Psalm 24:1 You Really Don’t Own It

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24:1

Accumulation of things is a common activity of most people. The majority of people any place in this world, want to have more than what they currently have. They want more or they want something bigger and better. Or they want to be able to keep up with their neighbors.

People do not want to feel like they are left out when it comes to having something. Advertisements tell everyone that they must have that item or they will not really be living.

Once people get the item, they want to show it off to everyone. They want to be seen with that new item as though it is their own item.

The reality is that even though in the eyes of the world, a person does own some given item, God is the one who truly owns it. God is the one who made this world and everything in it.

God has given man the ability to take the things He made in this world, manipulate it to make it into something different. He has given man the ability to take a tree, that He made and owns, cut it down and reshape it into a chair. So even the ability to make something is not a person’s alone, it is God-given, so it is also God-owned.

Keep this in mind as you use or purchase things in this world. Also keep it in mind when an item breaks down or is taken from you. You are not the real owner of that item. God is the one who owns it all.

Not only does God own the items, He also owns you. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again, He purchased from the world. He paid the price to have and own you.

Everything that happens to you is in God’s control and concern. Do not worry about your life and things that you have. It is God’s to deal with. Follow God and trust Him in what happens in your life and what you have in your life. Use what you have and are for His service and glory. You really don’t own it anyway.

I pray today that you will know what God has blessed you with; that you will know that God owns everything; that you will allow God to have control of  your life and things; and that you will use what you have been given for God’s glory.

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Psalm 16:2 What You Really Have

I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” Psalm 16:2

Accumulating things is the passion of many people. They can never have enough things, the newest toy, the newest car, the newest clothing fashion, the newest music or movie, or more of something they already have.

When Christmas season comes around, the majority talk about the ‘joy of giving’, but many would be very upset if they did not receive something or did not get what they wanted. During the few days after Christmas, the stores are filled with people returning unwanted gifts.

The same type of thinking occurs throughout the year, at birthdays, Father’s/Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and any other special occasions. People are always wanting something more. They can never get enough and are never completely satisfied with what they do have.

In today’s psalm, David writes that God is his master and ruler, and without Him, he has nothing good. David was totally content with God and God alone. He had learned that he may have everything in the world, but without God, all those things were worthless and not really good.

For many people, being content with God alone, is a difficult thing to do. The pressures of this world push a person to want or “need” more things. Fear of not having something drives many people to want more or get more. The things of this world will only be temporary and will fall apart, wear down or break,  and none of them will really satisfy your soul.

As a believer, if you have truly met with God, you will know how great God is and how loving He really is. You will realize that only God can give you true life.  It is God, alone, through Jesus, that can give you the hope, life, and satisfaction that you are looking for.

Look to God who has given you the breath of life. He is the one who created everything that is. Without God, everything is meaningless and of no real value. With God, the things He gives you has value, both now and for eternity.

Be content with what God has given or not given you. Seek God and Him alone and He will give you the satisfaction and life you desire.

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you will know the blessings God is giving you; that you will be content with God alone; and that you will seek God first in your life.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 True Contentment

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8

Being content is something that every person has struggled with since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had the entire Garden of Eden for their use, all the trees, fruits, and animals, yet, they wanted the one fruit and thing that they were forbidden to have. They were not content with have all the rest, they wanted more.

To this day, people strive to get more and more. They want bigger, better, faster, and newer everything. There is never enough. Paul points out that a person cannot bring anything in or out of this world. Babies are not born with money, cars, clothes, or anything else. When a person dies, there is no U-Haul behind them hauling their things to the grave, he cannot take anything with him.

What does a person need in reality? Shelter, food, and clothing. If you have a roof over your head, one meal, and one pair of clothes, you have everything you need. You can only eat one meal at a time. You can only wear one set of clothes at a time. You can only sleep in one place at a time. Why do you need more?

If you have more than one meal in your possession, more than one pair of clothing, and a place to sleep with a roof, you have more wealth than most of the world.

The world tries to tell you that you must have more or else you are a failure. God looks at the heart. Is your heart content with God? Does your value rest with God or with things? If you are content with God, then you will not be a failure and you will not desire all those things. You will be content.

Living in poverty does not bring contentment or godliness. It is trusting in God and being content in Him that does.

God can provide all that you need and more. Do you trust Him to do so? Or will you look to things?

I pray today that God will reveal to you how much He has blessed you; that you will seek to be content in Jesus only; that you will give thanks to God for all that you have; and that you will not seek wealth or things, but only Jesus.

Philippians 3:8 All Is Garbage

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for who sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8

Getting things, knowledge, or abilities is the focus of most people. Some of those things are not necessarily bad in and of themselves. It is not bad to desire a nice house for your family, or a good running vehicle, or the talent or education to do a job. These things can be good.

However, some people go for these things in the extreme. Their whole life focuses on getting some of these things. Men and women will put in eighty hour work weeks in order to get the next promotion, so that they can get more money, so that they can purchase that newest car or house. Others will go the extra thousands into debt in order to get a title behind their name. Parents often push their children in school so that they can get into a prestigious college. All of these things can be good, but are they what God wants?

Paul had been a great leader among the Pharisees of his day. He had great schooling, knowledge and position. Yet, now he states that it is all garbage in light of knowing Jesus more.

