Colossians Chapter 2
Study Two:  Lesson Four (2.2.4) -- "Overflowing with Thankfulness"

Lesson Four
"Overflowing with Thankfulness"

Are you overflowing with thankfulness, or overflowing with worry, doubt, and fear? 

Know this -- in this world, there will always be much to be worried about and fearful of. Even if your finances and family are well, there is still the what-ifs to keep you awake at night.

In addition, some are prone to always wait for the other shoe to drop. Have you or someone you know ever said, "Things are going too good, something bad is coming?"

Guess what?  This is correct. In this world there will always be challenges and it's all relative.  For some, the something bad may be losing a job, for others it might be a dent in their car.

Regardless, wouldn't it be better to thank God for the good?

Repeat this:  "Today I practice thankfulness instead of despair."

Colossians 2,Verse 7"rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."

Assignment:  Look at what the Bible says on worry versus thankfulness.

Scriptures on worry:
  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Luke 12:16-31

Scriptures on thankfulness:
  • Psalms 75:1-3
  • Psalms 30:4-5
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16

There is a common exercise which calls for us to keep a gratitude journal. With this assignment, let's write down our worries and pray over them.

Now the hard part -- for each worry or challenge, write what you can be thankful for. Ex. If your worry or challenge is you lost your job, here are some possibilities for thankfulness:  you never liked the job, you were not appreciated, you get to spend more time with your family until you find another job, etc.

Not to trivialize challenges...but the MAIN source of thankfulness is knowing:
  • God is with us, and,
  • God will help us!

Romans 8:39:
"....neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

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What are some of these deceptive philosophies: 
  • “Man is the center of the universe and controls all things;” 
  • “We can accomplish anything we want through sheer determination and will;” 
  • “He who has the most toys wins;”
  • “We should always look out for number one;”
  • “We are God;”
This chapter continues the exploration of what the world teaches us, compared to what we find in God’s word.

Verse 6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,
Verse 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Verse 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

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Study Two:  "Hollow and Deceptive Philosophies"
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