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God’s ways are perfect

For so many years the Lord has asked me to surrender everything to Him.

Not to spend time worrying about the “needs”, not to make long lists of things required, but to just surrender.

Last fall, He took me through another season of surrender.

Each morning, the Lord would speak to my heart about material things, stuff which hold a value or are special in some way.

Then He’d ask.

Are you willing to give it up if I ask you to?

I’m well aware that all I think of as mine is really His and therefore, I would respond with a “yes”.

Some days, it was easier to say than others.

I honestly began to think we were going to move again, the way God was asking me to surrender everything.

It was even down to family heirlooms, items which wouldn’t mean anything to most people, but are precious to me.

At times, I had to work at not letting my mind begin to expect some major change, because God has asked me to get rid of everything before, to let go of all personal property and simply trust Him for the future.

But God wasn’t preparing me to move.

He was making sure my fingers were not grasping the things He’s placed in our care.

Because in October He had us start a small furniture business.

Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with things.

I had to spend a lot of time praying about what God wanted me to do with each thing.

Find places to store all the things until they could be sold.

It’s been an interesting journey since then.

We’ve been blessed to pass on some things to others who need them.

We’ve enjoyed restoring many items and getting them back into usable condition.

We’ve learned a great deal about furniture, as well as great deal about ourselves.

There’s been times when we acquired an item and I’d want to keep it.

But, God had already laid the groundwork, nothing belongs to me, so I’m able to do whatever God leads.

Nothing is more important to me than Jesus.

Sometimes, His will is for an item to stay with us.

At least for now.

But through it all I’ve been so blessed to be able to “let go”.

For nothing on this Earth is permanent.

Nothing material will make it into heaven, only the souls of those who put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Paul said it best:

Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV — Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for all Your blessings. Thank You for teaching me how to trust You and not to put my expectations into stuff. Lord, thank You for walking with me, Your patience is amazing! I know You hold me in Your hands and are with me at all times. Lord, please never allow me to be choked and distracted by the cares of this world, but instead to use all You have placed in my hands for Your kingdom. Jesus, I want my treasure to be in heaven. You know that sometimes I forget and struggle with trying to treasure things here on Earth. Please guard my heart from that snare. Thank You again for Your faithfulness and patience. Thank You for Your incredible ways! You truly are great and greatly to be praised! Amen.

Things in the world

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. I John 2:15‭-‬17 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/1jn.2.15-17.NKJV

The things of this world bring a snare.

Lust and pride are dangerous and can kill faith.

Matthew 13:22 NKJV — “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”

Thus, we must be on our guard, at all times.

Because pride is easy.

And desire breeds the idea we deserve…

Our flesh, stirred up by the enemy, wants to follow after these things.

Jesus taught that all the things and the pursuit of them isn’t following God.

Instead, He clearly explained that loving God is the opposite.

Matthew 6:24 NKJV — “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Matthew 6:33 NKJV — “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Jesus’s parable of the seed and the soils (Matthew 13:3-23) provides a perfect word picture.

The Gospel is the seed and the ground is our hearts.

Matthew 13:23 NKJV — “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

What type of soil we are has a great deal to do with what we choose to do with the Word.

No one is immune to the temptations of the things of this world, but we can focus on Jesus and His Word.

Romans 12:2 KJV — And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Let’s be wise and prudent gardeners, pulling up the weeds and allowing the Lord Jesus to water the seed with His scripture and prayer.

Colossians 3:1-2 KJV — If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

We can live in today, praising God for His gifts and blessings, being thankful for what we have and the beauty of creation all around us.

We can walk with Him in humility and love, remembering this is not our home, we are simply travelers, on our way to Paradise.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, please help me to be on guard against pride and lust and the love of things. Lord, help me to instead love people and to walk with integrity before You. Lord, help me to see the snares and tricks of the enemy and to be wise about what I look at, what I listen to, what I meditate on. Lord, this world is passing and my life is fleeting compared to eternity. Please help me to live for You today and not to be choked out by the cares of this world. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.