Colossians 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

How do you "let" the Word of God dwell within you?

The key is found in Romans 8:5 which talks about whether you are “Spirit-led” or “flesh led”. Another way of understanding this is what is the pattern of governance in your life? Is it a pattern of divine governance or self-governance?

Divine governance is where you are led by the Holy Spirit as follows:

Holy Spirit ->  your spirit -> your soul -> your body. 

We are designed to be led by the Holy Spirit, who leads your spirit, which leads your soul, body, and brain. However, the actual pattern of self-governance for many people is as follows:

Body/brain -> soul -> spirit -> Holy Spirit.  

This is called being led by your flesh where your brain and soul (feelings and emotions) dictate the spirit.

So, the way to let the Word of God dwell within your heart is by being “Spirit-led” which means renewing your mind to the Word of God.

Romans 12:1-2 says, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Paul says don’t conform to the pattern of this world which is the pattern of “self-governance”. Rather allow yourself to be transformed by the Holy Spirit by renewing your mind to God’s Word.

Paul goes on to say “with gratitude in your hearts”. This is the golden key. 

Gratitude or thankfulness is the heart attitude that opens the gateway to the Spirit. It allows the Holy Spirit to flow within you. A complaining, grumbling heart will quench the Holy Spirit just like Israel did in the wilderness. It doesn’t matter how many books or podcasts you are reading and listening to, the Word will have no effect because the Holy Spirit has been quenched in your life.   

This is why there are many Christians who carry a lot of knowledge but are easily offended and have no peace. 

Gratitude is the simple little key that can make all the difference. The first place to go to when you find yourself easily becoming offended, angry or without peace, is gratitude.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


Gratitude is the golden key that opens you up to the governance of the Spirit.