Inside Pockets Devotional

Inside My Pockets

Julia Bettencourt

Posted February 14, 2014


Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  1 Thessalonians 5:21

Pockets are useful things.  Sometimes we keep things in our pockets for safe keeping.  Other times it is just convenience.

When my son was little I can remember finding Legos and small dinosaurs in his pockets when I’d do the laundry.  He seemed to have a knack for putting small toys in his pockets when he was little.  It didn’t even matter if it was a little pocket, he’d stuff something in there.

I wonder what we’d find in our pockets if we looked close.  You know, those hidden places in our lives that we keep safe from everyone else, those deep places that no one can see but us and God. 



1   Precious in My Pocket.


Have you ever used a pocket to carry something precious?  I think of military men and women who carry photos of their loved ones with them in their pockets when they are deployed.  It helps carry them through the road they have to travel. 



What do we carry with us because it is important to us? 


The Blood of Christ

One thing I think about is the precious blood of Christ.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  1 Peter 1:18,19


That blood is what saves us.  It covers our sins.  Christ shed His blood for us.  That fact should make us never want to lose sight of how precious Christ’s blood is.  The blood of Christ to me is an overwhelming thing.  It does so much.  It cleanses saves, sanctifies, redeems, and heals, and so much more.

When the devil was cast out of heaven, the blood is what brought him down.  It’s what overcame him (Revelation 12:9-11).

I love that song, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power", especially the second verse.

It soothes my doubts and calms my fears,
And it dries all, all my tears.
The blood that gives me strength from day to day,
It will never lose its power.
 


The Promise of Christ's Return

Think about the promise of Christ’s return that we get to carry with us all the time.  It’s a wonderful possession and we should hold tight to it.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  John 14:1-3


There’s nothing like pulling out these Bible verses when we feel like we can’t go on. 


Instruction

I guess we wouldn’t get into so much trouble if we all remembered to keep what we have learned and have it handy to pull out and use when we need it, especially when it comes to Bible verses and Biblical instruction.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Proverbs 4:13 


Righteousness

Look what Job said about his righteousness.  He thought it was worth holding onto.

My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.  Job 27:6

We need to let others do what they will but we need to keep hold of living and doing right no matter what the circumstance. 



2   Holes in My Pocket.


None of us want holes in our pockets. It can make us lose things.


What are you losing that is valuable?


Hope

Don’t lose hope. Hope lifts us up.  It helps us hold on when it seems like things all around us are failing.  It’s a powerful thing so we want to keep it close and safe in our pocket.

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.  2 Thessalonians 2:16,17


Faith

Don’t lose your faith.  Faith is something we need to carry with us. Without faith we are powerless.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1


Witness

Did you ever stop to consider you are carrying precious seed in your pocket?

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.  Psalms 126:6

That seed should be important and valuable to us.  We shouldn’t do anything to lose that witness.  Others are counting on us to have it with us. We are carrying something more precious than gold that we need to deliver.



3   Picked Pockets


There are some things that we carry with us that we allow circumstances or other people to just pick out of our pockets.


What are you allowing to be picked from your pockets?


Joy

What about our joy?  Do you ever allow others to steal your joy from you?  Maybe it was some rough circumstance that sidled up next to you and the next thing you knew, your pockets were empty of joy.  Joy is one of those things we need to keep safe and secure.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice  Philippians 4:4


Confidence

Confidence is another thing that we may allow others to steal from us.  I think sometimes we need to remember that we are God’s children when something like that happens.  Remembering we are a child of God bolsters us up.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…  1 John 3:1 


Control

Another thing I think we are all guilty of at one time or another is allowing someone else to rob us of is our control.  Losing control is not a good thing especially as a Christian.  Losing control can harm our testimony for Christ.  We have to keep control not only of our tongues but of our behavior as a whole.

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.  Proverbs 21:23

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.  Proverbs 25:28


When we lose things out of our pockets because of holes, it usually means that the stitching has come lose.  You’ve probably heard that quote that says, "A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel".  That is so true.  We might need to do a little mending with some prayer and Bible study to keep our pockets shored up. 



4   Hidden in my Pocket


Have you ever seen on cop television shows where people are pulled over and they have something illegal in their possession?  The police always seem to find what those people try to hide hurriedly before they are stopped.  I wonder what we as Christians have hiding in our pockets.  If we had to fork it over, what would we pull out?

Would there be bitterness, unforgiveness, and maybe even some hardened anger stuck in our pockets?  Those things are kind of hard to hide completely.  They have a way of sticking out and will eventually show in how we talk and act.

Of course we know God sees the heart but sometimes we try to hide things anyway.  In reality we cannot hide anything from God.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.     John 1:5-10
 



5   Decoration on My Pocket.


Some pockets have beautiful stitching on them.  It may be pretty embroidered flowers.  Other times it may be initials.

What decorates us?  What do people see when they look at us?  Do they see the fruit of the Spirit?  Do they see the love of Christ?

Initials on the pockets show ownership.  Can people look at us and know we belong to Christ?

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them..  Ephesians 2:10 



6   Hands in My Pockets.


In the afternoons I stick my feet up for a few minutes before I need to start dinner and I watch Judge Judy.  I just love it when someone puts their hands in their pockets when they are standing in her courtroom.

If you are an avid Judge Judy watcher then you know that it doesn’t go over very well.  She says in her sharp voice, "Get your hands out of your pockets!" and then she proceeds with the rolling of the eyes.  I always get a kick out of her reaction when someone has their hands in their pockets.

We definately shouldn’t have our hands in our pockets when it comes to the Christian life.  There’s work to be done.  We don’t have time to stand idly by.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  John 4:35,36



Conclusion:

I know I need to evaluate the things that I carry around with me.  Perhaps I need to pretend it is laundry day and check my pockets.  I want to go through life hanging a little tighter to the things that are important.

Maybe there are even some things I need to let go.  It’s so easy to get off course and allow things to filter in that just don’t make a difference when it comes to eternity.

As it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."

So, what's in your pockets?

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Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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