Daniel: An Unwavering Resolvd


“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.”

(‭‭Daniel‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭ESV)‬‬

In the first group of exiles to be brought into Babylon, we find Daniel and his three homies. What could have been a time of fear and frustration for him and his companions due to the lack of leadership and obedience of his people turned into years of great favor on his life. What was it though that brought this favor? At the beginning of this book of Daniel, verse 8 tells us that Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself.

This term literally means:

* Set in his heart

* Determined

* Made up his mind

* Intended

* Purposes

He could have easily ate the meat that was offered to foreign gods but revered God so much that he didn’t want to be found unworthy or unclean or unfit to be in the presence of God. He found eternal worth far greater than temporal, earthly worth and was not about to back down to please man or gain credibility amongst the ungodly.

As we further read and know the story of Daniel, his faith and resolve led to God granting him favor and compassion in the sight of the chief eunichs (v. 9) but furthermore learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, as well as an understanding in all visions and dreams (v. 17). It was the resolve that led to a successful life. It was a discipline that took great faith to trust that if he were to stick to his beliefs and obey God that God was trustworthy to come through to him and not only bless him with gifts but keep him from harm and cause him to have worldly influence into eternity.

As we later read in vv. 17-45 Daniel is used by God to interpret the King’s dream bringing glory and honor to God (but also Daniel himself). It all started though, way back in verse 8 with a resolve.

As the world today gets crazier and crazier, I am convicted to have a better resolve of Christ. It’s so easy to fall into the things of the world and blend in wether it is so that we’re liked or because we fear man. We compromise our faith often but don’t see the great rewards that come with an unwavering resolve unto God and a disciplined obedience. We’re not in exile like Daniel was, but we are definitely bombarded by media, worldly beliefs and religions, as well as money.

I want to be a man of God who’s resolve is that of Christ. That others would see Jesus and that because of my faith in His death and resurrection, that His favor is on me and that I live out of that favor of being loved, forgiven, and protected in the end. This does not mean that it’s the easiest thing, but thanks be to God for His spirit that is with me to enable this resolve. I don’t want to blend in, I want to stand out for Jesus and his Will on earth. I want His kingdom to be extended throughout my area of influence and have a resolve that isn’t determined by what the world says but by what the Word says. I want to be in the constant presence of God, fit for His work and willing to face any challenge so that He might receive glory and honor and praise.


Small Faith, Undoubted Obedience, & The Call of God


But I will be with you, and this shall be a sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain (Exodus 3:12, ESV)

I see myself a lot in Moses. At the start of his life, he was always at risk. From birth, he was placed in a basket by faith and received and raised by the Pharaoh’s daughter; When he grew up he fled in fear because he killed an Egyptian guard; He eventually flees to Midian where he meets his wife and starts a family, but just as he was getting comfortable, he has a personal encounter with God Himself. In that encounter he is given the biggest task anyone at that time could be granted: TO BRING THE HEBREW PEOPLE OUT OF CAPTIVITY AND INTO THE LAND HE PROMISED ABRHAM. Knowing the magnitude of this task, he pleads with God to choose another and attempts to convince God that he is not cut out for this job.

God, in his might, power, and grace, encourages Moses to do the unthinkable; not only because He sees Moses potential and future, but because He Himself will be with Moses. In doubt, Moses continues to argue as if he would be able to sway the mind of God. Getting a small compromise, Moses goes to his brother Aaron and together they begin this long wrestling match with Pharaoh to release the people from the grip of Egypt.

I like, Moses am one to flight and not fight. I get so caught up in the uncontrollability or uncertainty that I just give up or neglect the call on my life. What’s amazing about God’s call, is that it usually, if not always will require such a great faith to believe that He will do the bulk of work. All it takes from us is obedience which often seems like hard work. The flesh in me always desires to have the control and if things aren’t in the manner of which I perceive they should be, I often either fall back and retreat or give up.

I was not given a task like Moses nor like Jesus, but even the little things, the little obediences or prodding I often question if it’s God or if it’s me and always ask God why or what the outcome will look like. I have to stop trying to fast-forward the tape and live in the now and be obedient in the now. It is then, that I can start living.

