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Rev. and Mrs. Tracy E. Hayden, Pastors
February 21, 2003
If you were asked, “Of all your possessions which one is most precious to you?” , what would your answer be? Would it be your children, your spouse, a prized heirloom, your home, car or boat, perhaps a particular piece of jewelry or a special garment, or maybe it’s your business, your education, or your career? Maybe you have a close friend and you value that friendship most of all. Whatever it is it cannot and should not compare to God. Ezekiel 44:28 says, “I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.” Whatever value you may place upon things, accomplishments, or relationships that you have here in this life it or they cannot compare with God. More than anything else we should strive to possess God.
“Now Pastor Tracy, How can we ’possess’ God?” If you have been “born again” (spiritually born) then you are the child of God. 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 says, “...ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” The answer to how can we make God our possession is simple, we must give ourselves to Him. When we do, then He gives Himself to us, “and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
Just as we take pride in our most valued possessions, we should take pride in our God. We should be proud to be His people, unfortunately many Christians act as if they are ashamed of their faith in God. Afraid they will be scoffed at by unbelievers, they never share their faith with their neighbor, preferring their secular image in the eyes of strangers over their relationship with Almighty God. Brothers and Sisters my God is a great God, a God who sacrificed a precious part of Himself (His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ) just so He could be our God and we could be His people. Is it asking too much that we show a little zeal in the presence of those who don’t know Him? Psalms 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want… I will fear no evil: for thou art with me... Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies... Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Jesus said, “I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” [Matthew 5:44-45] And in verse 48 of the Amplified Bible Jesus continues, “You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Do you prize your God above what others may think of you? If so then tell them of your great God. Tell them what He has done for you and what He can do for them. Nothing and nobody should compare to our commitment, our zeal, our love for God. God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, have done so many miraculous things in my life and revealed so much to me. He certainly is my God! The question is, is He your God too? Amen!
For more devotional reading, written by Pastor Tracy, please visit the Pastor's Page Archive.