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Seven divine treasures Christians possess

“In the cross is salvation; in the cross is life; in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the cross is strength of mind; in the cross is joy of spirit; in the cross is excellence of virtue; in the cross is perfection of holiness There is no salvation of the soul nor hope of eternal life, save in the cross.”

Thomas à Kempis

Christians bear the image of Christ following His finished work on the cross. This image embodies seven treasures as revealed in the scriptures below.

“…saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honour and glory and blessing!””

Revelation 5:12

1. Power

I have power when I admit my powerlessness then I turn to the Lamb for power.

2. Riches

I am rich since Jesus became poor so that I can become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)

3. Wisdom

I am wise when I admit my foolishness then I look to Jesus for wisdom.

4. Strength

I am strong when I admit my weakness then I turn to Jesus for strength.

5. Honour

I am honoured because I am born into God’s Kingdom.

6. Glory

The glory of God rests on me because Jesus was glorified on the cross.

7. Blessings

I am blessed because Jesus took away my curse on that cross. Besides, no one has authority to curse me.

Seven is the number of completion. We are complete in Jesus. He received these treasures and transferred them to us so that we can manifest the Kingdom of God on earth.

We are going to live triumphantly–in all dimensions of life if we are going to take true ownership of these divine treasures. Amen.

Jesus loves you!

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Always acknowledge the one who is above

There is always some(one) above us.

Thank God you have a well-paying job. Thank Him you’ve seen yourself rising from one level of leadership to another in that company. Maybe you’ve your own company, and people working for you. Maybe when you look at where you live, what you wear, what you eat, what you drive,…you consider yourself among the top earners. Great! You’re successful, glory to God.

Maybe when you look at who is beneath you, what they earn, what they eat, what they drive, you consider yourself superior because you think you’re doing better than they are. Awful!

Now pride sets in, and you forget where you came from to arrive where you’re today. You begin using your power and position to intimidate the people you consider inferior to you. You forget that there’s always someone above you.

It’s the nature of human beings to sometimes place power and position on their heads. So ego gets in to rob their values and integrity. So they start looking down on others.

Will success make you better or worse? Will achieving everything you ever wanted affirm your virtues or help your vices to thrive?

Success (whatever success means) should make us kinder. More Compassionate. More ethical…It shouldn’t engender offenses we would have previously found abhorrent. It shouldn’t cause us to ignore our friends and fall short of our values. It should be an opportunity to plant more seeds, more trees — not an excuse to repress our ideals.

Ask yourself, what if the one above mistreated me? What if that person intimidated me? What if my employer demoted or even fired me? Because they have the power to.

Now recall that there is one who is above every individual and everything. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. The creator of the earth and the heavens. The King of kings. His name is Jehovah.

He alone has the power to teach us how to gain success in life. He is the sole provider of everything. He says:

“I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go…”

Isaiah 48:17

Only God has the power to promote and demote. As we read in the following passage.

“Do not lift up your horn on high;
do not speak with a stiff neck. For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”

Psalms 75:5–7

Therefore, we should always look to God, acknowledge and lift Him above everything else—people, jobs, wealth, position, power…Everything.

When we realize that, we’ll never allow position and power to colonize our minds. We’ll deny ego a chance to ravage our integrity and values. We’ll not develop manipulative behaviours, only because we think we’re successful, therefore superior to others.

We’ll use our power, position and authority to plant and nourish seeds of love, peace, joy, mercy, grace, humility, integrity, purity, truth, forgiveness, and many other virtues that are emulative of Jesus’s personality. Amen!

Ambassadors of Jesus swallow their egos and acknowledge God as their source of power. They relate with others confidently in His authority but never assume credit for it. Faith enables them to soar like eagles, while humility enables them to kneel.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.”

Jude 1:24–25

Jesus loves you!

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Don’t kindle your own fire

“Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness
And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.
Look, all you who kindle a fire,
Who encircle yourselves with sparks:
Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—
This you shall have from My hand:
You shall lie down in torment.”

Isaiah 50:10-11.

Nay, God forbid! We aren’t going to kindle our own fire based on our limited efforts while circumventing God’s ability. Ours won’t provide enough light to illuminate our way out. Fire kindled in this manner is merely sparks in God’s eyes. We’ll be astounded how soon it goes off and we get into grim darkness and sorrow.

Instead, we can determine to proceed with the bumpy ride up the rugged mountain, as we confidently rest in the power of the Lord to shine His full light upon our pathway. Himself is light!

Beloved, it is not enough to draw our confidence from our own wisdom, power or strength. Like many heroes of faith in the Bible, we can purpose to focus on the Lord in the face of trouble.

Our efforts may generate positive results but when our actions silence God’s presence; when we disobey God’s will, the results won’t stay for long. However, when in unwavering confidence we surrender our efforts to God and patiently wait for Him, He is going to show up with a supernatural, lasting remedy.

God loves you!