“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” – (Col.3:1,2).
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” – (I Jn.2:15).
What things do you love? Set your affection (love) on heavenly things, not worldly things. Love not the world. Don’t set your affections on things of the world O’ Christian – seek heavenly things. Listen to a man speak. What he loves will come out of his heart through his mouth – “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” – (Mt. ,35).
Good things, heavenly things, spiritual things – set your love upon them or your faith will decrease. The devil is the God of this world’s things and the lust in it – the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. O’ saved, born again Christian, watch your faith – watch what things you desire. The devil will use the things of the world to destroy your faith. Be spiritual minded, not carnal minded – “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” – (Rom.8:5,6). Don’t chase after fleshly things for they are death – follow after spiritual things for they are life and peace.
A person is saved by grace through faith and we walk by faith – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – (Heb.11:1). God’s Word turns you toward spiritual things and the world turns you to carnal and fleshly things. Spiritual things are things not seen by physical eyes but with eyes of faith, the opposite of the lust of the eyes. Faith comes by the Word of God. The Bible is a spiritual book. We preach Christ crucified and risen again –things not seen. We try by our preaching to get people to look upon spiritual things, to look with inward eyes and to look beyond the grave to eternal things. And after we’re saved we must continue to set our affection and love on things above, not on earth.
The early Christians sold their things and turned their backs on the things of the world and followed Jesus wholly. They didn’t try to keep one foot in the world and one foot in heaven. “And he said unto him, follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him.” – (Luke 5:27,28). “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostle’s feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” – (Acts 4:34,35). Too many worldly things will turn your eyes and affection away form heaven and your faith will plummet. Things, things, things – what things do you love?
The devil tempted Jesus with all the power and glory and things of this world – “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceedingly high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” – (Mt.4:8-10). Jesus was our supreme example in shunning all the things of this world. If you worship money and all the things money can buy you can’t truly worship the Lord, you only pretend to.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things: and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
patience, meekness. Fight the good fight
of faith, lay hold on eternal life” – (I Tim.6:10,11).
O’ you say, Preacher, I don’t love money. Yea, you just love all the things
money can buy. Follow after spiritual things. This is the greatest fight we
have as saints living in
us a parable on covetousness in (Luke ,21).
“Take heed, and beware of covetousness:
for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
So is he that layeth up treasure of himself, and is not rich toward God” –
The warning is given – beware of things. Don’t be deceived – you will not be
happier if you possess more things. Yet millions go on acquiring an abundance
of things. Our churches are prosperous and dead spiritually. Prosperity and
dead things have turned our heads. Worldly things have destroyed our faith.
Beware of the tenth commandment – “Thou
shalt not covet.” The churches of the
(In I Cor.7:31-34) God warns that getting married will increase your desire of things – amen. Things like a house or two houses and all the things to fill them with. Vehicles and boats and things for the husband and for the wife and things for the children. Flea markets and shopping malls and wallets full of credit cards. Many quit tithing in church to pay for things – in debt from buying things. Watch things. Set your affection and love on things above, not on things on earth. Don’t love the things of the world. Be spiritual minded not carnal minded. Look at the example of Jesus (Jn.13:3) – “The Father had given all things into his hands.” What things did the Father give his beloved Son? Did he give him a rich fancy house and rich parents? No, he gave him poor Godly parents – to set His affections on things above. Do you picture Jesus with a lot of things? He was a poor carpenter and in the eyes of this world, a nobody. Paul was a tent maker. Fathers, what kind of things are you putting in your children’s hands? The Bible and prayer and spiritual songs and faith, or worldly things? Are you giving them faith to live by and die by? Don’t give your children choo-choo trains – “Train them up in the way they should go (Prov.22:6). I’ve seen many Christian homes filled with worldly things and almost nothing of spiritual things.
When you have Jesus Christ, you have
everything. Are you saved and born
again in Christ? This is the only way you can overcome the world. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son –
(Rev.21:7). Are you a child of God, born again of His Holy Spirit? “For whosoever is born of God overcometh the
world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who
is he that overcometh the world, but he that beleieveth that Jesus is the Son of God?” – (I
Jn.5:4,5). Repent of your sins and turn to Jesus
Christ by faith in your heart and you will be saved. His precious blood shed on
When you have Jesus – you have everything you need.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
Would love to hear from you!