Treasures of the Heart - Lasting Devotion to Heavenly Pursuits - Thursday, July 13th

Treasures of the Heart - Lasting Devotion to Heavenly Pursuits - Thursday, July 13th

Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stone. They raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the valley of Achor to this day. Joshua 7:24-26

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:7-14

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

The Bible says, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” So, if we succumb to the allure of treasure apart from God, we suffer the consequences. If our hearts are set on earthly treasure, then earthly treasure is what we get. What could be worse than starting off with God and then essentially missing out on Him? We reap what we sow. If we want God, then we must choose Him continually. If we don’t have Him, then we don’t have His righteousness. If we don’t have His righteousness, then like the Pirates of old, we are lawless and subject to sin and its consequences at every turn. Heaven may eventually be our destination but it is not the desire of our heart. Can you imagine arriving in Heaven someday and having lived a life with our affections set squarely on the things of earth – what an embarrassment and one more unnecessary consequence.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I know I don’t have all this perfectly in place in my life yet, but I do know that more than anything else I want you and all you have in mind for me. Thank you for loving me, redeeming me, and setting me on the right path. Please strengthen my devotion to you and the better things that really count. I know that through you, Lord, I am no longer lawless but one who is pursuing heavenly things. I reaffirm my commitment to you, Lord, my one and only Master. Amen!

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