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Making A Wise Investment
5/21/2015

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV)

I often say, “God’s economy is not our economy,” and this is one of the benefits of having our citizenship transferred from a worldly kingdom to an eternal one.  Each kingdom has its own economy, and unfortunately, we can often get caught up in the deception of Satan and begin to believe our hope and security is based on what we have acquired or possess here on earth.  But we must remember, God knows what we need, and He will provide it (Phil 4:19). 

He also knows what our heart truly desires.  This is why Jesus gave us these teachings in Matthew Chapter Six, because He wanted to warn us about storing up treasures here on earth.  Notice how He says these earthly treasures are temporary; they will eventually go away. 

Q:         So, if our security rests solely in the hands of God, then why do we get so frightful when we lose these treasures or have them taken from us?

Let’s be clear; there is nothing wrong with investing our money and being responsible with what we have been given.  But what I do believe is that Jesus was teaching us that we could make a better investment — one guaranteed not to go bad, or affected by the world’s economy.  And I believe this is what Matthew 6:19-20 is referring to, but check out the next verse:

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

Q:         So what does this mean to us practically as Christian men and women?

Well, it means

·      We can be doing the things of God each and every day, such as preaching and teaching the truths of His Word. 

·      We can be attending Church and encouraging others with their Christian walk.  

·      We can make it our priority to invest into the things of the Kingdom of God and be confident in God’s perfect provisions for our physical needs.

Sure, the enemy will tempt us to doubt and to be filled with fear, but we can have a perfect peace if we would only choose to trust the Lord, and keep our mind upon Him.

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,  Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to invest wisely today. 

STUDY QUESTION:  How do you reconcile Matthew 6:19-20 and Philippians 4:19?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you worrying about what the future holds for you with regards to money and houses, and other earthly possessions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take your attention off of those things, and start praising God.  Put your faith in Him, and trust that He has a perfect plan…

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I Thank You today for reminding me where my true treasure lies.  Help me to remember to take my eyes off of the temporal things that I possess, and the fear of losing them. I choose to focus on You and Your provision, knowing that it is exactly what You have chosen to give to me.  I thank You for these things, and give You all the glory for them.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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