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To satisfy the soul we must seek the eternal – not the temporal.

There are too many choices in the world today; most of them having to do with satisfying our fleshly desires. From clothing to furniture and everything in between, we are bombarded with options.

Take a simple thing like vanilla ice cream. When I go to the grocery store to buy a ½ gallon of vanilla ice cream, that’s all I want. But I must first sift through the different types of vanilla. I am offered French vanilla, vanilla bean, New York flavor, Home style, or soft churned (I’m sure I’m forgetting some).

We need to be careful not to get caught up in the materialistic whirlwind that will never provide satisfaction for the soul. Some of you are still dealing with that void. It’s still there, and you wonder why. That’s because it’s a spiritual void and you keep trying to fill it up with worldly things. It doesn’t work.

Our souls require spiritual food that can only come from the Word of God. And when we begin to receive His word on a regular basis and allow Jesus Christ to dwell within us, then and only then does that void begin to close.

Take inventory. Look at all your things. Then take a look inside.

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (NIV)

Now vanilla ice cream is a small example. And it’s not a sin to acquire things. The message is, let us be careful not to place heartfelt allegiance to the material things of this world – things that have no eternal significance. For in doing so we give our Father in Heaven a clear message that our heart is not with Him. And there can never be any satisfaction of the soul under those conditions.

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Where are your treasures stored?  Are they locked behind a heavy metal vault at the bank?

Are they hidden somewhere in your home?

Maybe they’re secured away in the form of CD’s.

Maybe you wear them everyday on your fingers, wrist, and around your neck.

Maybe you put them on your feet and on your body.

Maybe you drive it everyday.

Or maybe you sit back, relax, and watch it as often as you can.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Matthew 6: 19-21

It’s wonderful if you’ve been able to accumulate treasures of financial worth here on earth, but what treasures have you amassed in Heaven?  Take an inventory of your earthly and heavenly treasures.

Which one outweighs the other?

If you have more treasures stored up on earth than you do in Heaven, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Our earthly treasures will not follow us when we die, but our lack of heavenly treasures will, and by then it will be too late to make amends with the One who will judge us all.

Remember what Jesus said.  “…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Where is your heart?  Is it with Jesus or is it completely entangled with the materialisms of this world?

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“…for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” 2 Peter 2:19 (NIV)

What might you be a slave to, today?

Money?

Working five, six days a week, overtime, weekends, back-to-back shifts?

Food?

Double, triple portions at meal time with snacks in between?

Sex?

Pornography, one-night stands, multiple partners, fornication, adultery, etc. (this could be a long list).

Materialism? Drugs? Alcohol? Vulgar speech?

Think carefully about it.  What are you a slave to?  And would you like to be set free?  You can be, you know….

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