The Year of Possessing Your Possessions.
His banner verse?
"But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions." (Obadiah 17)
We do we have to "possess our possessions."
If we have them, then we have them, right?
We have to receive all that good things which God our Father gives, by faith!
The Lord made the heavens and the earth for man.
And yet the first man and woman did not believe God. They took something not intended for them, even though their loving Creator had told them:
"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" (Genesis 2: 16)
Notice the number 16 in this verse!
God was already demonstrating His loving, gracious heart to the first man and woman.
And yet ... they did not believe Him!
When God selected Abraham and brought up one nation out of this Father of faith, He brought them out of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land:
And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place." (Deuteronomy 1: 31)
And still, the children of Israel did not believe the LORD. They decided to trust their own eyes and look to their weak, limited capacities.
The writer of Hebrews faults the Israelites, and uotes the LORD chastising His people:
"While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." (Hebrews 3: 15)
Which comes from:
"For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
8Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest." (Psalm 95: 7-11)
We need to believe that God has given us all things.
We need to take Him at His word that He loves us.
He sent us His Son, and through Him we receive redemption, life, righteousness, and all things which pertain to godliness.
No wonder Jesus asked very simply yet straightly:
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)
Believe in Him, and receive all things from Him this year!