"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: October 31

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14

This light from the last “green stone” verse falls upon each of the others causing us to look in new wonder at the One who Himself is that light. “Now thanks be unto God, which ALWAYS causeth us to triumph in Christ …”

Not “thanks be unto God,” for victory in every area of my life except one. But because God ALWAYS causeth us to triumph in Christ. If, as you read these words, you are in a time of dark defeat, this verse is still true and it is still true for you. There are no half-way measures with God. We can triumph in all things in Christ, if we want to. If we want to and when we want to.

During the times of honest confusion when we don’t seem to know how to lay hold of this triumph in Christ, the very desire of our heart to know it, will open the door to the triumph. If it is your heart’s true desire to overcome the defeat at any cost, “he will give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Always. Under any circumstance and in the face of any temptation. And He will make manifest the “savour” of our new found intimacy with Him “in every place.” Each time we allow God to cause us to triumph in Christ, we know Him better.

And it is God’s pleasure to make it plain to all with whom we come in contact, that He is causing us to live abundantly through Christ. We don’t need to broadcast our victories. God will not only give them to us always in Christ, He will let it be known in His way. A much higher way than ours.

“Thanks be to God, who invariably leads us on triumphantly in Christ and who evidences through us in every place the fragrance that results from knowing Him” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:14, Berkeley

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During the last two months of this year, no one kind of stone will be shared, as in the previous months. I [Eugenia Price, the author] have found that some of the “pleasant stone” verses in the Bible do not seem to fall into singular, separated meanings, but rather, are so many-sided in their truths that I have placed them in the collection called “many-colored stones.”

We may find verses which are like a certain kind of true quartz. And others like chalcedony, are merely quartz-like, waxy of surface and easily missed, if we are not aware they are there.

Again, there will be verses which attract our attention suddenly as ordinary chalcedony when its name changes to carnelian, and its color ot orange red because it happens to be streaked with iron. Some of these verses appear “attractive” to us, until we discover the “iron” in them and almost wish we had passed them by! Quartz can be chalcedony, carnelian, sard, jasper, bloodstone, onyx, or agate. All beautiful, all differing in marked ways. And all, in their original form of quartz, useful in building as well as in ADORNING.

We will find “opal” verses among our “many-colored stones” too. Lovely stones of the same chemical composition as quartz, yet so different that they are distinct in themselves. Opals may appear hard, solid and dry, but they ALWAYS contain some water. Enough to vary their appearance and color to an amazing degree. So it is with our “many-colored” verses, all containing the water of life to those of us who seek it.

Endless varieties of many-colored crystals God has put in the earth; endless shapes, endless formations, endless colors. Endless meanings in the endless varieties of “pleasant stone verses” God has put into His Word. And for us, endless joy and eternal life, IF we are open to them. For the remaining two months of this year and forever, share my “pleasant many-colored stones” [November 1 through December 31].

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