SOMETHING BETTER THAN MONEY – Part Two…


2 Timothy 2:15-19 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. 16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness.”  NASB

1 Corinthians 8:3b – “…if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.”  NASB

Not only does being Known of God afford us His Protection it opens the Door to Heaven’s Resources.  That too, is far more valuable than money!  Without being known of God we would have no access into the throne room of heaven or God’s storehouse.  The storehouse that is full beyond measure is open to us.  He has given us an open requisition, that is beyond our ability to truly comprehend.

We are the sons and daughters of the Most-High God.  We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus.  The Bible informs us that the Blessings of Abraham are ours through faith and through Jesus.  That is far beyond anything money can buy. 

It is imperative that we study God’s Word so that we can ‘rightly handle’ His truth.  In studying the Bible, we discover that the Foundation of God’s Promises, Precepts, and Principles are Absolutely Sure!  Even after centuries of attacks, the error of false teachers, and teaching the Truth of God has not been weakened one iota.  It is Sure!  God knows those who know Him and has promised to Keep Us and as Paul declared in Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  How many of our needs?  ALL OF THEM!

For any of this to be truly valuable to us we must:  Know God.  That is step one and a step that cannot be omitted.  We must study the Word of God and search our His promises, instructions, and directives.  Then we must apply those precepts, principles, promises, and truths to our daily activities.  Having a million dollars in the bank and never making a withdrawal could leave a person living like a pauper.  You would be rich but those riches would be of no value because you did not use or access them. 

Being known of God is more valuable than anything this world has to offer.  God’s grace and gifts cannot be earned and are assuredly not deserved.  They are the gift of love!  Tragically, too many times, we live beneath our privilege in God and never enjoy the Abundant Life that Jesus came to give or the Kingdom that Jesus said was our Father’s good pleasure to give us. 

How do we appropriate the Promises and enjoy the Provisions?  By being known of God!  If you have a need, any need God is the Provider! He is Jehovah-Jireh!  If we need protection in any situation, God is our Protector!  He is Jehovah-ROI and Jehovah-Tseboath!

The LORD wants to fight our battles and provide for our needs.  I have learned that when we move past guilt and self-doubt into confidence that God knows us and smiles on us, we move from doubt and fear into faith.  It is my prayer that each of us will rest in His incredible love and enjoy His unimaginable peace.

God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!