Are you being tested in life on a day to day basis? Would you claim to be more shaken at times or are you able to cope in most instances or occasions? Christians are not immune to seemingly hopeless experiences or predicaments. The difference may depend on how deeply rooted we are in God’s Word so that as we face challenges in life, we see things in a different perspective--HIS. Once we are rooted in the Word of God, we now rely on His grace for strength, wisdom and endurance. The book of James tells us to “consider it all joy when we are subjected to various trials, knowing the testing of our faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).
Life is always changing. Circumstances around us are always changing. How do we know Christ in the midst of change? Have you ever been so overwhelmed in the changes of your life that you became lost and confused? We can trust that in the midst of change, Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Colossians is a letter written by the apostle Paul sometime between 60 and 62 A.D. This is one of the prison epistles which the apostle composed while he was incarcerated in Rome simply for preaching the gospel. Through Epaphras, the founder of the church in Colosse and his “son” in the gospel, Paul enjoyed such a spiritual relationship with the Colossian believers that he could freely write this letter to them. His main purpose was to warn them of an insidious and dangerous heresy that was threatening the health and life of the church. The false teaching contained elements of both Jewish legalism and pagan mysticism. Later on, this heresy became known as “Gnosticism” which, among others, taught that Jesus Christ was merely one of a series of emanations descending from God and therefore being less than God.