Lamentations 4:1 Loss Of Value

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How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner. Lamentations 4:1 

Pushing and working hard for money and things is the goal of many people around the world. They see something they want and the work and strive to get it. They want what someone else has and more.

No matter how much a person has gained, he wants a little bit, to a lot, more. The desire for more is unquenchable and continues on and on, with no end in sight, nothing to stop it.

Jeremiah talks about how the gold has lost its luster and gems are scattered on the street corners. Both the gold and the gems have lost their value. The loss of value was because the nation had be destroyed and everyone was in captivity. At that point the greatest concern was food, shelter, clothing and life. Money and things did not mean anything.

Times have not changed the view of things for people around the world. The desire to have more things is still just as great as in the past. Wealth is praised, honored and desired.

Yet, when a great disaster strikes a person, money and things no longer has any real appeal. As a person is laying on his death bed dying, he is not wishing he had more money or things. He wants to have more life, a longer life, a better health.

As the world runs after money and things, true believers have what gives life–Jesus. Freedom from sin and eternal life are of more value than all the gold on the earth. Gold perishes, but life does not when in Jesus.

God is there in and through disasters that occur on this earth. His love and peace in the life of a believer will never end.

There are many things that you can run after and seek to have in this world. Your first goal should be to seek after God and His will and ways. Fight for what lasts for eternity, rather than what is temporary and has zero meaning in a disaster.

When you go through a struggle, God will be there with you and for you. He will never leave or forsake you. Gold and the things of this earth will fail and fade away. Do not chase after them.

Chase after what has eternal value, rather than the temporary value.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will chase after God with all of your being; that you will know the value of a relationship with Jesus; and that you let the world know where true value is found in Jesus. 

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Peace Over Wealth

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Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:6 

Gaining things or wealth is the goal of many people around the world. Many will do whatever it takes to get something more. People will work multiple jobs or extreme long hours in order to purchase some item that they desire.

Once they get what they want, they are satisfied for a short moment, then begin to fight for something else that they covet. They get the newest model of a car this year, then six months later want the next model, always wanting newer, better and more. They are will to lose sleep and friendships in order to get what they want, which usually will fade away quickly.

Solomon, who was the richest person that ever lived, realized that a little with peace is better than a lot with toiling and chasing nothing.

Having a lot of things and great wealth is often like chasing after the wind. One can chase the wind, but never really catch it. As soon as one gets to the wind, it moves on to a new place. There is no peace in chasing after things, because there is always more to be purchased.

The important thing to chase after is peace. Peace can be found in having little or having a lot, however, it has to do with the mindset. What is the person really chasing after?

Chasing after things is a discontentment and greed, neither of which offer any real peace. There is nothing wrong with wealth, but chasing after it brings turmoil and discontent.

Chasing after God and ending up with little in material possessions, will bring about a peace that the world cannot understand. One’s life will not be wrapped up in running hard after some temporary thing in this short life on the earth.

As you are going through this life, what are you chasing after?

Is there a peace that passes all understanding in your life, or is it filled with toil and discontent?

Seek the things of God and things that will last for eternity. It is in these things that true peace can be found. Seek ways to be a witness, to love on others and to build others up in Jesus. It is these things that will last the test of time and will bring about fulfillment in your life, which will be an inner peace greater than anything else.

I pray today that you will chase after God with all of your life; that you will seek the things of God over the things of this world; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that you will labor for things that last for eternity. 

2 Samuel 23:2 God’s Spirit Is Speaking

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The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2 

All around the world people are talking and people are listening. Words are constantly being used to say something. Trillions of things are being said every day by people all over the world.

As these things are being said, some of them have little to no value and some should not even be said at all. Words of cursing, destruction, cutting down, rudeness, anger, hatred and more should never be said. Some of these words are said on accident, while the majority are said from the heart of the person.

Other words that people speak can have some value and wisdom in it. However, with the value and wisdom of this world, these words are only of temporary value, nothing of eternal value.

David talks about how God’s Spirit spoke through him. God had given him words to speak. These words have eternal value. All throughout parts of the book of Psalms are many verses that David had written under the inspiration of God’s Spirit. He was able to guide and lead the people correctly because of the words God had given him.

