Paul’s words are Spirit-given words, so they are just as new, fresh, and alive today as the moment they were written. He not only tells you the What, but also the Why, and then finally the How. The Holy Spirit is putting a How-To Manual in your hands.

Notice key phrases. Take them personally. “I want you to know….” “I say this in order that….” “See to it….” “Continue….”

Notice words that connect you to something: “Therefore” leads to a conclusion.  “If-then” builds on something you know and connects the dots.  “Let” (what a great word) means, Take this into your soul.  “In order that” leads you to a purpose or result. 

Once you begin to notice key words, then you can take them personally by incorporating them in your prayer time. This is the way in which you will experience Paul’s admonition, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….” (Col 3:16). Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe Paul’s words into your inner spirit. He longs to do just that.

Jesus overcame the devil because He was living by every word that was proceeding from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4).

Scripture: Scan chapters 3 and 4 of Colossians looking for Paul’s topics.

What things does Paul want to talk to you about?

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Focus on, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Col 3:15). Invite the Holy Spirit to breathe Christ’s peace into your heart. Sit quietly and let His peace minister to you.

Now focus on, “And be thankful” (Col 3:15). Begin to practice giving thanks. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to give thanks all through your workday.