Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thurs.’s Devo - Keeping our Treasures

Read: 1 Kings 14:1-15:24; Acts 10:1-23a: Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 17:7-8
Jeroboam’s son was dying so he sent his wife to the prophet, Ahijah to ask him about his son. Jeroboam told his wife to disguise herself so Ahijah wouldn’t know who she was. You can’t trick a prophet of God. God told Ahijah she was coming and what to tell her. Her son would die when she entered her city. Jeroboam was being judged for all he had done against God, but the baby was being taken because God found something good in him. What a different way to look at death. God’s mercy, grace and kindness took this child because he saw something good in him. God promised to take away the remnant of Jeroboam’s house. God also said that He would scatter Jeroboam’s seed beyond the river. Jeroboam’s son, Nadab reigned after him. He continued in the sins of his father. In the meantime, Rehoboam was reigning in Judah. Rehoboam led his nation into sin also so God sent Egypt to come against Jerusalem. They took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the king’s house. Rehoboam had his men make bronze shields to replace the gold ones.
That is exactly what happens in the spirit when you willfully sin. The devil will steal the things you value the most. You will end up replacing the things of God with counterfeit things that have no eternal value.
In Acts we see God networking the Gentiles and Jews together. Cornelius is an Italian believer who is told about Peter by an angel. He is to send for Peter who is staying in Joppa. Cornelius immediately tells his three servants and they go to Joppa. In the meantime, God puts Peter in a trance and shows him a sheet with all types of unclean animals on it. Peter is very hungry and God’s tells him to kill these animals and eat them. When Peter protests that they will cause him to break the law, God tells him that what He has cleansed Peter cannot call profane or unholy. God was getting Peter ready for his next mission. He is now ready to meet Cornelius’s servants and to go with them.
It is awesome how God prepares us for our next step. He will tear down our prejudices so we can be used to do what he is calling us to.
Lord, help us to keep the treasures you have given us. Help us to lay down any prejudices we might have about any of your creations.

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