Treasure to the Believer’s Soul

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Deciding to get baptized as an adult is a big decision, and as I stood waiting to be led up the steps to the baptismal pool, so many thoughts ran through my mind.  Did I really want to do this? I knew I wanted to get closer to God and build a better relationship with him. Since I was in my forties, just getting baptized, I wondered if it would make a big difference in my life, would I feel differently? I knew that there was more to God’s Word than I was aware of and although I had been reading the Bible and going to church off and on for many years, I did not have an understanding of exactly who I was and my inheritance as a child of God.  I wanted to feel more and understand what I was missing of God’s promise to his people.  In other words, I was still looking for my God-given purpose.

Stress and Worry

I knew that I suffered from too much stress. I was always nervous and tense. Worry was my constant companion. As a single mother of two kids trying to support and raise my kids properly, at least better than I felt that I was raised, hard work and a strong work ethic sums up what I felt I inherited from my parents. I had controlling issues.  As the oldest of four kids and the only girl, I was used to being in control and acted with authority in most situations.  Tired and stressed most of the time was a normal part of my life, but I knew that there was more to life than this.  I understood enough about the Bible to realize that I needed to remedy my situation before I worried myself into an illness.  I watched several members of my family, suffer through illnesses that could not only be linked to food, but also to stress and worry. I decided at an early age, that I was not going out like that. Deep within I knew that the answer to many of my problems was centered around lack of faith in God and a total ignorance of His Promise.  I think that is what started me going to church to try to find the treasure I knew God had made available to me since I was not having much luck finding it myself.  So I felt it was time to get serious about building my relationship with God and my first step would be to get baptized.

Sharing Abraham’s Promise

As I mentioned before I read the Bible, but did not have an in-depth understanding of how to relate God’s words to what I was encountering in my daily life.  I was having difficulty just understanding where I as a Gentile (anyone who is not a Jew) even fit into God’s plan.  I Corinthians 8:6 says, “There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.” (NLT)  cleared my understanding of my entitlement in God’s promise. I was overjoyed to be a joint inheritor of the kingdom Jesus Christ died to make available for us.  And then I read Romans 4:16 which confirms my inheriting the treasure chest filled with the bounty of God’s grace and mercy. Because I share the faith of Abraham, I can become a daughter of Abraham and, therefore, share in God’s promise to him.

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. (NLT)

When my turn arrived, I pictured the treasure chest waiting for me filled with the treasures that Jesus mentioned during His time on earth–Grace, Salvation, Love–precious gifts that are treasures that cannot be brought with gold or silver.  Although this was many years ago, I remember the event like it was yesterday.  I really expected things to change in a big way in my life.  But they did not.  And interestingly enough I did not feel much different than I did before I went into the pool.  No strange light, no revelation, no feeling of newness.  As a new creature in Christ, I did not feel any different.  I turned this over and over in my brain as I changed and got dressed.

My Change

As I look back my changes came gradually over a long period of time.  My changes have so gradual that I did not realize they were happening. Over the years that I have changed in many areas of my life, and I am more conscience of the urging of the Holy Spirit telling me what to do and what not to do.  The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He is always working with me and shaping me.  I still have a long way to go, but progress has been made, and I will continue to work on it with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Don’t let your treasure chest lay unopened.

Under Construction

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“… for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said,  I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV)

When we become truly believers and accept Jesus as our personal Savior, the Holy Spirit will come to live in us as John 14:23 says,

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (KJV)

Spiritual Construction

As we grow in spiritual maturity, we as God’s temple become sturdier as a house being built.  The area is surveyed and marked off.  The next step is the construction of the foundation:  first it is framed in wood and then cement is poured into the frame to make it strong.

Several years ago I found a new development that no houses, not even the model, had been built on yet.  It was a beautiful location and my family had already decided to move.  We contracted to have a house build.  We had to travel to another location of the developer to see a model because they only had pictures of the models at the site we were visiting.  As the months proceeded, I traveled to the site almost every weekend to watch the construction.  I had never seen a house built from scratch before.  As the house took shape from the foundation to the finished structure.  We selected every aspect of the interior from the kitchen cabinets to the tile, flooring, bathroom fixtures, and exterior trim brick coloring and window sidings everything that gave our house an individuality.

I was not aware of it then, but as I look back it reminds me of the way the Holy Spirit comes into us when we accept Jesus as our personal Savior, whether we feel it or not, and starts to look around, survey what needs to be done and then begin work at constructing, cleaning up, and in some cases reconstructing areas that are in decay according to the Father’s plan for our lives.  It took 90 days to complete the major construction of our house.  The Holy Spirit is constantly working  on this never ending evolving process.

The Spirit Constantly at Work

As it states in 2 Corinthians, we are God’s temple and the Spirit abides in us. Will he leave us partially constructed, and incomplete or work with us to make us perfect?

The Spirit helps us make the right choices if we listen to the still, quiet voice.  I know from my own experience that growth is slow, but constant.  Since I have grown in my journey enough to understand at least a little bit of the wonderful gift I have been given and the sacrifice Jesus made to give it to me, I value it all the more.

Although once the house was completed it look similar to the other houses of that same model, the inside was completely different and made to order.  The important thing to remember about the Holy Spirit and His work, it never ends.  As temples, although formed according to the prototypes, (Adam and Eve) there are settle difference both inside and out that make each of us unique.

Let the Spirit Work

Those of us who believe and have accepted Jesus as our Savior are constantly under construction and should accept the guidance of the Holy Spirit at work.