Friday, September 5, 2014

Sapir - Freedom's Blue: Sea and Sky (Excerpt)

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It's early September.  We thought we'd share one of the devotions from our September devotional.

The devotional book is for Kindle only. It's titled Sapir - Freedom's Blue, subtitled Sea and Sky, and is part of the Breastplate Gems series, Book 9.  The series is inexpensively available on Amazon, this particular book, here:

Today, we think about the value of our salvation.  It has enough worth that anyone jealous of it would, at the very least, want to keep us from possessing it.

Matthew 13:44 (KJV) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Matthew tends to talk of “the kingdom of heaven” instead “the kingdom of God”, but both relate to the presence of God.  Matthew may be considering the benefits of being in His presence.  The peace, the joy, and all the things of residing eternally in God’s presence.  All included in the blue of the lapis lazuli, representing heaven.

This verse gives us a great picture.  The man discovers the treasure and hides it in his heart. Recognizing the true value, everything else becomes subordinate.  He buys the place that holds that treasure so that no one can take it from him.  The thief can’t go into the field because the man now owns it and can use the field to separate  the thief from the treasure.

We’re the man.  The treasure is salvation and the resulting relationship with God.  Individually, we’re allowed into the field and can find that treasure.  Once we are sealed in that salvation, we own the field and Satan can’t take it from us.  The devil can no longer roam the field.  He can only distract us and block our view.  That’s a powerful reality!  We can just push old slewfoot out of the way and fully enjoy God’s presence!

Prayer thoughts for day 6:  We want to thank God for the sacrifice that made this reality possible, all that goes along with having His presence, and the permanence of His gifts through Grace.  We want God’s mercy to take away the distractions that prevent us from realizing all that we have through Christ.

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