Deuteronomy 10:14 The True Owner

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 great pride in and seek. There is a deep desire to own things or even more things in most people. The more one owns the greater is one’s pride and feeling of self-accomplishment.

Jealousy often sets in when one person has a lot more or even a little more than someone else. Fighting comes as a result of the selfish pride or jealousy when forgetting Who actually owns everything.

Moses told the people that it is God to whom everything belongs in the heavens and on the earth.

Even though God has complete ownership of everything, He allows people to use what He owns, not selfishly holding on to all things. The earth was given on interest free loan by God to mankind to maintain and use to live on. It was to be used for His purpose and His glory.

Knowing that God owns it all and has temporarily allowed a person to use some things should change the heart of a person against self-pride, jealousy and greed.

Believers can easily fall into the same pride, jealousy and greed that the world lives in. They want more and more things for self-pleasure, rather than to be used to build God’s kingdom. God is put on the shelf and forgotten as one seeks and fights to gain more things.

Releasing everything to God’s hands brings about a relief of pressure to gain more or how to manage it all. Allowing God to be the true owner of all things gives Him control of everything in the life of a believer. It allows God to use things to build His kingdom, rather than allowing those things to control the life of a believer.

God has blessed you with the things you have. Hold on to the things you have loosely and allow God to use them to build you up in Christ Jesus and to build His kingdom. Seeking to get more and more will only lead to dissatisfaction, disappointment and selfish greed.

Remember that God owns it all and loves you enough that He will provide you abundantly with all that you will ever need in times of need. He has all you need both physically and spiritually.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know that God owns all things; that you will know that God is generous in what He owns; that you will trust God to meet all of your needs; and that you will use what God has blessed you with to build His kingdom.

1 Corinthians 13:3 Don’t Give Without Love

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Throughout the world many wealthy people can be seen giving large amounts of money for different causes. Many of those people doing the giving have never even set foot in the area to help with the cause directly themselves.

Others have gone out of their way to physically help with a cause, while giving some money. Often these things are done for tax write-offs or for publicity.

As Paul begins to describe what true love is, he states that if he gives everything he has to the poor or goes through hardship for others, but does not have love, he does not gain anything.

Wealthy people are not the only ones who often give without love in the process. Giving in order to get something is a common problem for many people, whether wealthy or poor.

Getting some type of tax exemption is a common reason for people to give money or things. Getting praise and recognition is the common reason for giving of one’s self to help another person out. Both of these types of giving gain nothing, since love is not really in it. The only love is selfish personal love, not God’s love.

Giving like this is also very common in a church. Some will give as little as possible, just to say that they gave. Or they give a lot and announce it loudly, so that everyone knows that they gave. Again these people gain nothing.

God gave out of love when He gave Jesus. Jesus gave out of love when He gave His life. Every believer needs to give out of true love, love for God and love for others.

You may or may not be a person who gives money or self to others. If you do give, examine why you give. Ask yourself what is the motivation behind your giving of money or self.

Allow God’s love to permeate your heart, so that all that you do will be done out of love, not for selfish pride or dead obedience. If God’s love is not in the giving, it will mean nothing and gains nothing.

When love is at the center of your giving, God will be able to reward you greatly, both in this life and in eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will have God’s love in your heart for others; that you will give out of love for God and others; and that God will help you to remove all selfish pride.

Matthew 21:5 No Pride

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and a colt, the foal of a donkey.'” Matthew 21:5

Most leaders or people of high position and authority like to look good when out in public. It is common to see leaders of nations, as they travel to a different country, to travel with a lot of pomp and circumstance.

The red carpet is rolled out for them as they come in with lots of ceremony and dressed in their finest. They will often travel in very nice vehicles, looking great, with a big show.

As Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, He was riding a donkey, in fact, a baby donkey. This was to fulfill a prophecy by Zechariah.

Jesus, being God Himself, who created the world and all that is in it, was a great and mighty king. He had the right and authority to ride in to town with the best ceremony. Yet, He came in on a untrained baby donkey. There was no pride in His arrival. Jesus was being very humble, despite His being the greatest king.

Just as the world often shows great pride in their arriving, many believers often show pride. They want to show off their abilities or talents and accomplishments. They want people to know that they have arrived and are important.

Acting like this is very different than Jesus. Every believer is to be like Jesus–humble, not full of pride. Pride is all about self, whereas humility is about others. While Jesus deserved and accepted worship, He did not demand or grab for it, He was humble.

When believers are humble and are building others up, it allows God to lift them up in due time. It will also break down walls, allowing for the testimony of Jesus to be made known.

Take a moment to examine your life. Ask God to reveal to you any actions or words in your life that are full of self and pride, rather than filled with God and love for others.

Do not allow yourself to be filled with self-pride, causing damage to your witness of who Jesus is. Strive to lift up Jesus and build others up, rather than step on them.

As you rid yourself of pride, your witness for Jesus will grow with more credibility. Be willing to ride the untrained, baby donkey.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the humility that Jesus displayed; that you will build others up as Jesus did; and that your life will be a witness to this world as to who Jesus is.

Micah 4:5 Walking In The Lord

Walking on beach

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 

People are fans of all kinds of people and all kinds of things and for every reason under the sun. As a fan of someone or something, they will follow faithfully. Many will be fanatical about who or what they are following.

As people follow something, they will often surround and pattern their life with what they are following. What they say and do will be the same as to what they follow, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Micah declares that while nations may follow their gods, Israel will follow God alone forever.

The world will follow the false gods of this world–money, sex, fame, fortune, pride, self and more. All of these gods are temporary and come and go in a moment’s notice. They are false and not real or lasting.

Every believer has chosen to begin to walk in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking in this way means that he has chosen to do what Jesus says and not do what Jesus says to not do. It is giving Christ the authority to be absolute master over his entire life.

Doing all of this has to be a choice that each person makes in his own life. He has to choose to walk away from the gods of this world to follow Jesus. Once he has chosen this and commits his life to Jesus, it is a lifetime of walking that extends into eternity. It will never end.

Walking with the world will only bring about death in the end. Walking with God will bring about abundant life on this earth and in all of eternity.

Each day you have a choice to make as to who you will walk with. As a believer, you have already made a choice in your past, but you must daily choose to take up your cross and keep walking with Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to change paths and begin walking with the world again. Stay on the path with Jesus that will take you into eternity. Live, act, and speak as Jesus did. This is the true walk of a Christian in this world. It is going against the standards of following the gods of this world.

Who are you walking with today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk in the ways of God; that you will know the abundant life Jesus offers you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the gods of this world.