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Would God use the wealth of this world to know what is in your heart?

No one should say, "my power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth" (Deut. 8:17). This is arrogance and pride. It is God "who gives you power to get wealth" (Deut. 8:18). Without God no one would have what they have.
     Silver and gold, any form of wealth, are never to be coveted (Deut. 7:25). That is an abomination to God. Why then would he bless us with wealth, if it can be a temptation for us? To humble us, test us and know what is in our hearts, whether or not we would keep his commands (Deut. 8:2). God uses what he gives us to humble us, test us and see if we are obedient to him.
   As our Lord Jesus once said, "For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also" (Matt. 6:21). What I find to be valuable is where my heart will be. Either we will find God to be most valuable or we will find the treasures of this world to be most valuable. But you cannot find supreme value in both, for it is written, "No one can serve two…

Christ became a curse for us by hanging on a tree.

"If a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God..." (Deut. 21:22,23). A hanged man is cursed by God. This is even true of Christ.
     It is said, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us -  for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hanged on a tree" (Gal.3:13). Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law, which testifies that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! He has paid off our debt! Jesus has won us back to God!
    How did he do it? He became 'a curse for us'. It is our bodies that should have hung on the tree, our body and not his. Yet he became 'a curse for us', so that we would not have to take the penalty we deserve. Even more so, the Scripture says, 'a hanged man is cursed by God'. Jesus was curse…

Seeing the signs of God and still not believing.

Can a man see signs from God and yet not believe in him? In Numbers 14:11 the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people despise me? And how long will they not believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?" Understand the question that God proposes to Moses, he is asking despite seeing all the signs that God has performed in the sight of Israel, how long will it be before they do not hold God in contempt? And how long will it be before they trust him? These are rhetorical questions of course but good questions. What signs is God speaking of? He is going back to Egypt. This people witnessed all the plagues he performed and yet somehow, still showed defiance and still lacked belief.

    It leads me to this conclusion, a man can see the signs of God and yet still have no basis for conviction. If you were to examine Numbers 14 you would see a people who witnessed the power of God in Egypt and yet still complained and still rebelled (Num. 14:9). …