Heavenly Treasure

The Stair Steps To Earthly Abundance And

Spiritual Prosperity

 

 

 

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James 4

New King James Version (NKJV)

Pride Promotes Strife

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet[a] you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and[b] adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[c]

Humility Cures Worldliness

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Do Not Judge a Brother

11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver,[d] who is able to save and to destroy. Who[e] are you to judge another?[f]

Do Not Boast About Tomorrow

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[g] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

 

 

 

Chapter 11

 

The Stair Steps To Earthly Abundance And

Spiritual Prosperity

Jesus changed the standard by which believers would live after His coming.

 We now live in the fulfillment of the promises of the Word .

  • He changed our relationship with God.

Jesus was the first born from the dead.

 He took our sins into His Spirit and Was Separated From

 The Father in His Death.

 Then in His Resurrection He Became

The First Born From The Dead.

He Entered Paradise And Gave To The Saints of Old

The Recreating of The Human Spirit.

Them He Returned To Earth and Gave to Those

 Who Believed in Him the New Birth.

Now We are kings and priests to His God and Father,

 Who is also now Our God and Father.

 

(Rev 1:5 NKJV)  

 

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,

 the firstborn from the dead,

and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

(6) and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father,

to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

  • He changed the standard of faith

In the old testament their faith was to believe

 they would receive the promise of God.

 

 

(Rom 4:19 – 22 NKJV)

(19) And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body,

already dead (since he was about a hundred years old),

and the deadness of Sarah's womb.

(20) He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief,

but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

(21) and being fully convinced that what He had promised

He was also able to perform.

(22) And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness."

In the new testament after we are born again,

we have already received the promises.

Now we are to use our faith to be apart of the body of Christ and

allow Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit to work through us

to do his work on this earth.

We have been given, through Christ Jesus access

to the power of God as though we were Christ.

(Mark 11:22 – 24 NKJV)

(22) So Jesus answered and said to them,

"Have faith in God.

(23) "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,

 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart,

but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

 (24) "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,

believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

 

(Mat 16:18 – 19 NKJV)

(18)"And I also say to you that you are Peter,

 and on this rock I will build My church,

and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

(19) "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,

and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,

and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

 

(Mark 16:15 – 18 NKJV)

(15) And He said to them,

"Go into all the world and preach

the gospel to every creature.

 (16) "He who believes and is baptized will be saved;

but he who does not believe will be condemned.

 (17) "And these signs will follow those who believe:

 In My name they will cast out demons;

they will speak with new tongues;

(18) "they will take up serpents;

and if they drink anything deadly,

 it will by no means hurt them; they will lay

 hands on the sick, and they will recover."

 

  • He changed the standard of Giving

In the old testament they were commanded to give a tenth

 of their first fruits and then to offer offerings unto God

as directed in the Word.

 

(Mal 3:8 NKJV)

"Will a man rob God?

Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,

'In what way have we robbed You?'

In tithes and offerings.

 

In the new testament Jesus has set

a new standard for giving.

 Jesus mentioned not one Word about giving a tenth.

 The moment that Jesus entered the earth,

the plan of salvation when to the

 final count down in the eye of God.

We were no longer of this world,

but are to be as pilgrims from another world.

 

(1 Pet 2:11 NKJV)

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims,

abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

 

We are all called to be soldiers in the body of Christ.

We are to fight the good fight of faith.

We are here for the purpose of salvation.

 We are here to save souls and to make

disciples and soldiers of those that are saved.

 

(Phil 2:25 NKJV)

Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus,

 my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier,

but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need;

 

(Phile 1:2 – 3 NKJV)

to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier,

and to the church in your house:

(3) Grace to you and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We are here as a soldier for the cause of Christ.

 

(2 Tim 2:3 NKJV)

You therefore must endure hardship

 as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 

We are not here to build our own individual earthly kingdoms.

We are to work in what ever calling that we have

for the sole cause of supplying the needs of the body of Christ,

 the army of God to do battle with satan.

Please read this simple scripture

and reach down into your deepest spiritual understanding

and find the simple, yet powerful statement

of the purpose that we as Christians should live by.

 

(2 Tim 2:4 NKJV)

No one engaged in warfare

 entangles himself with the affairs of this life,

that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

 

We have not come out from among them

to separate from them.

We compete with those of the world for the things in this world.

WE WATCH THE SAME WORLDLY STUFF ON TV.

WE GO TO THE SAME MOVIES WHICH ARE FILLED WITH SIN AND DEATH.

 

 Can you imagine having Jesus over for the evening and renting 007

or Titanic or whatever for him to set in front of our TV

and watch with us.

