Just a bit of God’s wealth

Aside from the obvious fact that God owns everything, there are layers upon layers of His promises and truths, all coming from the same eternal  VAULT.  ‘How great thou art’ is an offering far too small.

We have this treasure in earthen vessels

Justified by His grace, we should be made heirs

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away.

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come.

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises.

According to the riches of his mercy and grace

Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…….but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits

The Holy Spirit of promise: which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

When the apostles received their charge and  began their work in Jerusalem at Pentecost, any person with a drop of honesty would see Simon Peter as a new man; just read Acts 2. We see something striking after the three thousand entered the fold. Peter met a beggar who could not walk, as a matter of fact he was lame from his mother’s womb. Kind of hard to fake this kind of life.

The lame man asked Peter and John for a donation, and Peter looked intently on him, and by the authority of the God in heaven gave him a bit of God’s wealth and said these words:

Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

What happened next? Well, he stood up, walked, leaped, and praised God of course. And everybody saw him, and knew who he was, and Peter testified once more of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

But note: Nazareth! Yes that place of disdain where ‘nothing good supposedly comes from,’ yes, that meaningless place on the map from whence sprang the Lord of glory. Oh how the riches of God are borne in poverty.

 

Summary

In light of the incessant reminders of the economy, prosperity, credit, debt, charges, APR,  taxes, uncertainty, etc, we can easily see the GREAT care that God has for His people by telling us of His riches. And to the casual reader, ask yourself:

What is my treasure, my trust, my riches, my inheritance, what is precious to me, what am I heir to?  For as the good book says:

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

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28 Responses to Just a bit of God’s wealth

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    any person with a drop of honesty would see Simon Peter as a new man; just read Acts 2.

    Actually, Acts was written by an anonymous author in the early part of the second century, who couldn’t possibly have ever met Peter, nor have been present when this event allegedly took place. But it makes a nice story to tell little children.

    I have written elsewhere that drastic disagreements challenge our thinking. If something is sure and true, it can withstand the most intense scrutiny.
    ~~ ColorStorm ~~

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yessir arch-

      Your eternal and devilish suggestions can easily be withstood by the truth of scripture.

      Once more, you prove your darkness, as your comment has not a semblance of relevance.

      From this ENTIRE post, THIS is your observation, really?

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        From what I could discern, the rest of it was just scripture-flinging, which is your stock in trade. See, when one is presented with information, that one may or may not choose to believe, the trick, whether it’s a religion or a variety of garden flower, lies in learning all you can about it – the cons as well as the pros – and then making an intelligent decision for one’s self. YOU, on the other hand, choose to accept the belief first, then research only the pros and pretend the cons don’t exist – rather unilateral, wouldn’t you say?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          If somebody else wants to engage, feel free.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          If somebody else wants to engage, feel free.” – I have no idea what that means – if you’re suggesting we become engaged, the answer is a resounding NO! – I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last lion on earth!

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Arch
          “Actually, Acts was written by an anonymous author in the early part of the second century, who couldn’t possibly have ever met Peter, nor have been present when this event allegedly took place. But it makes a nice story to tell little children.”

          What’s that got to do with the price of eggs, in other words, what does that comment have to do with what was written?

          It raises my question which I have asked over and over and over and over and over(a little hyperbole there, but not really). What is the point and what is the agenda? Seriously. If the Bible is patently false, then arguing about it is absurd. Along that line, if God does not exist, the judgments regarding His character are absurd. It’s like saying you hate the Easter Bunny because he only left you blue eggs which therefore proves the Easter Bunny is a hoax…huh?

          Speaking from personal experience, I can only tell you that the intensity with which you chase around and attack the truth of what you hear is a sign of the depth to which you want to avoid surrendering to that truth. If it’s patently and obviously false, then let it die of it’s own weakness. But, that is not the case.

          Just sayin

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          what does that comment have to do with what was written?
          I can’t believe you’re saying that, Wally – didn’t you read it yourself? CS said, “any person with a drop of honesty would see Simon Peter as a new man; just read Acts 2” – the implication was that “Acts” confirmed the change in Peter, yet the anonymous author of Acts, couldn’t possibly have ever met him or had any way of observing any change in him, so why would “Acts” be any kind of proof?

          I can only tell you that the intensity with which you chase around and attack the truth of what you hear is a sign of the depth to which you want to avoid surrendering to that truth. If it’s patently and obviously false, then let it die of it’s own weakness.

          EDITORS NOTE:
          archaeopteryx1 says:
          January 27, 2015 at 22:37
          “It’s people like ……….. and ColorStorm that keep me believing in post-natal abortion.”

          “After all, Christ was said to have a devil, Paul a madman” – both mental issues – it would seem that’s a major prerequisite to becoming religious.”

          Arch- In light of such hypocrisy, many have been extremely patient and tolerant, even offering blessing in return; your attacks on God’s word and the overt sowing of discord is tiresome.

          Scripture needs no defense and your links to subvert the posts are unwelcome, and as stated in the comment policy, do not get free PR. There is a God, Christ lives, and you are being spoken to.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          That’s no answer. You state your opinion of Acts as if it were absolute fact, and you know it is not. But debating that issue is a waste of time.

          The question still stands…why? I ask and ask, and nobody explains what the answer is. So, I’ll type very slow…What is the reason some atheists(not all) do everything in their power to counter every single word that comes from a Christians mouth? As Dr. Phil says…what are you hoping to accomplish here today?

          I know my motivation and it’s very open. I am here to teach believers and reach unbelievers. Would you be shocked to know I read atheist blogs often?

