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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Thursday, February 27, 2020

WHAT IS TRUTH?

"The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; But the foolish despise wisdom and instruction."
Proverbs 1:7


How much do you know at this point in your life?  I am sure you have learned many things in life, but are these things really true?  And how do you know?  Do you trust everything everybody tells you? Have you considered that perhaps what you see and hear might be fooling you?  Let us answer these questions using God's Word.

Before we try to answer these questions, we must understand that every answer to these questions must come from God's Word.  We must fear God to gain knowledge, wisdom, and instruction.  We must reverence God and His Truth. Unfortunately, many fall for lies and thus deny God's wisdom. Fearing God is very important since it is the beginning of wisdom.  If you already fear God, you are beginning at a safe starting point.  You already have a good foundation for God's Truth.

Watch out for liars!  There are many out there whose main desire is to keep you away from the Truth, and they are willing to lie to accomplish that.  At the same time, others love the Truth. Sadly, the Enemy uses many devices to deceive them.  There are books, for example, that we must be careful with.  This is very important!


I.   THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW

In Psalm 14 we learn,
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works; There is none that doeth good."  

It takes a fool to tell a big lie, and the biggest lie of all is:  "There is no God."  You must stay away from these people and be careful not to believe everything that you hear.  My question is, "How do you know who is right when someone is making these arguments?"  One argues that there IS a God, while another argues that there IS NO God.  Well, we must start first with Truth, because the Truth affects the issues of right and wrong, as well as all issues of government, family, and church.

Let us begin with a simple but important question:  What is True?  What happens when you believe a lie?  Wouldn't you like to know the Truth before you make the wrong assumption?  It could be very dangerous for you to believe a lie.  The Truth is essential.  But whom are you going to believe?  Those who tell you lies or those who tell you the Truth?  It is sad to say, but many who are telling and teaching lies do not even know they are repeating lies.  There are so many lies out there. So who are you going to believe?  There is only one true answer to this question, and that is, we cannot trust men, but we can rely on and completely trust in God.  But we must believe there is a God before we engage in talking about anything else.  Lest we forget, God is our only source of Truth.   The issue isif there is no God, then we cannot rely on or be sure of Truth.    Many men glory in their ignorance of the Truth.  They tell lies contradicting not only one another but also the validity of Truth, the Bible.  Now, do you see how vital it is for you to believe in God and in His everlasting Truth?
"And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."  Genesis 2:7

Now, this leads me to the next question:  Who Is God?  From Scripture, we all know that God created man and everything else.  In His Word, God has spoken to us so that we may know that He made us. This all happened with the first man called Adam at the beginning of Creation.  How did Adam know there was a God?  And how did he know he had a relationship with His God, His Creator?  Well, God spoke to him, Adam.  He gave him some instructions.  
"And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."  Genesis 2:16-17

Even though many years have passed since then, we still need God's Word, the Truth.  Adam knew he needed to hear and obey God in the garden.  We, His creatures, need to listen to Him because He is still the only One who can give us the Truth.

Over four thousand years ago, God spoke to His people.  Among these people were men who were inspired by God.  They wrote down the things God spoke.  We know that God spoke to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, John the Baptist, and Jesus’ disciples.    All these writings were gathered together and put into a Book that we call "The Holy Bible."  This is where we can find God's everlasting Truth.

"Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.  That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work."  2 Timothy 2:16-17

Today, many people prefer to ignore the Bible and say that God speaks to them personally.  This is dangerous!  Why is it dangerous?  Because they prefer their own opinion pretending and deceiving others with error, saying something that God never said to them privately.  These are merely the opinions and lies of men.  If we sincerely want to find the Truth, we must go to the collection of God's Words, the Bible.  These Holy Words have stood the test of time!  This Holy Book always tells the Truth.  We must remember that when it comes to questions of Truth, our words and discussions must always focus on the Bible and nothing else.  We must go back to that Holy Book, the Bible, in our search for Truth.  It is the ONLY WAY.

