God or mammon, a daily choice

GOD versus Mammon

Matthew (AMPC)

19 Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.

20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.

23 But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!

24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in). (NOTE: you serve 1 of 2 spirits: 1. GOD (spirit of more than enough) 2.mammon (demon spirit of Bablyon; confusion, wants to control life, satan in disguise.)

25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? [Ps. 39:5-7.]

28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]

30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (ESV)

10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

 

1 Timothy 6 (AMPC)
9 But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.

10 For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.

17 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.

 

Hebews 13:5 (AMPC)
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] [Josh. 1:5.]

Mark 10
And as He was setting out on His journey, a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Teacher, [You are essentially and perfectly morally] good, what must I do to inherit eternal life [that is, to partake of eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?

18 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me [essentially and perfectly morally] good? There is no one [essentially and perfectly morally] good–except God alone. (NOTE: this rich man did not believe Jesus to be the Son of God, he called Him “Teacher”. He didn’t believe in Jesus)

19 You know the commandments: Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother. [Exod. 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20.]

20 And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood. (NOTE: Jesus knew that this rich man did not keep the full Law, the man was deceiving himself that he kept the Law, because no one could- except Jesus)

21 And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [walking the same road that I walk]. (NOTE: Jesus wasn’t asking him for money, He was actually asking the man to trust him. He knew that the man not only had money, but money “had” the man…all his trust was in money, not God)

22 At that saying the man’s countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!

24 And the disciples were amazed and bewildered and perplexed at His words. But Jesus said to them again, Children, how hard it is for those who trust (place their confidence, their sense of safety) in riches to enter the kingdom of God!

25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

26 And they were shocked and exceedingly astonished, and said to Him and to one another, Then who can be saved? (NOTE: ALL of the disciples were rich men, so they freaked out when Jesus told them rich men would not inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus was not talking about money, but the love of it, and trusting riches over Him)

27 Jesus glanced around at them and said, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.

 

Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. pour…: Heb. empty out
(NOTE: under the New Covenant of Grace, we don’t HAVE to tithe in order for God to bless us, but it benefits us…and benefits others who have less)

Acts 20:35
In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

NOTE: Everything in God’s Kingdom is a result of reaping and sowing, planting and harvest. We reap more than what we sow. In other words, the law of sowing and reaping is related to the law of multiplication. Jesus spoke of seed that brought forth “a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (Mark 4:20-24, Matthew 13:23)

Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8 are all versions of the same parable: The Parable of the Sower by which, Jesus says, you must understand in order to understand all other parables. It’s a spiritual Law. If you trust money over God, you are idolizing money, giving focus to and worship to mammon (demon god of “never enough”, confusion, no peace)

God says: sow & reap, love, you are blessed to be a blessing in others’ lives and this will come back to you, trust in God and He will bless you (Philippians 4:19 (AMPC) And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus) (NOTE: God owns ALL of it, if you trust that He will supply you from HIS RICHES, you are being richly rewarded from an infinite supply)
Mammon says: get& keep, stingy, selfish, work to hold onto what you have, trust in it over God, you can do it yourself, you don’t need God, the end of which is sickness and death (Romans 6:21 “But then what benefit (return) did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? [None] for the end of those things is death/Romans 6:23 “For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord” )

NOTE: you can either see giving as a loss, grief (Mark 10, the rich man who refused to give his possessions (trust of God)) OR giving as a farmer sows a seed and reaps a harvest

Galatians 6:7 (ESV)
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap

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Biblical principles in modern times

I was shopping for a supplement. A calcium supplement to be exact. I was reading some information on this company’s website and was struck by how, yet again, biblical principles are relevant in modern times, despite many secular opponents of the Bible claiming otherwise.
The site stated the following:

Your food is not providing you enough vitamins and minerals!causes of osteoporosis - not enough fresh, natural foods

50 years ago, vegetables were farmed as they had been for centuries, in mineral rich soil. The ground was purposely left fallow for long periods to allow minerals to replenish and fertilizers were not needed because the ground provided the nutrients to the plants.

