Heavenly Treasure

Building a Heavenly Bank Account

 

 

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Hebrews 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Faith at the Dawn of History

By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.

By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; [a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

Faithful Abraham

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child[b] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

The Heavenly Hope

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

The Faith of the Patriarchs

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,”[d] 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.

The Faith of Moses

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in[e] Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

By Faith They Overcame

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.

Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[f] were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.

 

 

Chapter 3

  

We Must Make Sure We

Understand God’s Plan For The Church,

The Body Of Christ, You And Me

(Eph 5:25 - 27NKJV) 

(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ

 

 also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

 

(26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with

 

 the washing of water by the word,

 

(27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church,

 

 not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,

 

 but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Gods Plan for a Glorious Church Gives Christians

 

 four equally important responsibilities to

 

fulfill our part in the body of Christ.

  • We must understand our role as individual Christians in the body of Christ.
  • We must fulfill our responsibility to the care of our immediate family.

This involves our personal needs and the lifestyle we live as taught in the Word.

 

  • We must understand our responsibility as to the care of

our brothers and sister in the body of Christ as taught in the Word.

 

  • We must know and fulfill the responsibility we have as

Christians to the spreading of the gospel to a lost world at all cost.

 

 

To help us accomplish these four main responsibilities

 we have as Christians, there are four goals we need to consider;

 

  • We must work daily as an individual Christian to become

apart of the Glorious Church not having spot or wrinkle.

 

  • We must work daily to be apart of God’s plan for

Financial Freedom for us as an individual Christian and

for the body of Christ as a hold.

 

  • We must do our individual part to spread the gospel
    to a lost and dying world at all cost.
  • We must work daily to build our heavenly bank account.

 

These four responsibilities and the accomplishment of these four goals

are of equal importance when it comes to accomplishing God’s plan for the church.

 

We as individual Christians must be willing to take a close look at what

 God’s Word says about our walk with Christ and

the accomplishment of each of these responsibilities and goals.

 

There is only one way to be able to accomplish

these responsibilities and goals.

 We must become completely absorbed with the study of the

life of Christ and His instructions to us in the Word.

 

To become completely absorbed with the study of the

 life of Christ and His instructions to us in the Word

 is the daily life of a Christian from the time of the

New Birth until he leaves this earth to go to heaven.

This is the journey of seconds, minutes, hours,

days, months and years as we live on this earth.

 

During This Journey We Should Focus

On One Main Objective,

Look At This World Through

The Eyes Of Jesus.

 

 

When we look at the world through the eyes of Christ,

we create a firm starting block

for new Christians and a place to regroup

for those already in the faith.

 

When we finally considered the importance

of seeing this world through Jesus’ eyes,

we will then understand the importance of and how to gain

Heavenly Treasure.

 

Jesus left the riches of heaven to come to earth

to accept the spiritual poverty or separation from God that He would face.

He did this so we could have the opportunity

to gain the spiritual prosperity of knowing the Father and going to heaven,

or

Jesus became poor so I could become rich.

(2 Cor 8:7 –14 NKJV)  

(7)But as you abound in everything; in faith,

in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence,

 and in your love for us; see that

you abound in this grace also.

 

(8) I speak not by commandment,

but I am testing the sincerity of your

 love by the diligence of others.

 

(9) For you know the grace of our

 Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich,

yet for your sakes He became poor,

that you through His poverty might become rich.

 

The greatest down fall we can make as men of God

on this earth is to interpret the Word of God

 from a natural man’s point of view rather

than a spiritual man’s point of view.

 

This scripture is a prime example

of how easily this can be done.

A natural man will look at this scripture,

then look at the life of Christ

and assume that Jesus lived

an impoverished life on this earth.

 

 Then from this assumption will declare that it is

 God’s will for Christians to possess much worldly stuff.

Both of these assumptions are far from the truth.

 First of all, Jesus was not ever concerned

 with the need for worldly stuff.

Whatever and when ever He needed it,

 it became available or He made it available.

 

Do you have any need?

If necessary, He will create a solution.

(John 2:7 – 9 NKJV) 

(7) Jesus said to them,

 "Fill the waterpots with water."

And they filled them up to the brim.

(8) And He said to them,

 "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast."

And they took it.

 (9) When the master of the feast had tasted the water

that was made wine, and did not know where it came from

 (but the servants who had drawn the water knew),

the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

 

Need a place to stay? He has it.

(John 1:38 -39 NKJV)   

(38) Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them,

"What do you seek?" They said to Him,

"Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher),

"where are You staying?"

 (39) He said to them, "Come and see."

They came and saw where He was staying,

and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

 

Need provisions for your family or

 to have a few guess over for a Bible study? No problem.

(Mat 14:17 - 21 NKJV)   

(17) And they said to Him,

 "We have here only five loaves and two fish."

(18) He said, "Bring them here to Me."

(19) Then He commanded the multitudes

 to sit down on the grass.

And He took the five loaves and the two fish,

 and looking up to heaven,

He blessed and broke and gave

the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples

gave to the multitudes.

(20) So they all ate and were filled,

and they took up twelve

baskets full of the fragments that remained.

