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There was a time in my life when I lost everything…because I too, was lost. There was another time when I finally had attained some personal possessions and then I gave it all away to free myself from the strangling choke-hold of co-dependency.

provide2 Matthew 6:31-33 – So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The following are my thoughts I had written down in October 2014 as I was letting go of everything I held dear in order to save myself from the crippling effects of a toxic relationship.

Why do we worry about “stuff”? Why make such a big deal about material possessions and people that will eventually walk away or pass away? Where is the trust in that? Where is the relationship with the Creator and ultimate provider of all good things? Why am I so obsessed with the things of the world? It’s as if I am looking at a mountain of all the belongings I possess (or think I have) of people, things, money, thoughts, EVERYTHING. Each day it feels as if more and more is lost until the bottom of the pile is just that…the bottom…EMPTY. Satan tempted Jesus in the desert and tried to distort Jesus’ perspective by making Him focus on worldly things and not on God. JESUS went through the exact same things I am now going through! It’s just temptation knocking at my door, wanting me to keep up the mountain of junk…and for what? So I can feel more secure, more safe? Hmmmm…I know where my help comes from! Jesus slowly walked to the top of my mountain and said”

provide1Matthew 5:3-12 – “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

He never once said, “Blessed is the one who has their stuff and they have many earthly belongings.” Pride is such a sneaky little spirit. God promises to supply ALL MY NEEDS. I count the pile of stuff now as a loss, for the sake of Christ!”

provide4You can read Matthew 5-8 about the sermon on the mount and the many miracles of Jesus at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Matthew

To further your reading, consider this from:

Philippians 3:7-14 – But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I gave up on that stuff…took myself back down to bare bones in order to follow the Lord freely and without recourse. That mountain is now a molehill and Christ is laughing WITH me from the new mountain of eternity! Everything that I gave away that day has been returned by the Lord in double portions! Don’t hold onto the things that are holding you back!

Related Scriptures: Luke 14:33; Isaiah 61:7; Matthew 10:29-30

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