Daily Devotion

Guarding Your Treasure Box

"Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us."  2 Timothy 1:14

All day long, I have been getting reassurance about being careful who comes into my company.  I had a conversation a while back with my spiritual mother about the anointing.  I realized that lately quite a few people had been draw to me, and truthfully I talk to anyone.  I just love people–disclaimer, in moderation and when I feel like socializing.  I have major mood swings and sometimes just don't feel like being bothered….  Anyway, I have learned that we have to be careful when we are working for the Lord, everybody that comes up to you is not going the same direction as you.  When we decide to live right and walk with the Lord, there will be all sorts of obstacles to come along to distract and ultimately take from you the gift that God has given you…even people.  Yes, God calls us to share the Good News for the salvation of the lost souls, but He does not tell us to tell everybody His purpose and plan for your life, nor does He say that you have to lose who He created you to be in that process.

I used 'treasure box' because it symbolizes many things.  God has put into all of us special talents, gifts, passions, dreams, goals and His Good News to share with the world.  He has also given us all a unique purpose.  However, along the way, due to the circumstances of life and our own disobedience, things are taken out of our box and replaced with despair, disappointments, discouragement, fear, failures, anxiety, doubt, and many more tools of the enemy.  One of them that is the worst to reside in our box is bitterness.  If we are not careful, we can allow our reactions and interactions with life and the people that come along the way to set up shop in our treasure box and ruin the rest of the gifts remaining in the box.  We put emotional baggage in that box, lack of trust, and everything that comes along and instead of getting rid of these things, we hold on to them, tighter than the more important gifts like patience, honesty and love.

The only way to see through these things is to use the Holy Spirit!!  Ask God to help you discern the meaning of things, and people's purposes in your life.  Sometimes we linger on a nice face or a seemingly nice opportunity which sets us back 5, 10, even 20 years.  We were not made for these things!! Just think about what stress, bitterness, and unforgiveness do to your body…its a clinically proven fact that forgiving releases us and helps us heal!  Think of the benefit of letting go of the dead weight that you've been clutching.  Think of what things you can gain when you clean out all the garbage…you can get the dreams back.  You can get the natural talents and gifts back that God has given you.

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith."  Romans 11:29

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"No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of God and their righteousness is of me," says the Lord.  Isaiah 54:17


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