Do you ever wonder why others are more ‘blessed’ than you?
By ‘blessed’ I mean they have more money or things or anything that your heart really desires but you don’t have.
Have you ever prayed a Jeremiah prayer?
“I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” (Jeremiah 12:1)
If only …
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6 v 19-21)
The truth is we all like money. Most of us would like more. The reason being is obvious, we like what it does, what it gives us, where it takes us. But it is dangerous because of all of that. It can demand our attention and our desperation, our worship and our servitude.
Are you worrying about money? Are you wanting some retail therapy today? When was the last time you gave some money in just an act of generosity and not your tithe? Do you tithe? Are you free from the power of money?
According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, about 70 percent of people who win a lottery or receive a large windfall go bankrupt within a few years.
LOTTO jackpot winners Colin and Christine Weir have been granted a quickie divorce after 38 years of marriage. … Colin, 71, and Christine, 62, who took home the jackpot in 2011 had been married for 38 years before being hit by the curse of the lottery. They won £161 million! All that money and it didn’t bring them happiness and it certainly didn’t save their marriage. By the end of that year sadly Colin died of sepsis. Wealth can seriously affect your health and well-being.
To find out what we really love, Jesus says, examine the heart. There are treasures in heaven that have been stored up from what we have saved on earth. He has just spoken about giving, prayer and fasting and he instructs us to do those things in secret.
Whatever heavenly treasure means and the Apostle Paul would speak about rewards stored up for him, Jesus said we should do more things in secret before our Father.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus …. And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim …