VIDEO Treasure in Heaven

Treasure in Heaven

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

When I was growing up, my two sisters and I liked to sit side-by-side on top of my mother’s large cedar-lined chest. My mom kept our wool sweaters in it and handiwork that was embroidered or crocheted by my grandmother. She valued the contents of the chest and relied on the pungent odor of the cedar wood to discourage moths from destroying what was inside.

Most earthly possessions can easily be destroyed by insects or rust, or can even be stolen. Matthew 6 encourages us to place a special focus—not on things that have a limited lifespan but on those that have eternal value. When my mom died at fifty-seven, she had not accumulated a lot of earthly possessions, but I like to think about the treasure she stored up in heaven (vv. 19–20).

Dear Father, help me to choose to invest my life in things that are eternal.

I recall how much she loved God and served Him in quiet ways: caring faithfully for her family, teaching children in Sunday school, befriending a woman abandoned by her husband, comforting a young mother who had lost her baby. And she prayed. . . . Even after she lost her sight and became confined to a wheelchair, she continued to love and pray for others.

Our real treasure isn’t measured in what we accumulate—but in what or whom we invest our time and our passions. What “treasures” are we storing up in heaven by serving and following Jesus?

Dear Father, help me to choose to invest my life in things that are eternal.

Our real wealth is what we invest for eternity.

By Cindy Hess Kasper 

INSIGHT

According to Jesus in today’s passage, we are to “store up for [ourselves] treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). What are these treasures? They’re the blessings that will be ours in heaven (1 Peter 1:4) but that we get a preview of in this life when we follow Christ. William Hendriksen, in his commentary on Matthew, lists many of those Jesus Himself described: “Our standing with God as being fully pardoned (Matt. 6:14), answered prayer (7:7), the enrolment of our names in heaven (Luke 10:20), the Father’s love (John 16:27), a welcome not only to the ‘mansions’ of heaven but to the Savior’s own heart (14:2, 3). [We also have a] life that will never end (John 3:16) . . . a hand out of which the Good Shepherd’s sheep will never be snatched (John 10:28) . . . [and] a love from which we shall never be separated (Rom. 8:39).”

Alyson Kieda


Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven

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LAW vs GRACE

I wrote this in 2014 and its worthy sharing again. Once you are born again you are no longer under the Law you are under GRACE~~~When I was saved in my late 20′s I believed in generation curses. This is what bad teaching can do to a person it messes them up. I would always hear people say that we are part of a generational curse.

I began asking myself, there has to me more to it then what I am getting. I better read and study the scriptures for myself, I had to check this out.

What I found was shocking I was really being mislead all those years by bad teaching.  I didn’t even blame the laity who I blamed was myself, because it was my responsibility to study God’s word and seek the truth not go on what I heard someone else say as truth.

Once a person have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are not bound by the law for they are under grace. And yet we still have pastors preaching from the pulpit telling the congregation that they are apart of a generational curse. This type of preaching is not even biblical! Christ came to redeem us from the curse of the law.

Unfortunately we have this trend within the charismatic churches telling the congregation that they are a part of a generational curse. What a LIE! The enemy would love for you to believe. Because if he can get you to believe that your problems and the sins of your parents are now your sins you won’t be able to move forward. You will feel helpless and alone. That is just what he wants. He wants to kill that seed in you.

Look at the example he did with Adam and Eve son’s out of hopelessness Cain killed Abel. He thought he was under a generational curse. And this is where people have and are tripping the body of Christ because when God told Abel he is now under a curse and the ground he toil will no longer yield crops and that he will be restless wandering on the earth. But what we neglect to teach is that when the Lord said this to Cain he said I will put a mark on Cain so that no one who finds him would kill him! So as you see God is not about general curses. God did not give Cain the Law he gave him His grace!

The Bible mentions “generational curses” in several places (Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9). It sounds unfair for God to punish children for the sins of their fathers. However, this is looking at it from an earthly perspective. God knows that the effects of sin are passed down from one generation to the next. When a father has a sinful lifestyle, his children are likely to have the same sinful lifestyle as well. That is why it is not unjust for God to punish sin to the third or fourth generation – because they are committing the same sins their ancestors did. But they are being punished for their own sins, not the sins of their ancestors. The Bible specifically tells us that God does not hold children accountable for the sins of their parents (Deuteronomy 24:16).

