A Collection of Topical Articles

I love to write through chapters of the Bible or spend time on thinking and writing through Biblical topics. Here is that collection, arranged easily to be able to find what you are looking for. Here is the list of things I have written on.

 

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Devote Yourself To Prayer—Colossians 4:2

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Colossians 4

Devote Yourself To Prayer—Colossians 4:2
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2)

At the beginning of the year I sensed the Lord's urging for me to grow in the area of prayer. To set aside focused time to pray expectantly. Since this time I have been meeting weekly with two very dear ladies who share the same passion for praying. We pray for each other, people we know, believers around the world as well as many other things. 

One of the beautiful things that has come from our time together is that our prayer has morphed into a time of being directed by the Lord rather than us bringing a list of items to petition Him with. In other words, we have gotten very bold and have grown in our ability to pray as He directs. 

“Prayer is not begging God to do something that He is loath to do. It is not overcoming reluctance in God. It is enforcing Christ’s victory over Satan” Paul E. Billheimer; Destined for the Throne.

Be Fair & Right For We Also Have a Master—Colossians 4:1

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Colossians 4

Be Fair & Right For We Also Have a Master—Colossians 4:1
“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven” (Colossians 4:1)

Several years ago, I was a team lead for my division at work. Before this, I mainly worked alone but as we experienced growth a few people were added to the lineup. One of the individuals under me was opinionated and difficult. He didn’t follow instructions well, never made deadlines and frequently spent most of his time on items that were small percentage of the entire project. This frustrated me.

Being young and inexperienced with leading, I didn’t handle the situation well. I tended to avoid hard conversations, which continually stressed our work relationship. I would set deadlines and assign duties but never managed to get him on the same page so the results were anger, frustration and resentment on my part. This of course affected the way I treated him and he eventually resigned.

Treat Others Right & Fair

There Is No Favoritism with God—Colossians 3:25

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Colossians 3

There Is No Favoritism with God—Colossians 3:25
“Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism” (Colossians 3:25)

Both slaves and masters are accountable to God. Or another way to put this is that everyone, regardless of position, power or station is answerable before God. Which lends itself to this amazing truth; with the Father there is no favoritism. He is no respecter of persons and treats everyone fairly without partiality (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11).

This thought in context within this passage is the bridge for instructions to both the master and the slave. Or if you will, any situation where there is a hierarchy of authority. The previous verse leaves off with instructions to serve wholeheartedly as if it is the Lord Jesus Christ himself we are serving (vs. 24). Followed by instructions for the party in authority to deal with fairness those who are under them (vs. 4:1). The reason given for both is that God is the master and with Him there is no favoritism. In other words, each party is responsible for their own behavior.

It is the Lord You Are Serving—Colossians 3:23-24

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Colossians 3

It is the Lord You Are Serving—Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24)

I love the exchange the Bible often gives believers. We get credited to our accounts so many things; this truth is no exception. We do not need to be in full-time ministry to work for the Lord. The work of pastors and missionaries, while important, does not carry more weight with God than being a gas station attendant. Why? because it is not what you do; it is who you do it for!

This perspective changes everything! This means there is purpose in whatever station in life we are called. It is amazing to know that when we work hard for our earthly bosses, we are actually working hard for Christ. Our work assigns value and if we keep focused on the truth that we are working for the Lord then even menial tasks seem important. Knowing this should give us fresh perspective each and every day to serve wholeheartedly.

Serve with Sincerity of Heart—Colossians 3:22

Written by Juli Camarin on . Posted in Colossians 3

Serve with Sincerity of Heart—Colossians 3:22
“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (Colossians 3:22)

What shocking instructions given the context; written to enslaved believers. Counseling them to obey their masters in everything; not merely to win favor but because they were Christians and it was the right thing to do. While the Bible in no way condones slavery, imagine the difference this made in witnessing for Christ in these situations.

These instructions are relevant today as well because everyone has a boss or someone in authority over them. While many in the modern world do not experience the type of slavery that existed during the time of the Roman empire in which Paul writes, the principle remains true—you can serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord. 

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