"In beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work ,
sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and
kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the
power of God; with weapons of righteousness... through glory and dishonor,
in bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known, yet
regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful,
yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich, having nothing, and possessing everything" 2 Corinthians 6
these were the words of the missionary and apostle paul. he claims to have had nothing, and at the exact same time, to have possessed everything. confused? our pastor at telopea church of christ wanted to illustrate the difference, so he told us he owned a piano and played a short, easy tune for us. it was kind of awkwardly bad :( then he played a video of a great pianist who played so beautifully that the congregation started to clap even though mr great pianist wasn't actually there to receive our accolades. he might not have owned the piano he was playing; but he certainly possessed it!
GOD commanded the israelites to possess israel. because he had given it to them. i have to remember this. how many gifts has GOD given me that i have yet to possess?