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Devotional - week of September 9, 2018

POSSESSING OUR POSSESSIONS

"But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions." Obadiah 1:17

Obadiah prophesied against Edom, a nation made up of the descendants of Esau. The Edomites had participated in the destruction of the land of the Jews. Obadiah prophesied that the time would come when the Israelites would reclaim their lands. They would possess their possessions.

What about the Jews of today? In Romans 2:28-29 Paul writes, “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” According to this verse, all who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior are now the real Jews.

Sadly, the real Jews—Christians—of today for the most part do not possess some of their most precious possessions, which are clearly described in The New Testament.

Spiritual Jews possess a new covenant. Those who experience this new covenant will possess the filling of the Holy Spirit and freedom from having to serve God in their own strength and wisdom. They will experience being seated with Christ in the heavenlies. They will have the abundant life that Jesus promised. They will bring glory to God.

These are some of the possessions that God wants us to possess by experiencing our spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection. We will never possess them all in this life, but we can continue throughout this life to possess more of our possessions.