“Treasure Hunts” vs The Real Treasure

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Not sure about this…

http://www.ibethel.org/treasure-hunts

 

In scripture where instructions were given to God’s people or individuals…there were no “clues” or “guesswork” that needed to be done. God didn’t tell Joseph, the husband of Mary, any vague details about where he needed to flee to in order to preserve Jesus’ life. Isaiah, Joel, Nehemiah, the Disciples, etc. were all given specific instructions. If this were not true, we would not have the written scriptures [the bible].

We don’t find any scripture, where God is vague or chaotic. We only see where humans are chaotic etc.

This is not to say that we always have to have clear reasons to pray for people…because we should always be praying for others, and we should always be finding ways to have Jesus encounters with everyone we meet. However, it would be hard to believe that the perfect God of order, wisdom, purpose, and intent, would be vague in His instructions to us. Especially since that doesn’t seem to be the case in all of scripture.

 

Not to mention, encouragement and healing (as mentioned in the link) are not the end goals of the gospel of Christ. While they are good tools to build up the body, encouragement is temporary just as physical healing is temporary on this earth. The only thing that is eternal is Jesus Christ and His command was that we go and preach the gospel. So that should be our primary focus…and yes encouragement and healing can come from that too. Without Jesus or a gospel focus, then healing and encouragement are nothing but “supernatural” distractions.

 

Scripture doesn’t have any apostles, prophets, followers of God, saying in scripture “I feel like God is telling me…[something vague]” rather, through being controlled by the Holy Spirit, they spoke intelligently and specifically about the will of God and knew what His will was (1 Timothy 2:3-6).

Focus on Christ, HIS power, HIS story, and HIS instruction. He will demonstrate Himself through healing, and prophesy, wisdom, teaching, preaching, and all the rest of the spiritual gifts, but it is not the gifts we should be seeking out or seeking to demonstrate, but it is JESUS we are to be sharing about.

 

 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

 

Christ is love (1 John 4:8) and so Paul is explaining that if Love/Christ is not the focus of everything, then it doesn’t matter what gifts, or talents we possess. They would be useless and for nothing.

 

Paul wrote to a church that was allowing the supernatural and emotions to rise to the surface of their ministry and instructed them on how better to understand the “order” of things. All the gifts are useful when Christ and His gospel are the focus of it, but when the “supernatural” and “powers and signs” become the focus of our ministry….then…

 

 

He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. (Matthew 12:39)

A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. (Matthew 16:4)

As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. (Luke 11:29)

 

(Jesus Himself spoke this 3 times)

 

People were looking for “proof” of Jesus Christ and His power…when THE CHRIST and the originator of everything, was standing right in front of them and was all the proof they needed.
Christ sent His Holy Spirit to partner with us, guide us, instruct us, teach us, and use us. We do not control the Holy Spirit.

 

The wind blows (breathes) where it wills; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from nor where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)

 

The Holy Spirit is also not something we can get by our own efforts.

 

When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! (Acts 8:18-20)

No money can earn and no school can give you the gift of the Holy Spirit. It comes from God and God alone.

 

The goal/prize isn’t gifts, powers, emotions, feelings, encounters, or the supernatural demonstrations of any of these things.

The prize is an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

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