Meditation

01/11/2022

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 you can dig copper out of he hills. When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Then your heart will become proud and your 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-10, 14, 18)

Material items that God intends to be good can be misused b 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 , giving to needy, service to God, and support of the ministry.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, living out our lives serving You and our fellow mankind, helps us to remember that we are not even owners of anything, not really. We are instead temporary possessors of gifts, that we will one day put down and someone else will pick up in our place. It may be a family member or friends, neighbors, or even strangers that we do no even know. Today, we pray that whomever picks up our tools, will feel Your Presence in their lives and learn to be Your people as we are. Help them to remember that their possessions will one day go to someone else, and that by doing so, they too will move on to the kingdom of heaven for having served you well as we hope to have served you. Let them feel the same joy that You gave to us in their own lives, for our relationship with You is all that truly matters. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If God seems far away from you, who moved?”

KNOWING GOD:

King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he has subdued.” (2nd Samuel 8:7-10, 14, 18

Possessions come from God and should be used in a manner 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 assuming the victor’s right of property. David acknowledged the Source of the victory.

I AM:

For 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, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” (Colossians 1:16-18)

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 materials things are evil and valueless or think the material world is all that exists and so is all-important. Christians view materials things as good and valuable if used to fulfill God’s holy purposes for money and possessions and to reach the lost world.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

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 ou,’ he said, ‘If you will bow down and worship me.’” (Matthew 4:8-9)

Material possessions can be used for good or evil. Satan tempted Jesus to become the Messiah of a temporal or material kingdom instead of a spiritual one. Satan seeks to deceive Christ’s followers. A Christian who follows Satan’s methods sins against God. Jesus met Satan’s temptation with God’s Words, and beloved, we are to study God’s Word to know the same words that Jesus used in defeating Satan and his temptations. If we keep our focus on God through His Son Jesus Christ, then we will succeed just as Jesus did. Satan’s ultimate destination is the “Lake of Fire!” Do not join him!

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