The cure for generational curses is salvation through Jesus Christ. When we become Christians, we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). How can a child of God still be under God’s curse (Romans 8:1)? The cure, then, for a “generational curse” is faith in Christ and a life consecrated to Him (Romans 12:1-2
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hanged on a tree:

What is grace? Unmerited Favor
Grace redeems from that curse.
Grace makes guilty man nigh to God
Grace is of forgiveness. 
Grace says, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Everywhere the Scriptures present law and grace in sharply contrasted

 

LAW vs GRACE

Needing Strength

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31

The church in Philadelphia was doing its best to take advantage of the open door God provided for its ministries. They were keeping His Word and not denying His Name. They had kept the Lord’s command to persevere, but sometimes they felt they needed more strength.

Do you ever feel that way?

Turn to the Bible’s great verses about strength and claim them. Remember the prayer in Ephesians 3:16, that God “would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” Remember the promise Moses made in Deuteronomy 33:25: “As your days, so shall your strength be.”

As we are faithful to the Lord—as individuals and as churches—He will always give us the strength we need to bear the burdens He allows and fulfill the tasks He assigns. As we wait upon Him, He renews our strength like that of an eagle.

Ask the Lord today for the strength you need.

“Fear not! I am with these; O be not dismayed, For I am thy God and will still give thee aid. I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.” How Firm a Foundation

Yesterday, Today, Forever

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Christian leader A. B. Simpson wrote, “Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same. / All may change, but Jesus never–Glory to His Name!” We have a Savior who is eternal in the heavens, without beginning or ending, from everlasting to everlasting. He is our Alpha and Omega. After He descended to the world, lived righteously, died sacrificially, and rose victoriously, He resumed His place on the throne of majesty.

What He did for us changes everything about our yesterday, today, and forever.

All the sins, hurts, abuses, failures, and regrets of yesterday are swallowed up in the crimson flood of His all-forgiving, all-redeeming blood. Our lives today are in His hands, guarded by His power, and guided by His purposes for us. Our future is filled with reassurances for our remaining days on earth, with eternal glory to follow.

The Resurrection of Christ changes our past and future, and it changes our today. To the believer, every Lord’s Day commemorates the Resurrection of Christ, and every moment of every day is a celebration of His blessings to us—yesterday, today, and forever.

As He walked once to Emmaus, with them to abide, / So through all life’s way He walketh, ever near our side. A. B. Simpson

The Life of a Servant

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As messengers of God, we will often lead lonely lives. “All men forsook me,” said Paul. It is a price we have to pay; there is a loneliness in the Gospel. Yet you will not be alone, because you will be ministered to by the Spirit of God, as Elijah was ministered to at the brook Cherith. A true messenger lives a burdened life. If he is the Lord’s vessel, he carries in his heart a burden for souls none can share but those who know it firsthand.

Golden Words

And treasure my commands within you…Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1, 3

Memorizing Bible verses isn’t hard; it’s a matter of learning one word at a time until a particular verse is installed in your mind. Nothing is more powerful, practical, and personality-changing. Nor is there a better weapon in spiritual warfare than the Sword of the Spirit.

When Satan tempts you to worry, quote Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing.” When tempted to speak rashly, remember James 1:19: “Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” When you awaken in the night with problems nagging at your mind, begin reciting Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

One way of keeping track of your Bible memory verses is to write them on cards or in a small notebook. As you learn new verses and review older ones, your cards or note pages will become as valuable as a stack of hundred dollar bills—more so—for, “more to be desired are they than gold” (Psalm 19:10).

The internalized truths of God’s Word keep us mentally healthy. It’s the greatest secret I know to personal resiliency. Robert J. Morgan, in 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart

Tools for Life

Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, [Ezra] read from the Book of the Law of God. Nehemiah 8:18

Imagine you’ve hired a contractor to carry out some major remodeling on your home. You open the door to find a man dressed in casual clothes and no sign of tools or workers. Expressing surprise, you ask him if he is there to begin work and he says, “Yes, I am!” When you ask where his tools and workers are, he says, “Well, I’ll figure something out!”

This is a man who is not “thoroughly equipped” for his job (2 Timothy 3:17). And sometimes we find ourselves not equipped for the job of living life. But sometimes we meet people who are—they possess a sense of wisdom, of peace, of contentment, and of purpose that amazes us. When we get to know them, we discover they have spent consistent time, for many years, studying the Word of God. The doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction they have gained is evident in their lives (2 Timothy 3:16).

Don’t show up for the job of life without the tools you need. Let the Word of God thoroughly equip you for life.

The truly wise man is he who always believes the Bible against the opinion of any man.  R. A. Torrey

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