Choose Wisely

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Matthew 6:19-21

One night in a dream, the Holy Spirit showed me a desperate scene on a cliff by the sea at night.  A fierce storm was brewing.  Strong winds were blowing, howling as they went and heavy quarter size drops of rain were beginning to fall.  The waves of the sea were moving inward
toward the cliff, rising, and falling, and spitting spray while all the time rapidly gaining momentum as they approached the cliff.

I was standing about ten feet from the edge of the cliff trying to hold myself steady in the wind.  As I turned to leave, a shiny glitter of gold caught my eye.  Quickly, as my eyes focused on the coin it appeared to be an unusual gold coin.  As I decided to make a dash for it before the waves reached the cliff, I saw not far away from the coin also on the edge of the cliff, a baby squirming around, wrapped in a blanket.  Both were on the edge of the cliff, but too far away from each other for me to reach them both.  It was one or the other.  As I looked up, violent waves had risen far above the edge of the cliff and were about to come crashing down.  Anything in their path would surely be swept away and lost, including me.

What should I do?  In this day and age, some would say, ‘Go for the gold!’  Others would be appalled at the thought and save the baby.  Still others would just turn and run away, not looking back.  What would you do?  Would you choose wisely?

Matthew 6:19-21 tells us to lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven,… for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  What treasure have you laid up in your heart?  Do you place money above life or life above money?  Mankind breathes the breath of God.  We are here on earth to worship and to please God.  We are to love what He loves and hate what He hates.  Matthew 6:24 says that,…’ye cannot serve God and mammon’.

I Timothy 6:10 says, For the love of money is the root of all evil:….It does not say that money is evil, but souls are precious to God.  Money is a tool used on earth to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you choose money over what is precious to God, then to you, money is the root of all evil.  Philippians 4:19 and Matthew 6:24, 33 are just two of your answers to our supply on the earth.

In Matthew 4:8-10 after Jesus had been led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, and had fasted forty days and nights, he chose wisely.  With every temptation Satan placed before him, he answered with the Word of God.

Satan promised to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them if he would fall down and worship him.  Jesus never considered receiving the kingdoms of this world and the glory (riches) of them without going to the cross and then defeating Satan on his own ground.  The plan of God took them legally through his Son Jesus Christ.  His only response was, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’

Separate Love (God) and money (mammon). For either you will hate the one, and love the other; or else you will hold to the one, and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.  Choose wisely.

 

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Move Over!

There were times in my life when the Holy Spirit would show me situations before they happened.  Usually within three days from the time the Holy Spirit showed me a particular situation, a person’s face, or a name, I would see the person or the situation would happen.  There were times when I’d hear an entire conversation with the person in the spirit ahead of time.  Once I heard or saw the situation in the spirit, I would just expect it to come to pass.

Most of the time an event would happen within three days, but sometimes it would happen in seconds or minutes.  I would run into the person and have the entire conversation just as I had heard it, word for word.  Waiting for them to say what I had already heard in my spirit prior to that day, I would just answer them with what I already knew I’d say.  For years, it was always within three days.

One particular day in California when I was in my late 20’s, I was driving down Interstate 5 South just past the Coronado Bridge.  Back then, I use to drive a yellow ’72 Volkswagen Bug.  Suddenly, the Holy Spirit said, “Look in the rear view mirror!”

I looked in the mirror and saw a woman probably in her 40’s driving right behind me in my lane.  She was screaming and she looked terrified.  Her hair was all messy and sticking up at an angle.  Her face was contorted in pain.

I turned around and looked at her over my shoulder at her.  The woman was driving and looked normal to me, so I turned around and wondered what it was all about.  About 3 to 4 seconds after I turned back around, the Holy Spirit told me very urgently, “Move over!”

I immediately looked to my left to make sure the lane was clear and moved over.  In less than 3 seconds, a car sped down the ramp onto the freeway at a very high rate of speed and crossed diagonally over 3 lanes of traffic hitting the back end of the woman’s car.  The impact pushed her forward parallel with my car and then spun her around several times.  Cars behind her began hitting her and piling up.  I looked again in the rear view mirror and saw the woman screaming as the cars piled up in a terrible wreck.

If I had not obeyed the Holy Spirit and had stayed in the lane, I would have been in the middle of the multi-car pile-up and certainly would have been seriously injured if not worse.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

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