Session 15 – Kingdom First

Treasure in Heaven

Treasure (3)Matthew 6:19-21Our treasure is that which we deem to be most important, that on which we place great value. Jesus is again dealing with the heart, the innermost part of man’s being, and the core of man where his real motives are harbored.  We are instructed not to value highly the things of the world, but to invest our time and heart into the things of God.  Nothing can rob us of the treasure in heaven since these are stored up with God. However, the greatest treasure and valuables in the world are subject to depreciation and theft!

God is Our Treasure

Luke 6:43-45 – Our true treasure is that on which we are spending our lives. That which is inside governs what happens on the outside, but everything on the inside is determined by what we let in. If we want godly things to come out of our hearts, we must put godly things into our hearts. We have to guard and monitor our hearts.

Proverbs 23:5-7 – Where our treasure is our hearts are, and where our hearts are our lives are, and that makes us who we are. If our treasure is in the things of God, then the things of God will be in our hearts and manifested in our lives. Love, joy, peace, etc. will be emanating from our hearts freely.

 Lay Up Treasure in Heaven

Psalm 49:6-13; 1Timothy 6:3-12 – If we live for now, now is all we get!

Colossians 3:1-10 – Set your affection on things above.

Matthew 13:44-46 – The Kingdom of God shall be our treasure.

Single Eye

Matthew 6:22-23 – “Clear” comes from the Greek word haplous meaning simple or single. When our eye is single (focused on one thing), we will see one thing. If our main focus is God and the things of God, then God will be in and manifested from our lives.

The “eye” symbolizes spiritual perception. Whatever we give our attention to is the thing that governs our lives. Attention is the key! Our free will lies in the direction of our attention.

Whatever we steadfastly direct our attention to will come into our lives and dominate us.

If we direct our attention to the outer world, which is constantly shifting and changing, we are bound to have frustration, disappointment, and heartache. In contrast, if we will direct our attention to God and desire to glorify God in doing His will, then our eye is single and our whole body, or embodiment, will be full of light.

Galatians 6:3, 7 and 8 – Whatsoever we sow, we reap.

Cannot Serve Two Masters

Matthew 6:24 – The word “wealth” is from the Greek mamonas − a comprehensive word for all kinds of possessions, earnings, and gain (the god of materialism).

We cannot serve God and the world. However, the devil gets people to think that they can. It is a deception. God wants our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we give our lives to God, we will get life! If we try to keep our own lives and ways, we will lose our lives.

When we sell out to God, we have the power of God and deliverance.

Ephesians 6:5 and 6 – Slaves (doulos) – one who makes the freewill choice to commit himself out of love to serve the master with attentiveness and singleness of heart.

We are not victims of circumstance. What someone else does to us is not the issue; the issue is what we allow in our hearts.

Luke 16:13-15 – God knows your heart.

Matthew 6:25-33 – Do not be worried or anxious or troubled with cares (Matthew 6:25; 27; 28; 31; 34).

Matthew 6:34 – Do not be mentally distracted about tomorrow. We get robbed of the blessings of today by worrying about tomorrow.

We can plan for tomorrow without worrying.  We give it to God, ask Him to help us with it, and then think the best concerning that situation today.

James 4:13-17 – Sufficient is the evil to contend with today, never mind tomorrow. To keep our focus, our treasure, our eyes singly on God today is enough!