I remember reading about the story of a man who bought a painting at a flea market for eighteen dollars. It was a simple painting but the frame was of interest to him. After going back home, he proceeded to remove the canvas when a piece of paper tucked inside caught his eye. As he carefully extracted the document, he was amazed to find one of only four original copies of the Declaration of Independence, which he in turn sold for over four million dollars.
Our frame is what we are made of in the natural. In our lives, and the lives of others, we need to remove the frame to discover the wealth tucked inside. As we are loosed from bonds that are part of our natural frame, the freedom we have in Christ unfolds. Walking in truth and liberty is a discovery process. It’s like being on a treasure hunt. One revelation leads to another to take us to the riches we have in Christ.
When our frame does not appear valuable, we go to the Word of God. The hidden wealth in the Word of God unfolds as we dig deeper and deeper. A scripture appearing simple, often carries an unseen treasure of wisdom. Who we are and what we have in Christ is unwrapped as we go and grow from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
It’s easier to let people move in, than to have them move out. This is not just in the natural, but also as we are led to set a new boundary in a relationship. Meeting with others to let them know it’s time to go our separate ways can be challenging. The Lord helps us by divine intervention and the manifestation of His grace.
We might encounter opposition and it could be difficult to stand strong in what we are led to do when we are pressured to change our decision. This can be a challenging issue when it comes to family members. Because of familiarity, some may be taken for granted. At times, boundaries that have been set are not respected. Guilt is used to make us feel like we are responsible for the welfare of others; and the responsibility felt can be overwhelming.
Praying and trusting the Lord for everyone’s best interests is foremost in walking with the Lord through this kind of trial. Speaking the truth in love is important. When the truth is known, people are set free. Often resentment may come in when people are unaware of other people’s thoughts; usually because their thoughts have not been expressed clearly. When talking is not feasible, we should communicate in writing. Prayer avails much. God is able. We walk in truth, from glory to glory.
Ephesians 4:15 “… but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—”
During wars, people look for places of safety to hide under cover where they cannot be harmed by the weapons of their enemies. We are in Christ and children of God therefore we are under cover at all times. No weapons formed against us will prosper because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.
A way of receiving an anointing originated with the ancient shepherds. Lice and other insects would get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. To prevent this from happening, shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This oil made the wool too slippery for insects to get near the sheep’s ears and they would slide off. Of this, anointing with oil became symbolic of blessings, protection and empowerment.
We can trust the precious presence of the Spirit of Christ to make our enemies flee. The battle truly is the Lord’s and His mantle is upon us to protect us from every opposition. Whenever we feel threatened let us dwell under cover with confidence and total rest in our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. We can wrap ourselves in Him and watch the enemy’s attacks slip off, from glory to glory!
Psalm 91:1-3 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ ”