My life is but a weaving between the Lord and me!

The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 8

Graham Cooke: pgs. 19-20

SPEAK TO THE TREASURE

Jesus knew that whatever He spoke to would rise up in
people. Humanity always speaks to the earthen vessel, noting
every crack, flaw, and warp: “If you put this right, and change
that, then we’ll let you in and accept you.” God is not remotely
like that. He speaks to the treasure in a person and releases it
from the captivity of the flesh. He extracts the precious from
the worthless. We often try and do the opposite; we take out the
trash and see what’s left. When
we speak to the treasure in people,
it moves to the surface of
their lives, from the hidden to
the obvious. The rubbish always
comes with it. When people see
their own worth, they get rid of
their own carnality. That’s why
the prophetic and the pastoral go so well together. But God
knows there is treasure in each of us and He wants to bring it
to the surface. Don’t let your view of the worthless obscure that
which is precious about a person.

“I HAVE FOUND THE PARADOX
THAT IF I LOVE UNTIL IT
HURTS, THEN THERE IS NO
HURT, BUT ONLY MORE LOVE.”
MOTHER TERESA

We have got to change the way we think of, and behave
around, other people. We don’t have any enemies except for
the devil and his demons. The Apostle Paul believed this: “For
we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,” he
wrote in Ephesians 6:12. We don’t have any human enemies,
only people who we are not finding treasure in. Fortunately,
God can give us a different type of vision to help us see people
in a new way.
“Let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible
beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the
sight of God,” Peter wrote in 1 Peter 3:4. “Incorruptible” in this
verse means that the beauty will not pass away; unlike a flower
that blooms and withers, that which is precious in God’s eyes
stands forever. When God looks at you, He sees what is precious—
what He most loves about you right now.

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