“Now the LORD had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3 NKJ).”
Easier said than done?
When God speaks, it is done already. He is eternal and all powerful. It will happen.
True greatness is not easily recognized in our me generation.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me (Matthew 18:1-5 NKJ).”
The family of God is blessed through the humility and faith of Abraham (Abram).
The question sounds quaint in our ‘if it feels good, do it’ society. Shame on us! Our sins are harmful to ourselves and others. They break the heart of God.
I can become blinded to my own sinning, erasing shame from my memory banks.
Shame on me…
Two men approached God in prayer. One man felt no shame; the other pleaded for mercy.
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 18:9-14 NKJ).”
The range is wide; from dust bunnies to nick-knacks to dust, we tend to amass collections.
Did your hobby begin with marbles?
Many seek an appraisal of fine art, jewels, coins, stamps, comic books or ball cards. The estimated values are amazing.
“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21 HCS).”
We err, and sin against God when placing our trust in treasures.
Will you trust the LORD?
Give Him your heart. Treasure His presence and promises.
I’ve skinned my knuckles, elbows, shins and knees.
Anyone ever say that you need to be thick-skinned?
I tend to be over sensitive but do I really want to toughen up? In spiritual warfare, I need more than thick-skin; I need armour!
Satan is a tough foe…
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (Ephesians 6:10-13 KJV).”