29 Knives

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10

Stuff is being stolen from the people of God. Our God-given, God-counted treasures are being ransacked from right under our noses.

Our identity. Our spiritual gifts and calling. Our purpose. Our faith. Our kids. Our blessings. Our peace. Our joy. One by one—by hook or by crook—the house of God is being ripped off. The people of God are being plundered. But our God, the giver of every good and perfect gift, wants to restore these things to our treasury. We are no longer exiles or paupers in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father—so when are we going to reclaim what is rightfully ours?

When Nebuchadnezzar led the Jews into exile, he helped himself to the temple treasury, stealing a wealth of items that would be housed in the temples of foreign gods until King Cyrus of Persia returned them to God’s temple in Jerusalem two generations later. Ezra 1:9 tells us that among these articles, counted and restored to the temple inventory, were 29 knives. (ASV)

Not 28. Not 31. But 29. God counted each knife as it went missing, and celebrated them one by one when they were returned, each silver knife of sacrifice, restored to the service of God and God’s people. Each one accounted for, treasured and recognized for its rightful place in the temple worship.

God has not missed a single item that the enemy has stolen from us. He is moving our hearts and stirring our spirits, just as He did in Ezra 1, to take back all that belongs to us. We may forget or overlook the things taken from our treasury. But God does not. And nor should we.

Let’s take it back! Rise up to lay hold of the promises and provision that belong to us in the fullness of Christ, the One who disarmed the powers and principalities, making a public spectacle of them by triumphing over them by the cross.

What has the enemy stolen from you? Have you counted the cost of what has gone missing? Have you counted the cost of getting it back?

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