Meditation

07/30/2020

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—-a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and yo can dig copper out of the hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that yo do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and al you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deuteronomy 8:7-9, 10-14, 18)

Material items that God intends to be good can be misused by people and lead us away from God. Remembering God in times of prosperity can be difficult. Abundance is truly a blessing when one remembers who gives it and when we use it to achieve God’s purposes. God made material things to serve human needs and to bring glory to God.

Both purposes are achieved when Christians use their God-given possessions for care of family (Biblical faith places a high priority on the family. Meeting the physical needs of one’s family is a part of Christian stewardship. Christians should manage personal resources in a responsible way to care for family needs.), giving to needy, service to God, and support of the ministry.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have promised to meet our needs, and surpassed all You have promised. Help us to remember all You have blessed us with. Abba, we have received so much from You, that has enabled us to so much more for others, sharing our blessings to bless others is an honor and responsibility. It is the very least that we ought to do, yet we do not always pass those blessings on as we should. Let us be reminded that without You, we have nothing. In Jesus’ name pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If God never gives up on people, neither should we!

KNOWING GOD:

King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold he had taken from all these nations. Edom and Moab, the Ammonites and the Philistines, and Amalek. (1stChronicles18:11)

Possessions come from God and should be used to express gratitude to Him. David believed his victories resulted from God’s care for Him. He acknowledged his gratitude and his dependence on God by dedicating valuables taken in battle. Rather than assume the victor’s right of property, David acknowledged the Source of the victory. How often do we follow this example from David? So many times, we raise our arms in victory and say, “Look at us or me, we have done this or that,” instead of saying, “Thank You, Lord, for allowing me or us to win this contest?

I AM:

By him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is he beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians1:1618)

Christ is the source of creation and the power that sustains it. He gives purpose and stability to the material order. This provides the basis for the Christian view of the material world. This view contrasts sharply with non-Christian views that either say material things are evil and valueless or think the material world is all that exists and so is all-important. Christians view material things as good and valuable if used to fulfill God’s holy purposes for money and possessions and to reach the lost world.

Second Thought of the Day:

This same devil seeks to deceive Christ’s followers. A Christian who follows the devil’s methods sins against God. Those who know God’s Word, knows the devil for who is isn’t, and Jesus as the Son of God. Be aware of his deception.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. ‘All this I will give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’” (Matthew 4:89)

Beloved, materials things can be used for good or evil. Satan, the devil, the great deceiver or whatever name you want to fall him tempted Jesus. He was offering Jesus to become the Messiah of a temporal or material kingdom instead of a spiritual one.

This same devil seeks to deceive Christ’s followers. A Christian who follows the devil’s methods sins against God. Those who know God’s Word, knows the devil for who is isn’t, and Jesus as the Son of God. Be aware of his deception.

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