Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Guard Your Treasures"

"Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, "There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me." 2 Chronicles 16:2,3

King Asa took the silver and gold out of the treasures of the Lord's house and gave them to the king of Syria as an enticement to get him to help them against the king of Israel. He used these treasures for purposes other than it was intended for them to be used. How are you treating the "treasures of God"?

What are you doing with the treasures God has given you? Those treasures are: your salvation, talents, spiritual gifts, the anointing, your calling, the work of the ministry, and His word. These are all precious treasures that should not be taken lightly. We should not be "throwing" them away. We should not be compromising them. We should not be neglecting them or treating them in a careless manner. And we should never take them for granted.

Treasures should be guarded. Are you guarding and protecting these treasures that God has given you? Are you making the best use of them? Are you making sure the enemy doesn't steal them from you, or that you aren't just giving them away, or that you aren't casting them before others to be trampled under foot?
We need to see these wonderful gifts and blessings as precious and treat them with care and gratitude, and use them in the manner in which God intended for them to be used. He had a plan behind giving them to you, so use them to accomplish that plan.

Have a great day. What are you doing with the "treasures" that God has given you?

For further reading:
Proverbs 17:8; 20:15
2 Peter 1:4
Matthew 7:6
1 Timothy 4:14

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