What Do We REALLY Want Most From the Lord? “PROSPERITY”?

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How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.… Proverbs 3:13-15

We want stuff and lots of things. We want houses, cars, nice clothes, good health and financial blessings. We pray for these very things and we purpose in our hearts that God loves us and wants us to prosper in this way…. and  it may be so. After all we can reason that Solomon, David, Jacob, Abraham, Job and so many more were blessed by the Lord with extreme wealth.

BUT what if it is in God’s plan that you suffer the lack of things? What if His
perfecting purpose for your life is that you endure meager finances? God may deny you wealth, that you learn to depend solely upon Him for your needs. Some will gain these riches in life and become conceited and arrogant, forgetting the giver of all Good things. Others may attain wealth and become the blessing to others by what they have gained. God may take you on a path where your character is assassinated and you are defamed, so that you may learn to encourage others who are downcast; and also in this we learn that our perceived worst moments are actually our testimonies and blessings to others. You may find yourself in poor health unable to conceive why God has allowed it. Yet Remember Job and remember that his malady caused him to pray for his brethren and then he was healed. In every circumstance mentioned above the blessing comes when it it meted out to others and not locked away in our little selfish trove of treasures. .

Here is my main point and the question we should ask: What do we  REALLY want most from the Lord? As we mature we begin to realize that there is nothing more precious to have than more of Jesus. I think personally that Enoch was the richest man of the Bible. He walked so close with God that He walked right into the Heavens. Now that is wealth! The Wisdom of God is more precious than a brand new thing or crisp 100 dollar bills. It is when we purpose in our hearts to trust all that we need to God’s good pleasure, that we find contentment no matter what our circumstances. God knows best what we need to live out our life’s purpose. He desires that our SOULS prosper… our bank accounts have no connection to that prosperity.

 Timothy nips the matter of the Church “PROSPERITY” in the bud!  
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone

teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus
Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a
means to FINANCIAL GAIN

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
1 Timothy 6:3-10

So if we desire precious treasures, let it be Wisdom that we seek.

Your Pain Often Reveals God’s Purpose

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2 Corinthians 1:3-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

Your pain often reveals God’s purpose for you. God never wastes a hurt! If you’ve gone through a hurt, he wants you to help other people going through that same hurt. He wants you to share it. God can use the problems in your life to give you a ministry to others. In fact, the very thing you’re most ashamed of in your life and resent the most could become your greatest ministry in helping other people.

Who can better help somebody going through a bankruptcy than somebody who went through a bankruptcy? Who can better help somebody struggling with an addiction than somebody who’s struggled with an addiction? Who can better help parents of a special needs child than parents who raised a special needs child? Who can better help somebody who’s lost a child than somebody who lost a child?

The very thing you hate the most in your life is what God wants to use for good in your life.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1, verses 4 and 6, “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things” (NLT).

This is called redemptive suffering. Redemptive suffering is when you go through a problem or a pain for the benefit of others.

This is what Jesus did. When Jesus died on the cross, he didn’t deserve to die. He went through that pain for your benefit so that you can be saved and go to Heaven.

There are many different causes for the problems, pains, and suffering in your life. Sometimes the stuff that happens you bring on yourself. When you make stupid decisions, then it causes pain in your life. If you go out and overspend and buy things you can’t afford and presume on the future, and then you go deeply in debt and lose your house, you can’t say, “God, why did you let me lose my house?” You can’t blame God for your bad choices.

But in some of your problems, you’re innocent. You’ve been hurt by the pain, stupidity, and sins of other people. And some of the pain in your life is for redemptive suffering. God often allows us to go through a problem so that we can then help others.

Devotional from: How To Get Through What You’re Going Through

In 2015 Every Roads Still Leads to The Cross

For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~1 Corinthians 2:2
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As we commemorate and celebrate during the High Holy Days, many of us will reflect upon Golgotha and Calvary’s Cross where our Lord Jesus gave up His Life as a sin offering for all of mankind. It’s amazing that God from the beginning of creation and even before the foundation of the world, had a plan to save us from certain eternal death. God fore-knew that mankind would fall yet His great Love for the man that He would create caused Him to set in motion a plan to save His beloved creation. From the beginning of the first Bible verse in Genesis to the very last verse in Revelation… EVERYTHING POINTS TO THAT CROSS.

From the Cross, every defining moment in the believers life evolves and there is no victory that we have in this Way of Life that has not originated  from the Cross.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” ~2 Corinthians 2:14

Let us praise our Lord God for Jesus the Christ, Who willing and with great Love offered Himself on our behalf that we could be eternally in the presence of God. Jesus chose obediently to endure horrendous suffering and unfathomable pain not only for our Salvation and redemption but He chose to bear our punishment. There was found no Holy, Pure and Worthy sacrifice to save mankind to the place of ETERNAL redemption to God except our Lord Jesus. Apart from the Cross of Christ Jesus we ALL deserve death. The Cross is the defining point, the fork in the road and the path that we are all free to take. Yet I tell you in all truth it is the ONE and only path that leads to Eternal Salvation.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4:12

God Does NOT Care About Your TITLE!

