God’s Treasures

March 8, 2012

Psalms 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

God’s Treasures


I want to talk to you personally from my heart today.
In my personal life this year I have been seeking to become more attuned to the Lord’s voice and leading.  In that process I am attempting to say “yes” whenever I feel His prompting and leading.  He spoke in my spirit yesterday that He would call on me, but that it would not be at an opportune time.
I had a very unique night last night as the Lord woke me at about 2:00 a. m. in the morning to spend time with Him.  Not a very opportune time, as I was reminded of what He had told me.  What we find in the inopportune times that aren’t on our radar or agenda is that when we are willing to obey God, He has some rich treasures for us.
As I went into the other room and began to seek the Lord I had about three hours of just special time with Him.  He shared with me Ezekiel 33:23-29, “Then the word of the Lord came to me: 24“Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.’ 25Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? 26You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?’
27“Say this to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those who are left in the ruins will fall by the sword, those out in the country I will give to the wild animals to be devoured, and those in strongholds and caves will die of a plague. 28I will make the land a desolate waste, and her proud strength will come to an end, and the mountains of Israel will become desolate so that no one will cross them. 29Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have made the land a desolate waste because of all the detestable things they have done.’”
I thought, “wow, one man, Abraham, was able to possess the land that God had promised.” Then it went on to say, “But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.” Yet here is Israel coming into judgement and are in fact losing their land.  As we are entering into possess our spiritual inheritance why was Abraham able to posses his and yet a whole nation was falling short of possessing theirs?
I thought, will you know Abraham was a “YES” man.  He always said yes to God.  God didn’t make him out to be a perfect man, but he was a man of faithfulness and obedience that always said “yes” to wherever God said go and would do whatever God said to do without question or argument.  Even to the willingness to sacrifice his own son of promise because God said so.  Isn’t it a testimony to Abraham that God used him to build the whole Judeo-Christian faith and the Arabic people as well.  He was only one man, but God confided in Him and made covenant with Him.  He was God’s friend and God gave to him the great possession of promise.
Why did the Israel nation fall short in their possession of the land in Ezekiel’s day?  It was because they were hearers of the word, but not doers.  Like so many of us as believers, we here the word over and over, nod our heads in agreement, say “amen” and then go away living our lives as if we never heard it.
One of the things that so grieves my spirit is the spiritual impotence that I see in my life and in Christianity as whole.  I want possession of that power and love that is the inheritance of Christ’s covenant with us.  Could it be that we are not seeing it because we are too much like Israel of old?
Now one of the things I have started doing this year is journalizing my dialogues with God.  So to journal I have to do a lot more listening and a lot less talking.  It is part of teaching my spirit to hear and respond to His voice.
One of the next things the Lord spoke to me is that “you have been playing in a sandbox where the cats have came and buried their waste.”  That’s not something I really cared to hear, but it spoke to me of our  playing in our fleshly sandboxes and not even seeing the filth that surrounds and that we are exposing ourselves too.   That began to awaken me to the need to move into the heart and spirit of Abraham that God found so pleasing.
Well, the Lord went on to speak and give me insights into my business and other matters.  It was a very blessed and rewarding time.  Even in the Lord’s correction their is such encouragement, but He desires even more than we do that we would move into His highest for us.
As I was sharing these things latter with my wife Sharon, I said, “You know, it is like the Lord is always raining down fine gold dust of truth upon us, mixed with nuggets that may be more significant to us, but how much of what the Lord is speaking to us do we let fall to the ground because we don’t capture it, meditate upon and then put it into effect in our daily living.  The Word of God is a treasure house of gold and yet we so often regard as common what the Lord has called holy.
God is not trying to condemn us.  He is exhorting us to come up higher and possess the land of our inheritance.  He is not discouraging you or I, but rather exhorting and encouraging us by showing us what is hindering us from entering into our greater fullness.
I want to encourage all of you to seek that place of intimacy with Father;  learning to listen, write down and put into practice what He shows you and teaches you.  He is willing to answer so many of our questions if we spend the time to listen.  That is where we are going to find God’s treasures.

Blessings,
kent

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