If we fast-foward the tape of Moses though, we find that he becomes one of the most influential human beings to walk the Earth. He obeyed God in the hardest of times even if it took God physically showing Himself or the miracles to fuel his belief, Moses faced the hardest things head-on. Hebrews 11 describes him this way:

By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them.

By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned (Hebrews 11:24-29, MSG).
You see, it was the little faith Moses had that produced a massive range of the greatest miracles to ever take place. True, it took a lot of effort and work but isn’t that why we are called to work out [our] own salvation in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12, ESV)?

I am seriously challenged to face this season head-on with a confidence in Jesus that He will direct my steps (Proverbs 16:9). Sure, I may not know all the details of what He has in-store, but am so privileged to know that He does have a plan. And that, gives me peace. It’s time to stop wondering about how I’ll get from point A to point Z and begin to have a sense of wonder on the goodness and faithfulness of GOD.

The Secret to Enduring: Just Keep Swimming (With Jesus)


tumblr_ld6zic3hlZ1qf76m1o1_500-dory“The Lord was with Joseph.” (Genesis 39:2a) When reading the story of Joseph, one could get really frustrated at how poorly he was treated and how depressing his circumstances continued to be. We find in Genesis 37:5, Joseph exalting his dreams and almost boasting to his siblings causing the great decline and transformation of a “humble Joseph”. Granted, his brothers already held hatred toward him, this only made his situation worse. He is then thrown in a pit, sold, and tossed all over the place–from being sold to Ishmalites, to Potiphar’s household, to jail in Egypt.

Through it all, though, you will not find a single complaint or peep or shaking of a fist from Joseph at the circumstances he was placed in or his dream not coming to fruition. Instead, you see a humble man, submissive to whatever oversight that was placed before him.

What was his secret to enduring? “The Lord was with Joseph” (Gen. 39:2a). We see this theme in verses 2, 3, 21, and 23. That’s four times in one chapter! I would wager to say that it was this that kept Joseph enduring, and this that kept Joseph hoping, and this that kept Joseph sane: the presence of the Lord We later read that Potiphar’s wife lies about him (Gen. 39:12-18) causing Joseph to be thrown in jail. There though, The Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison (Gen. 39:21), where he helps some guys out with dream interpretations only to be forgotten by the one whom he helps (Gen. 40:23)! Yet again, you do not see Joseph wine or complain or feel cheated. It isn’t until two whole years that Joseph is remembered by the cupbearer, called upon and later exalted (Gen. 41)!

What is the point in all this? The point is that the presence of God, the Holy Spirit of God enables the Christian to endure. We can all say that we have had our ups and downs, our high points of success and low points of failures, but every Christian must be reminded that the presence of God is enough and is the One who comes alongside us to give us the boost we need to make it through. Psalm 16:11 reminds us that in [His] presence there is fullness of joy (ESV). I truly believe Joseph understood this Psalm. He, in humility just kept moving forward.

It’s like Dori from Finding Nemo, that catchy tune of Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. The only difference between Marlin and us is that we have the creator of the world in our hearts! How amazing is that?!  

Paul writes in his epistle, that he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4)! That should be so comforting and encouraging! I know that I have had many ups and downs and have been treated well and poorly, but I am always reminded that our service to Jesus is disqualified when we aim to please people (Galatians 1:10). I am also reminded that my aim is to please Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:9) and to serve Him through serving His people.

We can all take heart knowing that in the end, we will receive a crown of Glory in Jesus (1 Peter 5:4) because of what He has done and because we are in Him. It was Jesus Christ that faced the ultimate rejection and was treated the worst, Jesus Christ who for the sake of sinners and for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2)! May we be a people who doesn’t look to our poor circumstances but instead look to the Glorious One who saved our lives and chooses to be present with us!

The Secret of Learning Contentment



For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (Philippians 4:11, ESV)

Four years ago, I was granted the opportunity of a lifetime: a full ride to a Christian College founded by my pastor, Wayne Cordeiro. Along with four other girls, we embarked on an adventure that we would never regret nor forget. Going in, I thought, This will be awesome, I’ll grow in my production skills and go back to Hawaii and help the Church! What I didn’t know, was that God would allow me to stay for a lot longer than I had initially anticipated. Not just that, He would do a deep heart-work that would change my perspective, desires, and life completely.

