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What Do You Treasure?

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Luke 12:34 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I treasure Jesus most of all. I feel certain you would say that too, if asked. But sometimes we treasure what we think will make us happy. I treasure things such as:

  • My kids’ safety 

  • My heart’s desires

  • My wants for the future

  • My accomplishments of the past

But what if these were taken from me? Would I still treasure Jesus the most?

Jesus is my boss and He is your boss also if you know Him as Savior. He is a great boss because He cares about our children, our desires, wants and accomplishments.

Our God cares for each of us and wants what is best for us, our life and the lives of those we love. In fact, He loves them more than we do. Granted, it may be difficult to understand how He works sometimes, but we can be sure He can be trusted with everything.

Let the words of this hymn be your prayer today.

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.

For where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. 

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

Perfect Love

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1 John 4:18 says, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.

The problem is our love is not perfect. However, it could be if we allowed Jesus’ love to flow through us.

Notice this verse does not say we won’t have fear, but that perfect love casts it out. So when we even start to fear we need to remind the enemy that Jesus’ love in us dismisses fear from our mind.

Afraid of sharing Christ with others? His love casts out fear.

Afraid of losing a relationship? His love casts out fear.

Afraid you can’t face another day? His love casts out fear!

Afraid of death and dying? His love casts out fear!

And His love and power gives us the victory as we obey His directives and carry out His will.

Oh what a thought! He loves me, and I can love others because He loves me. So fear, take a hike!

And there you go!

Don't Give in to Fear

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Psalm 56:3 says, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

Fear is not lack of trust. Sometimes being afraid brings us to a place of greater trust. I have learned to ask myself this question. Is it true or real right now? This concept came from a Bible study by Elizabeth George.

So, instead of giving in to fear, I say to myself, “Is it true right now with all I know of the given situation?” God is only asking me to deal with the here and now. I cannot go back, and I don’t know the future. Jesus may come any second, so I should not waste my time worrying. When a crisis does come, I will have used my energy worrying and in my tiredness, it will be more difficult to deal with the crisis.

So when you are afraid you will fall apart, put your trust in God. We can know what is true, for He is trustworthy.

And there you go.

God Never Fails

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Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Do you believe this? Do I believe this? Whether we do or not, it’s true. We have no reason to be afraid or dismayed.

When I keep my granddaughter, Adali, she delights in that fact that I am just with her. She’s glad to see me, and she totally trusts that I will take care of her. I love the fact that she knows I love her and would only act for good on her behalf if at all possible.

But, alas, though I don’t even want to do so, I will fail her somewhere. But God will never fail her. He will be with her wherever she goes, and He will be with you and me. Let’s hand Him our fears and our disappointment today. He is for us, and He is with us wherever we go! Thank Him for His promise all day today!

And there you go!
 

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