This is the Gospel: Day 13

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Colossians 2:6-7

We can all use a grace day, can’t we? Take this day as an opportunity to catch up, pray, and just rest in the presence of the Lord. Pray the scripture below for a specific woman in your life and for yourself.

“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude.”
Colossians 2:6-7 HCSB

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  • Bethany Beinlich

    Prayers that I stop just going through the Christian motions and really seek God first.

  • When we are overflowing with gratitude, our lives will change. We’ll be more humble, more loving, more compassionate, more giving.

  • Christina

    I love the imagery of being rooted in Christ. We are always being filled by the source of life, Christ Jesus.

  • I need to be rooted and built up in him.

  • Alyssa Powell

    I really need this today

  • Kailey Pearson

    Prayers that I stop seeking the acceptance of others and seek the Lord first
    ~16 y/o

  • I was digging into the Greek a bit while meditating on this verse and I found that the NASB gives a clearer translation. “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the 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.” We have been firmly rooted in Christ – we don’t have to root ourselves- when we were born again and now each day we are being built up in Him and established. I am picturing how a fruit tree is tended after being planted – fertilization, protection, support, pruning, weeding around it, etc. We walk in the forward motion of being firmly planted and rooted in Christ.

  • Today, a tired, poorly mummy with a teething baby …needing so much grace, love and patience…and rest!!thankful to a sustaining God and praying for other mummies to know his grace and love in this wonderful, exhausting phase of life!

  • BlessedandFavored

    I will continue to pray for myself as well as my friends grace is always welcomed

  • Prayers for a wonderful friend I know needs grace.

  • I never make “resolutions” however I have been slacking in spending time with God so much so that my bible had collected dust. Since Monday, I have started my day each morning reading my devotional from SRT and First5 apps. I can honestly say that I can feel and see the change in my attitude and heart and that the fire for God has flared back up! I can only pray that this drive continues and even when I don’t want to sit down and read, that He will help me acquire the disciple I lack. Praise Jesus for my salvation and love for Him!

    • Christen Nohra

      Well said! I think it’s so important to understand that God is after our hearts and to pray that our hearts are disciplined to want and need to dive into His word and work on spiritual disciplines not as a chore, but knowing that our heart desires to know more about the Lord

  • It’s amazing how God ties things together to proves life isn’t a series of coincidences, but truly purposeful. Overflowing with thankfulness. Perfect!

  • May I be rooted, built up, and established for Christ! What great words to pray yet not so easy to live out. Lord help my prayer become a reality!

  • I am clinging to this Colossians verse today. I am going to a memorial service for my Grandfather, the “good-guy” in my life, who answered, “I am Thankful” when anyone asked him how he was. My Father will also be there whom I have had major relational issues with recently.

  • God is peeling back my sins and showing where I truly stand with Him. In love, grace, and righteousness :)

  • Ashley S. Davidson

    I have been so, so blessed these past couple of weeks after discovering these devos. God has wrapped me up in learning and comfort and I am perfectly just bursting with thankfulness. Thankful especially today for the opportunity (and reminder) to pray for my coworkers and sisters in Christ.

  • Loving this devo. Keeping me focused & grounded. Even among those that oppose me at work. Staying grounded in the word has helped me keep my joy & continue to be nice despite their cruelty.

  • scootermae

    I have been searching a scripture to pray for my boys and this is it!

  • Today was an “end of my rope” kind of day. I think a mixture of sleep deprivation and my sinful nature got the best of me.
    I haven’t been walking with him today and I definitely have not been overflowing with gratitude.
    So I had a “frying pan in the face” moment and also a humbling moment as I open today’s plan. Oh, how in need of grace I am–how I need to rest in it. Lord, forgive my foolish heart. Root me in you and let my cup overflow with grace and gratitude towards others.

    • Lauren

      Amen to this. I too had one of those days too. I have been so consumed with all of the stressors happening around me that I have not been focused on God. I needed this scripture to remind to stay grounded in him with constant joy and gratitude. Just a great grace day! :)

  • Just have to share events of the last two days that speak to community and rooted and branches. We are in the process of moving from one state to another over a several month period on our own. Yesterday was planned in advance for efficiency but so much went wrong. And yet everywhere we turned for help it was there and we remained calm. In the end we arrived at the storage unit at 5:57, the gates lock at 6:00. The manager gave us extended time. At the grocery store the checker and bagger were both wearing Jesus Lives pins.
    Today the trailer came unhitched but thankfully stayed attached. This happened right in front of a trailer business’s operated by Christians who rushed out to help us and to thank God for a small accident that could have been so much worse.
    We feel so blessed by all theses events!

  • Sarah York

    I am with a lot of these women with the “rooted” and “built up” passage. I want to be so rooted in Him that it positively affects everything I do, day to day.

  • Rooted in Him. Such solid daily reassurance. We continue to grow and we have roots. I am so grateful for the love He pours into my life and into my daughters lives. Thank you for being sisters in Christ

  • Stephanie

    Today is my son’s eighth birthday; what a wonderful verse to pray over him today!