By His sovereignty, I was the only dude (at the time) from Hawaii at, what was then, Eugene Bible College. It was scary as heck mostly because I was a shy introvert that didn’t open up to anyone or really engage in conversation with strangers unless I was forced to. I learned quick that Jesus was calling me to not only trust Him but also to become like Him in boldness, love, and compassion; to become an extrovert by His Spirit. By trial and error I went through life for three years at New Hope Christian College a self-righteous Pharisee that sought righteousness by works in the guise of holiness. With learning things of the Bible in class and trying to practically apply it with wrong motive, my heart blinded itself from the Truth of the Gospel. I sought to look like a Christian all the while ignoring my heart issues, pushing them aside so that I might be accepted by man. I thought, If I live righteous, people will love me and be my friends and I’ll be accepted.

It wasn’t until three guys from the college pursued my friendship but deeper than that pursued what it really meant to be a disciple of Jesus. These three friends took me under their wing and as they learned the depths of God’s love and how that works out in their life, I too learned the character of God. Their hunger for God was so contagious I couldn’t help but tail along with their discoveries about God. What I didn’t realize then was that while I was seeking God for acceptance amongst people, He was quietly molding my heart without me realizing and without revealing my deep rooted heart issues.

What I didn’t know was that it would take four years to show me (1) my true sinful self, (2) my need for Jesus’ salvation, and (3) the beauty and weight of Grace that I cannot bear on my shoulders. Growing up, I was teased a ton. Teased at school, teased at home, even teased at church. The name calling was to intense growing up it shut me down and kept me shy and quiet. Fast-forward to 2009, a striking scandal within my family would come about causing more bruising to my heart. This was my launching pad for Bible College: brokenness. By God’s grace, He began to reveal the depths of my bruised heart slowly yet surely being ever so delicate to not crush it completely but to reveal a little at a time slowly enough for me to become more and more like him overtime. I sought the Lord still even in the pain all the while still not being so content with just him. Friendships would have falling outs and anxiety would grow within me and I still could not understand the cause though I knew that a part of it was from my rough life growing up.

Eventually, I graduated a year early and immediately received a job at a church that I had been attending for the three years while I was in school. This was a tremendous blessing as they don’t hire just anyone on the street. It was through this church that God used many people to teach me not just about my heart of rebellion, but how important it is to live constantly on mission and the high importance of living amongst a community of believers. Within a year though, I realized that I was not wired to do administrative work for a long period of time; I was too much of a people person to sit at a desk all day. As this revelation came about and stress increased, my health began to deplete causing me to have a hyper-thyroid disabling me from a lot of my work. I prayed long and hard and made the very difficult decision to move to California, stepping down and out of my position at a church I loved being a part of.

With my health on the line, I packed my car and drove down to the Bay Area where four or my best friends were, to seek solitude and refreshment. It was here, that Jesus, in all my idle time, ripped the veil completely from my eyes allowing me to see the depravity of myself. Not only did I see how selfish I lived, but I was able to discover a deep root of mis-trust of the Goodness of God. This was caused by my difficult life that I saw was out of control and so traumatizing. This root of mis-trust in God had a stem of control. Because I didn’t trust God’s faithfulness and goodness, because I didn’t see where He was when I was getting teased on all sides or when my family was in peril, I sought to take control when I was not designed to be in control. This resulted in fruit of anxiety, stress, deep depression when relationships and friendships fell apart, self-righteousness, and choice sins. I was devastated to think that I would try to push God aside and attempt to take control of my life in which I had no power to. As I read Hebrews 12, I sobbed thinking of how the Lord had been disciplining me for the purpose of being made like Him. I wasn’t Esau who sold his birthright and inheritance for a bowl of soup, not being able to retrieve it back afterwards, I was the prodigal son who came to himself and received all that He was initially blessed with. You see, the beauty of the New Covenant with Jesus’ death and resurrection is that we are given chance after chance until we get it right. It wasn’t until the Lord had stripped me of every idol and shown me how much He loved me and accepted me and how flawed the world’s acceptance was that I understood the glory of the Gospel and my acceptance by Him. I began to see truly how love should control us (2 Cor. 5:14) and motivate us to live outside of ourselves. I also became for the first time ever, content with Jesus. I didn’t need a girlfriend or a wife or money to pay my bills or a car that wasn’t broken because I had Jesus, the savior of the universe. It was something I had to learn. Jesus had to do a work in me before He could do a work through me.

