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Monday, June 25
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.
When you spend time in the Word, what exactly is it that you’re seeking? What are you trying to accomplish? What is your end game? Is your end game is simply to learn more about God? You may put in your 5, 10, or 20 minutes of reading time. You may be the ambitious type, and try to read the Bible through in a year. Spending time in the Word and gaining knowledge is fine, but knowledge alone does not constitute a relationship. In a marriage you would not be content, or at least you shouldn’t be, with just knowing about your spouse. Quite to the contrary, you spend time together to learn more about one another personally, not just informationally. In today’s verse Paul pray’s for that very thing…that the church would grow in the knowledge of Him. Notice He said ‘of Him’, not ‘about Him’. The Passion Translation says, “to know Him through your deepening intimacy with Him.” Take a few moments and evaluate your devotional time. Do you leave feeling like you’ve had a personal encounter with Him or did you just read about Him? Do yourself a favor by being intentional in your personal relationship with God. You’ll soon discover how life giving and glorious a personal relationship with Him can be.
Tuesday, June 26
Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
It doesn’t take a lot of looking around to see that there is a severe lack of hope in the world today. For that matter, unfortunately, you could say the same about the church. This lack of hope, is a direct result of darkened hearts. There is a severe need for the people of God to receive the enlightenment that comes from a working relationship with their Father. If you don’t truly know Him then you can’t expect to know the hope that comes with that relationship. Those who claim to be Christians should be the most hopeful people on earth because they’re the most enlightened people on earth. They are enlightened by the relationship they are in with their Creator. They have hope because they know that their eternity is secure in Him. Whatever difficulties or circumstances they may presently be walking through pale in comparison to the hope that have in the One who redeemed their souls. What does your hope level look like? Are you in a place of joy and peace because your hope rests in the love of your Father? Or are you in need of re-establishing who you are in Him because your outlook on life has been bleak as of late? Wherever it stands right now, you can further establish that hope by allowing Him to enlighten you by speaking into your life.
Wednesday, June 27
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
If you’re like a lot of people, when you read these verses, the immediate question of fairness pops into your mind. Why would God give so much to one and so little to another? Before long many come to place of questioning His love based upon how much one has been given over the other. If you’ll take the time to dig a little deeper and seek a little harder you’ll see that it was His love that kept one from being given as much as the others. As contrary as this thought process is to most, it really shows God’s wisdom and love. Think about it like this. Most people who win the lottery find themselves broke and in worse shape just a few years after they’ve received their winnings. Why? Because they didn’t have the knowledge or ability to properly handle such a large amount of money. Their millions quickly moved from being a blessing to a curse. God is not in the business of hurting His children. Each person in today’s text was given amounts that the master knew they could handle properly. God works the same way. He is not going ‘bless’ you into a place of failure. He is not going allow your faith to be shipwrecked because you’re not ready for what you may be asking for. This is not to say that He isn’t trying to promote you to a place where you can handle more. He cares too much for you to overload you with what even may be considered a blessing. As you spend time building your relationship with Him, ask Him to reveal any areas of weakness in your character and abilities. He is wanting to bring good things into your life, but not at the expense of it.
Thursday, June 28
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
God is a rewarder. He is looking for ways to pour out His blessings into your life. He is not greedy or stingy. In fact, you will never find anyone more generous than your Heavenly Father. There is however, your part to play. Stewardship is a big deal in the Kingdom. Those who properly handle the things that God blesses them with will find that He is quick pour out even more. People who’s focus and priorities are set on the Kingdom’s advancement and expansion will find that their faithfulness is met by His faithfulness over and over again. Unfortunately, faithfulness and stewardship are not character traits that many people choose to work on building in their lives these days. This why many people do not see the good things of the Kingdom manifest more often. Notice that the Master did not hesitate with giving more to the servant who used what He had been given in a way that showed faithfulness. He didn’t say that he’d think about giving the servant more, or offer to put his name in the running for a promotion, no, he said, “I will set you over much.” God is not looking for a way out of blessing you. He is looking for you to show that you’re ready to receive it.
Friday, June 29
So I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.
What are you doing with what God has entrusted you with. Every day you have a choice. You can use who God has made you to be to serve and bless those around you or you can hide. Too many people allow the fear of failure to keep them drawing out the talents and gifts that He’s given them and putting them to work for Him. You have been entrusted with a unique set of qualities and characteristics that will enable you do you what only you can do. Don’t allow fear or a feeling of inadequacy to hold you back. When you take a step of faith He will meet that step with His power and anointing. He is waiting for you to move so He can. He has already prepared and equipped you, all you have to do is move. After it’s all said and done you can return what He’s blessed you with along with everything that you have used it to accomplish. Make your desire to please Him greater than your fear of stepping out.
Saturday, June 30
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed.
Those who consider God to be hard and cruel have not allowed Him to reveal Himself to them in the way He wants to. You hear it all the time… “God made me sick to punish me”, or “God took my loved one”. Those who have this view of God have never taken the time to develop a relationship with Him. When you spend time in His presence learning to hear His voice and know His thoughts toward you, you’ll find that the things that He asks of you are always for your benefit. You’ll understand that when things go wrong it wasn’t His doing, it was more than likely something you did to step out from under His protection. It’s not in His character to punish you, He sent Jesus to take that for you. He wants you to experience His grace and mercy every day of your life. It’s only when you fall out of relationship with Him that you begin to see Him as cruel and distant. When you give Him the opportunity, He is quick to pour His love and joy out upon your life.
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