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Where Are Your Treasures? (14 of 23)
The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. AN IGNORING OF THE LIFE TO COME
a) Only Live for the Material
b) Only Live for the Moment
2. AN INTEREST IN THE LIFE TO COME
a) Look to the Future
b) Live for the Future
3. AN INVESTMENT FOR THE LIFE TO COME
a) Treasures that are Passing
b) Treasures that are Permament
Do you know what Jesus talked about more than any other subject? It may surprise you. Take a guess. If you were to guess faith, prayer, heaven, hell or salvation, you would be wrong. The subject Jesus talked about more than any other subject is our money and our possessions. When you look at all Jesus said as recorded in the Bible, 15% of all He said is devoted to money and possessions. Understanding the emphasis Jesus placed upon our money and our possessions, it should not surprise you that He dealt with the subject in the Sermon on the Mount.
Now, I know how excited Baptist's get when a preacher preaches about money. Many are like one Baptist I read about that was attacked by the devil. The devil fired a fiery dart at his head, but he was not harmed for he had on the Helmet of Salvation. He fired at his heart but he had on the Breastplate of Righteousness. He fired another fiery dart but it glanced off the Shield of Faith. Then the devil slipped around back and shot him in the pocketbook and he bled to death.
I would remind you that if Jesus felt it was so important to say so much about our money, there must be something important about how we feel about our money. Richard Halverson said, "Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man's real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man's true character."
I agree, for if you want to find out how deep the roots of a person's Christian life is, examine his or her attitudes about money and possessions. You know what I mean when I refer ...
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