You see, Paul had to learn contentment. He knew how to be at peace and find joy while being high and mighty (as he was a pharisee once) and how to be lowly in jail chained singing songs to Jesus (Acts 16:23-24). He knew the secret of being joyful and that was through knowing God intellectually and experiencing the Gospel in His life. It is a trip how God uses all our circumstances in order that we might  gaze at Him and run to Him like a kid running from a dog or from a mean kid chasing Him.

With that all being said, two Sundays ago, one of my best friends was preaching a sermon on being sent. He reminded the church that we are a people that are called to go and make disciples not call people in and seclude ourselves. Our life is a mission and where the Lord has us is our mission field. It was then, for the first time ever within these past four years that I had not only a peace about going back to Hawaii but an excitement! I realized that my mission filed is my city and the people there. It is with great pleasure and joy to announce that I will be returning home today. I am excited to meet with people for coffee and encourage them in Jesus, I am excited to do life with my 10-year old sister and a few months old nephew. I am excited to just be Jesus to whomever I encounter. It will be challenging indeed, but it will be worth it because I am in Christ and with Jesus, I have all I need.

Hawaii, I’ll see you later today!

The Benefits of Suffering


My soul continually remembers [my affliction & suffering] and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion” says my soul, “therefore I WILL hope in Him”.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I will hope in Him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
Lamentations 3:20-27, ESV

Affliction can be defined by Merriam-Webster as something that causes pain or suffering or the state of being affected by something that causes suffering. It is something that we all hate to face and something that can be exhausting to endure. What’s interesting though, is that just as it takes pain and time to gain muscle through exercise, likewise, spiritual strength is gained through affliction. In Lamentations, we not only read of a man who has suffered by some kind of affliction, but we see a man who holds tightly to the promises of God.

Based on the previous verses (3:1-19), one can find that the author has faced immense affliction and suffering. He notes that he has seen affliction under the rod of His wrath (v. 1). He begins to lament, or a passionately express his grief over the suffering he has faced declaring, He has made my flesh and my skin waste away…he turned aside my steps and and tore me to pieces; he has made me desolate (vv 4, 11). Whatever reason it be, God has allowed great affliction upon this man.

Interestingly, one could think this kid is bipolar because not even half way through, he begins to remember. He says, My soul continually remembers it [the affliction] and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope (v. 20, 21). The affliction causes the author to call to mind and have hope in the promises of God, in his suffering, he examine’s himself and the things he knows in his mind about God and brings them forward in a confession of hope. It was through great suffering, that he saw his great need of God and the forever-promises of God. He did not just sit in despair and wallow in sorrow, but activated his faith in what he knew to be true. He begins to recount the promises of God’s steadfast love and mercies that never cease (v. 22), the great faithfulness of God (v. 23), and the reality of God being his portion – his inheritance, reward (v.24), allowing the Spirit of God to make a turn within him.

His attitude shifts as he begins to recount the blessings of God and all that God’s Character is towards him in affliction. He recognizes that God is good and will come to his aid causing him to outwardly confess that The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him (v. 25). He admits that there is a responsibility on both parties: (1) On God’s to come to those who wait and seek Him, and (2) on those who wait and seek Him.

How often do we find ourselves in deep despair and wallowing in our sorrows? Unless you’re a superhuman or robot with no emotions, I’d say that we all face some kind of despair, affliction, doubt, or suffering. Wether it be an extreme of losing a loved one, or a job, the weight of not being able to pay bills on time, or a car breaking down, we all face trials that, if examined appropriately, will be used by God to turn our thoughts unto Him, to lean upon His mercies, and to activate our faith to trust.

