God’s Treasures on Sunday

I was preparing to get ready for church this morning and open the shutters and peered outside to check the weather. Being in the North West corner of the country, in the middle of winter is pretty predictable. Cloudy, rainy and windy. But that’s not all, I’ve got to take the dog out for his morning constitutional. Now taking  a black and tan cocker spaniel, who hasn’t had a hair cut in two months out in the rain, is like taking a mildewed wrinkled old mop for a walk. When you get back into the house there is a smell of an old wet mildewed mop! Eek! As the smell began to fade, God’s spirit began to talk to my spirit regarding fragrances. I saw that TREASURE BOX  and all the old rusty locks, reached for the key ring with all the keys on it. It was sitting on the table in my computer room. The KEY opened the lock, which almost never happens on the first attempt and I turned to 2 Corinthians 2:14-15.

“But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the FRAGRANCE of the knowledge of God everywhere. For we are the SWEET FRAGRANCE of Christ, [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

While preparing to ready myself for what God has for me today, I have some choices to make.  Will I be the SWEET FRAGRANCE of Christ or will I smell like the old, wet mildewed mop?

Tomorrow I will continue opening locks to God’s Treasure Box, using  His Word keys. Be a SWEET FRAGRANCE today. It isn’t always easy but then again if you don’t insert the right key you will never be able to begin the great adventure of find the mysteries found inside of the TREASURE BOX.

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3 O.T. Keys to Unlock God’s Treasure Box

Let’s check out the first key on the chain found in the Old Testament. Turn to Deuteronomy 4:36 and read along with me.

          “Out of heaven He made you hear His voice”. To do what? So that “He might correct, discipline, and admonish you”.

Now slide the second Old Testament key on the ring into your hand and turn tp Proverbs 12:1.

          “WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.”

The KEY in this verse we just read together has a name. It’s called the “WHOEVER” key.

          WHOEVER loves discipline.

          WHOEVER loves knowledge.

           WHOEVER isn’t stupid.

That was the second key in the Old Testament. Let slide the third key in place on the ring. Turn with me to Proverbs 23:23. It tells us to “Buy the truth and sell it not:” Attached to that third key are four other keys. Not smaller but they have their own shape and color to each one. That’s for distinguishing their importance for a later use perhaps. The FOUR keys are:

           DISCERNMENT.

           JUDGEMENT-that is good judgement by the way.

           INSTRUCTION.

           UNDERSTANDING.

Wow!  The key ring is getting fuller but we will see later how each key is valuable and has their purposes in opening the locks to God’s Treasure Box. Lets make sure at this point that we have all the Old Testament keys in order.

            HEARING God’s voice. Thats called the RHEMA word.

            LOVE knowledge and wisdom.

            TRUTH-always keep this key close to you.

            DISCERNMENT

            JUDGEMENT

            INSTRUCTION

            UNDERSTANDING

Are there any keys to be found in the New Testament? There are many keys to find but since the key ring is quickly filling up, I will put three more KEYS on the ring. Lets get started. The first key can be found in the beginning of the NT. Matthew 8:26 says, “And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid. O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness).”  The KEY is CALMNESS or a perfect peace. Calmness in a storm or under outside pressures and demands. This key is also referenced in Mark 4:39 and Luke 8:24. The second KEY in the NT is the Greek word SOPHRONISMO  “of one accord”.  Romans 15:6 calls it DISCIPLINE in my walk with Jesus. “That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).”  With all the outside pressures of work, of relationships, of the world’s problems pushing at us from every direction; it takes DISCIPLINE.

So DISCIPLINE is the second key we found. What? You said there were three keys. Oh yeah. Three keys. Thanks for reminding me. Turn to 1 Peter 4:7 and read along with me. That’s in case I overlook something.

“But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice] of PRAYER.” The third KEY is the key of PRAYER. If we don’t PRACTICE using the PRAYER KEY, we won’t have access to looking inside of God’s Treasure Box.

Now that we have a full key ring with all these different valuable keys, which one is the secret key to immediately open the TREASURE BOX?  We should know two things about locks to the box. Some open with keys and others don’t!  Remember the sign on the outside of the box? It read “CONFIDENCE and TRUST” .  Is there possibly a box within a box? Maybe. We will talk about it on another day! Do you feel like a lock-smith yet?

UNLOCKING GODS TREASURE BOX

To open a locked box you of course need keys. (No duh) I want to talk about the KEYS to opening the lock to God’s treasure box.

The lock is found in 2 TIM. 1:7. It is called “a spirit of a sound and well-balance mind’. Actually there are four locks to contend with but I will deal with just one today.

What kind of lock are we dealing with here in 2 Timothy? The Amplified version calls this lock  that God has givens us, a spirit of “…a well balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”  2 TIM. talks about some other locks on God’s treasure box. That would be “POWER” and “LOVE” which take different keys to open them. So, what are the right KEYS we can use to fit into the locks?  Verse 22 says that the old lock is rusty, broken and doesn’t even work. “Strip yourselves of your former nature [the old lock] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; ” Verses 23-24 talks about the NEW  replacement lock that the key will work in. “…be constantly renewed [the new lock] in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature created in God’s image, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Now there is a currious engraved sign on the outside of GODS TREASURE BOX. The Apostle Paul calls it “confidence and trust” in 2 TIM.1:5 Amplified version. Tommorow I discuss the key ring with (6) keys that will open the TREASURE BOX  and its contents.