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The Daily View is a five day-a-week devotional of the New Testament. It is also an ideal source for Sunday school lessons for adults, teens, and sermon ideas. Read one chapter of the New Testament each day and learn something that is taught in that chapter.

 

Daily Devotional in Matthew 6

Daily Nugget:
19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Wealth

Much of the world, and especially in these prosperous United States, is confused about what really is important.  Perhaps it is our prosperity that has changed our values. If one were to die today, tomorrow, or 100 years from now, all one’s money, big houses, boats, social status, and things will not matter one tiny bit. People will spend an eternity in either heaven or hell, and all the things they accumulated will not make any difference at all to their future.

This time we have on this earth is the only time we have to change how we will spend eternity.  For those that never give heaven or hell much thought, or maybe tip their hat to God once or twice a year, what a shock it will be when they open their eyes to a new life and see how foolish their previous time and resources were spent.

What good would it have been if you were the most popular girl in school, or had the coolest car in town, and you opened your eyes in a horrible, lonely, tormenting hell?  It is there you will spend an eternity!

Collecting things is not what we here to do. We are here to do what God has us here to do.  Everyone is here  to get God’s promise of heaven by being saved, and then spend the remainder of their life doing what He wants us to do.

Valuables here can be destroyed, rust, or be stolen.  A Christian living for God on this earth will one day be rewarded, in heaven, by the Lord. The children you brought to Sunday school, sick visited in hospitals, knocking on doors, and inviting folks to church will not be forgotten by Him. You may have even forgotten all you have done for Him after you were saved.  You will be pleasantly surprised when you leave this world and open your eyes in the next and find that all you did for the Lord will be rewarded, while you spend an eternity in Heave0 with those “valuables”.

I often relate a person’s going to Hawaii to some’s preparedness for heaven.  I have never been to Hawaii, but I understand it has the perfect temperature and is one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Just suppose you were told you could spend a whole year there in a beautiful hotel with all the food you could eat.  When you got there you found that, yes the hotel was gorgeous and the food was out of this world, but you didn’t prepare for where you were going.  You looked in your pockets, and you only had $5.  There you were going to spend a long time in “paradise” with little to really enjoy where you were.  You would be poor in paradise.

I am afraid that many have gotten saved, but they did not prepare for where they would spend their eternity.  They will be there, by God’s grace, but because of lack of preparation, they will be paupers in paradise.

Today’s Thoughts:  What on earth are you doing for Heaven’s sake? AND Money talks, it usually says goodbye.

Today's Reading: Matthew 6
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 ¶ Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 ¶ Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27  Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)

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