What’s interesting in this lament is the emphasis of waiting quietly. In verses 25, 26, and 28 the lamenter mentions waiting in quiet or silence. If you’re anything like me, I attempt at fixing things immediately. In a culture of getting things quickly, we want things now and done right. It seems though, that is not how God always works. He then goes on to say not only that it is good that one should wait for the salvation of the LORD, but also that it is good for the man that he bear the yoke in his youth. It is safe to say that God will not only sustain and allow us to bear the yoke, but also in a season where God knows we will call upon Him to help us endure. I would argue to say that when there’s a process, we are more likely to continue going to Jesus for help whereas the danger of quick miracles tends to cause us to forget all that He has done and carry on with our lives. Quick miracles, I’ll also argue, tend to create a dependency not on JESUS Himself, but on the miracle itself causing us to look for the next miracle that benefits us. I’m am not saying that miracles are bad, I am saying though, that the process teaches us a lot more about His character.

What is it that you’re going through? What is it that Jesus is having you wait upon? I challenge you, the reader, to examine your heart. Search it, and wait in silence. Jesus is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. May this be an encouragement to keep on seeking and keep on waiting. And may Jesus create a deeper trust and an amazing growth as you sit, wait, and hope in Him.

Guarding Your Flag


Have you ever played capture the flag?

“Our response to this threat was twofold: We prayed to our True God, and we set up a watch–day and night–to look out for them.” (Nehemiah 4:9 The Voice) Nehemiah is a book about a cupbearer who boldly asks the King to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the ravaged walls of his city. ESV says, “After the exile, God is renewing his people in the land, in order to carry out what he promised to Abraham. God’s people must renew their commitment to covenant faithfulness, laying hold of God’s forgiveness and seeking to practice purity in their corporate and private lives.”

In chapter 4, we find Sanballat and his army attempting to take down the people of Jerusalem and stop the work that God placed in the hands of Nehemiah. It is interesting to see Nehemiah’s response though, in verse nine. He says he did two things: (1) Prayed and (2) set up watch day and night. This struck a mean chord in my heart that can be relevant for every Christian today. If our bodies are a temple (2 Cor. 6:16), where the Holy Spirit dwells, we as believers must be up keeping it by walking in Holiness. It is by doing these two things that Nehemiah did that can aid us in the fight against our flesh. In the times where we are faced with temptation, we must be prepared. This, magnifies the need for sanctification–the act of God setting us apart through a moment by moment worshipful process. We must be in prayer always as we are reminded by Paul in 1 Thes. 5:17 and Jesus himself through the parable in Luke 18:1 about the persistent widow. Prayer is the means to which the intellect affects the heart and emotions which causes our will to desire to obey. It allows us to openly process what’s happening in our heads and lay it out on the table before God.

The second thing that Nehemiah did was he set up watch-day and night-. What are the disciplines that we are developing that keep our bodies in constant parallel with the Word of God? Are there things that we need to strip away from that are unhealthy habits that lead us to sin? Are there thoughts that need to be taken captive more often (2 Cor. 10:5)? What does our prayer life look like, our Jesus time look like? Are we in community hashing out fleshly desires with Godly men & women of God? Are we repentant and pursuing a life that exemplifies Christ? These things take time, yes, but there is nothing too small for Jesus, I mean, He overcame the world! As we allow Jesus to conform us into His image we will also see sin as it is: disgusting and gross and see the magnitude of Grace in our lives. Our temple must be rooted on the rocks so that when the storms come we will be standing. As creatures who are naturally prone to wander, we must take some action yet at the same time allowing the Spirit of God to do the work he is bringing into completion (Phil. 1:6).

I love what J.C. Ryle says about keeping watch. He says,

“Is your heart right? Then be humble and watchful. You are not yet in heaven, but in the world. You are in the body. The devil is near you, and never sleeps. Oh, keep your heart with all diligence! Watch and pray lest you fall into temptation. Ask Christ Himself to keep your heart for you. Ask Him to dwell in it, and reign in it, and garrison it, and to put down every enemy under His feet.”

