Owned by God
What does it feel like to be owned? In our culture, we scoff at that idea. However, in God’s economy, it depends on the owner.
11 He came to that which belonged to Him…
–John 1:11 AMPC
What part(s) of my life say God owns me? If it’s not ending with prompt obedience: doing what He says when He says it, and trying my hardest through faith, prayer, study of God’s Word, and times of refreshing (intimacy) with Him, then I’m not owned. Don’t give up; it’s a process, but let’s not sugar coat or dance around where we may be. That reeks to God! (http://bit.ly/1HGWXpw)
Let’s show our faith by yielding (by faith and reliance on God’s power–1 Thessalonians 5:22-24) to what step(s) God has revealed to us (even if we don’t like it): it’s a way to provision, increase, greater security, etc. It’s more of God!
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 4:19 NLT
But there is a price: obedience, intimacy, following…we must die to ourselves (our own selfish stubborn will) and anything we put first before God: even our children, even our jobs, even our spouses…even our “ministries”…God. God first, God only, all the time…God…and through Him, in Him, clinging to Him, obeying Him, loving Him…we receive everything else 🙂
24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).
25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
–Matthew 6:24-34 AMPC
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
–Luke 14:25-26 NLT
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
–Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
I love God: He is the awesomest Phenomena, Best Friend, Counselor, Love, Healer, Provider, Sustainer, Encourager EVER. 🙂