FEBRUARY 20: OPTICAL ILLUSION

OPTICAL ILLUSION
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:19-21
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Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hidden in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Matthew 13:44

Today's Read: Matthew 6&13; Psalm 27
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We have all seen images in the distant that, when brought close, were not at all what they appeared to be:
-The wolf running across the meadow turns out to be a large gnarled branch stooped over a massive rock.
-The person we saw standing by the side of the road turns out to be a yield sign on a foggy day.
-The friend we tap on the back turns out to be a stranger composed of a different face.
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Hmmm ...
Our focal point can sometimes reflect an error in judgment.
Money wields the power to corrupt the mind because it looks like one thing in the distance but it's is a very different thing up close.
-It promises to secure us with possessions, popularity, and a prestige that speaks to power.
-It promises to satisfy, gratify, and deliver us with external items that pacify the soul.
-It suggests to us that it holds the key to unlimited enjoyments and potentials.
But then the money comes ...
It's not at all what it looked to be.
It's simply a showcase that proves trophyless in the end:
-It's the wolf running across the meadow that's really just a gnarled branch.
-It's the person in the fog that's really just a yield sign.
-It's the "friend" that turns to be a real and perfect stranger.
Money is deceptive;
An allurement suggesting long-term gratification,
But providing nothing more than temporal and fleeting relief.
It's an "empty optical illusion."
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The only treasure worth seeking on earth is intimacy with Jesus;
All else is just a mirage,
an optical illustion,
Sent to deceive, distract, and detract us from the real thing.
Christ is a surety, a certainty, and a guarantee.
The closer you get to Him,
The more beautifully real He becomes.

Focal point is adjustable ... and this is a blessing.
If we've been looking in the wrong direction, we have the opportunity to adjust our lens and look in the right direction.
We have the opportunity to open up God's word,
To look up and be lifted up,
To align our hearts with true treasure ...
And begin again.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) Read and reflect on our passages and record one reality contained in it.
2) What in your life has promised you with much and delivered you with nothing?
3) How clean and clear is your focal point?
What is the reason for your answer?