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Charlyne Cares is a daily reminder that God cares and that we care about your marriage. Each morning Charlyne sends a devotional and Bob does a Prodigal Perspective on Tuesdays. These come from someone who has experienced the tragedy of divorce and the triumph of a family restored by God speaking to Charlyne's heart not to give up on their marriage after she divorced Bob.

Today's Charlyne Cares Devotional

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 

STORE UP TREASURES IN HEAVEN
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

If someone came and asked you to list out all your treasures today, what would you put first, second and third? Our world is striving and fighting daily for success, money, happiness and love. What are you fighting for today? Often when marriage problems start escalating, one of the spouses realizes that something they may have possibly taken for granted and is a very valuable treasure in their life, is starting to crumble and disappear. What can you do?

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:33-34

What have you been treasuring in your life? May you pray that both you and your spouse will have the fear of the Lord come upon you which is a very valuable treasure in both of your lives.

The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.  Isaiah 33:5-6

Have you had a successful career, a new home or a new car? Now that your marriage may look like the old story of Humpty-Dumpty, will you seek the Lord for new treasures that you may not have known about?

What do you want to put on your list of treasures that you desire now? Have your treasures taken a new perspective? I pray that today you will know how important it is for you to seek spiritual treasures that you can have in your life forever. Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with every person, every day. Has Jesus Christ been put first on your treasure list? Let me share a parable that Jesus taught about gaining earthly treasures versus spiritual treasures.

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12:13-21

May we take to heart what Jesus told the crowd as a warning from the Lord. How many people do you know that always want to make more money or have more things? This lifestyle will not end in having eternal dividends. This rich man in the parable wanted even more though he had no place to put it. Instead of the rich man thinking of different ways to help others – feeding the poor, helping to take care of the many orphans, possibly tithing to his church and helping other ministries spread the Gospel – he was selfish and wanted to have fun in life. How many people do you know who spend so much money on the “pleasures of life?”

The Lord’s truth in this parable is that you and I need to prepare for our spiritual life where we will be living in Heaven a much longer time than on earth. Wealth or success does not guarantee anyone access to Heaven. If the world would think more about where they are going to spend life eternally, just imagine how many men, women and children around the world would live differently here on earth if they would seek a personal relationship with the Lord and listen to God’s Word. Do you remember the story of the rich young man who wanted to get eternal life? Read Matthew 19:16-26.

Jesus is not telling you to sell everything. He is asking you if you are willing to give up anything that He asks of you. Anyone who has had marriage problems may be struggling with their finances, balancing a career and raising their children alone. We have many men who have their children 50% of the time, which is a blessing. May I remind you to treasure the Lord Jesus and follow Him in your life as He will direct your every step. What should you do about all of your marriage problems? Seek the Lord for His divine wisdom, knowledge and insight for your life and marriage.

God knows everything. He knows what is happening in your beloved spouse’s life all the time.

  • First, you must know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of your life.
  • You need to surrender your life, your marriage, your plans, your dreams and your ambitions to the Lord.
  • You need to pray a prayer crying out for the Lord’s divine intervention in healing, resurrecting and rebuilding your marriage on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.
  • Ask the Lord to take over your entire life completely, right now, today. Don’t go to sleep before you have a special time with the Kings of Kings.
Let me share a powerful scripture that Paul wrote in the New Testament as he was praying for people in Laodicea.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:2-3

May you be challenged to examine what you consider to be your treasures in your own life this weekend. Become burdened about your beloved spouse, your loved ones, friends and co-workers who are so blinded by the treasures of this world that they do not want or know why they need Jesus Christ as part of their lives. Join us with many others spouses and loved ones this weekend as we fast and pray for a mighty harvest of souls of prodigals and sinners to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives – who is the greatest treasure in our lives!

God bless,

Charlyne Steinkamp
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.

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