Matthew 6: 19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This verse came to me not too long ago in my personal Bible study time. Ouch!
It wasn’t as if the Holy Spirit had not been leading and convicting me for quite some time about examining how, where and why I was investing my resources of time, money, effort and abilities.
I’ve been in a few Bible studies (and I hesitate to call them that, because mostly the group read through a book or watched a presentation on video by the author, where we got his or her perspective on God’s Word, and often times “homework”, reinforcing those ideas).
I digress! Believe it or not, I was so soft spoken in those groups, when comments were made or observations, the voices of others overpowered or interrupted mine, and by the time it was quiet, we had moved on to the next topic. To tell the truth, this did (and still does) annoy me at times. I’m not sure if it us pride, that I want my input, or some kind of “syndrome” from being the discarded opinion as the baby of six. I know in my heart that the Lord would open a door for me to be heard if it was meant to be said though.
He is so gracious in the way He teaches that it is just the way I far too often, neglect to yield to the Holy Spirit. That Still, Small Voice has so much to teach. John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Unlike me wanting to “enlighten” others with my profound thoughts (yeah, okay), the Holy Ghost ACTUALLY has something worthwhile to communicate. I confess, often times I may hear, but I fail to listen, and if I don’t listen, how can I obey? God has been calling me to stop some things I do, watching too much tv or using the computer too much and start doing those things I should (praying and studying Scriptures more).
Romans 7:15 For that which I do I all
ow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Rather than owning up as Paul, in sincere frustration of his battle between spirit and flesh, I have found myself in excusing my humanity as a cause that I am incapable of obedience, which is completely false.
We must acknowledge the Truth of Scripture, and not pull out certain verses (so often even out of context), to justify behavior. Then others are neglected. This is a dangerous practice! Claiming the reality of Romans 7:15, I need to look back to Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. Clearly grace is not a license to disobey.
So what is God saying? I know to start, I must listen, then seek direction and follow. Willingness is good, I’ve had that off and on since trusting in the Lord, but what actually demonstrates my faith in Him requires action. Not works-based salvation, but being a “doer” of the Word.
Thank You for this and every day You’ve given us
Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves
We give You praise for all You do for us
Your care and great provision for our every need
We give You glory for our health and ask healing according to Your Will
For those who are ill, physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually
Father God, please be with the leaders of homes across this land, leaders of our churches and of our governent
Thank You for our freedoms and please do not let us take them for granted
Lord, please help us accept Your Will for our lives
Let us find joy in obeying You and discontentment when we go our own way, not minding the Shepherd’s Voice
You call us from straying away to the safety and protection
Please be with those who are traveling
We know that You have already worked out the solution to this disease that seems to be rapidly spreading. Only You know how it will be contained and eradicated.
Please be with the patients, doctors, families and friends infected.
Father, we know that You care about those tiny children who are every day, robbed of the opportunity to be born.
As a nation we need to repent, as Christians we must continue to pray. Teach us, please, what we can doW
We are helpless in all things without You.
Thank You for Your Word, for Your Son, Jesus, for the Holy Spirit
And for being our Awesome God
In the Name of Jesus