Sadly, many Christians treat the Bible as a book which they use to worship God only once a week on Sundays.  They neglect reading and using it for the rest of the days of the week.  They neglect to use it as their guide for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness to be equipped for every good work.  Did you know that this Holy Book, the Bible, can help us to decide on every issue that we confront when we are engaged in life?  It is the perfect guide in family matters. It even can help us cast the best vote on election day.  The list of situations that the Bible helps us with is exhausting.  We must use this Book to guide our footsteps in our walk here on earth. If we don't treasure God's inspired Word and use it in our everyday life, we will be rendered useless, helpless, and hopeless.

The Bible's primary purpose is to prepare the man of God for every good work.  It is TRUSTWORTHY!  It speaks to you and me with authority.

My purpose in doing this study with you is to explain the basics of what we call a "Biblical Worldview."  We must allow the Bible to give us the best lens through which to see the world.  It will provide us with a "Biblical Worldview."  So my question is, "How can you know if someone has a "Biblical Worldview?" Well, if someone has a real Biblical Worldview, he will approach everything related to life, asking the question, "What does the Bible say about that?”  He will always start with the Bible alone before he thinks about anything else.

Not many accept a "Biblical Worldview."  They wear the wrong glasses as they look at the world around them.  Sadly, they do not agree with God.  They refuse to believe in God's Truth.  They do not think God's Word is Truth.  They would rather trust in their human opinions rather than to rely on their Creator to guide and teach them what is True.

When you believe other non-biblical worldviews, you keep yourself from knowing the beginning of true knowledge, which is the fear of God, Prov. 1:7.  When you choose to believe such false worldviews, you are automatically trusting in a lie.  When you trust in a lie, you drown in the waters of ignorance without any hope of being rescued or saved.  My question is, “What happens to those who choose to believe in the wrong worldview?”  The Bible, the Word of God, is very clear about those who trust in a lying worldview,
"But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death."  Revelation 21:8  

It is a very serious matter!

What about those who are “ordained” by their peers as “scientists”?  Today we have many "smart scientists" who deceive us, saying that the first man came from an "ape" through a process called "evolution."  Such men tell us that our great-great-great-great-grandfather, long ago, was an animal similar to an ape.  How would you respond to these men from a Biblical Worldview?  First, you must ask the question, What Does the Bible Say About That?  Here is a good verse from the Bible about the creation and origin of man.  
"And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."  Genesis 2:7

Furthermore, some scientists tell us that man made his descent from monkeys for millions of years. But the truth is (as stated in the divinely inspired Word) that God created man out of the dust while he was creating the world in six days.  Who are you going to believe - God or men?


"For what if some were without faith? Shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?  God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment."  Romans 3:3-4

Scientists claim they have sufficient "evidence."  They sit on their thrones of confidence, claiming to be very smart, smarter than God, their Creator.  Such men pretend that they cannot make a mistake when they are studying their "evidence" about apes turning into men.  Could they have made mistakes?  In fact, there are many of these scientists who disagree with those scientists who think that man came from an ape over millions of years.


CONCLUSION:

Therefore it is wise and safe to start with what God says.  Men ought to be careful when making big and brave claims about what they claim happened millions of years ago as they are examining fossils in the rocks.  There is only one way to be safely certain about what really happened at the creation of the world.  When someone insists on defending this ridiculous theory that rejects God's Word, ask them, Where were you when the worlds were formed?  Were you there?  Were the “scientists” there?  Who was there at the beginning of the world?  Of course, God was there!  Why not ask Him?
"For in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."  Exodus 20:11

May the Lord help us to keep our eyes open to His revealed Truth.


Luci

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

TRAINING OUR CHILDREN FOR HEAVEN, NOT HARVARD

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  
Deuteronomy 6:6-7


To successfully raise the next generation of faithful and devoted Christians, we parents must start shifting the priorities and goals we demand of our children.  We Christian parents must stop pushing our children to pursue worldly or earthly goals and ambitions but rather motivate them to pursue those goals that are heavenly and righteous.  I must stress that I’m not against children going to college, getting a degree, and prospering.  But is that what the Lord has called us, parents and children, to do? 

Too often, we fail to seek those things that are heavenly and instill them in our children.  We fail our God and our children when our view is more worldly in the way we set our priorities, falling into a secular worldview whose main goal in life is to get a college degree, get a high paying job, prestige and honor, buy a home or that late model car and many other such things that are thrown our way to make us stumble.  And though all of these are amazing things, many of us have made this terrible mistake!  Take heed!

