“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:19-21 NLT
What do you treasure most in life? God's word says we should store up treasures in heaven - life beyond this life. In other words investing in eternity. This life is short compared to all of eternity. It makes sense that we should be investing for the long haul. Investing today for our future. Investing our time, thoughts, resources, and relationships as true treasures - heavenly treasures.
Place the desires of your heart in the one who goes to prepare a place for you. You'll find treasure beyond your imagination.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalms 34:8 NL
The psalmist invites us to taste the goodness of God. When we do, we want more. We experience God's goodness everyday. “The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.” Psalms 145:9 NLT
There are times when we have difficulty in seeing the goodness of God because we focus more on our circumstances than on the God of our circumstances. “The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7 NLT
Take refuge in the goodness of God today.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 NLT
The dictionary defines grace as “the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.” It truly is amazing to think about the grace that God offers us. God knows the very depths of who we are yet He still offers grace. “He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7
Personalize the truth found in the words of the great Hymn “Amazing Grace" by John Newton and let God bless you with His grace.
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I am found, Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.
“May God’s grace be with you all.” Hebrews 13:25
"Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?..,No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35, 37-39 NLT
The Word of God says despite what comes your way in life - troubles, danger, even the possibility of death - overwhelming victory is yours on Christ. As a follower of Christ are you walking in that victory? Christ has provided overwhelming victory for those who belong to Him. Live it out - walk it out - shout it out - "the victory is mine."
Remember you are dearly loved by the one who overcame it all.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
Live today with the knowledge that you have won.
“I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness. Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.” Psalms 145:1-7 NLT
The Lord is worthy of your praise. How will you praise Him today? Why not take some of the thoughts found in these verses and incorporate them in your life.
"Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Psalms 32:1-5 NLT
There is an incredible joy experienced through forgiveness. Guilt carries a heaviness and burden that literally overwhelms us. Are you carrying a weight of guilt? Maybe today will be the day you unload that weight. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9 NLT
This is really the only way to come clean.
Joy is waiting just on the other side of forgiveness.
Do you sometimes struggle with who's in control?
If we have truly given our lives to Christ, we have confessed Him as Lord. “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9. If He is Lord then He should be in control.
Watchman Nee once said, “Presenting myself to God implies a recognition that I am altogether His. This giving of myself is a definite thing, just as definite as reckoning. There must be a day in my life when I pass out of my own hands into His and from that day forward I belong to Him and no longer to myself.”
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Let God be God today. You’ll discover an incredible freedom.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4
“Take an interest in others” - not always an easy thing to do. Often it’s simply a matter of the heart. If my heart’s greatest concerns revolve around me and my needs, it can be difficult to make room for others. A servant’s heart consistently puts others ahead of themselves.
Jesus says, “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45
Opportunities to serve others will come. Ask the Lord to open your heart to the needs of others He brings into your life as well as the courage to do something about what you see.
“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 NLT
Scripture reminds us of the importance of setting aside time in our lives to talk to The Lord...to listen to Him...to respond to Him. We have to be intentional in our daily practice. It requires discipline. Don't let life get in the way of your time with God today. It takes time. When there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day, that's when you need it most.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." James 4:8 NKJV
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalms 46:10 NKJV
He's waiting. ““Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20 NLT
Take time to open the door; you'll be glad you did.
“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.” Psalms 40:3 NLT
I kind of like the old songs. Why do you think that God will give you a new song? I believe the answer is found in few other verses of scripture.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV
God's mercies are new every morning. Something definitely to be thankful for today. Something worthy of a new song - a new expression of thanks.
Bro. Joe Metts