Where and What is our Treasure?

Luke 12:34-36

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and [your] lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

              Before we talk about where and what our treasure is, let’s take a moment to look at our God and what His treasure is.  Do we really grasp and understand that we are God’s treasure?  Exodus 19:5 says, ” Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine:” Again, in Psalms 135:4 He speaks of what would apply to both natural and spiritual Israel in this sense, “For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, [and] Israel for his peculiar treasure.”  God’s treasure are those who love and obey Him.  He delights and takes great joy in those who treasure Him and have set themselves apart for His purpose and good pleasure.  1Peter 2:9-10 tells us, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”  The very fact that you are reading, receiving, and obeying His Word is an indication to you that you are set apart to be a treasure unto the Lord.  Think about it, there is none that God treasures above His own Son and yet Romans 8:15-19 reveals to us, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” We are not only His people, but because we are His treasure He has made us joint-heirs and partakers with Christ.  If we are willing to pay the price to go all of the way with Him, He will even reveal His glory through us.  Through this treasure of His peculiar, blood bought children; He will deliver His creation.  You and I have been called to be partakers, not only in receiving God’s deliverance from sin and bondage, but also in being we His instruments of deliverance for all His creation.  If we can see how much God treasures His people that are set apart unto Him, then it is not difficult at all to see why He must be the treasure of our hearts as we are of His. 

              Our scripture today says that, ‘where our heart is there will our treasure be also’.   Your heart is the center of your affections and desires.  It is this center of affection and desire that motivates and propels us in the direction of fulfillment to whatever the affection and desire of our heart is.  What is the affection and desire of your heart today?  If you had the power and the gift to have the thing you want most, what would it be?  That is your treasure. 

              Most of the world is under the illusion that if I just had this or I just had that, or I just had this much money; I would have everything I want.  Solomon, the wisest man in the world, said this in Ecclesiates 2:8-11, ” I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, [as] musical instruments, and that of all sorts.  So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all [was] vanity and vexation of spirit, and [there was] no profit under the sun.”

              The truth is that if you possess Christ and are sold out to Him, then you already are the richest person in the world.  You are a child and heir of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  You possess what no earthly riches can compare too.  The treasures of heaven far exceed those of earth even if we don’t see fully their benefit in this day.  1 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”  “Christ in you” is the greatest treasure ever possessed.  He would have us come and know the richness of that which we possess in Him.  He must ever increasingly be the joy, the desire and complete affection and treasure of our heart.

Blessings,

#kent

Our Eyes Lifted Up

September 30, 2014

John 17:1
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Our Eyes Lifted Up

When we lift up our spiritual eyes we see as Jesus sees. We see the Father, His will and purpose. In Luke 6: 20 it says, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” When Jesus lifts up His eyes today upon His disciples and followers, again He sees kingdom in those who are poor in spirit, meaning they are emptied of all desire except for more of Him. When we lift our eyes we want to see the King of kings and the Lord of lords. When we lift up our eyes as Jesus lifted His eyes we see the will and purpose of God. We see His calling to glory and glorification.
When we come into the presence of the Father we may see many things through the Spirit’s eyes. In Matthew 17 Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him up into the mount where He was transfigured. They saw Moses and Elijah there with Jesus who had been transfigured into His glory. It is interesting that as they spoke together, Peter speaks up and says, “Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” These temporary booths called “Sukkah” by the Hebrew and were used to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, the post harvest feast of rest, thanksgiving and remembrance of the time in the wilderness when the Lord’s temple or tabernacle was a temporary dwelling. This is a whole study in and of itself. In Christ Jesus was the fulfillment of the Law and the Spirit represented there in the person of Moses and Elijah. Then the voice of God intervenes, “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” When they heard the voice of God, “they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.” Jesus then touches them and tells them not to be afraid. The next verse is significant in Matthew 17:8, “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” When our eyes are lifted in the Spirit one thing should be certain we should be seeing no man, but only Jesus. In this passage of Jesus’ transfiguration and glorification I believe the Lord was giving us a glimpse of what He is bringing us into when we see the full redemption and full salvation of body, soul and spirit.
Whenever Jesus lifts up His eyes a significant spiritual thing happens. We see Him speaking the kingdom, feeding the multitude and speaking in John 17 of His glory as He lifts His eyes to heaven. When we truly lift our eyes toward heaven and see by the Spirit we see and comprehend the things of the Spirit. In Revelations 4:1-2 says, “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.” When we lift up our eyes and see the glory we will know that we are passing from this life into His life. We will have His vision and His purpose burning within our hearts and we will be as Hebrews 12:2 speaks of Jesus, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” When we lift our eyes we see the glory, but we also see that the way into the glory is through the cross, even as Paul reminds us in Romans 8:17, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” We must be willing to glorify Him, that He may glorify us. Whatever the cost, may we with joy endure it gladly as we lift our eyes unto heaven and see only Jesus.

Blessings,
#kent

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