I was looking through some of my old journals this morning and God drew me back to a verse he had me study a few years back and it just spoke to my spirit so I thought I would dig in some more and share it with you all.
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! 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. (bible-researcher.com)
Do not store up for yourself treasures on this earth, that the moth can destroy and can rust, and thieves can break in and steal: but lay-up/store up treasures in yourself, that the moth and rust cannot destroy and thieves cannot break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.
We do not need to be concerned with the storying up or saving up of earthly treasures that are fleeting. We do this because we do not trust the Lord to be our provider, we have taken the labor of providing into our own hands. The more important focus is on storing up treasures inside ourselves that can never be taken.
What are the treasures of heaven? And where is heaven so we can store them up? And how do we lay aside or store them up?
The Kingdom of God is also referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven, it is one in the same and it is within you. Luke 17:20-21 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “see here!’ or ‘see there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.
So we know where we are storing them, in us. So, what are the treasures of Heaven and how do we store them?
For more information about how the Kingdom of Heaven is the same as the Kingdom of God, check out this article on how the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are one in the same. (https://www.gotquestions.org/kingdom-heaven-God.html)
The treasures of Heaven? The riches of our inheritance?
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, (inside us) 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us[b] for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known[c] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it
(Bold added for emphasis)
What are some treasures we can store in us?
- We are Holy
- We are Blameless, without blame forever
- We are adopted because he predestined us as sons/daughters, he wants to have a relationship with us, intimacy with us
- He has lavished his Grace upon us, his good view and opinion of us
- He has made known to us all the mysteries of his will, all wisdom and insight is ours, we have the mind of Christ
- He unites all things in Him, he united us back to him because he so loves us
- We have a glorious inheritance with him forever, eternal life
- We are the praise of his glory (His good view and opinion)
- We are sealed with the Holy Spirit who is our guarantee of our inheritance. Our inheritance includes both rule and reign.
These are just a few of the treasures that we have, that we should realize and believe and by believing, thus store inside of us. How do we store up these treasures? They are already ours, we simply believe it.
In our hearts, when we see the glory of God’s grace towards us, and receive it, when we believe we are sons/daughters of Abba, when we allow ourselves to fully trust him in all areas of our life and believe that He alone is the only one that can bring forth His life in us, we live in His beautiful agape and simply rest.
Each and every day he reveals more to us of his glorious treasures for us as he walks us into a greater understand of our true identities and His glorious love for us.
Where our treasure is, there our heart will be also. Do we trust him or ourselves to bring forth all we need in this life? Let’s continue on in these verses and see what he has to say.
Matthew 6:22-24 The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness! 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. (bible-researcher.com)
Eye here comes from the root word optanomai, meaning appear, am seen, gaze with eyes wide open, shew self
Single here is haplous meaning single, simple, unfolded, without folds, single undivided focus
The eye is the lamp of the body (your entire being). If your eye (vision, sight) is healthy (clear, with a single undivided focus, unfolded, literally without folds) your whole body will be full of light. (Jesus is the light of this world, those who follow him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12)
While studying this verse Daddy lead me to the following verse in Psalms that I believe speaks to the verse above as it was such a coincidence that the word health above means being without folds.
Psalm 119:130 the unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Unfolding-appearing, let go free, loose (self,) break forth
There was a misunderstanding of Abba before Jesus that needed to be straightened out or unfolded for us to be able to see clearly. Jesus was the unfolding (appearing) of the true word, he was the light of the truth. He gave understanding and discernment to the open minded. (pethi)
We can see that if your vision/sight is labor and toil your own hands your whole body will be full of darkness.
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil (Poneros-laborious toil). Everyone who does evil (poneros: Laborious toil) hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that what he has done has been accomplished in God.”
Not by our own hands toiling and laboring, but by God’s hands in us effortlessly will He bring it forth. When we disregard the light (Jesus) and turn to our own darkness (self-effort) our deeds are evil (laborious toil to show ourselves righteous).
Luke 11:35-36 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Be careful that, that which you think is light isn’t really darkness within you. Do not be fooled.
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.
No one can serve to masters Grace/Law (Self Effort to save yourself), for either he will hate the one and love (agape) the other, or he will be devoted (holds on to, cleave to) the one and despise (disregard) the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (what is trusted in)
I will detest the law and love grace or I will cleave to the law and disregard grace. You cannot serve both God and the treasures you trust in. Some try to mix the two, law and grace and this clearly shows that can not happen. Those who mix the two are lukewarm.
Revelation 3:16 I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. 16So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth!
Who are you trusting in? What are you trusting in? Your own works or God’s? Are you you mixing his pure grace with your own works?
25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for + itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Prophetic drawing by my 8yo, such a great representation of letting go of the law and embracing the fullness of God’s grace.
Seek (desire) first His Kingdom and His righteousness (eyes focused on him, not on anything else like us)
How do we know what we are seeking? Do we spend more time trusting God and resting in his finished works or do we spend more time working to try and earn that which was already given to us? When we know who we are in him we no longer try to earn it by our own labor and toil. We simply rest in the knowledge that it is all ours by his adoption of us. Our only work is to believe, and out of that beautiful understanding will flow effortlessly not only the fruits of his spirit but the effortless desire to do His work.
So often we have put the cart before the horse thinking that I must do or my faith is dead, we are taking the action into our own hands. That is out of order however, out of faith is birthed the works. Out of the faith the desire, and will, and motivation is derived, we don’t bring it forth, He does in us. Faith=Divine Persuasion it is not Personal persuasion.
Beloved rest in him today, trust in his provision of you, believe in all the wonderful things he has given us and receive them so that your treasures are stored up in heaven.