How much do you want to know Jesus? What do you do that takes your time away from knowing Jesus more?

This time stealer can be anything from shooting for that position at work, to just spending time on Facebook or other social media. What is more important to you? Spending time socializing, doing a hobby, working? Or getting to know Jesus more?

You get to know Jesus more by spending time with Him. Take more time to read and study the Bible. Take more time to spend in prayer and worship of Jesus. All these other things may be good, but they are temporary. Be like Paul in seeing all these things as just garbage getting in the way of knowing Jesus.

Everyone throws out the garbage and wants nothing to do with it. Will you allow garbage to get in your life? Seek Jesus. He is worth it. Knowing Him is the greatest thing you can ever do or have.

I pray today that you will know Jesus more and more; that you will spend more time to know Jesus than with anything else; that God will strengthen and provide for you as you get to know Jesus more; and that you will draw closer to Jesus each day.

Luke 24:48 What You Have Seen

“You are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:48

Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to all of the disciples and many other people. He made it very clear to them about what the Scriptures had stated about Himself. Now He points out that they were witnesses to all these things that happened to Him. They were now being sent out to be a witness to the world.

The message the disciples were to bring to the world was who Jesus was and what He did. All they had to speak about is what they had seen.

No one today was there when Jesus died on the cross and rose again. People today cannot be a witness to that by direct sight. However, each person has been a witness to many other things.

Think about your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made Him attractive to you?

For each person these answers will be different. This is what you have seen. Some of this sight will be physically seen, other things will be spiritually seen. Tell others about these things.

Along with why you came to Jesus, what has God done in your life? Everyone has a testimony of something good in his/her life.

Did you get up and walk this morning? Many cannot walk. If you are reading this, you are still alive. Many did not wake up today.

Do you have a bed to sleep on? Millions around just America do not have even a building to sleep in, much less a bed to sleep on.

Do you have a church to go to, in order to worship and hear sermons? Many parts of the world there are no churches.

Has God ever healed you? Given you a promotion at a job? Provided a job? Healed a family member? Protected you in a wreck?

Think about all the things you have seen in your life that God had a hand in. These are the things you are a witness to. Be willing to tell others about them. Tell the world about Jesus and all He ahs done for you.

I pray today that God will reveal things He has helped you with in your life; that you will see all that God is doing in your life; that you will be His witness to the world; that you will not fear telling others about Jesus; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Luke 18:22 Giving Up The World’s Hold

“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22

A young rich man came to Jesus wanting eternal life. Jesus first tells him to follow all the ten commandments from the law. After the man tells Jesus that he is already doing that, Jesus tells him to sell everything, give to the poor and follow Him.

Although there is nothing inherently wrong with most things of this world, they can be a problem for a person. Things can get in the way of your relationship with God.

Very often, many people will put things before God. They must wash the car, rather than take time to worship God; work instead of doing ministry; go fishing instead of church; and the list goes on and on.

Your first love should be to God and whatever He wants. If God tells you to jump, your first response should be ‘yes, Sir’ and you jump. If God wants you to get rid of something, you should do it immediately.

Do not allow the things of this world to have a hold on you. They will hold you back from the things God has for you. God may be protecting you from harm or disappointment when He has you get rid of something.

No matter how good or great something is, it will never bring the joy and satisfaction of a relationship with God. Knowing Jesus can bring a peace the world cannot understand. Jesus gives you a hope of eternal life.

The things of this world only give you a short temporary joy. The things of this world will break down and fade away. They will not last very long. The things of Jesus last for all eternity.

Are you willing to give up the hold things of this world have on you? Are you willing to run after Jesus with everything in you? It will be worth it.

I pray today that God will help break the hold things of this world have on you; that God will reveal to you what you need give up; that God will give you strength to follow Him; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will draw closer to God each day.

Luke 14:33 Giving Up

“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33

Most people love to have other people with them. They like to know that they are loved and cared for by someone else. Along with that, every person loves to have things also. There are very few people who do not like to have things and do not want people in their lives.

The difference in many people is what part do those things and other people play in their lives.

With things, it is very easy to see how important they are to some people. A person who loves his new car, often is outside washing and polishing it nearly every day. Or the person at his job is willing to always do extra work, work extreme long hours and fights for the top position. Most believers have no problem seeing that as idol worship and a bad thing.

One dangerous area Jesus brought up is with people. Many people really love their families–their spouses and their children. They would be willing to do anything for them.

Yes, God wants you to love your family. Yes, you are to take care of your family. However, God does not want you to put your family before Him.

If there is a difference between your family and God, you must choose God’s way first. Seek God first in everything you do. Don’t go, first, to your family.

When you seek God, make sure you are hearing God. He will have you do things that sometimes your family does not like. However, often He will change the hearts of your family and draw them into His will. If you are leading your family towards God each and everyday, they will learn to see God’s desires and be willing to follow them.

God needs to be the first and most important One in your life. Family should be second. Other people third. You, yourself, should be last in your life. This is loving God first, and others second as the Law stated and Jesus repeated.

Are you willing to give up everything and everyone in order to follow God? If not, Jesus said don’t even try, you cannot be His disciple.

I pray today that God will give you the strength to follow Him; that you will consider the cost of following Jesus; that God will help you know when to give up things and people to follow Him; that God will draw others closer to Him through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.