Which God do you worship?
Luke 12:34 -
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The word 'God' is a word that is coined like the word 'Church' and both these do not exist in the Bible. The Greek word translated as Church refers to a congregation, but not just any congregation but specifies it people gathered for spiritual purposes. Thus even though the word is not Biblical, using the word 'Church' does not cause any issue (as far as my knowledge goes). But about using the word 'God' we need to understand more.
Bible words used for the Creator are usually Lord or Divine One etc., what is interesting is the word 'God' was coined later and coincidently is similar (phonically) to a pagan deity (Hebrew Gawd / Gad) who was provider and keeper of the fortune of this world and is mentioned in the Bible (Isaiah 65:11).
Like in today's message we read of 2 types of treasures, one which is of this world and the other that is of Heaven. The treasures of this world can be seen and even held in the hand but the treasures of the Heaven are not visible to everyone, only those who are spiritually mature will be able to see them.
What the Bible mentions as treasures of this world do not only mean money, gold, silver, precious gems but means everything of this world that is precious. It would also include things like fame, social status / relationships, career, social power, physical/external beauty, clothes, electronic gadgets, automobiles, house and even earthly family relationships among other things.
When the Bible uses the word Heavenly treasures, it refers to things like revelations that come from God, Fruits of the Holy Spirit and gifts of the Holy Spirit among others.
We all have a spiritual pocket in our inner man wherein we store our treasures; when we put earthly treasures, as soon as we put them in they increase in volume and weight. Thus as we put more and more of the worldly riches they spiritually puff us and burden us and cause us to come to a point that they drag us spiritually and cause us not to enter the narrow gates of Heaven. But in case of Heavenly treasures, even though we put them in our spiritual pocket here they actually get deposited in Heaven in our account there, thus as we fill our spiritual pockets they show we have nothing.
An interesting fact is as we get any Heavenly treasure, each leads us to places where more Heavenly treasure is available. Thus those who are rich in Spirit are meek in Spirit, because even though they have a lot yet they know how much they lack. Another fact people are ignorant of is the riches that we store in Heaven are not like insurances or fixed bank deposits which cannot be touched or use unless it matures (unless we go to Heaven). Understand the riches we deposit in Heaven can be of use for us here on earth, in our lifetime, but have its principles of usage.
When we use the word 'God' do we mean the pagan god of this world or do we mean the God of the Heavens. If our God is the God of the Heavens then why are we hoarding the fortunes of this world and are penniless in the fortunes of the Heavens?
Today's message asks a question to us which we alone can answer for ourselves - who is our God?
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You who dwell in the High places of the Heavens alone are our God. Lord, your riches are unlimited and eternal. Help us Lord to realize the rich of this world is temporary and many a times cause of our destruction. Lord we pray we pursue the riches of your Kingdom and gather of this world only that what we need and what we desire...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
Isaiah 65:11 - But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
The Hebrew words translated here as 'that troop' is the word Gawd - a pagan deity – god of fortune. Therefore the scripture should be :-
Isaiah 65:11 - But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for Gawd, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
Matthew 6:24 - No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
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