Treasures

 

Treasures

gold watch and pendant on brown wooden box

Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 “but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jesus makes it very clear that having the wrong treasures (values) can lead to the heart being in the wrong place. What someone treasures (values) the most can control that person, whether that person admits it or not.

Ambition which is healthy, if not controlled can lead to greed which is unhealthy.

When a person has ambition, there is a strong desire to do or accomplish a goal that has been set. To accomplish the goal, determination and hard work will be required.

On the other hand if someone is driven by greed, ambition has turned into a selfish desire…having an uncontrolled longing for an increase in material gain, power or status.

When a person becomes greedy, that greediness can become an uncontrolled driving force that if not controlled, can lead someone do anything or “whatever it takes” to get what they want.

Colossians 3:1-2 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above; where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Vs 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things of this earth.”

Keeping focus on heavenly things and not earthly possessions, will help a person to have the right perspective on what should be treasured. There is nothing wrong with desiring to have nice things, but greed can be a driving force to do anything to obtain them.

2nd Corinthians 4:18 “while we do not look at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Earthly possessions are temporary. A person has to look past what can be seen, and by faith look to see what is unseen, looking past the present to the future.  

Psalm 84:11 “The Lord is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from those who walk up rightly.”

Having a lifestyle of righteous living, can open doors from heaven to receive multiple blessings.

3rd John vs 2 “Beloved I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Having the right values will lead to prosperity and being in good health to enjoy prosperity.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

Putting ambition in its proper perspective will be beneficial in being successful.

Father in heaven, help us to remain focused on your treasures which are in heaven, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Waiting

“Just Wait”

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

When we take a look at it, we wait often times in lines for many things. We wait for:

  • The person in the car in front of us at an intersection to take off when the light has already turned green.
  •  The bank teller to call use to the window for our transaction.
  • The person in front of us at a drive up ATM to finish their transaction.
  • Our doctor or dentist.
  • The person in front of us at the grocery store that is in the 12 items or less line that has way more than 12 items.

In general we often have to wait to receive something.

And so it is also true that we wait on God. The good thing about waiting on God is, His timing is always perfect, and what we receive from God always for our good.

Many times people want to rush God into doing what they want God to do. God is a on time God, period.

Isaiah 40:31 describes what will be received when a person waits on the Lord:

  • Strength that is renewed, and possibly better than the original strength a person had.
  • Once they have received renewed strength, they are able to soar with wings like an eagle.
  • Unlimited strength, and endurance to run and not be weary.
  • Strength to walk without fainting.

When we wait on the Lord, we are showing that we are trusting Him.

Proverbs 3:5 and 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; Vs 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

When we wait on the Lord, we are displaying our faith in Him that he knows what is best for us, and that he will always act in our best interest, and we don’t have to see it to believe it.

2nd Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”     

When we wait on the Lord, we display our belief that He has a reward for us.

Hebrews 11:6 “For he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

Abba Father, thank for Your perfect timing and the multiple blessing that are received when we wait on You, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Anger

Anger

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.” (NKJV)

This passage of Scripture tells the reader several things about anger.

Depending on what happens we will experience anger, but we should not allow anger to cause us to sin. The passage then tells the reader to deal with the anger as soon as possible. This passage also includes a warning about how this can be an opportunity for the devil to have influence on how we may act on the anger that we are feeling.

Anger can be a complicated emotion that has profound effects on a person, and can also have an effect on the people around that person. Anger can be a feeling that a person can experiences without warning at any time. Sometimes we might see anger coming and sometimes we might not, and can be easily caught off guard.

Anger often causes people to act in ways we may not be proud of, and can cause us to make mistakes that will have consequences in our lives that we may later regret. Anger can be difficult to control at times, and can develop into madness or uncontrollable rage.

A person experiencing anger may often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline.

Anger is a way that we can give gratification to the flesh if we are not careful, and if the anger is not dealt with correctly, and in a reasonable amount of time, it can lead to that anger bearing fruit. That fruit can be identified as feelings of anxiety, hurt, despair, rejection, financial loss or broken relationships.

Proverbs 15:1-2 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The way we respond when we get angry can determine if we are allowing anger to control us, or if we are controlling the anger.

Proverbs 16:32 “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” (NIV)

Lord Jesus, give your people wisdom to recognize anger when it happens, and strength to control any feelings of the anger they are experiencing, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Un-forgiveness

Un-forgiveness

Colossians 3:13 “Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive.” (Good News Translation)

Many people will harbor the feeling of unforgiveness sometimes for lifetime, not knowing or understanding that they are only hurting themselves and not the person that they have unforgiveness towards.

When someone has unforgiveness, that unforgiveness can consume that person and hold them in an emotional bondage that can lead to a person having;

  • having a grudge against someone who has offended them
  • bitterness
  • resentment
  • anger
  • rage
  • revenge

These feelings can spew out on others around you, that have nothing to do with your feelings of unforgiveness towards someone that they may not even know. Emotional bondage can subject a person to a type external power or control, and can literally control our inner feelings.

Many times the person that is having a grudge held against them, are not aware that someone feels this way towards them.

Hebrews 10:30 “For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

Many times unforgivness can be a persons way of “getting even or getting back” at someone.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall”

Pride can destroy the possibility of having a healthy relationship with another person. Pride can also hinder forgiveness, and give way to growth of unforgiveness.

Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (KJV)

When a person forgives someone, that forgiveness becomes a release to the person who is forgiving, and now that person can experience freedom from any type of bondage that they have been experiencing.

Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”(NKJV)

When a person forgives, it opens up the way for our heavenly Father to forgive us.

Matthew 18:21 “Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? 22 Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Once we forgive someone, it’s a possibility that it won’t stop there, and we may have to forgive that person again, and again. We have to be in a continuous state of mind to forgive others.

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set while you are still angry, and do not give the devil an opportunity to work.

Lord Jesus, thank for you making a way out of the bondage of unforgiveness by giving your people the strength to forgive, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev