Nehemiah 10:36 Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: 37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. 38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

In the house of God was a treasure house which contained the many different contributions, firstfruits, tithes and offerings. This was to foreshadow an important principle, their heart was in the house of God, because their treasures were there.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Christ taught us to lay our treasures in heaven … by giving and investing in kingdom causes, then our heart and thoughts will also be on heavenly matters. But when our treasures are in the New York Stock Exchange, we will spend more time thinking and worrying about New York and the value of investments there.

Heaven is a real place, and the kingdom of God is a real kingdom …when we give sacrificially time, money, substance, talents …giving our very best to kingdom causes, we will without effort be kingdom minded even though we have businesses and roles in the market place or in government. Ask yourself. Is my best and first given to kingdom causes? If not, then you can adjust.

Verses for further meditation
Proverbs 15:6; Isaiah 33:6

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Where are most of my treasures stored?

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, lead me to adjust financial priorities. Amen

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The Failure of Money

Gen 47:15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.

Money can be useful, but we cannot set our hearts on money for it can and will fail. A few have discovered that money can and will fail but many are yet to understand this truth. Do you see that the children of Israel were immune from this failure, because they relied on their kinship to Joseph and not on the money that they had. The Egyptians had to relate to Joseph based on the money they had …it is no wonder that Egyptians must gather as much as they can for they will need it for what God wants to give them – even for free. The brothers of Joseph had no money but had the best simply because they were related to Joseph.

There are two financial dispensations at work. The one that is based on money for survival … that is driven by inflation and the harsh economic rules of demand and supply – but which is doomed to failure as we already have occasionally seen in great depressions. The other is based on being in the family – our identity as God’s chosen brethren. This dispensation enjoys the best – but for free (only because Joseph has paid the price)

Money fails, but our faith in God never fails. Money fails but our relationship to Christ never fails. Money fails but Joseph’s provisions never fails. Mammon wants us to focus on money and serve him instead of God … he presents money as a sure insurance and a firm foundation but this is a deception. The truth is that money is a resource that is doomed and to a destiny of ultimate failure. Make it, gather as God enables you – but do not set your heart on it. Be always ready to release it as God demands. It is unfortunate that people do all things – even marry for money and go to such great lengths to obtain it.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever, Through eternal years the same.

Refrain: Oh, the height and depth of mercy! Oh, the length and breadth of love!Oh, the fullness of redemption, Pledge of endless life above!

Take the world, but give me Jesus, Sweetest comfort of my soul;
With my Savior watching o’er me, I can sing though billows roll.

Take the world, but give me Jesus, Let me view His constant smile;
Then throughout my pilgrim journey – Light will cheer me all the while.

Take the world, but give me Jesus. In His cross my trust shall be,
Till, with clearer, brighter vision, Face to face my Lord I see.

You can never never fail 3ce – Jesus the same forever. (Chorus)
The Rock that never fails, let me hide in you – In You there is power (Chorus)

Prayer: Lord, Let my heart be set on you, my foundation – the Rock, that never fails. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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