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Jehovah-Elyon: The Lord God Most High (8 of 10)
Series: The "Names of God"
INTRO: Those things we hold dearest, we hold highest in our hearts and minds:
1. America: The greatest country in our hearts has caused some to give their greatest sacrifice -- their lives!
2. Family: Parents have died to save their children, those they hold highest in their hearts.
3. Men have given up kingdoms for the woman they loved, and held highest in their heart
4. You can tell what a man or woman holds highest in the hearts by the devotion and sacrifices they give to whatever that is!
How we decide our budgets and our priorities says a lot about us ... and these things are more than just secular pursuits.
ILLUS: A budget is a theological document. It indicates who or what we worship. -- James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 375.
It only takes a small amount of silver to obscure our view of others and their needs and what God wants us to see, we must be careful to remember that material things are simply temporal in nature, not eternal. The lure for the "stuff" of this world can quickly obscure our view of spiritual realities no matter how well intended we are.
ILLUS: One day a wealthy old miser visited a rabbi who took him by the hand and led him to a window. "Look out there," he said, pointing to the street. "What do you see?" "I see men and women and little children," answered the rich man. Again the rabbi took him by the hand and led him to the mirror and said, "What do you see now?" "Now I see myself," the rich man replied. Then the rabbi said, "Behold, in the window there is glass, but the glass of the mirror is covered with silver, and no sooner is the silver added then you fail to see others but see only yourself." If you see self and all the respect and honor others ought to give you, you are on dangerous ground. You won't be able to see others if self ...
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