Friday, May 10, 2013

Discerning Treasure

You are our letter, 

written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 

being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, 

written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3

Now in order to find the treasure we discussed in the previous post, I will assume a few conclusions here. These points are critically important.

First, you need to have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and His free gift of eternal life.

Next, you must understand the nature of the treasure. It is inside of you. It is God’s eternal Truth.  And you receive this Truth through His Holy Word by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Now having established a starting point, we need to understand what this all means. When we receive Christ’s free gift of eternal life, we receive the Holy Spirit as Jesus promised. "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive John 14:16-17

This promise from Jesus was given in response to a question from the one we have come to know as “Doubting Thomas” as follows:

The Holy Spirit will guide us in being transformed and renewed day by day, and being grounded in the Truth of Jesus Christ.

But why is it that millions of professing Christians have never applied this truth in their lives? There are a number of reasons.

   1. Although they are in the world, but no longer of the world … they have been trained by the secular world and accepted worldly false teachings as truth.

   2. As in the times of the Pharisees, they have allowed the religious teachings of men to come between them and God’s Truth.
   3. They have been blinded by the god of this world and his false teachings.

   4. They are still following their lust and pride; rather than the Holy Spirit.

Consider for a moment that the gold coins in the picture above each represent a measure of Eternal Truth. Now we must test each belief or view so as to not be conformed but rather be transformed. All we then need to do is follow God’s Word by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Continual prayer and meditation on the specific text is critical here.

Pray for guidance, meditate on the Word, and listen. The Truth will become known to you. Once again, we are to test each belief or view with the understanding that we are: to not be conformed; but rather to be transformed.

There are an unlimited number of Truths. When we allow false beliefs to become a stronghold in our thinking … we become blinded on that particular point. One false conclusion can infect our thinking on a number of eternal Truths. 

A great example is “the theory of evolution.”  To accept evolution we must reject the Creator God who as Christians we have also received as our Lord and Savior ... and along with that reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves us for eternity. Do we wonder where the phrase Christians are hypocrites was born?

Here is another key point: Jesus said; “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me” What does this Truth say to religions, denominations, and other teachings of men? God says: "The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God" There is a big danger here of following the teachings of men; rather than God.

We need to challenge and test everything we have come to believe by the eternal Truth of God’s Word. False beliefs are a barrier between us and the leading of the Holy Spirit. As Americans we are committed to freedom of religion for all. But that does not mean that these false religions are valid; or that we should trust the teachings of those who have been misled by them.

Sending our kids to wrong university could negatively impact their entire life. And this Truth includes supposed Christian universities. Think about it. A professor at a Christian university who is not guided by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word can easily lead many sincere young Christians in the wrong direction … especially if they are not calling upon the leadership of God’s eternal Truth and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Now let’s look back at Warren Buffett. What is the value of his counsel in finding this eternal treasure of God’s wisdom that all Christians already possess? ZERO. Although extremely valuable in the ways of the world, Buffett’s advice is most apt to lead us away from God’s Treasure ... and possibly to the treasures of the world.

Don’t get me wrong, Warren Buffett or Peter Drucker have great ideas on how to succeed in the world. But  God’s Word tells us that we are Ambassadors for Christ with a ministry of reconciliation …  “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 As Ambassadors we are now foreigners here on earth. Jesus makes it clear that the world will hate us, and the things that we believe.

Why are Christians still chasing after temporary treasure that Jesus rejected when they have eternal treasure readily available to them? 

They are still under the control of their lust and pride.

God bless you my friends, Bob

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