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Where Your Treasure is …


As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honour your father and mother.’”

“Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Mark 10:17-22 (NLT)

We live in a very affluent society. Many of us have been blessed with good jobs and possessions. I think we here in the West have more than our ancestors ever had. We think it’s important we own our own home, need at least two cars and everything for our children that we didn’t have. It seems to me though that even though we are blessed with these things, we are less happy than those that came before us. We are never satisfied with what we have and want more. So it is with the general population. Riches and wealth of possessions rarely brings happiness, Yet so many of us would be hard pressed to part with them.

As I was praying last night I thought much about this young rich man that Jesus spoke with. What if I was in his position and Jesus asked this of me? Would I react in the same way? In all honesty I have to admit there was a lot of hesitancy on my part. I love my warm home and my bed and the fact that I live in comfort. Am I more interested in my own comfort than that of the poor? I’m not rich but what I possess is much more than many around the world. This troubled me quite a bit. My heart is not in the right place and I am in the process of remedying that. In giving us His all, Jesus has asked for all of us. It’s not an option. He’s either Lord of all or not Lord at all. We can’t afford to have any attachment to this world. We are not our own, we have been bought for a great price. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

The question begs asking, what about you? Are you so tied to your possessions that they mean more to you than your service to Christ and His Lordship? If Jesus asked you to give up everything tomorrow, would you? Or would you walk away sad like this young man did? As Christians we should be able to let go of people and possessions at the drop of a hat. Our answer should always be, “Yes Lord.” without hesitation. Everything you have been blessed with is not yours anyway. It belongs to Him to do with a He pleases and if that bothers you then you need to seek the Lord as to why. We bring nothing into this world and there is nothing that we can bring with us when we leave it.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” Mark 10:23-27 (NLT)’

When Jesus died on the cross He made it possible for all to be saved, but it still comes down to a matter of the heart. Where your heart is there is your treasure also. Luke 12:34. Whatever possesses our heart, possesses us. If it be Christ then we are in the right place. If it is other people or things that we possess then we need to get right with God. Jesus tells us that in giving up our earthly desires and possessions that we gain much more in heaven.   

Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” Mark 10:28-31 (NLT)

So tell me is your heart here on earth set on your possessions or are you building towards your inheritance that Christ has promised you in heaven? It is a question you alone can answer in your time with Jesus. Lord help us to put you first in all things!

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Beware Another Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing – Jim Wallis


Our enemy is good at manipulating God’s word to suit his own purposes and unless you yourself are studying it, you can very easily be taken in and follow false teaching. There are many false teachers out there but one has come very much to the forefront recently. His name is Jim Wallace who was recently appointed as one of President Obama’s top spiritual advisors. He says that social justice and economic justice are at the core of the gospel. Funny I thought Jesus was the core of the gospel. This is a good article exposing the man for who he really stands for.

HIJACKING THE FAITH: THE OBAMA WAY

by Sharon Sebastian

As with most hijackings, the targets don’t know about it until it is happening. As with every hijacking, it is about control. This time it is about controlling the word of God as preached in churches across the land. Behind it, is the force and support of the White House. Note the man reported to be President Barack Obama’s newest spiritual advisor, a man with reported sentiments not unlike Jeremiah Wright’s, but without the raw public image. Yet, Obama’s new front man on religion, Rev. Jim Wallis, is creating his own explosive rhetorical baggage as he takes on the word of the God of the Bible.

Obama’s stated goal is to change America.  Having rammed through health care for physical control of American lives, his administration is now emboldened to venture into the heart and soul of America – its religious foundation and the Judeo-Christian Bible.

Years ago, the head of a major Gay rights organization told Pacifica radio that he thought Bill Clinton could deliver what his group wanted, but when a sitting president failed, he suggested he now understands that you “have to go after the churches.” That is a strategy that the Obama administration appears to have also adopted. The hijacking has been effectively under the radar for years and now presents itself in the form of “social justice.”  Rev. Wallis, a self-proclaimed Progressive, who has reportedly supported many communist causes, has renamed “social justice” to “Biblical justice.” With that renaming or change in terminology comes a full-out assault on the meaning of Biblical scripture.

The core of “Biblical justice” is all about control. Control of the words and interpretation of scripture, control of what pastors should preach, control of the hearts and minds of those who would be faithful. Wallis, founder of the far-left magazine Sojourners, and now Obama’s religious adviser, is cited as a former activist in the radical SDS movement, is reportedly anti-capitalist, and is inculcating the Bible into Obama’s transformative “wealth redistribution” socialistic political strategy. Tellingly, Wallis calls his blog, “God’s Politics.”  How Wallis can reveal “God’s Politics,” when the scripture does not, is truly a mystery.

The radical left started the hijacking process by creating many of their own churches under the guise of the Judeo-Christian faith and began teaching social justice – as in redistribution of wealth, socialistic control of the nation’s economy, the green movement, global warming – as if such issues are mandated by scripture.  It is a fraud against scripture since there is no such doctrine of “social justice” anywhere in the Bible. The radical left would do well to understand that when there is Biblical justice to be meted out, it will be by the sovereign God, their Creator — not by a transitory government seeking a globalization agenda under pious posturing that masquerades their political hijacking and usurping of Biblical doctrine. What they postulate is a sin against God, a lie against people of doctrinal faith and a threat to uproot the Judeo-Christian founding of this nation and its Constitution.  Danger is afoot and it comes in the meaningless terminology of man-conceived and politically designed “Biblical Justice.”

The last time the God of the Bible was under siege with such a broad deception is reviewed in the book, Darwin’s Racists – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Sharon Sebastian and Raymond G. Bohlin

(http://www.DarwinsRacists.com). Darwin’s Racists reveals the assault on God as Creator and how Communist, Socialist and Fascist regimes used Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as a tool, as false justification, to control the masses and deny the Creator God. The book reveals implications of the same mind-set in political policies out of Washington and the impact on American lives both today and tomorrow.

Heed the warning of one of the book’s reviewers: “Anyone who cares about their future and the future of the next generation should read Darwin’s Racists and then prepare themselves to speak out and take action before it is no longer possible. The physical and spiritual future of millions is at stake.”

The Bible is not to be usurped as the voice of the radical socialist-left.  The Judeo-Christian faith teaches the Bible is truth and that both rights and justice come from God.  Churches that preach “social or Biblical justice,” from the Obama/Wallis perspective as a political tool, are sliding down that slippery slope of the Marxist dream of having the masses embrace the government as their god. History reveals that knowingly or unwittingly doing so portends grave consequences.