On Knowing God — Colossians 2 [a practical, biblical study of scripture]

Excerpt: Practical Spirituality | Devotional Sessions

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ (passage from Colossians 2, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice)

We are influenced by our culture, our childhood normals, our theological upbringing. These influences often go unchallenged, since they are simply the ways things have always been.

Take some time in prayer today and ask God to uncover beliefs that are rooted in the basic principles of the world. Write down any that come to mind. Invite Holy Spirit to come and to replace these beliefs with the ways of Christ. Write down anything that comes to mind as you ask Holy Spirit to show you the ways of Christ. Whether or not something comes immediately to mind, consider building a regular practice of bringing these questions regularly before God.

Lord, continue to lead me in your ways, according to Christ and not according to the practices and beliefs of the world.


My personal engagement with this session:

Man… It’s so easy to simply be swept up in a given culture, believing something because you’ve never thought to question it. This passage and coming back again and again to the Holy Spirit with this question is so helpful for me. My filter is human. I am ordinary. But Holy Spirit what truths I need. He knows how my vision is lacking. Yes Lord, so come lead me according to Christ.


An added note from Phil Rice

I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Practical Spirituality | Devotional Sessions. Share this session with anyone you think would be impacted and don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments for our mutual benefit of continued conversation.

Thanks for journeying alongside,
Phil Rice


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