Faith is the currency of Heaven. Part Two

Journal Entry: Saturday, July 1, 2006

I said in part one of this blog entry that the biblical definition of faith as described in Hebrews 11:1 is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” And I said the natural equivalency of our heavenly faith is the purchasing power of the money we earn from our work. To receive anything from God’s heavenly storehouses we use our faith to get them, and in the natural world we use our money to purchases the items we desire. However, in God’s heavenly economy there is no such thing as credit. We either have enough faith to receive the things we desire to receive from His heavenly storehouses, or we are sent away empty handed. That is not so in our natural world. If we don’t have enough money to purchase the things we want; we simply apply for credit, and if we are credit worthy, we walk out of the store with our desires in hand. The only problem with spending money we don’t have is we are promising our future wages for something we want right now. This is dangerous to our family’s future well being. We are not promised we will have a job tomorrow. And if we don’t have a job when we get behind on our payments, the things we purchased on credit are repossessed, or we are taken to court to force us to pay the company from which we purchased these items. So purchasing items against our future wages is not a good idea. God told us in Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything except to love him.” And people say, “How do I purchase big ticket items such as a car or a house without borrowing money to purchase them?” God knows we have need of these things and if we will employ His methods of giving and saving, those things will come forth sooner than we think and they will be mortgage free. God is not broke. He is not poor. He can more than meet every need we have including those big ticket items we can’t live without.

The difference between exercising our faith to receive from God’s heavenly storehouses and spending our money in shopping malls is we can see the money in hand, but we can’t see our faith working in heaven. Here on earth the treasures we seek are nothing more than junk in most cases with a short life span, but the blessings that come out of God’s heavenly storehouses are worth their weight in gold. Here we buy things that will pass away in a short time. There we purchases things that will not only benefits us here, but will follow after us when we leave here for there. The kind works we pass along to our fellow man will be awaiting us in heaven when we get there and God will reward us for each of those kind deeds. Not so here on earth, the things we purchase with our money will rust away right before our very eyes. This is the best man can do to satisfy their wants, but God’s heavenly currency will still be accessible long after we have left this earth.

The bible tells us in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” In other words our confidence is either in the money we earn from our jobs or the faith we acquire from the study of God Word. We will either pursue one or the other. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters.” Meaning we are pursuing material items purchased with the money we earn, or we are pursuing the Lord and His heavenly blessings. We cannot pursue both at the same time. And I think it is noteworthy; we don’t have to be rich to be pursuing material possessions. We just have to love the things we can see more than we love the One to whom they belong. We cannot exercise faith in God until we believe God will do for us what He has done for those listed in the bible in Hebrews chapter 11 that we call God’s Hall of Fame. Cashing in our faith in God’s heavenly storehouses does not mean we will be without tribulation. Just because we are blessed does not mean we will not be tried, tested, and tormented, or suffer persecution because we are blessed. This world is filled with jealousy and the have nots want what those who have possess, but they are not willing to do what is required of them to get those things. God’s Hall of Fame faith heroes suffered at the hands of such people, and we can expect the same. But, that doesn’t change the fact that faith is the currency of Heaven and “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 God’s desire is that we would all be rich in faith and use our heavenly currency to help meet the needs of everyone in our neighborhoods.  DThrash

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