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Treasure That You Already Have

William Randolph Hearst was a newspaper publisher in the late 1800s and early 1900s who invested a fortune acquiring art treasures from around the world and through the centuries.  A story is told that one day Mr. Hearst read about some valuable items that he felt he must have, so he sent his representative oversees searching to find them.  After months of searching, the agent reported that he had finally found the treasures.  They were in Hearst’s own warehouse.  Hearst had been searching for treasures he already owned!

Some Christians are like that, in a desperate search for joy, peace, hope, strength, or whatever they feel is lacking in their lives.  And there are people who say what they need is the baptism of the Holy Spirit or a second blessing or some kind of mystical experience or special secret or miracle or whatever.  But Ephesians 1:3 says,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”  

To have Jesus is to have every spiritual resource—fullness of joy (John 15:11), peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7), hope that will not disappoint (Romans 5:5), love that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:19), and exceeding strength in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

So, are you resting in the sufficiency of Christ?  Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18), growing in your understanding of His word in order to appropriate and enjoy every blessing that He has given you?  May you rejoice in His grace, trusting that He has given and continues to give you all that you need.

~Pastor Ron

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