SHINING THE LIGHT ON THE TREASURE WITHIN THROUGH THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Our scripture for this year’s theme is:

2 Corinthians 4:7 but we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. NKJV

As you can see, Paul the Apostle is telling us (believers) there is a treasure deposited in our heart by God.

Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed the kingdom of God is within you.  NKJV

Treasure, by definition, lets us know the value of this deposit. If you just try to see gold, silver, money, or possessions you will miss the true treasure. You have been given eternal life, new birth which is a second chance, and peace with the Lord. In this life there is authority to overcome bondages, addictions, sickness, disease, poverty and much more.

Our treasure for this article is the “kingdom of God”. Since we have been told to seek the kingdom here are reasons why.

Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV

We can and will have God’s help in housing, clothing, food, and all else that pertains to life as we seek the Kingdom of God; however, how we can we not worry? Is this for real, in 2012?  Yes, it is!  Is this truly possible?  Yes it is possible, but you need to learn this from God’s Word.

Let us consider what are His ways and methods for us to operate in His Kingdom.  History tells us that kings considered themselves divinely ordained, so their word was law.

God’s kingdom operates by His Word.  We consider the Bible the revealed word of God. If you are going to find the powerful treasure, you will have to develop a great interest in the Bible.  It is the Bible that informs us about creation, Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection.  There is proof of these truths in history, however the Bible tells us about the promises that come from knowing Jesus is Lord. Such as:

1. No other faith or religion of any kind has the God of that belief coming to pay the price for believers to come to them.  No other faith or religion has the resurrection from the dead as we do in Jesus Christ. No other faith  or religion is
based on the love of its God, ours is.
2. The Word (the Bible), is a living word. 1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, NKJV
3. Faith itself comes from the Word of God. Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV
4. Here is a very good word from the treasure chest of God.  3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
5. Once a truth from God’s Word is learned it never changes. 2 Corinthians 1:19  For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us — by me, Silvanus, and Timothy — was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.20 For
all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
NKJV

The promises in Jesus are yes and amen. They are not yes; no or maybe as some believe. You can depend on them for your life. God will show Himself through us through the promises being answered for believers.  There is treasure deposited in the heart of every believer.
The treasure is deposited within us through the new birth in Jesus Christ.  Then the Holy Spirit begins to reveal these kingdom truths for living as you read your Bible and attend a church that teaches the Word.

We pray God’s best for you in 2012.

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