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Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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TREASURES of the Heart

MATTHEW 6:19-21

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TREASURES...unware
Have you ever watched: American Pickers Storage Wars Pawn Stars MOVIES: Indiana Jones National Treasure? WE ALL ARE SEARCHING for TREASURE!
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WHERE HAVE YOU FOUND TREASURES?

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TREASURES...Realized
Value is often realized when someone with Authority ascribes value to an object
WHAT DETERMINES ACTUAL VALUE? Its rarity, Its necessity, usefulness, productivity. The difculty with which it is acquired. The energies expended to obtain it. Its beauty and emotional connection. The Fame/Reputation of its Creator.

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TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD WHICH A MAN FOUND AND HID; AND FOR JOY OVER IT SOLD ALL THAT HE HAS AND BUYS THAT FIELD. MATTHEW 13:44
July 2010 England - 52,000 silver coins from 3rd century AD when Britain was invaded by Rome. July 2012, 108 gold coins in Israel in Castle of King Richard the Lionheart & His crusaders. Recent ndings only HIGHLIGHT Scriptures relevance Jesus is the one who goes to such great lengths to redeem us from earth. Emptied Himself Phil 2:6-8 Is 53
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Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like...

TREASURES...Unearthed

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TREASURES...in Earthen Vessels


The greatest nd of this century,

The DEAD SEA SCROLLS


1. COPIES FOUND WERE 1000 YRS OLDER 2. ACCURACY VALIDATED SCRIPTURESMORE THAN 95% IN WORD FOR WORD. 3. ENTIRE HEBREW CANON LESS ESTHER WAS FOUND IN WHOLE OR PART 4. 972 ITEMS IN TOTAL WERE FOUND 5. AUTHENTICATED AGE FROM 70 - 250 AD THIS WAS THE FIND OF THE CENTURY/MILLENNIUM - DO WE REALIZE THE VALUE OF WHAT IS DEPOSITED IN MERE CLAY POTS WE ARE TO BE LIVING EPISTLES
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1947 - SCROLLS FOUND - 1948 ISRAEL BECOMES A NATION! GOD RECLAIMED WHAT WAS IN THE DIRT FOR HIS GLORY!

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CLAY POTS HOLD PRICELESS TREASURE!

TREASURES...Deposited
Deposited in YOU?
We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
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What Has GOD

2 Corinthians 4:7-9

Dont be thinking that because we are cracked and awed that His resident glory cant shine through us!

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CLAY POTS HOLD PRICELESS TREASURE!

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TREASURES...of purpose
How much more Glorious, More Valuable, More Relevant are we to be as LIVING EPISTLES-

Ephesians 4:11-16
The Very thing that GOD deposits into us, the gifting, the talents, He is eventually going to want to draw from, receive back His interest due. He created the treasure, and deposits it and wants a return on His investment.
We Become Ambassadors displaying His EXCELLENCE!

Romans 12:4-8 2 Peter 1:2-4

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THEY RECognize their RESPONSIBILITY e of Authority Stated the incredible value SHARE the STORY of it with those they ou think the owners would then do? love....so they too could see its value... EVERY PRECAUTION - to TAKE CARE , to protect it THEY become an ambassador of its glory each time ANCE POLICY - learn the history of it.... they share....

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TREASURES...that shine
WE ARE CALLED AMBASSADORS of Reconciliation, we are called LIVING EPISTLES the Word of GOD WRitten on our hearts, tablets of flesh, not stone... Flesh that has been GOD BREATHED - and brought to life with HIS SPIRIT.... Do we live as if we recognize the incredible value/glory of God that resides within us? DO WE HIDE it from others? Undiscerning, ashamed, insecure? Do we disregard HIM, disrespect HIM, discredit HIM with our lives, our actions, our attitude, our agendas? Do we truly CONSIDER the IMMEASURABLE VALUE of what CHrist DID and take appropriate measures to guard, discipline and protect the REPUTATION of GOD, in our everyday lives - at work, at home, with our kids, our families, our neighbors our friends - or even the person behind the counter? Do we take the responsibility of being an AMBASSADOR or VESSEL of HONOR SERIOUSLY, AT ALL COST to ourselves, or are we expecting some of the GLORY/ GLAMOR to be our own? How many have discounted the GLORY of GOD within us because we feel so NORMAL, PLAIN lives/exterior Utilitarian pottery?
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How many of us have refused the HANDS of POTTER to mold us? aci r G to Place us in the FIRE , once or twice, To BEAT/WORK the raw clay of our lives and ww. w mold us HIS WAY instead of our way, humbling us, where we have become, DRY,

TREASURES... of the Deep


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TREASURES...of the DEEP


Where else to we nd treasure?
SHIPWRECKS DEEP WELLS MINE SHAFTS
TITANIC OAK ISLAND GOLD, DIAMONDS, ORE

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Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like...

