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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 14

Graham Cooke: pgs.35-36

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REAL PROSPERITY

In Acts 10:9-16, the Apostle Peter had a vision that changed
the course of church history:
The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near
the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the
sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat;
but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw
heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the
four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild
beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came
to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything
common or unclean.”
And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God
has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three
times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.
God wanted Peter to see people the way He sees them—
as precious treasures. “Don’t call them dirty, Peter, I love
them.” The real prosperity message
is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”
(Colossians 1:27). We must look for
Jesus in the people around us.
“LOVE IN ITS ESSENCE IS
SPIRITUAL FIRE.”
EMANUEL SWEDENBORG

God has sent us on a treasure hunt to find what He has implanted
in people.
In the beginning, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). We must search for the
image of God in every human being, looking for what is precious
in Christian and pre-Christian alike.

 

The real prosperity message is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). We must look for Jesus in the people around us. God has sent us on a treasure hunt to find what He has implanted in people.”   My Comment:  Graham brings out a great point here in reminding us to look at what Jesus is focused on concerning people.  Sometimes we are so caught up on what we think of someone that we loose sight of what Jesus has invested in that person. Our own shortsightedness or gossip heard may turn our hearts away. We will miss out sharing in the unique treasure implanted in their life.  In other words, there is a fight for our attention that can distract us away from going on these “treasure hunts” if we allow it.  Have you ever gone on a treasure hunt with a group of people at school or work?  I remember how exciting it was to try to find all the items on the list and how fun it was sharing all the stuff at the end of the hunt.  We can find that same excitement when we discover the “treasures” (gifts of the Spirit) that Jesus has planted in those when we reach out to get to know them.

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