God still speaks through believers today. He will give them the words to say, words that build up believers, tear down walls and break bondages in the lives of people. His words are alive and true. There is no falsehood in His words and these words have eternal value. They are as good today as His written word is and was two thousand years ago.

As God pours out His Holy Spirit upon a person and gives him words to say, these words will always line up with His written word, the Bible. God will not and cannot contradict His word. He does not want His follower to contradict it either.

Open yourself up to God and allow Him to give you the words to speak. This can be in any situation, not just with directly witnessing to a another person. God can give you His words of wisdom to work out a situation at home, work, or any other place.

The words that God can and will give to you by His Holy Spirit will always have eternal value woven into them. They will be words of truth filled with love.

Are you allowing God to speak to the world through you?

Or are you using only your own words?

I pray today that you will allow God’s Spirit to give you what to say; that your words spoken will be the words of God; that God will change lives through the words He gives you; and that your words have eternal truth and value in them. 

2 Corinthians 6:12 Rights And Worthwhile Actions

 

Waterfall and Rainbow

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 2 Corinthians 6:12

Freedom of rights is something that everyone wants. They want the freedom to do whatever they want, when they want, and how they want. Very few people like to be told that they cannot do something. It goes against their freedom.

In many countries this freedom has been allowed to some point. As time has gone along, more freedoms are given. With some of these freedoms, there has been allowance for the freedom to sin and promote sinful habits.

God has given people the perfect level of freedom. Every person has the freedom to choose to follow Jesus or reject Jesus. They have the freedom to choose to sin, and they have the freedom to turn from sin. Since Adam and Eve people have started out with the choice to sin. They are given the chance to choose to follow Jesus and turn away from sin.

In Jesus there is a freedom that is allowed. No longer are people bound by the Mosaic Law, but are bound to Jesus. They are no longer bound to a set of rules of what they can and cannot do.

However, that does not give freedom to sin. Paul says that not everything is beneficial. The most important things in life are not the temporary things of this world, but the eternal things of God’s kingdom.

Jesus came to this earth with the focus of building God’s kingdom. Each and every believer is supposed to become just like Jesus. This means that the believers focus is building God’s kingdom.

For anything to have any real benefit, it must be of a benefit to God’s kingdom. Is it bringing or pointing people to Jesus? Or is it keeping them from Him?

Jesus was so heavenly minded that He was of great earthly good. He brought the best benefits to this world by focusing on heaven.

As a believer focus your eyes on God and His kingdom. As you do so, take a look at the things you do. Yes, you have a right to do them, but are they benefiting the kingdom of God?

Do not allow the things of this world to be your master. Let God be your master. Follow Him with everything that is in you.

I pray today that you will know God as your Master; that you will only do what is of eternal benefit; that your life will be like that of Jesus; and you will exercise your rights to benefit God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 What Are You Building With?

 

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If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

Buildings are being built all over the world. Each one uses different types of materials to be built. Mud huts are built in some locations, steel buildings are built in many large cities, wooden and brick homes are the homes of choice of many people. Even plastic and glass buildings are built.

The choice of how to build the building, depends on how it is expected to be used and what type of weather it will have to endure. Wooden homes will not survive in locations with hurricanes. Mud homes will not be able to be built in extreme cold climates. Once a firm foundation is laid, choices on how to build the place have to be made.

Lives of people also require a foundation and a building. The world builds their lives on a foundation of self and sin. Believers build their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Both still have choices to make on how their lives are built.

Salvation comes through faith in what Jesus did, not the works being done. However, God has rewards for people for what they have done with their life.

On the day Jesus returns, all the works of the believers will be tested in a fire to determine their value. Some of those works will be wood, hay and straw. These are works that have no eternal value. Works of ministry for selfish reasons, going through the motions of ministry without the heart in it, worshipping without the heart in it, and many other works. These works will be destroyed by the fire as of no value.

Other works, such as spreading the gospel, giving a helping hand, feeding the poor, loving the hated, and other works that Jesus did, will survive the fire. They have eternal value.

How are you building your life?

Is it with precious stones of high, eternal value, that will survive the fire?

Or are you building your life with things of this world, that are wood, hay, and straw, that will not survive the fire?

Either way, you will be saved, but your reward will be different.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do things of eternal value for Jesus; that your works will bring glory to God; and that your life will be focused on God and eternity.