We fail as parents, and as true disciples of Christ when our focus is primarily on our children succeeding in this life, without God in the picture, without preparing them for the next life, eternity with God in heaven.  You see, our primary goal must be heaven, and we must teach that as well to our children. Our priority must not be Harvard or some other prestigious university! And no matter how many wonderful doctors of the body we might have, we still need more doctors that will bring the remedy that heals the soul. That is, we need more faithful and devoted Christians, devoted to Christ and His cause.

Our God-given command as parents is to teach our children the fear of God and a steadfast faith that will withstand all the negative influences of this world.  We must teach our children God’s commandments and be their spiritual champion in the development of their faith and character, both in their words and deeds (Deuteronomy 6: 6-7). To do this, we must start teaching our children the whole counsel of God, improve their daily prayer, and take hold of our children’s education.  Why trust our children to “Caesar” who will indoctrinate them against the will of God?  Think for a moment of the hours that our children focus on a secular education instead of spiritual pursuits.  Our children spend at least 8 hrs a day on their secular education.  By the time they turn 18, our children have spent at least 17, 280 hours preparing them for college.  Now compare that to a mere 1,872 hours of similarly-focused hours on spiritual instruction at home and church from the age of 0-18 (which is actually 5 years more than traditional education).

Obviously, this spiritual instruction must be based on Jesus and His principles of righteousness.  How many of our children can successfully maneuver algebra equations by the end of high school versus how many of our children can successfully share the Gospel Message with their peers and live it out?  My guess?  Very few!

Higher education has many drawbacks. Not only is college a huge expense, but it is the #1 destroyer of a person’s Christian faith. Seventy percent of college students leave the church while in college.  Sadly, about ⅔ of those children never return to their faith and church (the sheep returning to the flock!).  A sheep returning to the flock is a cause for celebration! But a sheep who spends too much time in the wilderness of the world usually does not come out unharmed. The worldly influences on their faith, convictions, spiritual maturity, and the big baggage of sinful behavior will haunt them. The  Body of Christ is also affected for years to come.  That is sad and alarming!!

In Matthew 6:21, the Lord says that wherever your treasure is, that is where your heart will also be. So what is more important, our money or our hearts?  Sadly, many are more focused on their student loan debt than on the things of God, the heavenly ones.  Consider the following.

As of 2015, more than 42 million student loan borrowers have student loan debt of $100,000 or less. More than 2 million student loan borrowers have student loan debt greater than $100,000, with 415,000 of that total holding student loan debt greater than $200,000. The largest concentration of student loan debt is $10,000 – $25,000, which accounts for 12.4 million student loan borrowers. (Source: Forbes)


CONCLUSION:

Therefore, we must start teaching our children to set higher priorities and give them the necessary tools to defend their faith and go to heaven.  We must teach them to revere the Lord, His Word, His church, and His worship.  In our speech and demeanor, we must show our convictions and steadfast faith.  Thus we must change our parental focus because the spiritual future of our children depends on it and the world as well.  We must stress to our children the need to be faithful to God, His Word, and His church, teaching them that the work they do for Him is paramount, greater than any earthly pursuit, even getting a Degree at Harvard or some other university.  Imagine a world where our lawyers are God-fearing, focusing on Christ over their own agendas!  Filmmakers who fear God and strive to advance the Message of the Gospel in whatever they do.  I assure you that as faithful and devoted parents, devoted to Christ and His cause, we can raise up the next generation for Christ and His Gospel Message!

We Christian parents must shift our focus from raising simply “good” kids to raising kids faithful to God, who would free prisoners of their sin, heal those wounded by sin, and raise those dead in sin, for there is power in the Gospel Message.

May the Lord help us and give us wisdom to teach our children the fear of God and keep the whole counsel of Christ, to fight tooth and claw against the threats to their faith.

