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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 2:31-4:18 ESV, Colossians 1:1-17 ESV, Psalm 76:1-12 ESV, Proverbs 24:21-22 ESV

Daily Verse: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” (Colossians 1:15 ESV)

AORATOS (517): “This word literally means “unseen” and is translated “invisible”, of God Himself (Col 1:15).”[1]

Unseen God

Paul’s referring to God in a spiritual state, not material or physical sense.  Reading the scripture’s context supports Paul’s thinking of Jesus in His glorified state after Christ’s ascension.  Believing without seeing leads to blessing.

“Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 ESV)

In today’s world, we believe in Jesus without seeing Him physically.  Our spiritual connection with Christ comes as we pursue Him, allowing Jesus to reside in our hearts.  Reading God’s inspired word makes the connection; as we allow scripture to take root in our hearts, our relationship with Jesus grows.

Invisible trust.

Placing trust in an invisible God may seem hard.  The simple question we answer when we put faith in Christ remains the same: do you or don’t believe God exists?

When we answer that question positively, we place our faith in an invisible God.  Our trust grows as we follow Jesus, doing what He did—viewing people through the lens of Christ changes your perspective.  Whatever offense we might perceive, Jesus not only forgives but understands the motive behind the act.

Everyone operates from their hearts.  Whatever they put into their heart will come out when squeezed.  If you fill your heart with Jesus, when the tough times come, and they will, Christ comes out.  Instead of bitterness and hatred, we lead with grace and mercy.

Let Jesus change you, and allow the invisible God to reside in your heart.  Watch as you transform into a new creation with Christ.

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 81) Thomas Nelson

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