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“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
~Luke 18:14

God Does NOT care about your TITLE! God is only concerned about what we DO! If you want to be addressed as minister but you are not a servant to all you’re a minister in name ONLY. If you want to be addressed as missionary and you have not gone outside of the sanctuary of your local church building to reach the loss on a consistent at least weekly basis in your own community or even on your neighborhood block, you’re a missionary or evangelist in name ONLY. If you want to be addressed as elder and you treat the least of God’s children as if they are under your feet, with callous rudeness, lording your title over God’s people, you are an elder in name ONLY.

Finally let me add this… I don’t care if you require people to address you as the grand duke of bishops, the pope of elders, etc, even if you do everything your so-called title requires… IF YOU DON’T LOVE OTHERS… YOU ARE NOTHING! Anything you do without LOVE is a MOOT POINT!
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. ~1 Corinthians 13:2

So many Christians covet titles and positions but they do NOT covet the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE… which is to follow the ways of the SERVANT KING JESUS!

They SHOULD Know That We Are Christians By Our LOVE!

e4193876132ff1be067e815038bf3d96John 13:35 ” ~By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

While been ministering at a winter cold weather shelter for the past 3 months my heart has been heavy with a few thoughts regarding the actions of a few Christian workers. Many people who are homeless and less fortunate than you and I are ill-treated throughout their daily lives. How can we in good conscious call ourselves Ambassadors for Christ or Ambassadors of Love if we look for petty reasons to treat them less than worthy, when we are put in positions to show them Love and offer them hope… who are we to lord it over them because we have made up our minds that we are the only ones who can help them? How can I in good conscious serve them with an attitude that they get on my damn nerves and they act as if they are entitled to my help? How can I exemplify Christ if I can’t show patience and grace?  WELL… if I am there to serve them ..are they not entitled to my 100% service, given with Love and respect?

The idea of having the mindset that I can deny them the smallest thing such as water or an empty cup, only because it is in my power to do so …makes me what? … large and in charge? Jesus said whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters… you have done this to me. If I deny a thirsty man water of which I have plenty… I denied the Lord. If I deny the hungry one who does not eat meat hot water for a cup of noodles or a cup of tea, I deny Jesus. Christians should really consider how we represent Christ when we are called to serve the less fortunate in our communities. When we think that no one is watching, Jesus sees and to some He will say… I was hungry and you denied me food, I was thirsty and you denied me a drink. When we ill treat those who come to us because they trust us to bring love and hope after they have been ill treated continuously in the world AND then we in turn treat them like throw away people… we are kicking and spitting on them when they are already down. Reminds me of Jesus carrying that cross and being mocked and spat upon. IT DISGUSTS ME!

Jesus said Love one another as I have Loved you. He said treat one another as you desire to be treated. WHAT JESUS DID NOT SAY IS THIS:
Jesus did not say if the one who is less fortunate does not respect you… do not feed him. Jesus did not say deny the smallest amount of love to the one who feels hopeless if that one does not like you. Jesus did not say when you serve others do so begrudgingly. We are not to consider our feelings and get all up in our emotions… it is not about US… it is about the ones we are called to serve.

This needs to be said and taken in to account for every Christian servant.

Meditate On These Things

Habit, If Not Resisted Soon Becomes Necessity.

Sometimes we have thoughts that will pull us away and distract us  from our journey in Christ . I’m not saying that it is wrong, after all we are human and we hold the treasure of the Holy Spirit in these earthen vessels. Yet there is a Scripture that I love that always helps me to get back to the place where I am walking circumspect or cautiously, keeping my thoughts with the Lord in all things.

Philippians 4:8 says:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

The wonderful thing about this passage is that no matter what we are doing, when we are putting our thoughts on such things we will find ourselves centered in the Lord. This is the fruition of Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men

It all leads to the continuous renewing of our minds. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

As we set our minds to meditate on the Word of God, our feet will began to move in the Way of God and those times we feel distracted and pulled away from the Life will be less and less and farther and fewer in the midst of our thoughts.

GLORY to GLORY

This is what many of us see and know a church meeting to be. We may even recognize ourselves as one of the sign holders. There can be no growth or real substantial blessing of maturity in Christ when we have a self serving view of service, learning and teaching. These attitudes are all SELF-CENTERED! In order for God to bring us from GLORY to GLORY, when we say that He promised to give us the desires of our hearts… we must realize that if we are truly delighting ourselves in Him that His hearts desire will be the ONLY desire of our hearts.