Looking/Living Above or Below?

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Colossians 3
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“SO ACT LIKE IT” are the closing words of verse 1 in the message. Act like it’s your last opportunity, like it will pass by and never return. Act (the process of doing) like “it. One final word about if from 1 Samuel 16:14 and i recommend reading the chapter, but verse 14 illustrates to me the danger of rejecting the “If.” But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and troubled him.

Before i have any time to think on what it looks like to “act on it” verse two gets right in my face.

Colossians 3:2, “ed, set your mind and keep it set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

The instructions are easy enough to read, but they are not just for reading, “act like it” is for me to do, thus the difficulty. Being in this world and not of it is where the constant rub comes into play and the one that will win is the one i feed the most. my words, my actions expose the huge influence the world has on me.
As if Colossians is not enough 2 Timothy 2:15 says, ed study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. ED! avoid all empty (vain, useless, idle) talk, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.
“Correctly analyzing and accurately dividing” UNDERSTAND THE TIMES!
Question? “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.” Question? How does ed eat this chapter? One word at a time. A journey not a destination.
Set: to put (something or someone) in a particular place, to place in a particular position or posture, to put or apply.
Your is self-explanatory.
Mind: the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc..
It is for me to… that is… “If” i’m serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, to set to put in a particular place, position, or  posture, my process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, and perceives.  This is saying that i am to have the mind of Christ. AND… it does not stop there.
Keep: to hold or retain in one’s possession, to maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
It’s not enough to just set my mind. i must keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements . The (some action) is to “Set my mind and keep, hold, retain in my possession.”
There is power in the process to the promise. The process begins with “If.”  If i am serious. Serious about what? About “living this new resurrection life with Christ.” The process gets broken down into bite size pieces as i am to keep, maintain (some action), especially in accordance with specific requirements.
“ed set your mind and keep, hold, retain in your possession.” Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
“ed put into a specific place, into your mind, will and emotions and hang on to this place as though your life depends on it, because it does.
 So i am pretty sure i know plenty about the things of the earth but i don’t want to spend a lot of time on the negatives. i do want to spend sufficient time on the positives which are the higher things.
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