Time with God Daily Devotional by John North

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Time with God - May 10, 2016

Colossians 2:18-19

Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.

What makes the church work? Holding fast to Christ!

Don’t let anything loosen your grip on Jesus! If you want your church to “grow with a growth which is from God”, you must allow His life to flow through you and your church. What makes your church healthy will not be a better strategy or worship style or ministry resource, but rather a healthy inner life—a close walk with Jesus, a focus on His word and on His person, a sensitivity to His Spirit.

When you choose strategies and styles and resources, choose those that will focus your church on these things and your church will be on its way to good health.

Before you allow a critical spirit to gain a foothold in your relationship to your church, make sure that you yourself are walking with Christ, living in love, sacrificing for others, allowing Christ to speak and act through you, and focused on others rather than yourself. Then you’ll be a force for spiritual renewal in your church.

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