See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the [h]elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through Christ], and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]. In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature], having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, having canceled out the [i]certificate of debt consisting of [j]legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through [k]the cross. – Colossians 2:8-15
Holiness is not contagious. One cannot “catch” holiness…holiness is given as a gift to the one who receives Jesus and Holy Spirit is given.
Do you suppose it is possible that we may think we are doing what is right, but that it’s not really right? Why would this happen? Do you believe that God examines your heart? I am so thankful that he does examine our hearts! I am afraid that at times we may deceive ourselves. We may start down a path or course that we think is right – or that our friends or the world tells us is right – but it’s not. The “governor” (in both senses of the word) that can keep us from continuing down this foolish path is God. God constantly examines our heart. And He can instantly see if our motives are not pure. Then, the trick becomes for us to actually listen to God. This can be the challenge. I hope you are thankful that God examines your heart. And – I hope you find time to really be still before God and let Him tell you if the motives of your heart are not pure. Let Him tell you if you are doing something that you think is right, but that is not. Who better is there to truly examine your heart than God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?