In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the master returns from a trip and inquires of his servants about portions he gave them to oversee while he was away. The master asks where they invested and the amount of increase gained for him? The servants’ answers determined what reward they would receive for their stewardship, a reward paid in the form of portions of the master’s authority so that now those who stewarded wisely were empowered to rule in the master’s name.
According to this parable everyone owning possessions, lands, etc. will be given still more, until accumulated portions become even greater! Believe God regarding your stewardship of those things entrusted to you. Actively believe Him. Release your faith.
Matthew 12:14-30, NKJV
Matthew 12:14-30, NLT
“And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes, they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God.” (Ezekiel 28:26)
Four hundred years of bondage began as a mission to rescue the patriarch Jacob and his small clan of seventy and became history’s epic story of mass deliverance – a nation of millions delivered overnight from slavery at the hands of Egyptian masters. Millions held for hundreds of years suddenly were freed, their tormentors urging their departure with gifts of gold and silver. Not your typical rescue mission.
Your personal deliverance can parallel this one. Covenant relationship with the Almighty calls every season a rescue season. The mercy of the LORD is everlasting. His judgments are certain… it’s time! God has intervened on your behalf. Doors that held you have opened. Your soul can be refreshed with hope. The impasse lifts. The siege is broken. You are free. You are home. Your season of waiting has changed to one of rescue—to deliverance and a way of escape plus abundance.
The price we pay reveals the value we see, and the value we place on something determines the priority we give it. Ultimately the way we prioritize value determines what we can accomplish—at the end, we receive benefits derived from the price we’ve paid. A higher price paid means we’ll handle this more carefully than if we paid little or nothing.
Wisdom’s price, for example, doesn’t appeal to a fool since a misguided foolish heart sees little value in Godly wisdom. It was this condition in Israel’s religious leaders that placed the value of Jesus’ life at thirty pieces of silver—that pittance was actually a measure of their reality. The value of God’s Son to them was the price they paid to eliminate Him.
Our choice today is the same: Do we squander value to soothe base desires or do we purchase honor and virtue, a value far above rubies? The Lord’s presence in the center of your home rewards the value found in a wise and virtuous heart. What price are you willing to pay, what priority do you give, and what end result and true condition of life do you want—really?
Price equals value.
Mathew 27:9 | Proverbs 31:10-11 | 1Kings 10:1-12 | 2Chronicles 1:10-12 | Verses@Once
“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8
Mornings are special – a set-apart time. The Lord’s presence comes, taking us into His confidence and revealing Himself as One who holds everything in His Hand. Each morning as a new day begins, knowledge of Him increases with growing awareness of His soon return.
The Lord meets with you early in the day to make you the person you must be today; He takes you into His presence, revealing wisdom you must know today: “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning…” Hosea 6:3
Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Hallelujah!
We need the right people, with right skills, right revelation, right timing. If just one is missing or tardy our result isn’t the same. So as a matter of personal integrity we determine to do our part—to be in the right place, with right words and on time!
Moses the man began as destiny’s child, surviving croc-infested waters in a basket of reeds, then met the Lord at a bush that burned but was not consumed and ultimately stood before a nation—as deliverer. With God’s rod of authority, he confronted pagan Egypt and its Pharaoh and gained permission for those enslaved under Pharaoh’s system to go meet their God and worship, in the place the Lord would choose.
No matter where you are at this moment and despite anything going on around you—regardless of details that don’t line up with what you envisioned—remember your inheritance of spiritual backbone from forerunners like Moses. Take your rod of God’s power in hand and, before the Lord, with integrity, say yes to His leading.
Like Moses you may not have every detail when you start but you’ll know what to do with each step—right on time the Lord will show you.
Genesis 22:8-14 | John 7:17 | Exodus 10:26 | Exodus 10 | Verses@Once
Spiritual discipline includes patience to wait for doors to open with a word of God’s wisdom for what to do, or not do in the meantime. But when it comes to the enemy’s wiles, we do not wait. When it comes to the enemy, we deny him entrance, taking authority over open doors and possessing every gate.
We are the seed of Abraham, the innumerable descendants destined to “possess the gates of their enemies.” Abraham’s relatives, sending Rebekah to become Isaac’s wife, blessed her, declaring these exact words: “And may your descendants possess the gates of those who hate them.”
In daily life we experience enemy spirits, but each must first gain entrance to affect you. Instead of yielding to that opening—that gate—possess it! Your covenant with God includes authority over every gate. You have governing authority to open and close them!
Take authority! Remove the thing that does not belong in your life.
Now close the door.
Genesis 22:17 | Genesis 24:60 | Verses@Once
This year lives will change for the better… from glory to glory… by the Spirit of the Lord. Changes today can uproot long embedded habits, uncover flawed behavior, bring to expression the thing we thought we’d never do, and generally disturb the peace in an otherwise normal routine. Hallelujah! Thank God!
Change helps to rock the boat, just enough to uncover mistakes and reveal wrong attitudes that have taken root. Without change we do not grow and without growth we cannot mature. Check yourself – in any point of weakness, lack, or negative preferences, an element of truth is missing.
Truth results in honesty and honesty is gained when we see the person in the mirror and respond according to the Spirit of Truth…this year!
People of Christian principle have unusual grace and special wisdom. With strong core values and skill to speak in the spirit of truth, their words convey substance and confidence, their lives an example for others to follow. Christians and non-Christians together, sharing basic and common-sense regard for life—for the gift of life—stand in opposition to upside-down philosophies that threaten life and do not prosper a people or civilization.
“When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind. Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her.” (2Chron 9:1-2, NLT)
Our words must be clear. Strengthened by prayer. Tempered with humility. Persuasive and compelling.
2 Chronicles 9
A family altar is the center—the heartof the home. It’s where we discover our spiritual inheritance. It’s where faith develops, heartache is pre-empted and families grow together spiritually.
“Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to Him
for the lives of your children…” (Lamentations 2:19)
Don’t put it off. Build your altar—not a physical altar necessarily; rather. a place in the home everyone will realize is established for special times together. Expect God’s presence to come as you gather. Expect His glory to come. Expect miracles. Believe big this year!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 | Deuteronomy 11:19-21 | Jeremiah 31:17 | Lamentations 2:19 | Hosea 4:6, Luke 11:13 | Ephesians 6:4 | Verses@Once
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