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THE TYRANNY OF THINGS



“Worrisome is it to know that men no longer possesses things; rather, things are now possessing men.”


 Gen 1:28-30
28         God blessed them and said, "Be fertile, increase in number, fill the earth, and be its master. Rule the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that crawl on the earth."
29            God said, "I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food.
30            I have given all green plants as food to every land animal, every bird in the sky, and every animal that crawls on the earth--every living, breathing animal." And so it was.

 The very things that had been subjected to man, to subdue, and have dominion over, for subsistence and everyday living. These things are made for man’s use and are made subservient to man.



There is deep within the heart of every man an alter that only God dwells. i.e. within every man was God, while things are made external to him.

However, the sense of possessing in every man, that is, willingness to always want more, acquire more, has in one way or the other forced God out of His temple (Central Shrine) that is within the heart of men.

       A.W. Tozer in “The Pursuit of God” says: "There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. it covets things with a deep and fierce passion. the pronouns my and mine look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is noteworthy.

Things has become of great importance to man, rather than the peace therein in having God. God is no longer God to man, neither is He crowned, nor having dominion in the heart of man. This is because things have led man into idolatry through putting confidence in his achievements, wealth, fame etc., rather than in God.

“Idolatry is not only the adoration of images… but also trust in one’s own righteousness, works and merits, and putting confidence in riches and power.”  Martin Luther.

Luke 12:15: “The life of a man consisteth not the in the abundance of the things that he possess.”

For this very purpose, Jesus told his disciples that “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25). 

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ELIMINATING THE WEED OF SELF CONFIDENCE: RELYING TOTALLY ON GOD

There seems to be within every man an enemy which we tolerate at our peril. Jesus called it “life” and “self”, or as we would say self-life. Its chief characteristics are its possessiveness; the words gains and profit suggest this. To therefore allow this enemy to live is, in the end to lose everything. But to repudiate it and give up all for Christ sake is to lose nothing at last, but to preserve everything unto life eternal.”                                      

Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Revelation writer also says somewhat about the tyranny of things when he was addressing the Laodicean Church.
          
Revelation 3:17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing and knowest not that thou art poor, wretched, and miserable and blind and naked.

From the foregoing, one would see the evils that the power of things possesses or brings about.

Ø  It Forces God out of His central shrine: The Loadecean thought since they have everything they ever wanted, there’s no need of giving cognizance to God any more.
Ø  It brings about blindness, nakedness, wretchedness, and misery etc.
Ø  It brings riches in the physical sense. However, in terms of building treasures in heaven, that it prevents.

Therefore, the very best way of repudiating the tyranny that things possess is only by the cross. Taking up the cross and following Jesus, forgetting the external things.
“The Cross would not be cross if it destroyed in us only the unreal and the artificial. It is when it goes on to slay the best in us that its cruel sharpness is felt”. Born after Midnight 

Can you say this prayer:
Father, I want to know Thee, but my cowardly heart fears to give up its boys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide them from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have desired so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus name. Amen







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