Worldwide News: ‘Didn’t GOD DO IT?”

 

The Bible says, “Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”   (I Kings 3:12-13) Check this out,   “Didn’t GOD DO IT?”   While we are yet praying and making requests known unto GOD, the answers are on the way to us!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

If you want to know about world history, the present times, and the future, read the WORD OF GOD!

One of the greatest Preachers (in the Old Testament) was king Solomon. Just before king David died, he charged Solomon “…to walk with the Lord thy GOD in all His ways, keep His statutes, commandments, judgments, and testimonies as it is written in the law of Moses that thou mayest prosper in all thou doest and whethersoever thou turnest thyself…” (I Kings 2:3)

By 1 Kings 3:3, Solomon “…loved the Lord and was walking in the statues of David his father…” In Scripture, all the kings were compared to king David (a man after God’s own heart).  And, we know that David was not perfect as he was guilty for the death of one of his “Mighty Men – Uriah” and for taking Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba! Yet, David repented for these sins and God forgave him. Contrary to king David’s orders, Solomon was walking in the statutes of David and not completely in the statues of the Lord thy GOD. Why?  In I Kings 3:1, Solomon made a political agreement with Pharaoh to marry his daughter and this was not in keeping with the Mosaic Law!   Thus, Solomon not only loved the Lord, but he loved many, many, many strange women (about 1,000 or more) and they stole Solomon’s heart from loving and obeying the LORD GOD.

Yet, GOD blessed Solomon because he respected HIM as the LORD GOD of his father, king David. One thing for sure, the young king Solomon offered burnt offerings upon the altar to GOD (in high places). At that time,  there was no temple to worship in. One night, the LORD appeared (in a dream) to Solomon,  “Ask what I shall give thee.”  Solomon said, “Give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this Thy so great a people?” 

And, “Didn’t GOD DO IT?”   We all know the answer to that question. The Word says, “The speech pleased the LORD that Solomon has asked this thing. And GOD said to him, Because thou hast asked this thing and has not asked riches for thyself, nor asked the life of thine enemies; but asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment: Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee, before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou has not asked, both riches, and honor; so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes, and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. ”  (I Kings 3:10-14)

This is wonderful news for those who are struggling with good and evil. Once we place all trust in the LORD GOD to completely obey HIS Word, the LORD GOD will come through for us. After periods of testing, trials, and tribulations, the LORD will answer our prayers. The LORD laid out the plan for Solomon and the same goes for all of us.

Although, Solomon was young, inexperienced, green behind the ears, and unproven as a successful king (like David), GOD said, “Behold, I have done according to thy words….”  Do you realize what this means? While king Solomon was praying, the answer was on its way! Take hold of this and don’t toot up your lips! If you are praying for something special from the LORD GOD, get up off your fanny and speak it into action for their is life in your words. Knock, seek, ask and it shall be done unto you!   But, you’ve got to believe it!  If you don’t get anything else out of this, check out the life of king Solomon because there was no other king like him, before him, and/or after him! “Didn’t GOD DO IT?”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “TRUE RICHES vs. UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES!”

The Bible says, “If therefore ye have not been faithful in the UNRIGHTEOUS MAMMON [unrighteous riches] who will commit to your trust the TRUE RICHES?  And if you have not been faithful in that which is another man’s who shall give you that which is your own?”   (Luke 16:11)   Check it out, “TRUE RICHES vs. UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES.”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

Many people seek job security, positive return on investments, property, boats, cars, money in the checking, big savings accounts, partnerships, registered LLC’s, etc. Frankly, all of these wants are great but we’ve got to review them in light of GOD’S WORD!

In the New Testament, Dr. Luke talks about a certain rich man whose steward wasted his goods (unrighteous mammon). Sounds familiar? So the rich man called the steward saying, “Give an account of thy stewardship for thou mayest be no longer be steward.”  (Luke 16:2) Right away, we see Dr. Luke’s statement come true, “….who will commit to your trust unrighteous mammon [unrighteous riches]?”

Naturally, the steward began thinking within himself, “I’m gonna be ashamed and out of a job.” So, the steward called every one of his lord’s debtors to collect. Shortly, the rich man heard about the unjust steward’s quick thinking and collection activities that he commended the unjust steward.

Unfortunately, the steward’s salvage activities was below average. You see, he collected fifty percent (50%) of the debt owed to his lord. As the unfaithful steward called each debtor, he said, “How much owest thou unto my lord? And the debtor said, an hundred measures of oil. And the steward said take thy bill …sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then he said to another debtor, how much owest thou? And the debtor said, an hundred measures of wheat. And the steward said unto him, take thy bill and write fourscore.” (Luke 16:5-7) There’s no telling how many debtors were lined-up to pay their bills. However, the rich man was glad to get something rather than nothing! In fact, anybody would be glad to something back!

