Change the Heart by Changing the Treasure

“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” (Mat 6:19-21). People sometimes say that God must change our hearts, as if we’re simply passive in the process and waiting on Him. But Jesus taught, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” The location of our treasure—on earth or in heaven—dictates the condition of our hearts. It’s not that God must change our hearts first, then our desires will shift from earth to heaven. Rather, it’s that we must first change our treasure to heaven, then our hearts will be there also. To change our hearts, we must change our treasure!

Jesus began His Sermon with, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Mat 5:8). A pure heart consists mainly of clean thoughts and right motives, “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12). He went on to teach, “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Mat 5:28), “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Mat 15:19). But how do we purify our hearts? By changing what it is that we treasure.

Now, treasure in heaven isn’t a wooden chest spilling over with gold coins and jewels. Treasure in heaven is our “Father which is in heaven” (Mat 5:16,45,48, 6:1, 7:11,21). God told Abram, “I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (Gen 15:1). He didn’t just say that He would reward him but that He is his reward! “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup” (Psa 16:5), “Thou art my refuge and my portion” (Psa 142:5 KJV) “The LORD is my portion” (Lam 3:24). What’s more valuable than being right with God and pleasing Him? Jesus said, “I do always those things that please him” (Jhn 8:29). And twice from heaven His Father declared, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mat 3:17, 17:5).

Paul’s letter to the Romans expounded the gospel message that Christ Himself preached, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (1:16), “the preaching of Jesus Christ” (16:25). The Greek adjective kryptos means “hidden,” “concealed,” or “secret.” His conclusion at the end of chapter 2 was, “But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly [kryptos 2927]; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit [breath], and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (2:29). And this what Christ preached in His Sermon on the Mount, “in secret [kryptos 2927]: and thy Father which seeth in secret [kryptos 2927] … thy Father which is in secret [kryptos 2927]; and thy Father which seeth in secret [kryptos 2927] … unto thy Father which is in secret [kryptos 2927]: and thy Father, which seeth in secret [kryptos 2927]” (Mat 6:4,6,18). If our treasure is praise from men on earth, our hearts will be toward it and our actions will follow. But if our treasure is praise from God in heaven, our hearts will be toward Him and our actions for only Him to see.

This is what Paul meant later in chapter 8, “For they that are after the flesh do mind [phroneo 5426] the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit [breath] the things of the Spirit [breath]. For to be carnally minded [phronema 5427] is death; but to be spiritually minded [phronema 5427] is life and peace.” (8:4-6). The Greek verb phroneo means “to mind” or “to seek.” The fleshly minded seek praise from flesh and blood which results in death, while the spiritually minded seek praise from God which results in eternal life and peace with Him.

Christ rebuked Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest [phroneo 5426] not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Mat 16:23). Peter’s heart wasn’t right. He wanted to look big in front of the other disciples and made the grave mistake of correcting Jesus. He yielded to Satan in seeking praise from men. Paul said, “Set your affection [phroneo 5426] on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col 3:1-2), “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind [phroneo 5426] earthly things” (Phl 3:19).

Our fear must be toward God in heaven and not men on earth: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psa 111:10; Pro 9:10); “In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence” (Pro 14:26); “by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil” (Pro 16:6); “fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings” (Isa 51:7); “be not dismayed at their faces” (Jer 1:17); “be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words” (Eze 2:6).

The gospel Christ preached isn’t that we just believe some facts are true then we’re good to go. We must change our hearts. We do this by changing what we treasure.

Trinitarian Discipleship Programs

Christ’s great commission is to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Mat 28:19-20). In commanding us to “teach all nations” or “make disciples of all the nations” (NIV, NLT, NKJV), He left no doubt as to what we’re to be teaching them, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” But rather than teaching Christ’s commandments, Trinitarian ministers concocted their own religious discipleship programs that accomplish nothing of eternal value.

Their discipleship programs are simply doctrines and commandments of men: “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mat 15:9); “(Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (Col 2:21-22); “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth” (Tit 1:14). When Paul said, “Touch not; taste not; handle not,” he was alluding to the original deception, “God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it” (Gen 3:3). Commandments of men aren’t what God commanded.

I was a Trinitarian disciple for almost 30 years until my own study of the Scriptures finally led me to the truth taught by Jesus Christ and His apostles. Although I was a disciple of Trinitarian ministers, I wasn’t a very good one because I constantly questioned and bucked their program. I was an ongoing frustration to them because of my dogged pursuit of the truth in contention with their false doctrines.

Memorizing Scripture is one of the greatest dupes Trinitarian ministers lade on their disciples. They tout it by misusing certain statements: “thou shalt meditate therein day and night” (Jos 1:8); “Thy word have I hid in mine heart” (Psa 119:11); “Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart” (Pro 7:3). Memorizing verses helps us feel as though we’re accomplishing something, while wasting our time and mental energy accomplishing virtually nothing!

Another hoodwink is getting us on daily Bible reading plans by blended, canonical, chronological, historical, or Old and New Testament together. By immersing us into a daily reading plan, it soothes our consciences that we’re doing something of eternal value, and also keeps us from in-depth study of the Scriptures to discover the truth for ourselves. But if we really want to study, however, they direct us to their commentaries, theological works, study groups, and “Christian” books that keep us trudging down the broad way to destruction.

Memorizing verses, daily Bible reading, listening to sermons, attending Bible study groups, and reading “Christian” books are all aimed at occupying us with exactly what Christ warned against, “whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them … every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not” (Mat 7:24,26). Their programs simply spin our wheels hearing and hearing but not doing!

Apologetics is another huge deception of Trinitarian discipleship programs. It’s essentially training us to defend the very system that’s damning our own souls! Rather than “earnestly contend for the faith [faithfulness] which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jde 1:3), it’s contending for their false Trinitarian theological system. They misuse Peter’s directive, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1Pe 3:15), to convince us that we need to be trained with arguments against any objections. But Peter was quoting from Isaiah, “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread” (Isa 8:13). When we fear God in our hearts and not men, He will give us what needs to be said: “take no thought how or what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit [breath] of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Mat 10:19-20); “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” (Luk 21:14-15); “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit [breath] by which he spake” (Act 6:10).

Trinitarian discipleship programs also include fasting, fellowshipping, giving time and money to Trinitarian ministries, husbands and wives praying together, keeping a journal, meditating, and sharing their “gospel” message with others. It’s all about keeping us busy doing anything except what Christ commanded. Rather than “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” they’re teaching them to observe their program on the broad way to destruction.