TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, April 30, 2019:
Ownership; a thing owned; property; wealth.
For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.
The earth is full of Your possessions.
The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.
But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, and he had great possessions.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We must first realize in life that everything we have on this earth is because of God. He is the “owner” and all that we have is on loan to us. Possessions are “things” that God loans to us and He expects us to use these “things’ to honor Him.
In Psalm 44:3 (listed above), the Psalmist recognizes that the Children of Israel did not gain possession of the “Promised Land” by their own swords and arms or their own strength and might. They gained what God promised them because God favored them and intervened to give them the victory in their conquest of the “Promised Land.”
Most people we talk to do not understand this concept because they feel that their possessions are a result of their own abilities and hard work. Their possessions become a stumbling block in their relationship with the Lord. Possessions were in the way of the rich man that talked to Jesus as recorded in Mark 10:17-23. Jesus asked him to give his possessions to the poor so he could receive his treasure in heaven. He could not part with his possessions to gain the greatest possession of all.
This is a reminder to us today that all that we have in the way of this world’s possessions, we have because God has enabled us. We are to acknowledge that what we have comes from God and then be thankful to Him and give Him the glory.
In our travels we have visited many museums and places where Kings and Queens, from thousands of years ago, had “THEIR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSIONS” buried with them in their tombs. They did this so that they would be comfortable in their future lives. But today many of these possessions have been unearthed and placed in museums. They were never used. It is not in God’s plan for us to take our possessions to eternity. We will have no need for earthly possessions in heaven. Jesus will be our all in all.
Too many people work long hours today and spend money foolishly to acquire their goals so that they can realize the “possessions” that they have dreamed for. The result, in most cases, is that they do this at the expense of losing their spouses and family.
Our greatest possession in life today should be our personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Our second greatest possession should be our spouses and family. God will bless those that grasp this concept and honor Him in this way.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I John 1:5.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Thank You dear Lord for the many blessings that You have entrusted me with. Help me to understand that each possession we have as a family has come to us because of Your love for us. Help me to share what You have blessed me with to meet the needs of others who are in need.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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