THE SWEETEST TREASURES

We cannot build our own perfect kingdom on earth and ignore the fact that heaven is our inheritance. Let’s face it, life is tough. Everything won’t go as planned. It won’t be easy. To be honest, it is not supposed to be. This world is not ours. 

Here on earth, we are tested and tried as if by fire to build in us strong Godly qualities that will last for eternity. God melts off the trash so he can use the best parts of us for his own everlasting purposes.

I have a new prayer of gratitude today. I thank the Lord that I have been allowed to go through certain things, so that I can build my inheritance in heaven. Even the toughest circumstances, if handled faithfully, is a treasure. It doesn’t seem that way down here. God’s ways are the exact opposite of the world’s ways. But, every day that we endure, stay faithful, and maintain our joy, we are storing up the sweetest treasures in heaven.

“Store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20

 

LOOK AWAY FROM ALL THAT DISTRACT FROM JESUS!

 

I know that most of you will agree when I say that it is so hard to balance life here on earth and maintain an eternal perspective. It’s like having one foot on a crap patty and the other on streets of gold. Some of you know what I mean.

Ever tried to rub the mess away without losing your footing in heavenly places?

Yeah, me too. It was an epic fail on my part. Yuck!!!

How about if we, instead of looking at our “Oh craps!”, fix our eyes on Jesus? What if we just kept running towards him? Think how much easier that would be.

Jesus is truly the leader and perfecter of our faith. He ran the race, enduring shame with joy, before he sat down at the right hand of GOD. The Word says that if we consider Jesus, we won’t become weary and lose heart. I believe Hebrews 12:1-3 from the Amplified version is worthy of meditation. So I am sharing it.

Read it slowly and meditate on these verses.

I hope they encourage you like they have encouraged me today.

 

“12 Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,

2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.”

I WANT TO SEE!

Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus wanted to see!!!

The Spirit of the Living God shifted something deep inside Bartimaeus, causing him to realize that a connection with Jesus would bring him what he so desperately desired.

I must confess that I have good physical vision. But spiritually, I haven’t always been able to see clearly.

I know what it is like to be tangled in the thorns of this world.  I have felt the cold, dark fingers of spiritual disconnection try to cover my spiritual eyes and shut out the light of God. When the oppressive weight of this world began to enshroud me in darkness, I also call out to Jesus. Then I pursue him relentlessly through prayer, reading the Word and soul searing worship. Because I know that once I have Jesus’ attention, I must continue to give him mine.

Oh, how sweet it is when a sliver of light, at first, pierce my dark soul. Then more and more, I began to see.

Oh what a wonderful experience!

Thankfully, it is Jesus’ heartfelt desire to enlighten us.

All we have to do is say, “I want to see.”

Then once he answers us, we can joyfully follow Jesus on the path of righteousness, skipping joyfully, all the way home to eternity.

Mark10:51:

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My rabbi, “the blind man said, “I want to see!”