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Monday, September 22, 2008

Treasures in Heaven

September 22, 2008

“Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourself treasures in heaven, where moth and rust 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: 19-21.
We all know what is going on in the financial world of today. Please, Dear Ones, know that the “financial world” is not part of the Kingdom of God. It isn’t anti-Kingdom, it’s just a separate entity. The Kingdom is “other” just as God is “Other” - not a piece of us. We are a piece of God when we are in keeping with his plan. As the financial world, even our own financial security come into concern, remember, our true treasure is in heaven. We must not choose to be financially illiterate or ignorant, by playing a “Pollyanna” (immature, unaware) game of - “God will send manna from heaven to settle in my back yard if I just believe He will.” We must be financially aware and responsible and do what we need to do to handle our physical house. But, our heavenly home is not contingent on what we have, what we do, who we are, or how much we have put in the bank. Our heavenly home is “other”. We are called to live responsibly in the world, while our heart is drawn toward “home.” Let us pray:
“Oh Father, God, who lives above the financial turmoil and within the hearts of those who invite you there, your name is Holy, not “Banker.” May your Kingdom dwell in our hearts so that we may be aware of your presence every day of our lives. We pray for our leaders, that their wisdom and unselfishness may bring about stability and restore prosperity to our country so that we may be a beacon of Freedom throughout the world again - for your sake. We also pray for a peace and calm to settle on our hearts, knowing your love and safety for our souls, and our place at the table in your Kingdom, are the security of which we seek. Forgive us when we have been irresponsible or have clung to security through ownership of “things” rather than finding safety in the bosom of your family. We wait humbly at your feet, Father. To you we give all honor and glory Father. In the name of Jesus, your son our savior and brother we pray. Amen”
And now we pause and wait for that blessed assurance that you have heard our sincere pray and will bless your people once again We will live today in the knowledge that we are a blessed people.

Copyright 2008 Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D.
“God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.”

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