 

We are greatly entangled with the affairs of this life.

This country is as evil or even more evil as Sodom and Gomorrah.

 We have become so callous to the sin that surrounds us

that we no longer even see it as sin.

 

It is time to repent and search the scriptures for the truth

 as how we are to live on this earth.

This new life is the new life in Christ Jesus.

 

We start by taking our focus off the this world

 and having the single focus of acquiring the kingdom of heaven.

 In this scripture Jesus says to give all for

the purchase of the kingdom of heaven.

 There is not one word about storing treasure on earth.

The Word say to sell all to acquire the kingdom of heaven.

 

(Mat 13:44 – 46 NKJV)

(44) "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,

which a man found and hid;

and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has

and buys that field.

(45) "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,

(46) "who, when he had found one pearl of great price,

went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 

The people of the world are of satan and they are here to satisfy

the needs of the flesh.

Everything that they do will be for the,

The Lust Of The Eyes,

Lust Of The Flesh,

Pride Of Life

And The Power Of Greed.

 

We are not here to serve our flesh

or to build our own individual earthly kingdoms.

We are to work in what ever calling that we have

 for the sole cause of supplying the needs of the body of Christ,

the army of God to do battle with satan and rescue the perishing.

 

 

 

Matthew 19:16-22

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rich Man

16 Someone came to Jesus with this question:

“Teacher,[a] what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

17 “Why ask me about what is good?”

Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good.

 But to answer your question—

if you want to receive eternal life, keep[b] the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” the man asked.

And Jesus replied:

 “‘You must not murder.

You must not commit adultery.

You must not steal. You must not testify falsely.

19 Honor your father and mother.

 Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c]

20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,”

the young man replied. “What else must I do?”

21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect,

 go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this,

he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

 

 

 

 

(Mark 10:21 NKJV) Then Jesus, looking at him,

loved him, and said to him,

 "One thing you lack: Go your way,

sell whatever you have and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven;

and come, take up the cross, and follow Me."

22 At this the man’s face fell,

and he went away sad,

for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

“How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”

 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again,

“Dear children, it is very hard[f] to enter the Kingdom of God.

 25 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!”

 

 

Luke 18:18-24

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Rich Man

18 Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question:

“Good Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?”

 Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good.

20 But to answer your question,

you know the commandments: ‘You must not commit adultery.

You must not murder.

 You must not steal.

You must not testify falsely.

Honor your father and mother.’[a]

21 The man replied,

“I’ve obeyed all these commandments

since I was young.”

22 When Jesus heard his answer, he said,

“There is still one thing you haven’t done.

Sell all your possessions and

 give the money to the poor,

 and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow me.”

23 But when the man heard this

he became very sad, for he was very rich.

24 When Jesus saw this,[b] he said,

“How hard it is for the rich

to enter the Kingdom of God!

 

 

 

Jesus did give us a real live example of a person accepting

 Him as Savior and entering in to the flow

of giving that is according to Jesus’ teaching.

There is nothing here that represents a tenth.

 

We are not told one Word that Jesus said to Zacchaeus.

But we can look at the three examples above and

then look at what Zacchaeus did when Jesus went

home with him. From this we can get a pretty good idea

what Jesus said when He enter Zacchaeus' home.

 

 

(Luke 19:8 – 9 NKJV)

 1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus

who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

 And he sought to see who Jesus was,

but could not because of the crowd,

for he was of short stature.

So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him,

for He was going to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place,

 He looked up and saw him,[a] and said to him, “Zacchaeus,

 make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.

 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying,

“He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

8) Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord,

"Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor;

and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation,

 I restore fourfold."

(9) And Jesus said to him,

 "Today salvation has come to this house,

because he also is a son of Abraham;

 

Zacchaeus was a wealthy man.

 He had much to give.

 He started with a 100% and gave half to the poor.

He then paid back four times as much

to each person he had stolen from.

In his position that probably came out to be a large sum.

But lets say it only equals half of his 50% left.

 So now Zacchaeus has entered the flow of giving and

 receiving with a remaining 25% to care for his family.

 

 Jesus with his statement,

"Today salvation has come to this house",

was pleased with the actions taken by Zacchaeus.

Where is the tenth in this example,

it is consumed in the flow.

 

The new standard that Jesus has set for the church is all.

Give up all for the cause of Christ,

for the work of the Body, His Body,

Our Body.

We Are Now A Part Of the Whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James 1

 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting to the Twelve Tribes

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:

Greetings.

Profiting from Trials

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

The Perspective of Rich and Poor

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Qualities Needed in Trials

19 So then,[a] my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Doers—Not Hearers Only

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

26 If anyone among you[b] thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.