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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE STORED?

Matthew 6:19-21 New Living Translation
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
         Man has a basic desire for security and superiority.  Both are tied to money.  Money isn’t evil in and of itself, but rather the love of money, which causes one’s focus on the Lord to become blurred. There are three thoughts given that we, as followers of Christ, should seriously ponder: 1) there’s no security in material things since they can be destroyed; 2) the quality of one’s character is determined by what we devote the most attention to; and 3) one cannot divide their allegiance between God and money. They will only end up being deceived in the end.  In God we find, 1) eternal security thru Christ, 2) righteous and holy living based on a changed heart toward the Lord and 3) One who will never fail us. 
         It should be noted that our treasure is not only monetary and not limited to our tithing.  Our treasure is also linked to all our acts of obedience.  Our lives need to be making investments in heaven by fulfilling God’s purpose in all we think, say and do. While material goods are not intrinsically bad, they can be if they consume us to the extent that all other things fall by the wayside.  Our relationship with the Lord must take first place in our hearts and lives.  If we store all our treasure up in heaven it will be safe there. Earthly treasures tend to control us.  It is imperative that we choose that which has eternal value over any temporary treasures.
         The heart is mentioned quite often in scripture.  It’s where our soul and our character lie.  It is our core. Whatever our heart is focused on is what will guide our life. It needs to be focused squarely on Almighty God. Our desperate advisory will try anything to knock us out of the race.  He can’t win, but he can cause chaos and disruption.  Grab ahold of the reins and hold on, for God knows exactly what he’s doing and will not allow us to fail. Minor skirmishes may be lost, but the battle has already been won.  Look to the heaven’s for our redemption draws near.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: THE IVP NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY SERIES; THE LIFE APPLICATION STUDY BIBLE; THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE; and ASBURY BIBLE COMMENTARY

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