          Now we, can debate about who crossed the line in the sand first..but hey, who knows that? My question remains..what is the objective here?

          According to you..religion is doomed. Really all you accomplish here is to shore it up and perhaps even spread it. How’s it feel to be used by God as a tool? Ironic to the nth degree for sure.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          You state your opinion of Acts as if it were absolute fact, and you know it is not. – If you followed the link I left in my comment, Wally (assuming CS didn’t maliciously disable it),

          EDITORS NOTE: Maliciously deleted it? No, simply deleted it. You must have missed or ignored the posts on ‘Higher Education,’ and ‘Links of knowledge,’ where it’s clearly spelled out that all attempts to derail an other wise decent post will be rejected. We know what the word of God is. Your efforts to present defects in scripture are thousands of years old, and your links of unbelief may be welcome elsewhere, but not here.

          I speak of a woman whose daughter was dismissed of a devil, and you want to talk about the names of Moses. I write of the apostle Peter, and you want to show the ‘unreliability’ of the narrative, (nice try) and instead of recognizing the workings of God in a mans life, you try to break through and steal. Your associate admitted this is a game, you may be twins. But patience and grace? Yea, you have been shown that, and then some.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          That’s amazing, CS, though not surprising – you make statements that have no basis in fact, then get upset when someone disputes them. THEN you have the unmitigated gall to maintain that you believe that, “…drastic disagreements challenge our thinking. If something is sure and true, it can withstand the most intense scrutiny.” Isn’t that hypocrisy?

          EDITORS NOTE:
          This poster brings one charge after another against the veracity of scripture; plain assaults as if scripture has defects and is untrue. The tactic is fruitless and is designed to bring chaos. No thank you.

          For millenia the Devil and his agents have tried to find fault with the word of God, all of a sudden people think they can find defects using a few thousand links? There is NO debating the merits of scripture. All the ‘seminars’ in the world are simply fresh attempts to discredit the word of God. THE WORD OF GOD IS THE DEFENSE.

          One word? ‘Avoid profane and vain babblings.’

          May I recommend these posts that answer these mindless, endless, and useless diversions:

          https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/higher-education/

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Arch you just don’t get it. I’m trying to help you here. The merits of scripture need no defense.

          The devil did not dispute the contents, why would you…? He knows more scripture than all ‘scholars’ combined. And he twists, similar to what you do.

          Hypocrisy to stand with the Lord of heaven and earth?

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        • David says:

          “I ask and ask, and nobody explains what the answer is.”

          Not true.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          OK..whatever LOL. Then give me an answer that explains YOUR motivations. and not mine, ColorStorms, IBs, or God’s. Why David is this so important to you. Your questions and conduct clearly reveal you are NOT on a question for information, knowledge, or enlightenment. You are on a quest to undermine and refute. So…?

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        • David says:

          “Since its a ‘game’ to you, perhaps you should find another playground, as there are no gamers on this end.”

          Ok. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        I was just thinking something similar..a game..wow.

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  2. That was beautiful, colorstorm. These are challenging times we’re living in and a real test of our faith, I suspect. The older I get however, the more aware I am that the material world means nothing. Where I live so many people are well off, rattling around in huge houses, all alone surrounded by all the trappings and great success and yet as they come to the end of their life they feel the emptiness of it all. So many are alone, feeling regret, and seeking the meaning in it all.

    Now contrast that with a couple of spry old folks who haven’t got a dime to their name, but they are filled with joy and their whole countenance shines. I dearly love some of our 90 yr old believers, they have a youth and vigor about them, no fear of dying, and boy do they ever walk like “I got this.”

    That’s just the earthly payoff of those spiritual fruits, I haven’t even contemplated the heavenly ones yet. 😉

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Your comment reminds me; many moons ago I was painting in the home of a prominent man. I’m not kidding you, there must have been 15 bathrooms alone, a pool room the size of Mt. Olympus, marble everywhere, and guess what?

      No place to sit. Sure there were chairs and what-not, but just as ornaments. There was an iciness about the place that was plain bizarre.

      Am I dismissing nicer things? Of course not, we all have our share of nice things, but God’s riches are beyond compare, and they come with warmth. Youth and vigor of 90 year olds? Nice ib 😉 .

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    “According to the riches of his mercy and grace”

    Ever notice that doesn’t say OUT of His riches and grace? Out of would imply that if He gives it to us…then His riches have reduced. But, according to….not the same phrase if you think about it. According to sort of seems to imply He can give it to us all, and they never reduce. Enough for all of us..even the ones who yell and scream at Him; He has enough for them too. His riches and grace are not a pool He draws from..but a never ending spring. Nice post again Brother.

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  4. mzpresser says:

    Arch: I want to give you this blessing over your beautiful life.
    The Lord bless you, and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
    And give you peace.’

    God bless you love,
    M

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  5. Tricia says:

    Nice post and a a timely reminder that everything belongs to God.. What we have is just on loan from Him so best not to hoard stuff away or be poor care takers.

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  6. CS, another very good post! So many who seem to have it all according to the standard of our world seem so very unhappy, always seeking more, more stuff, more thrills. As time passes I find there is less and less I want, don’t want stuff that needs to be dusted, don’t want a big house to clean, don’t want a fancy car I have to worry about. Stuff, money, power, prestige means nothing.
    You never see a U-haul behind a hearse! Thanks for writing!

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  7. ColorStorm says:

    U-haul huh? Sounds like a post for ya Betty 😉

    I do agree, when we get older, the things on earth seem to naturally diminish.

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