DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Our heart is the wellspring of life, so we must guard it with all diligence.
As Christians, what are we giving our attention to? What is in our heart? Do we long for material things like wealth, riches or money? Or, do we desire the things of God?
The Lord has promised us abundant life. God wants us to be rich spiritually, physically and materially. But when we begin to idolize our material wealth and we begin to treasure them more than we treasure God, then, we will face destruction. A fool and his money shall soon part. But if our heart is centered on Christ, we can be assured that our rewards will be great and we will have eternal life with our Savior.
We read in First Samuel, Chapter 15 that the Lord rejected Saul as King because his heart was not set on God. His heart’s desire was based on material things and his pride. Samuel said to Saul in verses 1-3: “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”
Saul summoned two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah and they destroyed the Amalekites with the sword. But some wrong motives were in Saul’s heart. He spared Agag, King of the Amalekites and the best of the sheep and cattle and the fat calves and lambs. Everything that was good he spared. This grieved the Lord because Saul did not carry out His instructions. Saul began to play the blame game and said it was his soldiers who kept the best of everything to sacrifice to the Lord. He also set up a monument in his own honor.
God wants us to serve Him and not man. Our hope must not be in the material things, which could be here today and gone tomorrow, but we must put our hope in a true and living God who richly provides us with everything we need for our enjoyment. We are commanded to always do good and to have a heart after God. In this way, we will lay up treasures for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age so we may take hold of the life that is truly life.
What are we giving our attention to? Are your treasures laid up on this earth or are they stored in heaven? In today’s world, many crave for a new house, a new car, the most expensive jewelry, clothing and to live a luxurious life. But do we have the right motives? God wants us to be rich in His Word, He wants us to trust and obey Him, He wants us to abide in Him as He abides in us.
We learn in Matthew 6: 19-21 that we should “not store up for ourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.”
I encourage us to put our hope in Christ Jesus. He is the solid rock on which we stand, He is our firm foundation. He does not waiver in His thoughts, He is unchangeable, He is unstoppable, He is unshakeable. If God promised to provide for us, He will provide for us. He is not a God that He should lie. We have to believe in Him and lean not unto our own understanding.
We brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing with us. But if our life is fully grounded in Christ, we know that at the second coming of Jesus Christ, we will reign with Him eternally, because we have put our trust in Him.
Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:7-8, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”
As I stated earlier, it is not that God wants us to be poor. But when we begin to idolize our riches and wealth and forget about our Creator, then destruction will come upon us. Whoever stores us things for themselves but is not rich toward God will surely die. Idolatry is a sin and God hates sin. He is a Holy God, and we are to live holy as He is holy.
I challenge us to be rich in the things of God, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Let us continue to put our hope in God for He has promised us abundant life, now and forever more, Amen.