Verse of the Day Q&A: The Importance Of Persistent Prayer

12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

-Romans 12:12 HCSB

Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation, where it challenged your faith? In the Book of Romans Chapter 12 verse 12, it says that prayer in a persistent manner will give you the strength to see you through.

Think back at a time where prayer was all you had and you saw the hand of God rescued you. After that experience, what does prayer, time spent with the Lord mean to you?

The Danger Of Bringing An Idol Into Your Home

The Scriptures are very clear in what is behind every religious idol. In 1 Corinthians 10, it speaks about demons attaching themselves to these idols for the sole purpose to be invited into people’s homes to cause havoc.

14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry… 19 What am I saying then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but I do say that what they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you to participate with demons! 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.

1 Corinthians 10:14, 19-21 HCSB

Does Colossians 1:15 Teach That Jesus Was Created?

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15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

-Colossians 1:15 HCSB

In the next verse, it shows Jesus as the Creator of the universe.

16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.

-Colossians 1:16 HCSB

In Isaiah 44:24, it says, “This is what the LORD, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb, says:

I am Yahweh, who made everything; who stretched out the heavens by Myself; who alone spread out the earth”

The LORD alone created the universe without any help as also seen in Genesis 1:1. Jesus in John 1:1 is revealed as God, and in John 1:3, He is the Creator. For Jesus to be the Creator, He has to be God as God alone created the universe.

The word “firstborn” in Colossians 1:15 is not used in a literal term as in being born or created, but it is used as having preeminence which that is the other meaning of the word. The meaning of the word is found in its context, see below.

18 He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

-Colossians 1:18 HCSB

So, in verse 15, it does not show Jesus as a created being, but that He has preeminence of all things for who He is, the Creator of the seen and unseen world, and the first to resurrect from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20) with a spiritual body which all the saints will have after their bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:50-56).