Monday, April 25, 2011

Taking Credit !!!!

Isaiah 10:15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!

One constant pitfall we must watch for is taking credit for something that God does in or through us, or using the gifts and callings of God for self-exaltation. In that light it may be easier to handle poverty, weakness, or insignificance, than wealth, ability, power or authority, since poverty and frailty are not normally things we boast about, and they cause us to recognize our need for God. Prosperity, gifting, and anointing, on the other hand can be powerful temptations, leading to pride, covetousness, and self-sufficiency.

Saul, who came from a humble background, was anointed king of Israel, yet his heart was revealed when the Lord exalted him, but he exulted in his own position, eventually coveting it so severely he became a fierce enemy of God. The Lord then removed His spirit from Saul and the true condition of the man became apparent to everyone.

Even the great Solomon whose gifting, anointing, and prosperity were unsurpassed in some ways, seems to have taken for granted his abilities and wealth, and, somehow, rationalizing his blatant disobedience to God’s law, he fell into idolatry and brought disaster to the Kingdom of Israel. This seems amazing, given the fact that Solomon’s most precious gift was his wisdom. (Those with this gift should take note).

Be careful how you handle the gifts and successes that God gives you! Enjoy His blessings as you serve in your family, business, or ministry – but never forget where it all comes from, and to whom the glory belongs, cause if you do, He will be sure to remind you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Value of a Pearl

Recently, I came across an article that caught my attention. The article talks about the value of two precious items – Pearl and Diamond. It states that the diamond receives a substantial portion of its value from the way a person cuts it — the work of man’s hand! Interestingly, the only natural gemstone that has more value when it is found than when men finish with it is the PEARL!

The diamond’s value is rather depends on the work of man especially on how he cuts the diamond. Diamond in its original form may have far less significant value. On the other hand, The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object or irritant out, the object is covered by the oyster with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from its own body. The object that came into the life of the oyster as an irritant, instead of being cast out is turned into something lovely within the oyster. The longer the pearl stays in the oyster the more valuable it becomes.

As I connect back to Matthew 13, I began to understand why Pearl was used in this context. In Matthew 13, we see that a merchant sold all that he had to purchase a single pearl. I believe the Lord is telling us that we are a master piece of the Lord and not the work of man.

We can add nothing to the work of Salvation! God has paid the price for us in full — and a tremendous price it was. God left all the splendour of Heaven to claim this dirt/irritant (referring to me) and turn it into a pearl. And He gained it by paying a price that was far more precious than any of us could pay.

To see the true beauty of the pearl the oyster must die. The oyster is ripped open with a knife in the side, before the true treasure is revealed. The analogy in the Pearl here is like Christ's death, so that all who trust in Him will be able to see and be with Him in His beautiful Kingdom, for eternity. Sometimes we get so busy and we don’t take time out consider this incredible work of God in our lives. He has bought us with a price. We are fully paid, fully ransomed, fully redeemed! We are the pearls of great desire! Let’s walk in that victory today!

Be Blessed.