Leaning on the Promises of God

9/3/2013 by Brady Howard
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Colossians 1:1-6

1 Paul, an apostle (special messenger) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother,

2 To the saints (the consecrated people of God) and believing and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace (spiritual favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father.

3 We continually give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), as we are praying for you,

4 For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and of the love which you [have and show] for all the saints (God’s consecrated ones),

5 Because of the hope [of experiencing what is] laid up (reserved and waiting) for you in heaven. Of this [hope] you heard in the past in the message of the truth of the Gospel,

6 Which has come to you. Indeed, in the whole world [that Gospel] is bearing fruit and still is growing [by its own inherent power], even as it has done among yourselves ever since the day you first heard and came to know and understand the grace of God in truth. [You came to know the grace or undeserved favor of God in reality, deeply and clearly and thoroughly, becoming accurately and intimately acquainted with it.]

1lean verb \?l?n\
leaned lean·ing
Definition of LEAN
intransitive verb
a : to incline, deviate, or bend from a vertical position

b : to cast one's weight to one side for support
: to rely for full support

    Have you ever been tired? Of course you have.  To this day on Sunday morning’s that is often one of the most common phrases that I hear in response to a typical, “How are you doing today?” type of question. “I am doing good, just a little tired today” or perhaps it’s just a little more non subtle, “Whew I am worn out, long week!”  In reality, we all get tired.  Some of us just aren’t as good as hiding it as others are.  It has always amazed me how quickly our human bodies can tire, but there are different ways of conditioning ourselves to handle fatigue.   For some who are athletes, running is one way of conditioning our bodies to be able to maintain and handle high volumes of energy output.  For those who are early morning risers for office work, sleep is a much needed source of nourishment for the body and of course our diet has much to do with how our body  functions and operates on a day to day basis.

    In short, we have briefly mentioned three come components to overcoming fatigue.  Physical activity or exercising, sleep - i.e. rest for the body, and most importantly; diet. Now before you think that I am about to start an infomercial for the latest and greatest weight-loss supplement or the newest sleep number body or even the best running shoes, stay with me as we work through this short blog.

    Leaning is what we all do when our bodies are fatigues, whether you are working in the yard, playing with kids or grand kids or out of breath from physical exercise.  Leaning is the best way for our bodies to regain strength because it takes the weight and pressure off of our own extremities and places them onto a substitutionary object.
    Sounds a lot like Salvation does’t it?  Our bodies are incapable of carrying the weight and burden of sin and we are completely insufficient in an of our selves to gain salvation by merits of good works or moral disciplines.  Salvation is simply Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead; He is the ONLY substitutionary person, He is the ONLY object of which we can truly cast all of ourselves on.  He carries the weight of our Salvation, our eternal security and our only source of stability to help us navigate through this life.

    Aren’t you tired of trying to lean on your own wisdom, strength and understanding? Jesus comes to us arms open wide and running towards us, He says to us, “My yoke is easy, my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30), “Cast all of your burdens on Me” (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22), “And I will renew your strength!” (Isaiah 40:31).

    Let’s learn to lean on Christ, and Him alone for our sufficiency and joy in life.

                    Pastor Brady

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