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Guard the Treasure

November 26, 2017

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Guard the Treasure

We wisely take various precautions  to guard our earthly treasures.      It is only good and right  that we be sensible enough  to take care  of our goods.     We even guard our computer passwords,  our reputations,  our families,  and all sorts of things.     To not guard these things  can prove  to be so unwise  and disastrous.

We have another treasure  we need  to wisely guard.     It is none other  than the treasure  of the truths  of God’s word.     The world will try  to steal God’s word  from us by shaming us  and insinuating  that we are stupid  to trust  in God’s word.

The world will make snide remarks  about how God’s word  is not true  and is no better  than any other religious writing.     The world will claim  that God’s word is full  of errors  and does nothing  but boss us around  and try to make us feel guilty  about the fun things  in life.     They claim  it tries to take away  our rights  as human beings.

When Paul wrote  to Timothy  about the riches we have  in God’s word  and the precious gift  of salvation we have  through God’s proven word,  he said  in 2 Timothy 1:12-14,

For this reason  I also suffer these things,  but I am not ashamed;  for I know  whom I have believed  and I am convinced  that He is able  to guard  what I have entrusted  to Him  until that day.

Retain the standard  of sound words  which you have heard  from me,  in the faith  and love  which are  in Christ Jesus.

Guard,  through the Holy Spirit  who dwells in us,  the treasure  which has been entrusted  to you.

Paul willingly suffered greatly  as he guarded the truths  of the gospel,  because he knew for certain  that they are a treasure  we cannot afford  to lose.     Paul did not care  that he was whipped,  beaten,  stoned,  and  imprisoned  for preaching the truth.    He continued preaching  the rest of his life,  even while in prison.     That’s an example  for us  in guarding the treasure we have.

This truth  is such a great treasure  for everyone  in this world,  we cannot afford  to let go  of even the smallest bit  of truth.     It means eternal life  for everyone  who turns  to Jesus  in repentance.     Because it regards eternal life,  it is most unwise  to let the world steal it  from us  by trying to shame us  into unbelief  or by preaching  false doctrines.

Because Paul knew  he would not live much longer,  he implored Timothy  to guard this treasure,  along with every true Christian.     That means  we also  are to guard every truth  the Bible teaches us  about our salvation  by faith,  through the grace  of God  in Jesus Christ.

That means  we need  to study and learn  God’s word,  so no one can push us around  with false doctrines  or mockeries  of any sort.     A good guard  does not fall asleep  on the job  —  and neither should we.     We need  to know our job  and tend to it.

Then,  as we rejoice  in the wondrous treasures we have  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank you  for proving the truths  of your word  and for sharing them  with us  for our free  salvation  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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