Not For Sale

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.”

With technology’s ability to thrust so many things before our eyes, we must beware of just how we spend our money. You can become addicted to seeing the truck pull up to deliver some new gadgets, clothes, toys, or gizmo. Often, we fill our homes with useless things we thought we needed. 

If we were to keep tally of the cost over the years of the things we buy and their usefulness now, we might be surprised at what we’ve accumulated.

God says the same about things only He can give. Truth, wisdom, instruction, understanding, and discernment are things only God can give.

James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.?”

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

If we are to buy truth, what does that mean exactly? If the truth can be bought, how do I sell it?

Truth, for truth’s sake, can be a piece of information tucked away that we can use to edify, encourage, or, it can be used to flagellate us in our weakened condition when we know we should have followed the instruction given. 

Buying the truth means making it my own. The fact that I am God’s child is fantastic. That the Sovereign God of Heaven would ever take notice of someone as unworthy as us is genuinely mind-blowing. 

How you and I apply that truth in our lives will matter when the storm comes. Our self-worth may be taking a beating because of outside pressure or even a self-inflicted wound. In either case, we must remind ourselves who we are in Christ to navigate us through the treacherous waters that may lie ahead.

Some had sold out the truth only to find a void when the storm came. Rejecting God’s unconditional love for us when we are in need leaves us to fend for ourselves when God gave provision to fight, not succumb. 

I AM loved by my Heavenly Father. That love is unconditional. That love is not dependent on what I’ve done or will do. 

I AM accepted. He accepts me not for what I can do FOR Him, but, who I am TO Him.

I AM secure. The unconditional love, the acceptance He gives freely, and the security I have in Him is the Rock I hold to when the storms are raging. 

These three truths are not up for sale. They are the bedrock upon which my faith is grounded. 

There will be times when our faith is tried. Until we reach Heaven, we will always be battling here on this earth. There is a battle for our relationship with the Father. One of the very first things to vanish in a child of God’s walk is their prayer life. That usually coincides with our Bible reading. 

Often, our attendance at church is a reflection of that inner depletion. Far too many saved folk relies upon the truth they receive from the pulpit to see them through the whole week. It is only after the repeated failure that we realize that I need Him daily, and sometimes hourly.

We sellout for useless things. A job, money, social status, or notoriety. When we have no expectations for the future, I can sell out to God and allow Him to show me what He can do with a life wholly given over to what He created me to do. 

I believe that God wants the best for me. What comes may not line up with what I may wish to, but faith must teach us to rely on the truth of the Word of God. 

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Ephesians 3:14-21 “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

To comprehend all that God has given us in Jesus Christ will take more time than we have here today. But gathering to ourselves the weapons to combat the lies of our enemy is critical. Hosea teaches us:

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”

God gave us His Word to be the sword with which to do battle. The price we must be willing to pay is not just reading. We must be ready to get the truth from what we read that God can apply to our lives. That takes desire, character, and action on our part to apply what learned to our everyday lives. 

Daily Manna is written to be a practical way to see the truth and apply it to our lives. It is my prayer, and I pray it is yours as well. 

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