In truth, worldly men and women (whether top level CEO’s or folk at the bottom delivering coffee and donuts) plot, scheme, lie, cheat, back stab one another to get ahead. Why? They do it for unrighteous mammon (unrighteous riches). You see, these people are unrighteous and they seek unrighteous rewards. Does this make sense to you? They seek the riches which have wings and fly away! They line their pockets with gold but the pockets have holes in them.

On the contrary, Dr. Luke is promoting “TRUE RICHES” not UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES. In the spiritual realm, “True Riches” lead to eternal life forever. Those who worship the True GOD must worship HIM in “spirit and truth.”  The New Testament tells us that the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, “Walk in the SPIRIT and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”  (Galatians 5:16-18)  As many of you know, the law is only a school master for the wicked!

Question: What are the works of the flesh and how are they manifested? I’m so glad you asked! Galatians 5:19-21 reads,  “Now the works of the flesh are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God..”   Thus, the works of the flesh are the lusts of the flesh and they go after unrighteous riches. And, unrighteous riches are temporary (not eternal). They fade away because as riches have wings and their reward/glory is only momentary. In fact, people forget the things and sacrifices others make for them! In fact many rich people leave their money to their adult children who burn (baby burn) through the seed money. Usually, the sons or daughters have no clue how their parent(s) suffered to earn a nest egg for them. Most of them (not all) live as  Prophet Job’s  first set of adult children. Remember, Job got up early every day and made an offering for them to  GOD! Job said,  “They may have sinned against God.” 

Now you see why we all (as Christians) have the same concerns to walk in the Spirit as our flesh (the members of our body) are always tugging and pulling on us to fulfil fleshly desires. That’s why so many of us stay in trouble! For instance, if a man sees a pretty woman and/or a woman sees a handsome man, his or her flesh may intimately desire to know that person. You feel me?

So, what kind of spiritual things should we seek?  Lets go back to the WORD of GOD. The manifestations of good clean spiritual living is more rewarding than the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”  Therefore, our flesh has to die; yet, we can still enjoy the wonderful blessings of God. 

Apostle Matthew tells us, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. BUT lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through to steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-20)

Finally, “TRUE RICHES vs. UNRIGHTEOUS RICHES”  as the Spirit is at war with the flesh.

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!”

The Bible says, “NO servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

No matter how you look at it, we live in a nasty world. Most of the people (not you) are looking for fame, fortune, security, and wealth. So lets call it what it is = RICHES! Question: What is riches? Answer: MAMMON!  The hunger and thirst for riches is ridiculous. People are so impatient for money that one can see the sweat (like plastic rain drops) dripping off their big foreheads. They will lie, cheat, steal, plot, and do whatever it takes to get money out of others.

When you serve the LIVING GOD, trouble will come  your way.  Tests, trials, and tribulations knock at your door but don’t submit.  You ain’t got to turn tricks and plot to get money,  a new pair of shoes, or whatever to achieve your goals. Certainly, ill circumstances befall of us but the devil sends them your way to fool you out of God’s blessings. You see, the devil knows that “blessings” are on the way to you as a reward for overcoming but you cannot see it because your troubles inflame your vision. These trials and tribulations come to make you strong not to break you. The Lord does not glory in your failures as He said, “I would that you live abundantly…above all you can imagine….”

Not only is God our Father, HE IS OUR MASTER!  Jesus said, “…there is none good but the FATHER….”  As our Good FATHER, HE will make a way out of no way for HIS obedient children. Remember the phrase, “man’s extremity is GOD’S opportunity….”

As the WORD of GOD says, “No servant can serve two masters….”  In this respect, you must serve, trust, and obey the LORD GOD every day (not sometimes or when you feel like it). If someone (like Hollywood) is tempting you with fame, glory, material goods, property, riches, wealth, drugs, or whatever, you must learn to resist the temptation as your soul is more precious than silver and gold.

The WORD of GOD says, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”  If you cannot understand the last phrase, Google all the folks in Hollywood who got turned out, dropped, destroyed, and died too soon for money, fame, fortune, and fool’s glory. For example, if the Hollywood producer or director tells you to do something (contrary to the Word of God) for wages and you do it, then, you choose to sin against GOD!

If you stand up (in the name of the LORD JESUS) to the Hollywood producer or director, YOU’VE WON the battle against good and evil. You might not get the part or you may be fired but so what! Again, YOU’VE WON in the sight of the LORD GOD and GOD is a jealous GOD!  You made the choice to serve GOD not mammon! You may walk away broke but you are rich in the LORD JESUS and your integrity is still in tact. Plus, the devil did not get the victory over your body, mind, and soul!  Praise the Lord!

Whatever you do with your life is your business but you don’t own yourself…you did not make yourself…and you did not put yourself on this planet. Furthermore, “YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS – YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS!”

Have a Blessed Day!