Treasures in Heaven
Call to Worship
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
Faithful love and truth go before you.
Happy are the people who know the joyful shout;
Lord, they walk in the light from your face.
They rejoice in your name all day long, and they are exalted by your righteousness.
For you are their magnificent strength;
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
-Psalm 89:14-16; 8:3-4
God we confess that we are imperfect in our obedience to you.
We have sinned both in things we have done and things we have left undone
Your word reminds us that in Christ our sins are forgiven and we have fellowship with you.
May our fellowship with Christ cause our hearts to love righteousness.
The scriptures affirm that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.
Help us to trust we are secure in this love.
Help us see that our sin is real, but it is not final.
Help us walk in victory and fellowship by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and put them to open shame.
Thanks be to God!
(-From Colossians 2:11-15 MSG)
Go now and be blessed in the assurance that in Christ, God has chosen you for adoption into his family, blessed you with every spiritual blessing and forgiven your sins.
Your inheritance is sealed and secure in the Holy Spirit.
Peace be with you all
And also with you