As I saw in our bedroom getting ready for work I spied the 40 year old jewelry box on the shelf in the closet. Once again a flood of memories rushed at me. It was a Christmas gift. And it was not the one I had wanted. I’ve even tried through the years to look for the exact jewelry box I really wanted so that I’d finally have it.
This particular day was different though. Instead of shrugging it off and going on with my morning prep I heard the Lord speak to me. “If you’d been wise you would have returned the unwanted jewelry box and exchanged it for the one you really wanted.”
Oh beloved, it may not be a jewelry box you wish you could get rid of. But we all have stuff from the devil – disappointment, discouragement, regrets and more. We don’t have to live with the junk the enemy gives us. We can return it where it came from. Not only that, we return it and we get from God what our hearts really want.
It’s time to return the unwanted merchandise you have held for so long and rid yourself of it once and for all. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you don’t have to live another day with the self-image of not being good enough? As you return it to the enemy your heavenly Father will replace it with His image. Christ in you the hope of glory! Return the rejection you have felt all your life. Speak the truth and hand the lies back to the one who wants to kill, steal and destroy. Embrace God’s gift of acceptance – for He says in His Word you are accepted in the beloved! Replace even earthly desires that you cannot fulfill for yourself by refusing to carry that depression for another day! Replace it with Christ’s plan for your life – His mercies are new every morning!
All the gifts of God are light and beautiful! You won’t spend another weary day carrying the load of lies that the enemy has tried to place on you. You won’t have to drag another wagon of regrets for past mistakes because you know that God gives beauty for ashes. Even in repentance there are new gifts – forgiveness, mercy, grace and peace!
God loves you and He’s for you! Submit to receiving God’s truth and resist the devil’s lies. Rejoice as you run free and redeemed as you live with the gift of overwhelming victory and love through Jesus Christ your Lord!
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
James 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.