Luci

Monday, February 24, 2020

TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY

"Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.'"
2 Corinthians 4:1-7


In 2 Corinthians 4:1-7, the apostle Paul pictures for us a wonderful image of what it is to be a faithful disciple of Christ.  He describes them as those who behold the Light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18; 4:4; 4:6). Sadly, those who are perishing cannot see the glory of the Gospel, for their eyes are veiled to the Truth (2 Cor. 4:3).  Today, we hold in our hands the Gospel Message that was proclaimed and written by Paul and the apostles.  It is the Message that shines God’s Light in our hearts so that others may see the glory of God.  This Gospel Message did not allow Paul to lose heart, for God’s mercy and grace had given him this glorious ministry (2Cor. 4:1). So how can beholding the Light of the Gospel of the glory of God change our hearts and our manner of living? 


I.   TREASURE IN CLAY JARS:
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us"  (2 Corinthians 4:7).

All Christians carry this treasure, for the Gospel Message of Jesus is a treasure.  In Jesus’ parables, He spoke of this treasure.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44).  

Paul describes this treasure as the Light of the knowledge of God’s glory.  God’s Word is our precious treasure, for the Gospel reveals the glory of God. We have this treasure in clay jars.
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:27-28).  

In ancient times, clay jars were unimportant and of no value. They were low in value and quality, unimportant, temporary, and expendable. When a clay jar broke, it was not worth fixing.  It was discarded and replaced. This treasure is not kept in golden treasure boxes. The priceless Gospel Message is kept in clay jars. Paul describes himself as a clay jar, not a golden box.  We must consider ourselves in the same way as not worthy of carrying such a treasure as is the Gospel.  We are clay jars carrying a precious and treasured message, the Gospel! In the beginning, God formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. When a man opens his mouth and teaches the Gospel, the life of God comes from that clay body and expresses the treasured wisdom of God.

In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul explains God’s purpose, which is “to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”  The power is in God’s message, the Gospel, not the clay jar.  God placed this treasure in human containers like Paul and the apostles with a purpose in mind.  God wanted to show us that the treasure of the Gospel has nothing to do with the clay jar.  In ancient writings (such as found in the caves of Qumran), the figure of clay jars was used metaphorically to show man’s weaknessesOur flaws show how flawless the Gospel is.  Since we are clay jars, we cannot steal the glory of God and His glorious Gospel away from Him.  So we must embrace our weaknesses so that the power of God can be made seen in our lives. God’s power can transform a weak, selfish, and broken heart into a loving, believing, and strong heart that can stand firm in the strength that God provides.  So our worth is not in us but in God’s power (the Gospel), for we are just clay jars.  Those who boast about themselves as more than clay jars, steal away the glory of God.  They are drawing attention to themselves, not God, and the glorious Gospel of His Son!  


  • So How Do We Look As Clay Jars?  
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed"  (2 Cor. 4:8-9).


Clay jars carry weaknesses. Paul and the apostles were afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But they were not crushed, driven to despair, but not forsaken or destroyed because they carried the treasure.  Although they were knocked down, they were never knocked out. Their strength came from God’s sustaining power.  They understood God’s purpose for them.  It is the same for us today, for our strength does not come from ourselves since we are jars of clay.   Because Paul carried the treasure, which is of so much value and glory, he was not destroyed or crushed.  Though he was knocked down, he did not stop and give up. Though he was stoned and left for dead in Lystra when he went there to preach, his strength was in the Gospel, not in himself.  God’s ministry did not allow him to sit down.  Because of the hope that we have in the Gospel, the Message that we must proclaim to those lost in sin, God will sustain us through our hardships.  We must tell others of the glory that we behold!  We must behold the treasure and its glory and tell others of that glory!  


  • Always Carrying in the Body the Death of Jesus:
"Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you"  (2 Cor. 4:10-12).


In verse 10, the apostle Paul describes his work.  He states,
"Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."

Paul and the apostles were willing to lose their lives so that Christ might be manifested.  They embraced their weaknesses so that others might see Jesus.  Why did they do all that?  So that the surpassing power of God might be shown, not their own power or glory.  And as they died to themselves, so must we die to ourselves so that the life of Jesus may be seen. Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 15:31, “I die every day!” To the Romans he said,  “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” (Romans 8:36) To the Philippians he said that he was being “poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith” (Philippians 2:17). To Timothy he wrote, "Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him"  (2 Timothy 2:10-11).

