November 1, 2018

The Possessor Will Provide: Part 4

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

How can we be sure God will provide all we need?  Abraham’s example in Genesis 14-15:1 reveals three spiritual insights of how we can align our lives to experience God’s blessing and provision.  The first step is to acknowledge that God is the Possessor of heaven and earth.  This frees us from worry and fear.  God told Abraham to fear not.  I am your shield.  When we realize as Abraham did that God was the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, we can stop worrying about our finances and our future.  We can start praying for God’s provision and trust Him to supply all our needs.  That freedom leads us to the next step – to honor the Possessor of heaven and earth with our finances.  Abraham could have kept all the spoils he won in the battle.  Instead, he gave a tenth of all he had taken to Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High.  Then he returned all the rest to the king of Sodom so that no one would ever think it was the king of Sodom that had made him rich.  Abraham knew that it was God, his shield, that had won the battle, and it would be God who would compensate him.  So, he honored the Possessor of heaven and earth with a tithe.

Do you give back to God?  There are really just two types of people on earth, givers and takers.  If you have trouble giving, it’s because you think you possess something.  We don’t possess anything.  God owns it all.  We honor Him when we give back the first and best part of all our income.  Giving is the only antidote to greed.  It demonstrates our love for God.  We can give without loving, but we can never really love without giving!

The third and most important step for aligning our lives, as Abraham did to experience the blessing and provision of God, is to let the Possessor of heaven and earth possess your heart.

Think about it for a moment. If God is the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, does He really need your money?  No.  But, He wants what it represents – our hearts.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, 

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

Did you know it’s easier for God to possess heaven and earth than for Him to possess your heart?  The Bible says that God stands at the door of our hearts and knocks.  In Revelation 3:20, the Bible says,

“Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears Me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with Me.” (TLB)

Have you given the Possessor of heaven and earth your heart?  Are you possessed by your possessions or by a passionate love for the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth?  Have you let Him possess your heart?  Open your heart to Him.  Receive Christ and experience the peace of knowing that He will provide for you.