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Sat 12 May 2012

  Matthew 6:19-21

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (Read all of Matthew 6)
Anyone who has read the four gospels will be familiar with the words in today's verses. Jesus instructed His disciples on how to accumulate and protect personal riches. I am amazed that we still have ministers advancing a doctrine of earthly riches and calling it prosperity. I am further amazed that there is no shortage of followers and both the earthly minister and the earthly followers identify this doctrine with the gospel of Jesus Christ, (though its not). Its as though the name of Jesus when attached to any doctrine makes it the gospel of Jesus Christ . . . and the masses receive it with gladness because it feeds into their earthly desires. Now a portion of this earthly doctrine is correctly called prosperity but it focuses on a prosperity that is different from what our Lord identified. The prosperity of the world is a prosperity only of the world which is not the good news it appears to be. The world is not just corrupt . . . it is corrupted . . . past tense. Nothing in this world is worth what it is said to be worth by men . . . nothing in this world goes with us when we die . . . everything returns to the earth . . . nothing from this earth is taken to heaven . . . nothing. Only a truly regenerated individual will appreciate the Lord's shared truth. Only sanctified eyes can see what He calls prosperous . . . only sanctified ears can hear it . . . only a sanctified heart can understand it. Our treasure can only be protected if that treasure is in heaven. Jesus asked what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loose his own soul, or what will he give in exchange for his soul?
What then is the valuable treasure in heaven that we are to lay up for ourselves? What treasure if valued above all earthly things identifies the condition and position of our hearts?
None other than Jesus our Lord.
Treasure Him.





Posted by Leroy_Ras on Sat 12 May 2012 9:37:10 am

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Keith_Gib on Tue 15 May 2012 9:15:58 am Says:       

Bro Leroy,I just read this yesterday: Since when is the blessing of God judged by material prosperity? Earl D. Radmacher Keith


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