TREASURES...of the DEEP


a merchant in search of ne pearls, !who, on nding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
MATTHEW 13:45,46

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Jesus is that Pearl of Great Price which we are in pursuit of our whole lives - how willing are we to sell all that we have to lay hold of Him. Especially if we think of how He calls Himself the door, and it is at the Doors/Gates of New Jerusalem that are comprised of Single Pearls. And Yet Once again, I believe that this wonderful scripture is again giving us a picture of What God sees in us. The Value HE has placed on redeeming us, the Pearl.

TREASURES...of the DEEP

Rare nds throughout History have made pearls the gemstones of Kings/Queens adorning their crowns.

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Natural, Cultured, Salt water, Fresh water

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Nobody knows when someone rst pried open an oyster and found a pearl. With its soft, rainbow-hued inner radiance, that rst pearl must have seemed like a gift from God. Pearls are unlike other gemstones because they do not have to be cut and polished to enhance their natural beauty they grow into it on their own. No wonder pearls have been prized ever since for their beauty, perfection, and rarity.

TREASURES...retrieved
people began to desire them as symbols of these things. Throughout history, millions of people have yearned to wear pearls. The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much they were buried with them. Reportedly, Cleopatra dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it, simply to win a wager with Marc Anthony that she could consume the wealth of an entire country in just one meal. The Ancient Hebrews believed that pearls had been used by God to decorate the Garden of Eden. Throughout almost all of recorded history, pearls were far too valuable and rare for any but the royalty and aristocracy to afford.

For thousands of years, pearls have been the exclusive gemstones of royalty and nobility in every culture. In China, they were used for over ve thousand years to decorate the crowns of emperors, the robes of noblewomen, and the sacred statues. In ancient Rome and medieval France, only the aristocracy were allowed to wear pearls. In Elizabethan England, only royalty could wear them. Pearls became associated with wealth, status, and power, and ordinary
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NATURAL PEARLS VS. CULTURED PEARLS

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Interestingly, Pearls are considered a gemstone. The reason is because the are layers of nacre which is excreted from the oyster. This nacre is actually a very thin layer of millions of microscopic crystals that are interconnected reecting and refracting light from one crystal to the other. The Longer they stay in their oyster, the more layers of nacre are added, and each layer increases the ability to reect and refract light, increasing value.

TREASURES...valued
This Necklace is one of the top 10 most expensive pearl necklaces in the world - These are rare natural grey pearls in graduating size to 10 mm. This famous Cowdray Pearl Necklace sold at Christies in 2012 for 3.3 million dollars.

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.

Stresses/Sorrows/Suffering- an oyster feeds on plankton and


sometimes when it is feeding a grain of sand may get it, or a parasite. It causes immediate irritation and to deal with the problem which could potentially kill it (if a parasite) the mollusk secretes nacre to encase and isolate the foreign agent. As long as the irritation is in the oyster it will continually, layer by layer shroud it with a layer of crystals. Fully encasing and protecting the mollusk from harm. The encasing is a self-protection mechanism. The protection and healing

TREASURES...grow

Consider JOB, Joseph James 1:2-5 Genesis 50:20 &


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Slow/Still/Steady -

TREASURES...grow

ISAIAH 28:10 PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT,

Think of Abraham trusting and waiting for Gods promise of a son, Josephs dream to be fullled, that took 22 years! Think too of Jeremiah buying a plot of land, even knowing that it would be 70 years before he could reclaim it and he would likely be dead... FAITH< HOPE & LOVE are the NACRE Layers that surround that painful thing in life.

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Secret/Solitude/Silence/Shielded - Often times we wrestle with God ALONE. It is in the night watches, the lonely moments, times when no one sees or knows how we feel that we are dealing with the foreign object by ourselves. Much like a caterpillar in its cocoon nally emerging as a transformed and beautiful buttery. THINK ABOUT: JACOB wrestling the Angel of the Lord all night alone MOSES living in hiding from Pharaoh JEREMIAH alone a voice for the Lord JOSEPH, never raising his voice in his own defense DAVID running from Saul living in caves ELIJAH, at the mountain of God Hiding from Jezebel
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TREASURES...grow

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Soaking/Soothing - Staying in the presence of GODs Word as it continues to wash over us through us around us is VITAL. The WATER of Gods word is purifying for us in times of testing, trials and tribulations, It helps to cleanse us, of impurities, heals us, supplies nutrients to our weary hearts and a source of life for our spirits.

TREASURES...grow

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Count it all Joy Brethren!

TREASURES...crown you.
Wisdom is more precious than (Hebrew) pearls. Proverbs 3:15

NOTHING OF VALUE WITHOUT PRESSURE PEARLS CAN BE EQUAL IN VALUE TO DIAMONDS.


WHAT AREAS OF PAIN HAVE YOU ALLOWED THE LORD TO WASH OVER, SOAK YOU, IMMERSE YOU, SHIELD YOU IN MIDST OF, LEARNED TO BE STILL IN, STEADY IN SPITE OF?

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