Tag: treasured possession
Scripture reading for March 25th: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11
Luke 11:9-12 “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?””
God’s Word declares that He is a Good Father and that He gives good gifts to His children. Jesus gave His disciples the privilege of asking, seeking and knocking and promised results from God, His Father. He declared that as an earthly father looks out for the welfare of his children, God, the Father, would give them the best Gift, the Holy Spirit. The asking, seeking and knocking was an act of faith and centering on God and honoring Him. God views His children as His treasured possession and has promised to bless them with fame, honor, and holiness in His family forever and ever! Amen!
Luke 11:13 “”If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!””
Father God, thank You for daily and continual access to speak with You. Thank You for the promise of receiving, finding, and opening. Thank You for the best Gift, the Holy Spirit to live in me and be with me every minute of my journey on earth. Thank You that the Holy Spirit is forming holiness in my soul through taking Your Word and applying it to my life.
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”
Scripture reading for February 8th: Exodus 19-21, Psalm 33, Ephesians 5
Ephesians 5:15-21 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to the God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
God’s chosen and called-out people are His “heritage” and “treasured possession”, more valuable than anything else in creation. God owns it all and His Word is His will. Through the Apostle Paul, God calls His people to walk with Him in this world in wisdom and understanding of His will and Word. They are to be filled with His gift of the Holy Spirit and the flow of the Spirit would bring worship, holy respect for God and others, joy and thanksgiving. There would be truly the abundant life here on earth as His Church was being fitted for eternity in God’s presence. The most blessed of all people are those marked with the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit! They are blessed with an abundant life and seek to obey God’s voice!
Exodus 19:5-6 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your amazing counsel that is established forever to guide and bless and warn and correct Your beloved people. Remind me often that I am Your treasured possession and I belong to You. Use me as a priest to intercede for Your people and for the lost of this world who are drunk on its pleasures and the flesh. Fill me afresh today with the Holy Spirit and let psalms and hymns and spiritual songs flow from my heart with thanksgiving.
Psalm 33:11-12 “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!”
Scripture reading for March 25th: Deuteronomy 23-26, Luke 11
Key Scriptures: Luke 11:27-28 “As He said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts at which You nursed!” But He said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.””
Jesus had cast a demon out of a man that was mute and the man began to speak. The crowd was amazed but some accused Jesus of casting out spirits by the power of the devil. Jesus explained that the devil would not cast out the devil–it would be a house divided. People freed from demons must be careful to fill their souls with God or worse would happen. Blessed people are those who hear God’s Word and obey it! They are His ‘treasured possession’ and close relative.
Faith Confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Holy Word that is for my instruction and cleansing. Help me today to find those who need deliverance and freedom and I will share Your Word of freedom. You consider them ‘treasured possessions!’
Deuteronomy 26:18-19 “And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”
Scripture reading for March 12th: Deuteronomy 25-27, Luke 7
Key Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:17-19 “You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in His ways and Keep His statutes and His commandments and His rules, and will obey His voice. And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for His treasured possession, as He has promised you, and that you are to keep all His commandments, and that He will set you in praise and in fame and in honor high above all nations that He has made, and that you shall be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He promised.”
God declared in the hearing of all the people His covenant commitment to the nation of Israel. The people declared their allegiance to God in obedience to His law and voice. God promised He would honor His people and set them high above all the nations and that they would be holy. God would work out His plans in His time.
Luke 7:26-27 “What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for treasuring the souls of men and making a plan to prepare a way of redemption through Your Son, Jesus. May I value what You see as valuable this day. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 23rd: Exodus 19-23
Key Scriptures: Exodus 19:3-6 “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob. . .’You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now if you obey Me fully and keep My covenant, then out of all nations you will be My treasured possession. Although the whole earth is Mine, you will be for Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'”
God, by His grace, picked Abraham and formed a nation of people. He made a covenant with this group of people to dwell in their midst and be their God and they would be His people. If they obeyed Him fully, they would His treasured possession and a kingdom of Holy priests!
Cause for rejoicing: Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been made into a holy people and are a kingdom of priests set apart to God with His presence dwelling in us! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1st Peter 2:9)
Scripture reading for October 5th: Malachi 1-4
“You have said harsh thing against Me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘what have we said against You?'” “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out His requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evil-doers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.'” (Malachi 3:13-15)
In times of trouble and apostasy, it is easy for God’s people to begin to think that they don’t count for much. Evil is prospering everywhere and wicked people seem to get by with murder and stealing. Even those in the church who are complacent seem to be getting by. What profit is there in going to church and serving God anyway? This was a question of the people in Malachi’s day.
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name.” “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day I take up my treasured possession. I will spare them just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” (Malachi 3:16-18)
There were some who continued to trust God. They met together and encouraged one another to stay strong. God was listening to them and making a note of each person! It is encouraging to know that God is interested in the faithful! He is a God of encouragement and hope and lets the faithful know it! (Romans 15:13) God promises help for the faithful! They will escape the coming judgment. There will be a visible difference between the righteous and the wicked on that coming day!
“‘Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. . . .’But you who revere My name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. . . .Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet when I do these things,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 4:1-3)
Scripture reading for February 27th: Deuteronomy 21-26
Everyone needs encouragement and God offers that to His children. In the New Testament, He is known as a God of hope and encouragement! (Romans 15:5-6) His word also gives hope and encouragement to His people and as Moses ends this second message, he speaks a wonderful word of encouragement.
“You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in His ways, that you will keep His decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey Him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are His people, His treasured possession as He promised, and that you are to keep all His commands. He has declared that He will set you in praise, fame, and honor high above all the nations He has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as He has promised.” (Deuteronomy 26:17-19)
This conclusion sums up the covenant promises and conditions that each party verbally agreed to do. God’s people promised to walk in God’s ways and keep His laws and fully obey Him. They willingly offered their pledge of faithfulness. God, Himself, adopted the Israelites as His very own people. In fact, they were his treasured possession. God kept them as a man would keep a very special treasure. He would guard them and watch over them with great care.
God further promised to set His people above the other nations and give them praise and fame and honor. This praise and fame and honor would come from their “holiness”. They would be whole because obedience to God’s law brings perfect love and healing into our life. Those who fully followed and obeyed the Lord would enjoy exaltation by the Lord Himself!
It is interesting to note that God’s people failed to fully keep the law. Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came from this set-apart nation would be able to do this. Because He did, He was set on high above all and given a name above every name. (Philippians 2:8-11) When we put our trust in Jesus Christ, we become God’s treasured possession too! “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1st Peter 2:9)