The Bible speaks of leaving the ground fallow (letting it remain untended) every seventh year, so that the land can naturally replenish itself, and also so that the poor and wildlife can eat what is left in the field.  (“…but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.” Exodus 23:11 ESV)

Modern day commercial farming uses principles of man, of agriculture, of man made science. In commercial farming, crops are rotated every few years, presumably so that the land can replenish itself, yet, planting another crop on it doesn’t replenish it, hence, the need for man made fertilizers. The result of this exhaustive farming practice has resulted in mineral deficient foods. Mineral deficient plants are then fed to livestock, which are slaughtered for food sources, but the quality of meats are also lacking in minerals and vitamins. When you think about it, terms like “Grass Fed” and “Organic” mean nothing, if the farming practices follow anything close to the commercial farming principle of constantly farming out the soil.

Opponents of the Bible would like the world to believe that we have evolved past the sandals wearing fire and brimstone prophets portrayed in this dusty old, outdated book. That in these post modern times, we no longer need the once sage advice of these
“old timey” preachers because we now have computers and knowledge that they didn’t have.
And yet, there it was. Plain as day on a site that had no intention of relating its content to biblical principles. Letting the ground replenish itself naturally.
Huh. Go figure. You mean, THAT’S in the Bible?|
Yes. Yes it is. Along with many other tidbits of modern wisdom.

I died again and no one cared

There seems a never ending list of people these days, who disappoint me daily. From friends who never pick up their phones when I call, or only call me when they need something, to my husband, who, in finding out that I had the flu, peeled out of the house as fast as he could to go on a business trip clear across the country for 5 days.
Every time I turn around, someone is letting me down.

It’s very difficult not to feel hurt, not to feel let down by those around me. I’m not going to lie.  I feel like most people in my generally vicinity suck. That’s the long and short of it. And I could, very easily, fall victim to a mindset of getting back at them. Ignoring them, making life difficult for them, all because I hurt.
But I choose not to.

Self centeredness is something that every person, Christian or not, will struggle with until the day we die. When we are self centered, nothing spiritual gets through. Any blessing, any breakthrough, is bogged up, like a clog in the line of the drain from Heaven to Earth. Sure, you can justify your hurt all day long, telling yourself that others deserve what they get from you. After all, they’re the ones who forced you to act this way.
But no one is forcing you to act poorly. It’s just an excuse. It’s a demand that self centeredness requires to keep you in bondage.

The Apostle Paul said that he died daily (1 Corinthians 15:31). He didn’t mean that his body physically died, but that he had to choose not to be self centered every day.
The cure for self centeredness is God’s Word. To replace your thoughts with God’s thoughts.
And God’s thoughts are not of this world.
Renewing your mind with God’s thoughts requires the death of your old mind. It’s constant and dynamic, requires choice on your part and a willingness to do the work.

Proverbs 14:12 states “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”.
We live in a modern world where 144 characters can define our moods. Where we have 1000 opportunities a minute to be offended at the very slightest thing. We talk at each other instead of with each other, each waiting for their turn to get their points across.
But no one ever gets their points across because we are all too busy making points.

I choose not to be offended, because God has shown me that in doing so, I will have peace.
His peace.
A peace that surpasses all understanding.
Quite frankly, it’s too much work now to get rankled over every little thing. For the length of time I’d spend being angry, hurt or plotting revenge, I could spend that time more productively, at peace.
I’m not perfect, not every day. There are days I would much rather cut someone than love them, much rather pick a fight than walk away from one. But those days come less often than in the past.

I could’ve spent the 5 days my husband was gone, moping around angry. Instead, since I was down for the count anyway, I CHOSE to renew my mind with God’s Word. To replace the anger with His Peace.
I CHOSE to die to self. And I am grateful for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world may promise but only Jesus delivers

1-19-2017

I sat at my kitchen table this morning, eating breakfast as usual, checking the weather on my phone. The app said 10% chance of snow.
The weather at my house apparently didn’t get the memo, as I sat watching fat flakes tumble to the ground.
How many times does the world get it wrong?
Many.

Did I mention that I really like snow and that warm weather had melted all that had previously fallen? That our area’s 7 day forecast is more warm weather to come? Or that it was technically too warm to snow this morning? Did I also mention that I am usually not up at that hour, that circumstances arose to get me out of bed earlier than normal?

The Holy Spirit whispered to me: “All things are possible to those that believe”.