We looked at what we should hope and pray for concerning heavenly treasures and earthly treasures. In the first few chapters of Revelation, Yeshua Jesus gives us prophetic words concerning our hopes and focus for this church age in which we live. His words can be applied to the Christian doctrine of our church assemblies as well as individually and personally. He comes with warnings and instructions because He loves us and does not want us to get “off track”. He knows it is for our own good if we stay on His straight and narrow Way!
I challenge you to read His words below concerning hopes for worldly riches and heavenly riches. We need to examine ourselves according to Jesus prophetic words to His people in Revelation 3: 15-22,
‘I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”
This gives a clear picture of what Yeshua Jesus thinks about today’s focus and worldly zeal for materialism and fulfilling the “I wants” in life at the cost of apathy towards heavenly treasures! Do you see the tactics of the enemy (satan and his cohorts) in worldly distraction, deception, temptation, pride, self pleasures, self serving, and infiltration in our thoughts and view of the world? This Laodicean church (fellowship of believers) is blind to truth….naked with no garment of righteousness….without heavenly treasures in their life….yet thinking they are rich and need nothing! This is worldly and satanic corruption of the soul of a person! It steals, kills, and destroys what is most important!
What is the solution? We need to change our focus, hopes, and goals. Change our focus on where our time and energies are spent. We must open the door to Yeshua Jesus and the Holy Spirit often in fellowship and prayer. Open the Word of God that we come to see truth in light and expose the darkness. Overcome the world and satan with good heavenly treasures and weapons of spiritual warfare. Position ourselves with Yeshua Jesus and not with the world.
How do we do that? Just scroll back to the studies in this blog concerning Yeshua Jesus sermon in Matthew 5-7 about “building your house on the Rock”. Become established in the Rock. Know about who and what we are supposed to HOPE in! Pray! Be prepared! Make the way of Yeshua Jesus straight and open in personal relationship with Him! Keep Him top priority and you become His special workmanship and treasure!