It is when we are on guard and constantly in pursuit of allowing the Holy Spirit to conform us into Christ’s image that we can face the days that are rough. Take heart friends, what a joy it will be to hear Christ tell you how blessed he was when you prayed & kept watch for His name sake!

iPods, X-Men, & Praying Steadfastly


Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 ESV)

When you were young, and desired something so bad, did you ever do whatever it took to get that object? Whether it be a toy, a doll, money, candy, you fill in the blank. How funny it is to think when we grow older how those pursuits were so fleeting.

I can remember in high school learning about the (then) new iPod Mini. It was the very first generation of iPods that were different colors. I thought it was not only the coolest device, but thought that because of my love for music how easy it would be to put billions, or as we say in Hawaii, choke music on one small thing. This would defeat the purpose of a CD player! Well, due to my big family, our low income, and I’d say, the sovereignty of God, everyone around me got one. Everyone, except of course, me. How frustrated I was to know that they didn’t know much about them and yet at the drop of a word, got what they desired. That was probably my sophomore year going into my junior year, and it wasn’t until my senior year that I sought a job and was able to purchase my very own iPod color! I went BIG. Knowing not only that I had worked so hard for it saving my money, but also that I would be seen as being in the cool crowd not having a CD player.

What was it that caused me to persevere? The object of my desire. Likewise, in a similar fashion, the Bible constantly encourages us to pray steadfastly–or in perseverance–seeking the object of our Hope: Christ, and not only that but keeping watch while we do so (Lk. 21:36; Eph. 6:8; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17). In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus encourages his disciples to, Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38 ESV). There was another element in this command. You see, Jesus knew that our rebellious flesh desires nothing more than to turn from God, that the sin lurking in our blood stream cannot and will never abide in the vine, Christ. This, I believe, is why Paul reminds the church of Colossae, to, Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2 ESV). Not only was the church to pray, but they were also exhorted to watch their manner of life for they knew not when Christ would return. Do we look different than the world, or are we simply blending in? This makes me think of that shapeshifter in The X-MenMystique. She could shift into anyone she wanted, but at the end was always a copy and never the real deal. Are we watching our manner of life and allowing God (in prayer & submission) to conform us into His image, or are we just being a Mystique, copying things outwardly but not literally becoming Christ. Is the image of Christ shown as a facade or is it authentic a part of our every moment of life?

You see, there’s a difference in simply praying, and praying with the intention of allowing the Spirit of God change us from within. We often pray flowery prayers that ask God to fulfill the desires of our hearts, or to strike this person with discipline, or to bless me, bless them, etc. What if though, in prayer, we asked God to reveal the dirtiest parts of us to allow Him to conform us into His image? This not only magnifies the Grace He has upon His adopted, but also reveals the magnitude of need there is for Him in our lives. Knowing well we can do nothing apart from Him (John 15:5), in prayer, we are to persevere in it. Be constantly in communication with Him. It is the only thing we often have! When someone is struggling in sin, when the soul is downcast, when things just don’t look bright, when things around are chaotic, prayer is all there is. Communion with God.

It is a difficult thing to persevere in. With life being so busy, with work, school, friends, social events, do we give God the time of day? Do we give God our entire day? I am convicted, challenged, and encouraged by this Word given to the church of Colossae. Paul ends this verse with not only to pray steadfastly, but also in thanksgiving. Being thankful that we are hidden in Christ, that our sins have been wiped clean, that we are destined for glory as Douglas Moo says. Moo says in his commentary that an attitude of thanks will serve as a powerful deterrent to the inroads of the false teachers as well as a stimulus to pray.

How true it is, when we align our prayers with the Word of God, we can be shielded by the enemy, and lifted up in our sorrows. The iPods, iPads, iPhones, we desire become so minute compared to great gift of salvation we have. The jobs, money, food, clothes, we don’t have become worth little to the King who laid down HIS LIFE for us! A life is worth way more than food & clothes and therefore I am challenged to be more thankful for what I do have, keeping watch over my life allowing others to see Christ.