thank You for being our Comforter at all times.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Holy Spirit, as You comfort us amidst all the challenges of life, we grow, extend, and witness for Jesus Christ in the demonstration of Your power in our lives. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Hebrews 3:1-6

 

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