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Treasured in My Heart

January 10, 2020

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Treasured in My Heart

We all have things  we treasure dearly  in our hearts.      Some people have treasures  that are good — and others  treasure things  that are bad.      When Jesus taught  about our treasures,  He said  in Matthew 6:19-21,

Do not  lay up for yourselves  treasures upon 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  or steal;  for where your treasure is,  there will your heart be  also.

Here  Jesus is referring to  all sorts of earthly treasures  and He goes on  to preach about  our thoughts  regarding food and clothing.      But,  ultimately,  Jesus gets down  to the nitty-gritty  of what our real treasure  should be — and it’s not earthly stuff.      Jesus says  in Matthew 6:32-33,

But seek first  His kingdom  and His righteousness;  and all these things  shall be added  to you.

In other words,  the absolute  most important thing  we should  treasure  is God’s kingdom  and God’s righteousness.      They are worth more  than anything else  on earth,  because  these treasures  give us  eternal life.      To seek God’s kingdom  is to want to know  God’s truths  and be in  a true fellowship  with God Almighty.      To seek God’s righteousness  is to humbly confess our sins  and accept  the full forgiveness  and righteousness  that comes only  through Jesus Christ.

In keeping  with this truth,  Psalm 119:11-16 sings  about how the psalmist treasures  God’s words.      He sings,

Thy word  I have treasured  in my heart,
That  I may not sin  against Thee.
Blessed art Thou,  O LORD;
Teach me  Thy statutes,
With my lips  I have told of
All the ordinances  of Thy mouth.
I have rejoiced  in the way  of Thy testimonies,
As much as  in all riches.
I will meditate  on Thy precepts,
And regard  Thy ways.
I shall delight  in Thy statutes;
I shall not forget  Thy word.

This is exactly  what Jesus was talking about  when He said  we should be  seeking God’s kingdom  and His righteousness.     If there’s ever a blessing  we should ardently seek,  it is to have  God’s word  in our hearts  forever and ever.

But,  it looks like  most people  are only seeking  man’s opinion  on all sorts of things  regarding life.      They will even claim  to be Christian,  but can only quote  cult leaders,  philosophers,  and liberal professors  to back up what they  “believe”.      They don’t have a clue  about what God has said  in the Bible,  because  they don’t ever open up  their Bibles.      Nevertheless,  they have strong opinions  based on  what other men  have said.

They will claim  that they ask  the Holy Spirit  for wisdom  and guidance,  but  they will not  open up the Bible  to hear  what the Spirit says  in God’s word  to us.      Do they honestly  treasure  what God  has to say  to us?      Are they learning  from Jesus  when He says,  Lay up  for yourselves treasures in heaven?      We need to be careful  about who  and what  we listen to  and  “treasure.

As we  “treasure”  up God’s word  in our hearts  and minds,  we are freed  by His grace  through Christ Jesus,  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You give us  unspeakable treasures  in Your word.      Create in us  clean hearts  and right spirits  that grow  in Your knowledge  and grace.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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