Lessons Learned Seated at the Feet of Jesus

It is difficult to step away for the day, at least for me. To walk out the door leaving a pile of laundry, dishes in the sink, and a rug in need of a vacuum. Or leaving Sunday School lessons that must be copied before church the next day and distributed to teachers or unfinished manuscripts with deadlines.

Yet, I walked away Saturday, Sept. 9, to attend the Calvary Chapel Women’s Conference in Redding and listen to the teaching of Mindi Love, Women’s Ministry leader at Calvary Castle Rock, Colorado. There is something to be said about sitting at the feet of Jesus. That is what we do when we listen to in-depth teaching with undivided attention. Mindi taught verse-by-verse through the book of Colossians.

Here are a few of my take-aways:

1-Know God’s Word

Paul exhorted the Colossians to be on guard against false teachers. We need to know God’s Word so well we will detect even the slightest error. False teaching today includes the prosperity gospel, progressive Christianity, and the doctrine of self-love.1

2-Jesus is Preeminent

The word preeminent means first and foremost. It is important to examine our lives. Is Jesus first and foremost in your life? Truthfully, my first response is “yes!” But Mindi explained this means Jesus is our priority and the true meaning of this word is ONE. We don’t have a list ranking what is first, second, third. We don’t get our priorities straight, we simply “get our priority.”

3-Many Biblical Verses Reveal God’s Will

In Colossians 1:9-10 Paul prays for these Christians asking that they may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in order that they may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. From this verse we know that it is God’s will that we walk in a worthy manner, please God, are fruitful in every good work, and increase in our knowledge of God. 

It’s good to create lists of the “will” verses.

4-Don’t do it!

Mindi said, “Sometimes the most notable thing about our Christian walk is what we don’t do.” Why? Because if we begin to veer ever so slightly from God’s Word, we have begun the unworthy walk. Proverbs 8:8 states: “You’ll only hear true and right words from my mouth; not one syllable will be twisted or skewed.” (The Message Bible Version)

If we begin walking in the ways of the unrighteous, we soon may be standing with them and finally we sit down with them, entrenched in their ways. This is the lesson found in Psalm 1. What should we do instead? According to this Psalm we should delight in God’s Word, meditating on it day and night.

Mindi asked us, “What brings you pleasure? What do you long for?”

Meditate is to chew the cud, which brings out the sweet and nutritious aspects of God’s Word. Josh 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” ESV

I am a good notetaker. But it is difficult to capture every point you want to remember as someone is lecturing. Therefore, I will listen to the recordings of each session and soon my list of takeaways will expand. Set aside a few hours and join me at the feet of Jesus. The teaching will soon be posted.2

©2023 Susan Cort Johnson *All Rights Reserved

Let’s Talk:

1-When do you sit at the feet of Jesus?

2-Share something you have learned by spending time in the Word of God?


1-To learn more about the false teaching prevalent in our time visit these websites: biblestudytools.com, “5 Counterfeit Truths of Progressive Christianity” by Alisa Childers Aug. 16, 2023; gotquestions.org, “What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel?” gotquestions.org, “What does the Bible say about self-love, loving self?”

2-Teachings from the Calvary Chapel Women’s Conferences can be found at lccredding.org. They are posted under ministries/women/women’s conference. The 2023 conference theme is: “Set your Mind on Things Above, not on things on the Earth.” Colossians 3:2”

The Joy of Jesus

Jesus went to the cross for the joy set before Him. I know this joy.1 Because He lives, I live.

My greatest experience was the moment I walked into the presence of God. It happened in a split second, as if blinders were pulled from my eyes, allowing me to see Jesus. At that moment I understood who He was. I knew Him.

When I read that all things were created through Jesus and for Jesus2 I understand why I struggled in the ways of the world before I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

I floundered like a swimmer in water over her head, caught in the current of a world in which I did not belong. This current pulled me into life choices that just did not seem to fit. Now, I no longer struggle to keep my head above water, because my feet are on solid ground.

Because Jesus went to the cross to redeem me from the clutches of this world, I belong. And He is restoring what was lost when Adam and Eve were stumbled by Satan into doubting God prompting them to go their own way. As a result, they experienced death. First spiritual death, and eventually physical death.

We are spiritually dead until we receive spiritual life through faith in Christ. (Eph. 2:1; Romans 3:23)

Life is different after the second birth, the birth of our spirit.3 Once we are reborn, instead of struggling to shape ourselves into the mold society requires, we begin to discover who we were created to be. There is no greater compliment than to be told you are reflecting the attributes of Jesus.

This “joy” is more than a feeling, it is a quality of life.4

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

There is joy as we mature in Christ. This is a shared joy among all believers. Paul wrote of it in his letter to the Thessalonians telling them that their unwavering faith was his joy.5

This maturity brings like mindedness. We have the same love; we are of one accord and of one mind. We do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ourselves and look out for the interests of others. This mindset is ours in Christ Jesus.6 What joy this brings to the body of believers.

 Joy may also come out of suffering and sorrow for Christ’s sake, writes Terry Miethe in “The Compact Dictionary of Doctrinal Words.” He sights several Scriptures to back his conclusion.

The apostle Paul suffered to help the church mature, making the word of God fully known.7 The apostle Peter told believers they are blessed when insulted for the name of Christ, because the Spirit of glory and of God rested upon them.8 The author of Hebrews wrote that sometimes Christians are publicly exposed to reproach and affliction and sometimes they are partners with those so treated.9

Of most importance is the fact this inexplicable joy is a gift of the Holy Spirit.10 We are given this Spirit at our rebirth, and He makes it possible to experience “chara,” the koine Greek term translated into English as “joy.”

 C.S. Lewis describes this joy as “an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.” He adds that the only thing in common this Spiritual joy has with happiness or pleasure is the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again.11 

 Lewis wrote that he found this joy to be a Person. And so, it is. In John chapter 15 Jesus tells us to abide in his love by keeping his commandments. He tells us this so his joy may be in us, and our joy may be full. We remain in his presence by walking in the light as he is in the light. Not going our own way but His. And this walk was made possible when He went to the cross, paying the penalty for our sins and thus redeeming us. And now restoring us for His glory.

     “He is risen!” “He has risen indeed!”

Happy Easter.

©2023 Susan Cort Johnson *All Rights Reserved

Let’s Talk:

1-How have you discovered “joy” in the Person, Jesus Christ?

2-What special ways do you have of commemorating the victory of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?


1-Hebrews 12:2

2-Col 1:16

3-John chapter 3

4-The Compact Dictionary of Doctrinal Words by Terry L. Miethe published by Bethany House Publishers Minneapolis, Minnesota.

5-1 Thess. 2:19-20

6-Phil 2:2-5

7-Col 1:24-25

8-1 Peter 4:13-14

9-Hebrews 10:33

10-Gal 5:22

11-Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis, as quoted in The Compact Dictionary of Doctrinal Words.