(Matthew 6:19-29 Message)
19 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or––worse! ––stolen by burglars. 20 Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. 21 It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
22″ Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. 23 If you live squinty–eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
Your body responds to vision. When your vision…your treasure…your perspective has eternity attached to it, immediately your whole body responds in such a way that it becomes alive!
Ask yourself: “Hows your body feeling? Does your body reflect light or darkness? Quit trying to dig deeper into this than it is. Ask this question and answer it…without trying to over spiritualize. Does your body reflect light? (joy, peace, life, love…) Does your body reflect darkness? (depression, questions, confusion, downward pull…)
Weigh yourself! Let it fall where it falls but respond with action. What are you going to do if you realize theres more darkness there and you are being consumed with it? What if there is light and life currently?
Here is a good follow up question: If you find yourself in darkness, it is a result of your vision.
How do you see yourself? How does God see you? What are you feeding on? Has you perspective become tainted because of offense and judgement? Why worry so much about what others are doing or have done rather than ask yourself what are you doing? How will you change? Will I allow the comments of others dictate my future? The report of the doctors? The challenges of life?
RISE UP – tell your eyes what to get fixed on! “Eye, let me tell you what you are going to see today. I see myself free from condemnation; free from judging others, free from the pain of the past and comments of those closest to me. I see them free from my grip and unforgiveness. I have too much to live for and eternity is at stake! My children need to see me with vision, purpose, an attitude of gratitude and overcoming whatever comes our way.
Continue to speak to yourself and make the adjustment NOW…TODAY…THIS MOMENT. There is no penance to pay…just REPENTANCE from our ridiculous selfish stronghold we have chosen to hold on to.
RESULTS: your body will begin to respond to this vision. I even believe that physical symptoms that were there we begin to loosen themselves from your life….ailments…depression…downcast…anxiety…pain.
HE IS GREATER THAN YOUR BIGGEST SETBACK!Read More
Whatever you face and whereever this may land in your life today, can I just tell you that Our God has done some great things. He did them for you personally. Dont think for one minute that He did all this for you to just barely make it by and suffer through this life from one miserable moment to the next. His grace is greater than your pain; His kingdom is greater than all others; His power is Greater than the grave; and His love is Greater than your shame. Nothing you can do will ever cause Him to leave you alone feeling abandoned and condemned here on this earth! I do know that Greater than my sin and greater than the grave and above all other thrones and names that have carried you to this lowly place…OUR GOD IS GREATER….period.
Look Up…Get Up…Crawl Up…Get Over It…Forget about Him/Her…This part of your life may have been hell up to now but TODAY you have another chapter…actually close this book and begin writing a new one with Him at the center of your affection and I promise that He will get you to a place where you will look back and say…”What was I thinking?” He was there all along and I was only ONE STEP AWAY from a GREATER LIFE!
I KNOW MY GOD IS GREATER THAN YOUR YESTERDAY AND HE DID NOT DIE ON THIS CROSS TO KEEP YOU IN A PLACE OF PITY, POVERTY, AND PUSHED OVER.
Read the text below and BELIEVE IT! He is HIGHER, STRONGER, LOVELIER, GREATER, GREATER, GREATER, GREATER, INFINITELY ABOVE YOUR TODAY!
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4 ESV)
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand
(John 10:29 ESV)
50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these (John 1:50 ESV)
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel
(John 5:20 ESV)
6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here
(Matthew 12:6 ESV)
peace be to you.
GENESIS 32: 22-32 22-23 But during the night he got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He got them safely across the brook along with all his possessions. 24-25 But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint. 26 The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.” Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.” 27 The man said, “What’s your name?” He answered, “Jacob.” 28 The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.” 29 Jacob asked , “And what’s your name ?” The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!” 31-32 The sun came up as he left Peniel, limping because of his hip. (This is why Israelites to this day don’t eat the hip muscle; because Jacob’s hip was thrown out of joint.)
What moment in this passage resonates with you most?
– desperately to be blessed
– wanting desperately to know more of God
I find myself this morning recognizing the distance I have with my siblings. I know they are for me and with me but I find myself disheartened simply because i don’t spend enough time with them. I need to GIVE space in my life to be with them.
Note: Make the time to connect with those that really matter.
When I break it down, it all comes down to love. “What do you want me to do Lord?” I asked some 28 years ago. I get the same response today as I did then, “Tell them how much I love them.”
I guess thats how simple it gets for me. What I find is that in this simple statement, there is so much heartache. When love dominates as it did in Jesus, you begin to see
• the multitudes hungry like a sheep without a shepherd
• the lepers being outcasted from society
• the injustices of human trafficking
• addictions that bring families into captivity much like Israel under Pharaoh
• the young boys without dads
• the beautiful little girls wondering why a parent is no longer there and strangers come in and out of the home.
• successful businessmen wrapped up in things that truly dont matter…why would they need God?
• “mature” followers wanting to go “deeper” when we are among the deepest part of the ocean of fish that need cleansing, care, and deliverance.
• a city that needs light, love, and a demonstration of Gods power.
“Tell them how much I love them.” – that statement has kept me occupied with my heavenly vision since the age of 19. When I think about Jesus and some of His last words to His disciples, I just don’t hear “Go and fill yourself with knowledge and understanding of scripture”. “Go, and see how much “success” you can gain so that your spirit within can be satisfied.
Jesus did not give the disciples a masters degree in theology. He didnt even give them a bible! He gave them His Spirit so they could go out and “do likewise”. He gave them one commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
This translates in the home…in the marketplace…in the street…among every tribe and especially in the Whitehouse.
Can I make a simple statement and prayer? Thank you
LOVE REQUIRES OF US TO GET MESSY, GET BUSY, GET UP, GET IN, GET OUT OF OUR SELFISH LIVES AND BE INVOLVED IN OTHERS LIVES.
“Hows that working for you Marcus?”
Its difficult, I’m tired, but I’m so satisfied in being about my Fathers business! I end with the words of Irsael Houghtons song,
“Nothing else matters, nothing in this world will do
Jesus You’re the center, and everything revolves around You