They were mistreated, beaten, and dragged to death’s door to give others life.  So like them, we Christians must sacrifice and die to self daily so that others might live. The apostles were not the only ones that were called to sacrifice everything. We are called to do the same today.  Why do you suppose Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians?  It was written to them and to us for our upbuilding (2 Corinthians 12:19).  It means that we must take up our cross and follow Jesus. It is the same message Paul gave the Colossians.
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”  (Colossians 3:1-4).

Since we have this glorious Gospel treasure, our lives must be hidden with Christ so that He may be manifested in us. Since we have died with Christ, He must be our life!   So we must die to self that others may live. We deny, sacrifice, and die to ourselves and our desires so that others can see the treasure of the Gospel and find life. We behold the Light of the glory of the Lord, and we must share it. Although we might be knocked down, we are never knocked out!


  • We Have The Same Spirit of Faith:
"Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God"  (2 Cor. 4:13-15).


We must look at Psalm 116 to see Paul’s point.

I love the Lord, because he has heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest;
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;
9 I will walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when I spoke:
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my alarm,
    “All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
    for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
    You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!


The Psalmist begins this psalm declaring his love for the Lord, for He had heard his pleas for mercy (verses 1-2).  Verse 3 describes how the  Psalmist found himself surrounded by the snares of death, distress, and anguish (verses 4-9).  But he was suddenly rescued.  The apostle Paul quoted from verse 10 of this psalm.  In the context, the psalmist was greatly afflicted but had faith. Though he was surrounded by distress and anguish, he believed (he had faith). When death encompassed him, he had faith. So he will call on the name of the Lord (verse 13), and pay his vows to Him (verse 14), offer sacrifice of thanksgiving (verse 17), and praise the Lord (verse 19).

Even when we are surrounded by death, we still must believe and speak.  Even when distress and anguish overwhelm us, we must still have faith and speak for the Lord about the riches found in His Word. For even in our death, we are precious to God.  So that is why Paul says,
“Since we have the same spirit of faith…we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence” (2 Cor. 4:13-14).

We have the same faith!  And though we might be killed for preaching, we must still have faith in God and keep speaking, for we know how precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Also, because we know that the power that raised Jesus from the dead will also raise us and bring us into the Lord’s presence. The hope of the resurrection changes the way we think about our bodies because of the Gospel.  Although we might be killed, we know that our reward awaits us, our resurrectionThis is why we must not lose heart and give up (2 Cor. 4:16).   So we must keep speaking, for we have faith!  Whatever may come our way, we must continue “so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:15). Paul never sought to be comfortable.  He never worried about receiving honor, reputation, or popularity.   He was more concerned about giving thanks and praises to God.  He lived so that others would glorify the treasure, not the jar of clay.


CONCLUSION:
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal"  (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

Since we behold the treasure of the Gospel, we must cause others to see this treasure that we carry, not the jar. The clay jar is just us.  We must not draw attention to ourselves but to the Gospel.  We must glorify God and never ourselves.  We must protect the treasure, not the jar of clay.  The clay is not important or of any value. We are clay jars that must protect the treasure and show it!  If we fail in protecting and showing the treasure, we have failed God, who gave us this work to do. Since we have died, and our lives are hidden in Christ, others must see Christ, not us. As clay jars, we must allow ourselves to be broken and be laid in the dust so that others might see the glory of the treasure.  We believe, and so we must speak, for we believe in the resurrection of Jesus! Believing in Jesus’ resurrection implies that we also believe in our own resurrection. So we must protect the treasure and share it with others. We must surrender all to the Lord so that one day we might be with Him in heaven.  We must walk by faith, not by sight. The unseen things are eternal. Our afflictions are just momentary.  They are preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison!  God sustains us through our hardships because of the hope we have in the Gospel and the work that He wants us to proclaim, His Gospel, so that others might be saved from His wrath.

May we declare the Gospel Message to all men, that treasure that we hold in our hands today.  May we shine God’s Light so that others may see His glory. May we never lose heart but behold the Light of the Gospel of the glory of God to change our hearts into what God wants us to be to His glory.

Luci