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9 For [dia] this cause [touto] we [hemeis] also [kai], since [apo] the [hos] day [hemera] we heard [akouo] it, do [pauo] not [ou] cease [pauo] to pray [proseuchomai] for [huper] you [humon], and [kai] to desire [aiteo] that [hina] ye might be filled [pleroo] with the knowledge [epignosis] of his [autos] will [thelema] in [en] all [pas] wisdom [sophia] and [kai] spiritual [pneumatikos] understanding [sunesis]; KJV-Interlinear
9 For this reason also, since the
day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may
be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and
Every two or four years
we hold an election.In that election
each party promotes their views for problem solving or for benefits they
believe will make life better for everyone.And of course if you vote for them, then they insure to you, that their
promises will come true and life will get better.
If you have been around
the block a couple of times in this life, then you know better.In every decade, the economy goes up and it
goes down, employment goes up and it goes down.And when either party is in power, there are good times and there are
No party has discovered
the fountain of youth or the economic utopia that they all wish for.But try as they may, the tactics for getting
reelected never change.The other guy is
wrong and I am right.And there is
always an endless list of skeletons to prove that point.And it is true for all candidates.
But there is one
mechanism that can bring prosperity and security to all, and that mechanism is
will not believe that, because the world does not believe in a mighty and all
powerful God, it chooses to believe in the fairy tale of world opinion,
government regulation, and the power of the human will.
After all, we cannot
see God, nor even talk to Him and get a verbal response.But we can see and smell and taste and hold
the things that we want in life, and it is far easier to believe in what you
can see, over that which you cannot.
But Paul knows that the
response which has come back to him, with regard to the people of Colossae, is
a good response, and that with every person who turns their life to God, that
life will gradually get better and better for everyone.
Jesus Christ controls
history.History rises and falls based
on the response that people have for Christ.When the spiritual state of the world is high, then life is better for
everyone.When the spiritual state of
the world is low, then things tend to fall apart.
Blessing comes into the
world through believers, and especially through growing believers.And Paul indicates this by mentioning that
people being saved is good, but after salvation, there is a need to grow up,
and that requires an increase in knowledge, in understanding, and finally in
The more mature
believers that there are in the world, the more blessings there are that come
into the world. The fewer believers, then less blessings flow.Certainly you can and should, go out to vote,
but prayer and Bible doctrine are a far more potent power.Supporting and promoting the Word of God, in
any way possible, yields far better results.Remaining indifferent or inactive yields nothing.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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