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Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely
Hila J. Esters is a prolific teacher, author, recording artist and minister of the Gospel. She is the host of the In the Moment Christian Radio podcast.  Hila ministers the Word of God in power! Her passion is to teach believers how to live in the NOW of eternal life from the glory of the... Read More

Matthew 6:19-21

One night in a dream, the Holy Spirit showed me a desperate scene on a cliff by the sea at night.  A fierce storm was brewing.  Strong winds were blowing, howling as they went and heavy quarter size drops of rain were beginning to fall.  The waves of the sea were moving inward toward the cliff, rising, and falling, and spitting spray while all the time rapidly gaining momentum as they approached the cliff.

I was standing about ten feet from the edge of the cliff trying to hold myself steady in the wind.  As I turned to leave, a shiny glitter of gold caught my eye.  Quickly, as my eyes focused on the coin it appeared to be an unusual gold coin.  As I decided to make a dash for it before the waves reached the cliff, I saw not far away from the coin also on the edge of the cliff, a baby squirming around, wrapped in a blanket.  Both were on the edge of the cliff, but too far away from each other for me to reach them both.  It was one or the other.  As I looked up, violent waves had risen far above the edge of the cliff and were about to come crashing down.  Anything in their path would surely be swept away and lost, including me.

What should I do?  In this day and age, some would say, 'Go for the gold!'  Others would be appalled at the thought and save the baby.  Still others would just turn and run away, not looking back.  What would you do?  Would you choose wisely?

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us to lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven,... for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  What treasure have you laid up in your heart?  Do you place money above life or life above money?  Mankind breathes the breath of God.  We are here on earth to worship and to please God.  We are to love what He loves and hate what He hates. Matthew 6:24 says that,...'ye cannot serve God and mammon'.

I Timothy 6:10 says, For the love of money is the root of all evil:..  It does not say that money is evil, but souls are precious to God.  Money is a tool used on earth to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you choose money over what is precious to God, then to you, money is the root of all evil.  Philippians 4:19 and Matthew 6:24, 33 are just two of your answers to our supply on the earth.

In Matthew 4:8-10 after Jesus had been led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, and had fasted forty days and nights, he chose wisely.  With every temptation Satan placed before him, he answered with the Word of God.

Satan promised to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them if he would fall down and worship him.  Jesus never considered receiving the kingdoms of this world and the glory (riches) of them without going to the cross and then defeating Satan on his own ground.  The plan of God took them legally through his Son Jesus Christ.  His only response was, 'Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'

Separate Love (God) and money (mammon). For either you will hate the one, and love the other; or else you will hold to the one, and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon. Choose wisely.