Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 11, 2018

“Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” – “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 19:16-26.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”  And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:23-26.

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“4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.”  Proverbs 23:4-5.

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income.  This too is vanity.”  Ecclesiastes 5:10.

“For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”  1 Timothy 6:10.

“And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.  And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’  Then he said, ‘This is what I will do:  I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come;  take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your soul is required of you;  and now who will own what you have prepared?’  So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12:16-21.

“And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Verse 23.

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”  John 6:27.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33.


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