19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break in and steal;
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts, and where thieves do not break in or steal. [This is done by giving to the poor; not tithing, not giving to a sect — but by liberally giving to the poor. ]
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
18 Others are like the seed sown among thorns, who hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter into the kingdom of God!"
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answered again, and said to them, "Children, how hard is it for those who trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
1 If then you are risen with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God.1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Christ is actually resurrected in every person that comes to Him and obeys Him repetitively. With persistent and faithful obedience, you too will be raised. You have not experienced grace until you have been raised with Him."]
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
5 Therefore mortify [put to death] the deeds of the body that are of the earthly life: fornication, impurity, inordinate affections, evil lusts of the flesh, and covetousness, which is idolatry.4
6 Because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience;
|James 5:1-5 |
1 Come now, you rich men, weep and wail for the miseries that will surely come upon you.1
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten.
3 Your gold and silver are corroding, and the corrosion of them will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped up treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, any wages of the laborers who have reaped in your fields, which you have fraudulently withheld from them, cry out against you; and the cries of those who have labored have entered into the ears of the Lord of hosts.
5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been unrestrained; you have fattened your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.