Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Treasures In Heaven

It seems Matt 6 has been my inspiration this month. First praying, then fasting and now blessing. I feel the Word says it best, so I'm just going to share some scripture with you this morning. I know most everyone is going through some sort of hard time right now. This scripture really spoke to me and gave me peace for today, and I hope it does for you as well.

Matt 6:19-34

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness, how great is that darkness!

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

As Paul talks about in Phil 4:10-20, I feel I have renewed concern for the Lord. I have a new understanding of what it means to "be content whatever the circumstances." "I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me!" I pray God will give me the opportunity to increase in giving to others that which he so amply provides for me, so I can glorify and honor Him in my success.

Jehovah-Jireh, My Provider,

Thank you for supplying all my needs exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think (Eph 3:20). Forgive me when I worry about tomorrow and doubt Your awesome grace. Send your Holy Spirit to remind me of Your love and provision when Satan tries to sneak in with worry and doubt. May Christ dwell in my heart by faith; that I will know the love of Christ and be filled with the fullness of You (Eph 3:17-19) I pray for strength in my inner being (Eph 3:16) I pray for the opportunity to bless others, and be an example of Your abundant grace. I put all of my cares in Your hands, and I glorify You for Your faithfulness to provide. Your grace is sufficient for me!

In Jesus' name,

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

It was a good day for me to read this because of what we are dealing with right now. I'm struggling with not being angry and frustrated that after spending so much time and money on our home that we will probably be letting it go with nothing in return. But, I have to remind myself that there are much worse things and the most important things are still in my life and we are blessed with the true riches of the gospel of Christ. Sometimes things in life just don't make any sense, but I know that God is always watching out for us and providing us with that which we need.