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The Heart of the Matter

One of the issues that we get to spring clean when it comes to our hearts is our beliefs. The things we believe in, have a critical place in our hearts. Depending on what exactly you believe you can put your heart-space at the risk of that clutter that takes your joy and peace away.

There is a saying that states that money makes the world go round, this is how world views how money is an everyday issue that affects us all, you see society appropriates a certain power to money - in this case the power to make the world go round. While it is figurative it can be a view point that grips your heart and has the subtle power to sway you into a belief that money is the source of everything you need.

The word of God however gives us wisdom about money and tells us that while money matters are heart matters, (Jesus in Matthew 6:21 advises us that where our treasure is, there our hearts will be found.) Jesus also warns that money can trap us into worshipping it as our source instead of God.

The mistake we can easily make is believing in money instead of acknowledging that

God is the ultimate authority who makes the world go round. While money plays a great role in the world we should not fall into the trap of believing that money is more powerful than it really is because we can move into the realm of worshipping or serving money. Money is a tool that should work for us and not the other way round.

In Matthew 6;24 We learn about Mammon - The trust in riches or money. Jesus introduces us to the subject of serving money and how we can be trapped into believing that we can trust money and trust God at the same time. The word of God clears up this misconception and clearly outlines that our trust should be in God who is the source and from whom all blessing flow (James 1:17) Money as a blessing from God is a powerful tool but money as a source of hope becomes a rival to our worship of God and has the power to take us down a journey of slavery and breakdown.

Being able to clear up in our heart who we are serving and who we are pursuing allows us to spring clean our belief system so that our heart is in a healthy place. Today let us look at the scriptures below as we reflect and allow the spirit of God to give us the right perspective in our heart-space.

Who is serving who? - determine who you will serve. This allows you to consider and spring clean any false beliefs.

Matthew 6:24 ' “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money. '

Who do you love? - What you love will influence your character and your pursuits. - As you get rooted in your love of God you remain planted in His goodness

1 Timothy 6:9-10 'For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. '

What are you searching for? Your pursuits will determine what you find. Set your heart to pursue goodness and favor from the one true God.

Proverbs 11:27-28 'If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! Trust in your money and down you go! But the godly flourish like leaves in spring. '

In case you missed it check out the message from our lead Pastor which will help you to deal with your heart as you allow the word of God to clear any baggage in your heart regarding finances and resources.

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