Colossians Chapter 1
Study Three:  Lesson One -- "Let God be God!"
Verse 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
Verse 2 To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
Verse 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
Verse 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and
of the love you have for all the saints--
Verse 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard  about in the word of truth, the gospel
Verse 6 that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truth.
Verse 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
Verse 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

Verse 9  "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding."

Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
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Lesson One: "Let God be God!" 

Our lives are in chaos. We are trying                          to do it all, be it all and know it all.                             We are trying to be God! This leaves                          us frustrated, irritable, and just plain                  
tired as we strive to meet the demands of everyday life.

It seems everybody wants something from us — our spouses, our children, our parents, our siblings, our co-workers, our friends, our neighbors — everyone we come in contact with has a need that we can feel and fill! As a matter of fact, we can get so preoccupied with the needs of other people that we lose ourselves.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

We think we can change the world just by being the best that we can be.  We think we can control what goes on around us if we just spend more time planning.  We think we can create our own world the way we believe it should be. 

We are trying to be God!   

We find that no matter how hard we try, we can’t separate ourselves from the world around us.  We lose our ability to cope, and look to external remedies to make it through the day.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Jesus offers us a better way.  He tells us:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29

You can not do what God can do.  Get out of His way.  It’s the only way to peace.

Let God be God.

Assignment:  Complete the "I'm Not God... and That's Okay" Worksheets.


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Study Three:  “Knowledge of His Will?”
Colossians 1:9

All Christians, if they are honest, will admit to struggling with discerning God’s will from our own. This is why we pray:  “thy will be done…” Let's explore how to grow in spiritual wisdom, and lean more on God and not ourselves. This chapter takes on many of the self-help principles so prevalent in today’s world.
You Need Support!

"When I said, "My foot is slipping,"
your love, O LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul."

Psalm 94:18-19

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