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The Treasure Chest

  • They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Its length shall be two and a half cubits, its width a cubit and a half, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold. You shall overlay it inside and outside, and you shall make a gold molding around it. Exodus 25:10 WEB

    The ark of the covenant was about the size of a small seaman's chest, built from acacia wood, and covered in pure gold. A cubit is 18 inches, so the ark would have measured around 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches tall.

    Inside of the ark was the ten commandments, which were written on tablets of stone, and a few other priceless treasures, like Arron's staff that had budded almond blossoms, and a golden pot of the manna that they ate in the wilderness (Hebrews 9:4). The ark was a sacred treasure chest.

    The ark was made from natural wood, cut from trees that grew out of the earth. Men are often compared to trees in scripture (Psalms 1:3, 37:35, 92:12, Song 7:7, Jeremiah 17:8, Mark 8:4 ). It was then overlaid in pure gold, which in scripture typifies God's divine nature. Gold is an element and unlike other precious stones, it did not derive from anything else. Unlike diamonds which are created from other materials under immense temperature and pressure. Gold in its pure form, existed from the beginning, and there will be streets of pure gold in heaven (Revelation 21:21).

    So when examining the ark, we find something made of common materials, overlaid with something extremely rare, something eternal. The common, overlaid with the divine, then filled with precious treasure.

    We used to sing a song in church that was: 'More of Jesus, Less of Me.' While this is a great religious saying, and I even like the song, that is not what God actually wants. It would be better sung as: 'More like Jesus.' God already had the world without you in it, and then He added you to it in order to make it a better place.

    You were no accident, and neither was I. We are here because God chose us to be for such a time as this. If the Lord wanted less of you, He is quite capable of making that happen. Every breath that you take is an assurance that you are still supposed be here.

    What we need is all of us, covered by all of Him, just as the ark of the covenant was made of wood, and then covered in pure gold. The natural covered by the divine, and filled with His presence, filled with His word. The best people that I know are people who were just themselves, while walking with Jesus. They never became 'religious' but just loved God.

    Today, you are God's treasure chest. God wants to cover you with His likeness, put His word inside of you, and fill you with His Holy Spirit. They say that some people bring out the best in you. Jesus will bring out the best in all of us.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for making a place for me. Mold me into who that I should be, and help me fulfill my purpose here. Fill me with Your word and Your Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! Just a reminder that our RHM Live Saturday service is happening tonight at 4pm EST! We will be continuing with our online Bible Study, covering Luke Chapter Ten. To find out more or join us this afternoon, go to this page: RHM Live


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 2, 2017
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

Thank you, Lord for this! THank you Pastor Dion for being a willing vessel of God!

December 2, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

The Ark was a very important box, it is where God met man for a period of time. Today, you are that box and His kingdom is on the inside of each and every believer. He wants to cover you in gold just like the Ark was. God is not going to get back in a religious box, He wants to fill you up with His kingdom! Let your kingdom come and your will done here on this earth Father!

December 2, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

December 2, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

December 2, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen ! Thank you :). Beautiful example of how to live covered by God :)

December 2, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen❤

December 2, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Pastor Dion for that beautiful message. Amen.

December 2, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Please Jesus fill me with your Holy Spirit and let me live my live for you. Amen 

December 2, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, You know my wants and need. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to do just what You wants me to do. In Jesus name,Amen.

December 2, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

I often feel, not worthy enough, not good enough, not qualified, too far from righteous. These are the attempts of the enemy to keep me from following through with the plan my Abba Father has for me. If I feed on these negative thoughts, I will be derailed and my work in the Lord will be delayed. So I take captive every thought and I push through and I continue to do the work that my Abba Father has given to me. I remember that through salvation I have been made righteous, I am counted worthy, I am more than "good enough", I have been called and chosen so I am "qualified", I am an adopted daughter of the Almighty God and Jesus is my "brother". What more do I need? If I have Abba Father and Jesus, all things are possible for me.

December 2, 2017
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

These words meant so much to me and led me to further insight into several Bible passages. Thanks so much, Pastor Dion!~

December 2, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

December 2, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Heavenly Father I thank You for making a place for me. Mold me into who that I should be, and help me fulfill my purpose here. Fill me with Your word and Your Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank You Pastor Dion. :-)

December 2, 2017
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen 

December 2, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You for making a place for me. Mold me into who I should be, and help me fulfill my purpose here. Fill me with Your word and Your Spirit, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 3, 2017
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Margaret Parks
Margaret Parks

Every breath you take is an assurance that you are still supposed to be here, is what is written in your devotional. This is so timely for me, as todaay is my anniversary of my husband's death, just one yer ago. and all week I have been thinking, "why am I still here?, No one needs me anymore, and I'm so sad all the time. We were married 57 years, and I feel so alone, even with people around me. (I know, self pity isn't pretty.) But as my tears flow, I read that line above and I realize that God is in control, not me and I need to keep my eyes on Him.

Thank you Pastor Dion.

 

December 3, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Jesus Lord....bring out the best in me! For you I live....Amen

 

December 3, 2017