See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world…” [Colossians 2:8]

You have to  have already received something before you can lose it–and you can lose it! Paul says there are three things that deform and deny dependence on Christ alone.

1. Philosophy – the pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline, a viewpoint, logical reasoning. The critique and analysis of fundamental beliefs as they come to be conceptualized and formulated. 2. Human tradition – A mode of thought of behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation—unwritten religious precepts and practices. 3. Basic principles of this world.  Basic truths that you live your life by are either of the world or the Word of God. Paul says you have been separated from these three things “… through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” [Colossians 2:12] The power of Pentecost sets us free from these bondages and reveals the risen Christ in our lives–therein lies the witness.

Knowing God happens in the heart not the head! Christ is alive—He is not found in reasoning in your head—He is found in ruling in your heart.  Reasoning resonates with the same deception Eve fell into when she desired to ‘know’ all things.  Love dwells in the heart—pride governs the head—the cost of freedom is bought and birthed when the heart is fully surrendered to God.  The head brings fear to birth, it manipulates, intimidates and captivates—it is living in the tree of good and evil.

The witness Christ spoke of was a life filled and clothed with His Presence—not just what we say about Christ, that is secondary but the reality of Christ working through us with power—it is living in the tree of LIFE! 

Further Reading:  1 Timothy 6:20-21Galatians 4:3-7

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