  • Danielle A

    It’s so easy to get anxious or worried over what we don’t have. Definitely will be praying this over myself. I want to be full of Jesus and thanksgiving!

  • Sometimes if I need a little more to read, I read a psalm. Has SRT ever done a series on the Psalms? They are life-changing, just realizing the depth of emotion that is present and expressed in the Word of God- especially realizing that Jesus himself prayed the Psalms. This is the best sermon I ever heard on pain: http://www.graceinfo.org/learning-media/sermons/all-series/message/crushed-but-not-broken

    I hope it encourages at least one person today/ this weekend!

    • Bonnie

      I follow the basic outline of SRT’s Bible in a year plan, which reads Psalms on Sundays. I’ve come to really enjoy that change of pace.

  • Excited to start the study on the book of Daniel next week! For the first time, my husband and I will be reading the same book together as he agreed to follow the HRT Daniel plan too! :)

    *Off Topic: Sharing my blog post about a recent argument I had with my husband if you just want to read something on this Grace Day :)
    http://steady-myheart.blogspot.com/2015/08/lesson

    Have a blessed weekend sisters! :)

    • Hannah

      Thanks for sharing your blog. It was encouraging. I too have stacks of journals I would like to pass down to my children. However, some days I just get a little lazy about it so thanks for the refresher on why it’s important!

    • MCE

      Thanks for the heads up on HRT!

  • I like the scripture that relates to this one. "And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love." Ephesians 3:17
    I love that!! Just as a plant needs nutrients from the soil, we too get nutrients from God's great love. He is amazing how He keeps watering us and shining the Son on us and through us. He gives us the food spiritually that we need every day. I am in awe of my Jesus!! Thank you Lord for always being there for all of us!!

    • Rachel

      Amen! Ephesians 3:16-19 is one of my favorite passages. I would love to have a painting to visualize this..I can imagine a tree (represents us) and below the surface you can see the roots surrounded by hearts (God’s love). The roots are larger and longer than even the strong tree. This tree survives through all seasons because it gets it’s nutrients from God. Grounded and rooted in Christ’s love. I can picture it in my head when I read the Ephesians passage and it reminds me not to survive on the “nutrients” from the world: like accomplishments and goal achievement, pleasure seeking, knowledge, seeking affirmation from people instead of God, and love of self. God, overflow my heart with so much love that it bubbles out to those around me! My love is so imperfect, but God’s love is so good and pure.

      • lynne

        I love that Rachel! If you ever paint a picture I would love to see it. God's love is so amazing and we are truly like that tree that's planted by the rivers of waters that brings forth fruit in His season and whatsoever we do shall prosper. It's not our good works or deeds it's all Him. We only do good things because of Him. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Kasey Summers

    “overflowing with gratitude” Love that version! That should be out life!!

  • Shawn Bowers Buxton

    I just want to thank SRR for these Grace days. As the mom of twin two-year-olds, I’m often reading this study with a constant background noise and flurry of interruptions. I use these days to catch up, and then I don’t feel so defeated by being far behind. Thanks for the community, ladies.

    • lynne

      I can relate to you Shawn. I don't have twins but I have 7 children and my house is continually noisy. Do your little ones still take naps? My 2 year old does when she feels like it. I will pray for you because I know the feeling of always being behind everyone else. I actually did the last Bible study and I was always 4 days behind. The Lord keeps giving me the scripture from Lamentations "His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness." Jesus is our strength every day and our comfort. He makes us feel fresh and renewed if we let Him. Take care.

  • Visualizing the growth of a tree from the language he uses… rooted, built up (grown), and established.

    An established tree is rock solid. Roots for days, tall as the surroundings permit, and it feels like the rest of the area recognizes it, and it´s permanence within it.

    Lord, continue to grow these roots in times of comfort and discomfort, formal and informal learning. Grow me up that I might be established and built up for your purposes- not mine. May my spiritual growth be seen as a beacon for others- always in humility- to see you and your mercy walked out with gratitude.

    Advance thy kingdom, Father.

  • carlybenson

    I really enjoyed taking some more time to pray and reflect on these verses. It reminded me that as we accept Jesus as Lord through God's grace we need to keep walking with him by grace- not that we accept his grace to begin with but then try to live for him in our own strength, which I know I do at times.
    I like v7 in the NLT- "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him." Again it reminds me that it's not something we can do by ourselves but that we need to let God do it and cooperate with him.

  • Good reminder. doesn’t stop at receiving Christ Jesus; I need to continually live in Him,rooted and built up,strengthened in faith and overflowing with gratitude. Thank you Lord.

  • Lovely

  • I love this but I wish it was yesterday’s reading haha I think it’s a good reminder to take a have day but I wish there was more to read and more scripture

    • Karon

      I know just what you mean! I need more of a "kick in the pants, keep going with your Scripture reading!" day than a Grace Day. ;) I would love it if Grace Day were once a month, on a random day. :)

    • Christy

      Sometimes on Grace Days I use them as an opportunity to go back and re-read scriptures and devotional a from earlier in the week; a second (or third) reading usually brings forth new revelation.

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