Welcome to the third Monday of Mega Memory Month #4 (MMM4)!
This should be, therefore, Report #3. But this is Report #2 for me, because last week, which was week two, I failed to report. Now I’m a week off. [arg!]
You see, last week I was in Florida for the Disney World Half Marathon, and I took a break from my blog while I was away. The laptop didn’t even take the trip with me. And when I got home mid-week, it seemed too late to post, so I waited until today. Hence the overdue Report #2.
My memory verses, however, did make the trip, and I was able to make some headway while I was away. Although you might think that sunny Florida got my brain cells ultra energized, that was not the case. The weather was reminiscent of the Midwest: brisk, cloudy, even giving us a bit of sleet. The chill forced us inside more than anticipated, so I actually had time to read and review my verses.
As you may recall, I’m working on Colossians 2:6–15. By Report #1, I had gotten through verses 6 through 8 with just a few errors. I can now repeat verses 6 through 12 without prompting:
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you have been were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, which who raised Him from the dead.
Just a few sketchy parts there to work on. I am also happy to report that verses 13–14 I can repeat using the first-letter prompt cards—I’m so close to having those in my bank!
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having cancelled out the certificate of debt <consisting> of decrees against us, which were was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Just two sketchy spots there to work on this week, along with verse 15. If I can get these smoothed out, that will conclude my work on the Colossians passage.
Even better than being able to recite some verses is what the Word is teaching me. I just cannot shake the awe that Jesus Christ is the head over all rule and authority. He has final say—in everything. And now that I have received Christ Jesus as my Lord, I yield to Him and His authority, which supersedes all other claims on me.
Sin will beckon me to follow its lead—but by Christ’s authority and with His help, I do not have to go.
The enemy will entice me to manage my life and manipulate circumstances to my liking—but instead I can trust in Christ’s rule over me and my life.
My flesh will tempt me to clamor for place and notoriety, but in Christ I am complete.
There is something about meditating upon Scripture that changes the rhythms of my heart and the undercurrents of my soul. God uses my feeble attempts to take in the Word and He multiplies it. I find my mind coursing upon new wavelengths, along the currents of truth instead of currents of falsehood and deception.
How grateful I am for the power of Christ, the Living Word, at work in me.