(21) Now those who had eaten were

about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

Need some transportation? It will be provided.

(Mat 21:1-3 NKJV)

(1) Now when they drew near Jerusalem,

and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives,

then Jesus sent two disciples, (2) saying to them,

 "Go into the village opposite you,

 and immediately you will find a donkey tied,

 and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me.

(3) "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say,

'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

 

Have a special need for some extra money?

His supply is unlimited.

(Mat 17:25 – 27 NKJV)

(25) He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house,

Jesus anticipated him, saying,

"What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?"

(26) Peter said to Him, "From strangers."

Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free.

(27) "Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea,

cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first.

 And when you have opened its mouth, you will find

 a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."

 

Need something to wear for a special occasion?

 He can manage it.

(Mark 15:17 – 18 NKJV) 

(17) And they clothed Him with purple;

 and they twisted a crown of thorns,

put it on His head,

(18) and began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

 

Jesus came to earth and while He was here

He kept the main thing the main thing and

He did not let the things of this world

 interfere with God’s plan for His life.

 

Need some wisdom to give some right answers

for a special occasion?

He can manage it.

(Mat 4:1 – 10 NKJV)  

(1) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness

to be tempted by the devil.

 (2) And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights,

afterward He was hungry.

 (3) Now when the tempter came to Him, he said,

 "If You are the Son of God, command

that these stones become bread."

(4) But He answered and said,

"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

(5) Then the devil took Him up into the holy city,

set Him on the pinnacle of the temple,

(6) and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God,

throw Yourself down. For it is written:

 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and,

'In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"

(7) Jesus said to him, "It is written again,

'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'"

(8) Again, the devil took Him up on an

exceedingly high mountain, and showed

Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.

(9) And he said to Him, "All these things

I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."

(10) Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you,  satan!

For it is written,

 'You shall worship the LORD your God,

and Him only you shall serve.'"

 

He also made it very clear that

He did not want any of

His disciples to be ever concerned with

 the need for worldly stuff either.

 

Need some more wisdom to make some right choices?

He can manage it.

(Mat 6:24 - 32 NKJV)

(24)"No one can serve two masters;

 for either he will hate  the one and love the other,

 or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon.

 (25) "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life,

what you will eat or what you will drink;

nor about your body, what you will put on.

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

(26) "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither

 sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly

 Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

(27) "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

(28) "So why do you worry about clothing?

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:

 they neither toil nor spin;

 (29) "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his

 glory was not arrayed like one of these.

(30) "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field,

which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,

will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

(31) "Therefore do not worry, saying,

 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or

'What shall we wear?'

(32) "For after all these things the Gentiles seek.

For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

(33) "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,

 and all these things shall be added to you.

 

The definition of mammon is personal wealth.

God does have a use for personal wealth,

which we are going to take a close look at in this study.

 But God’s Word is so clear about where our focus in life

 should be. Yet the big I that lives in me will always

be looking for a way to make it OK for me to

hoard a lot of worldly treasure.

 I will give you a little preview of things to come.

Pray and ask God to open your heart as you continue this study in search of God’s truth found in His Word concerning worldly and heavenly treasure,

God gives his children earthly treasure so they

 will have opportunity to have much Heavenly Treasure.

 

I would like to say that one more time,

but just a little Louder and a little

Brighter!

God gives his children

earthly treasure so they

will have opportunity

to have much Heavenly Treasure.

 

We must each study His Word and

in that study find out from

God His plan for our life,

then we must not let the things

of this world distract or detain us.

 

We Must Continue To Renew Our Minds With The Word,

For He Is The Word,

So That We Will Be Able To See The World

Through

The Eyes Of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Eph 5:25 - 27 NKJV) 

(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Gods Plan for a Glorious Church Gives Christians four equally important responsibilities to fulfill our part in the body of Christ.

 

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(2 Cor 8:7 –14 NKJV

(7)But as you abound in everything; in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us; see that you abound in this grace also.

(8) I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.

(9) For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

 

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(John 2:7 – 9 NKJV) 

(7) Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. (8) And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it. (9) When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

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(John 1:38 -39 NKJV)

(38) Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" They said to Him, "Rabbi" (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), "where are You staying?" (39) He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).

 

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(Mat 14:17 - 21 NKJV)   

(17) And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish." (18) He said, "Bring them here to Me." (19) Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. (20) So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. (21) Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

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(Mat 21:1-3 NKJV)

(1) Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, (2) saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. (3) "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

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Mat 17:25 – 27 NKJV

(25) He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" (26) Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. (27) "Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."

 

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(Mark 15:17 – 18 NKJV) 

(17) And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, (18) and began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

 

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(Mat 4:1 – 10 NKJV)  

(1) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (2) And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. (3) Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." (4) But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" (5) Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, (6) and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'" (7) Jesus said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'" (8) Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (9) And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." (10) Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"

He also made it very clear that He did not want any of His disciples to be ever concerned with the need for worldly stuff either.

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(Mat 6:24 - 32 NKJV)

(24)"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate  the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (25) "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (26) "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (27) "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (28) "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (29) "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (30) "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (31) "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' (32) "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.