Hidden Treasure

by | Nov 8, 2010 | SpiritLed Living

Someone once said, “One man’s junk is another man’s
treasure.” Or woman’s in my wife’s
case. She loves yard sales—a lot.
On Saturday mornings, when I should be allowed to sleep in, she wakes me up at
dawn. She is already dressed and has the newspaper spread out on the counter.
The classified section is open, and the page is covered with bright yellow
circles.

Those circles lay out the destiny for my “morning
off.” They’re all the yard sales that seem to show promise of a treasure.
Beside each yellow circle is a red number. You guessed it; the numbers map out
the order in which we are going to travel from yard sale to yard sale.

And so, with cup of coffee in hand we head out. Not only do
we stop and go from highlighted location to highlighted location, Tammi also
has her eagle eye trained for cardboard signs stapled to telephone poles. We
take detours. We search for that hidden treasure.

There are treasures lurking in the yards of people too
cheap to even run an ad. But we will find them. They cannot hide. And there is
no yard sale too small.

A blanket on the grass with two piles of clothes on it, a
used tire and a broken treadmill, all in the front yard, constitutes a stop.
Why? Because there could be a treasure buried
under all of that junk.

And you know what? Quite often, people (mostly women) come
into our house and ask, “Oh, where did you get this?” And more times
than not, the proud answer is, “I
found it at a yard sale; it was a hidden treasure.”

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “You are not your
own; you were bought at a price” (NIV). Matthew elaborates when he
recorded the words of Jesus relating that the kingdom of heaven is like a
merchant seeking fine pearls, a hidden treasure. And when the merchant found
even one pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned to go and purchase
the land with the one hidden treasure.

This is just what Jesus does. He searches for that one
pearl—you and me! He looks for the hidden treasure. And here is the amazing thing that should blow our
minds: To everyone else, we just look like junk—but not to Him.

Romans 5:8 states that “while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.” He literally
purchased us with His very life. Why? 
He saw the hidden treasure. He
saw way beyond what could be seen on the outside. We looked like junk at a yard
sale. We had no value. We were worthless. We were actually filthy dirty,
with no way to clean ourselves up. The more we tried, the more obvious it
became that it was hopeless. It was hopeless except to Him. He saw the hidden
pearls and He spent all He had to purchase us.

This week in your life’s journey, you may still feel like
yard sale junk. Life may have covered
you with dirt, rust and mold. You may be wondering: Will things ever
change? Does my life matter? Do I have any value to anyone?

Remember, to Him you are a pearl, a hidden treasure worth the purchase price—His life.

Change your mindset. See yourself as He sees you. You are
valuable and necessary in His kingdom. You are not junk. You are His
treasure. You are bought and paid for. And He purchased you for a reason. You
matter. You are valuable. You are His hidden treasure, a pearl of great price.

PRAYER POWER WEEK OF 11/8/2010

This week respond to the Lord’s amazing Love with your own
devotion and expressed gratitude. Enter this Thanksgiving season with the
overwhelming realization of the price He paid for you as His priceless
treasure.  Ask Him to help you see
others through His eyes of love and compassion, and be ready to express it
verbally, and with acts of kindness. 
Continue to pray for those who have suffered losses through economic
hardship, broken relationships, and the passing of loved ones.  Continue to pray for the nation and ask
God to show you ways in which you can reach out to your community, share the
gospel and make a difference. Remember Israel as you pray for our military and
their families.   Romans 5:8;
1 Cor. 6:19-20

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest