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March 29, 2018, 10:16 AM

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March 28, 2018

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

I have stared at this verse now for three days, meditating on it, studying it, praying it back to God just trying to wrap my mind around it. There are so many things that we treasure. The context of the preceding verses helps to get it straight. The treasures of this world are different than the treasures of heaven. If our minds and fixed on gaining worldly stuff than that’s where our heart is, gaining worldly stuff. Nothing will be more important than this. Philippians 1:21 (KJV) 21 “ For to me to live is Christ”. Paul’s eyes are totally fixed on Christ, he was thinking of heavenly treasure.

 The devil will always try to distract your eyes to worldly treasure. He will use many things like popularity, personal appearance, talents, wealth, fame, family and pride to draw you away from eternal things. While these are good things, they should be secondary to our main focus which is Christ. These are tools to help us accomplish God’s will in our life.

The next time you are in church, try this. Dress as if you are going to meet Jesus. When you walk in have a smile and greet all who are present. Remember these are the people you will spend eternity with. It would be good to get to like them now. Prepare your heart for worship. Sing as if you were in the angel’s choir, pray as if the very words were directly spoken to God, give as if you couldn’t give enough, listen as though God was speaking just to you and respond to His calling in your heart. This dress rehearsal for heaven will affect your spirit so that when you leave your heart will be filled with joy and your countenance will be infectious. This Sunday, Easter Sunday, is a great opportunity to start storing up treasure in heaven. We are blessed.

 

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March 22, 2018, 11:03 AM

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March 22, 2018

Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

This World is Not My Home is one of my favorite Southern Gospel songs. “This world is not my home, I’m only passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue, the angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” In 1961 there were no storage facilities anywhere. Now they are one of America’s fastest growing businesses. We do accumulate stuff! Things we just have to have but never use. We become so worldly minded that we are no heavenly good. It drains us of our time, money and influence. When Moses was on the mountain with God the people were in the valley worried that Moses Had died. They took up an offering to build an idol, a god, to lead them in his stead. (Exodus 32:7&8) Those riches were given by God so they could build a tabernacle for worship. They used up their riches for themselves instead of for God. It’s the same today. The devil appeals to the flesh the things that we just can’t live without. So that when God leads us to give, it’s gone. Malachi 3:9-10 (KJV) 9  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

It is sad that sometimes we become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. That is not saying that we shouldn’t always keep our eyes on Him. But that we should balance ourselves in His service both to worship and work. We are ambassadors of Christ from heaven to represent Him in this world. (2Cor. 5:20) Getting balanced while living in this world is hard. But he promises to be with us always (Mat. 28:18-20). We are blessed.

 

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March 20, 2018, 8:25 AM

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Matthew 6:16-18 (KJV)
16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18  That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

“When you fast is a reference both to fasting prescribed under the Mosaic Law in connection with the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:29) and the voluntary fast of the day. The Pharisees added two fast days, Monday and Thursday of each week, as a case of public display and piety.” (Liberty Annotated Study Bible). When seen with a sad countenance everybody could see their piety, they have their reward is what Jesus said, they were seen of men.

Jesus taught His followers to not advertize your fasting by word or countenance. But to fast in secret and God would reward you openly. Jesus did not institute a fast for His disciples but voluntary fasting was common in the New Testament.

There might seem to be a contradiction with Mathew 5:16. This is not a contradiction but rather an enhancement. There, we are to let our light shine before men that they might glorify God not self. Here, we are to not be like the Pharisees (hypocrites). Our character is on display daily and should reflect the light of Christ to bring Glory to God. Our religious acts should be done as to not draw attention to ourselves but Christ.

You can’t hide from being seen. But you can radiate God’s presence in your life. Our actions are being judged each day by those who know that we are a Christian. Our fruit on display and being seen by those all around, for good or for bad. Most see our failures and use it as a reason to not follow. They don’t understand forgiveness. Others see our failures and understand the struggle. We must be aware that we are the only Jesus most people ever see. Let’s give them a good picture. We are blessed.

 

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March 16, 2018, 10:09 AM

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March 16th, 2018

Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV)
14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

To forgive is one of the greatest qualities of character in the believer. Sometimes it is easier to hold a grudge than to seek restoration in a relationship. We justify, and share our grievance with anybody who will listen. Gaining allies or choosing sides of people who you tell only your side. You embellish because as you tell it, it doesn’t sound as bad as you say it out loud. Now it’s even more difficult to fix because you have cheerleaders to advocate for you. It spins out of control. Because of this relationships crumble, marriages fall apart and churches split. Sometimes we choose the silliest hills on which to die! “Agree with thine advisory quickly” (Mat. 5:25). Time does not heal all wounds.

Allowing ourselves to be forgiven is often difficult. I have dealt more than once with people who believe that they can’t be forgiven because of the deeds of the past. Most of us who won’t be forgiven, or won’t forgive ourselves, have difficulty forgiving. Let us come to learn the love and grace of God, who through the blood, forgives all sin. Be forgiven!

Now for the crowd:  Assuming a grievance of someone who has been sinned against puts you in a bad place. You can be a peace maker only if you have not chosen sides. Other than that you magnify the problem. You have not been sinned against. You cannot forgive for it is not yours to forgive. One of the most difficult things to do is to keep your nose in your own back yard. Encourage, on the other hand, to forgive and restore.

Being forgiven teaches us to forgive. Sometimes this comes as a hard lesson. God’s love is greater than all our sin and being forgiven makes us free, free to forgive, restore and bring peace. Peace with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. In this we are blest.

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March 13, 2018, 9:24 AM

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March 13, 2018

Matthew 6:13b (KJV)
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

This little sentence is packed with meaning. It is more than a way to close a prayer, but identifies the totality of our work. We are building His Kingdom, in His power for His glory! It might come as a shock to some church leaders that you are not building your kingdom!

It might shock some of you that I believe that Jesus will return to earth and establish His kingdom on earth, w here He physically reigns over the affairs of man. (Even so come Lord Jesus!)  But until then He is seeing His kingdom spiritually through the church, where He rules.  Let us stay faithful to that call.

When we pray using this model it will lead us to pray for the expansion of His Kingdom in power and glory. We will pray about friends in service all around the world. Pray for friends who because of their safety we can’t name but you know them through the church. For great men of God like Jason Vance and Cody Deevers who serve God in starting churches in the Phoenix area. Valley life ministries I believe have already begun three churches. They are supported both financially and with volunteers from two associations that want to enlarge Christ Kingdom. Men such as Rodney Myers, an independent missionary in Africa, he and his family help enlarge God’s kingdom by starting churches, training local men to serve as pastors and leaders expanding, multiplying the Kingdom. I stood with other men from northwest Oklahoma on a vision trip to Colorado Springs. We stood and looked over hundreds of homes with no church of any flavor. Evan in this community, Konawa Oklahoma, there is a calling to change lives, change culture and change families. John 4:35 (KJV) 35  Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.  Matthew 9:37-38 (KJV) 37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the Glory. A great statement about our God and our commitment to faithfulness. We are blessed

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