Deuteronomy10:14 It Belongs To God

Lady gives to God

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.

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Leviticus 26:1 Who Is Your God?

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Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 26:1

While there are large numbers of people around the world that believe in physical idols, there are also many people who do not believe in them. There still some very advanced nations in this world that believe in idols and will set offerings before them and pray to them, believing that the idols can do something for them.

As a whole, the majority of people in the European nations and America’s do not believe in idol worship, yet, the majority worship idols on a daily basis. Instead of worshipping a statue, many will worship a thing. Instead of bowing down and praying to the idol and calling it a god, they worship an idol in different ways.

More commonly people worship things by spending their time, money, and effort with it, to the expense of everyone and everything else. The list is infinite in what the item can be. Some common ones are: jobs, cars, homes, hobbies, careers, celebrities, and money.

It is seen many times where a person focuses so much on his career and advancement in that field, that he neglects his family, friends, church and God. Making the position or pleasing the boss is all that matters to him, at any cost.

Others may be focused on a hobby–watching or playing sports. They do it to the point of neglect of everything else. It is all that matters to them. It consumes them. The hobby has become their god.

Believers are no exception to worshipping idols. There are believers who are so consumed with ministry, that they neglect time with God, family and friends, things that are important. They can also get consumed with the position and do it out of greed and pride, rather than love and for God.

What a person worships, may also change with time, but it is still putting something before God–an idol.

Take a look at your life. Where do you spend your time, money, efforts, and focus?

What is most important to you in your life?

Think of your top three priorities in life. If the top three is not God, family, and being a witness, then you may have an idol in your life.

I pray today that you will know God as your only God; that you will serve God with all of your life; that God will help you remove all idols in your life; and that God will be your highest priority in this life.

Exodus 20:17 Do Not Covet

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.

The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.

People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.

They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.

Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.

There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.

Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.

Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.

How content are you with what God has blessed you with?

I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.

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.

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.