Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of "place."
Luke 9v58 Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
If we have not stripped all things that is important to us, our family, friends and possessions then we are not going to be used by God to help the world around us to truly find Him. It is a cost we have to pay in denying ourselves to each relationship we think is more important than the truth about our God and Savior. By us giving all to Him to take care of, He will take care of all things for us. His provision for giving all our family and friends the truth of who He is will be the most important thing we can give them. They are His in the first place given to us to proclaim Him. We have to sacrifice the meaning of a friendship, a family member, a house, and all earthly possessions being more important to us before we can follow Jesus. After we give all of ourselves to Him then we will begin to receive all the blessings with increased faith, joy, peace and love to continue to walk in Faith in His caring for all things in our lives. He is our Lord and controls all things for us to accomplish His purpose of making His love known to others. Our place is with Him wherever He puts us. The people around us are not our main goal to please and the circumstances around us are for us to acknowledge His power in. He is our place where we live and breath, we are always content living in undisturbed peace in each relationship and circumstance we are in. He comes first so all others may know His provision for their lives through His words and deeds pouring out through us, and He guides us through all circumstances so people can see His power in our lives. We hold on to His shawl all the days of our life by continually denying ourselves in our own wants and desires. Our relationship or place with Him comes more important than our relationship in pleasing others. Whatever we lose because we put Him first, whether it be through relationships or possessions we will get it back. Mark 10v29 "I tell you the truth,"Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel v 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brother, sisters, mothers, children and fields-and with them. persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. v31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first." We have to be last before He makes us first and the world through it's eyes still may not see us as first but through the eyes of God we are and His place is all that matters! Are we living in His place being the most important place to be in our lives? Read Mark 10 and Luke 9. I love everyone with the love God gives me for you!