To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14
Ownership is something that most people take some pride in. A young couple take great pride when they begin to own their first home. Teen boys take pride in their first car that they can purchase. These things and many more things are what people are proud of, because they own it.
Along with physical objects, people believe that they own their own lives. They can do with their lives what they want, in any way that they desire. As a whole around the world, ownership of a person is not acceptable.
Once a person owns something, he feels as though it is his and no one else’s to touch without permission. With ownership, people feel that they can do with that object whatever they desire. It belongs to them and no one else.
While people may physical have possession of something, in reality, it does not belong to them. Moses wrote that everything in the heavens, and on this earth belongs to God. Since God has created everything, it does belong to Him and He can do with everything, just as He desires.
The world does not want to believe that God owns everything. And many believers do not always act as though God owns everything. They hold onto things, when God is trying to get them to let go.
Along with God’s ownership of things, He also owns the believer. The believer is no longer his own person, but God’s. This means God can do what He wants with the believer’s life any time He desires. The good news is that God is love and will not do anything that is not done in love, in the best interest of the believer.
As a believer, you must remember that God owns you and everything you have. You are not your own and nothing you have is really yours. Those things have been given on loan from God to be used for His glory.
Be willing to let God use you and what He has given you for His kingdom. Do not hold onto your physical things or your life, as to shrink back and not be used for God’s glory and kingdom.
Trust God with everything, since He owns it all anyways.
I pray today that you will allow God to own your life; that you will allow God to use you for His kingdom; that you will allow God to use your things for His glory; and that you will trust God with your life.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. Matthew 11:25-26
You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Hebrews 1:12
Looking around this world and up into the sky, a person can see a lot of wonderful things. One can see great mountains, or valleys, lakes, oceans, rivers, various plants, many animals and much more. Or looking up into the sky to see the moon, sun, and endless stars.
Looking at the beauty of the mountains or the sky can put a person in awe. Those things seen seem to have been there forever and will last forever. Yet, they will come to an end.
Areas have been removed or filled in by man. Erosion from the weather has changed coastlines and mountain tops. Change occurs.
Along with looking at things in nature, one looks at people and see a lot of change. People change all the time. Most people are much different when they are in their forties than when they were in their teens. Views of life change. Ways to act and react to things change. Beliefs often change. Friends come and go. Locations for living change. Level of living change. Jobs change.
All these things change and can cause fear and mistrust in people. People often ask what they can rely on, what can they trust that will remain.
Jesus is the One who was there in the beginning and will be there through the end. He is the One who created the heavens and the earth, and He will be the One who will destroy both. The heavens and earth will be rolled up and tossed out by Jesus, in order to make a new heaven and a new earth not corrupted by sin and death.
Knowing this can give you hope. Jesus remains the same forever. Look in the gospels and see what Jesus was like, that is how He is today. He loved people. He healed people. He forgave people. He was compassionate with people. He listened to people.
All of these things and more, Jesus still does today. He will do each of these things for you today. You can rely on Jesus being there for you in and through every situation in your life. Trust in what He is doing in your life, even when you don’t feel Him.
Jesus will always be the same.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power Jesus has; that you will know the character of Jesus; that you will know Jesus will never change; and that you will trust in all that Jesus leads you in and through.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:25
Jesus was describing various end time things that would occur. These events are disasters that will occur in the world prior to His return. They are to be signs that His return is getting closer. He then states that the heavens and earth will pass away, but what He has said never will.
Looking at the earth and the stars in the sky, they both appear to have been here forever and will remain here forever. Both have survived longer than anything man has made, so it makes sense to have the feeling that they will last forever. However, that is not true.
Mountains and hills have worn down. Lakes and rivers have dried up. Forests have died. Animals have died off. Stars have exploded. There is a wearing down of all creation. None of it will last forever.
Nothing that man has made has lasted forever. Some things have lasted thousands of years, but are wearing down, slowly eroding. Castles, that once were grand and magnificent, are now laying in ruins. Buildings are slowly crumbling down or falling apart.
People live and die daily. No one lives forever on this earth.
The one thing that remains the same and still in existence is the words of God. Over the centuries, many have tried to destroy the bible and wipe it out. Governments have tried to quiet the voice of believers around the world. Yet, despite all the attempts to stop God’s word, it continues to survive and grow.
All of the promises of God have either come true or will come true at some point in the future. With all of the promises located in the bible that have already come true, there is no reason to think that the rest will not come true.
As you begin to realize how eternal God’s word is, you can realize how faithful He is. You will know how much truth is being said in the words of Jesus.
While it will be true that disaster will come upon this earth before His return, it is also true that He will provide for all of your needs. His love for you will never end. He will provide the salvation needed for your soul, if you believe in Jesus.
The words of Jesus are eternal, believe in them.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus said; that you will believe in the words of Jesus; that you will find comfort in the words of God; and that you will trust the words of God.