Worldwide News: “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)  You all have heard the same Bible stories over and over but they were written for a REASON!  Just think! If we didn’t have GOD’s Laws and Commandments, where would the World be? In spite of GOD’s Word, people refuse to obey HIM. Instead they receive and honor the father of all lies, the dEVIL!  Look at the rulers and powers to be in the Earth as they are nothing like JESUS CHRIST!  Read on, “Even Righteous People Suffer!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The Old Testament states,  “There was a man in the land of UZ (not OZ) whose name was Job and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. ”   (Job 1:1)

Job worshipped the LORD GOD. While his children were asleep in their beds, Job rose up early in the mornings to offer burnt offerings for his trifling kids. Why?  The Word says, “…when the days of their feasting were gone about, Job send and sanctified them…”   (Job 1:5)  Although Job’s seven sons and three daughters were adults (not little children or teens), they all were lazy, no-good, pathetic, and self-centered individuals.  Job still loved them as you can see because he covered them in sincere prayer. Mostly likely, Job sent the servants to fetch them and he told them, “…yawl been playing around, feasting, and having a good time…it’s time for me to lay hands on you and pray for you…please set (sanctify) yourselves and put away your drinking to pray to the LORD…”

According to Biblical recorded history, Job never cursed his children, wife, or GOD! In our society, no one would blame Job for cursing out his children or  bosom wife who also rebuked her husband saying, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) Instead of telling his wife, “take a flying leap,” Job said, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. ..shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”  (Job 2:10)

In my opinion, Job did not deserve to have these shiftless individuals in his family. The bottom line is not hard to realize, Job’s story is a model for all Christians to follow – this means for you and I.  There is no real guarantee everything will be perfect in your life or the lives of your children and family.  One minute all is well and the next, some one has an accident or disaster strikes.  After all that fervent praying,  Job still lost everything!  Make no mistake, this is not an insurance policy to STOP praying and believing GOD for the miraculous to take place! Don’t let the dEVIL fool you or discourage you!

You see, the LORD GOD remembered Job,  “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:  also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”   (Job 42:10)   If you are at this point in your life, keep on praying and keep on believing. No matter how hard it gets and folks fight like cats and dogs in your home!  Get yourself into a quiet room and pray.  Go into the broom closet to pray but PRAY! If the LORD turned Job’s captivity around, HE will turn yours!

After the children grow up, the parent may become a caregiver for a second time. You birth them (change diapers, teach them to talk, teach them to walk, send them to kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high school, and college), but they just may move back home to live with you!  Generally, adult kids should look after the aging parent; instead the aging parent may become a nurse maid for the adult kid.

Life is not fair and we all know it! Don’t get this scenario confused with unfortunate mishaps in the lives of people as some folks move back home for legitimate reasons. Please note that every case is different!  There are many kinfolk who return to their roots and move in with relatives. However, they replace the  lack-of-financial  payment for room and board with their labor, help, and physical support around the house. When asked to do chores, they make themselves available without grunting. If this describes you, do not concern yourself with criticism.

Some of these people were wronged by society as employers do not follow the rules of GOD! For this reason, many folks are unemployed and/or blocked by prejudice people in management.  Directly or indirectly, you may be a victim.  You know there are dishonest company owners, managers, supervisors, and co-workers who dig graves for others on the job. They operate out of jealously, envy, and strife as well as make up lies about others at work!  I got news for these folks as their  payday is coming!

Maybe, you know people with adult children living Scott free and they care diddly-dang-dong nothing about their parents.  They are shiftless as Job’s first set of kids!  Lets call their names, June-boy and Lulu Belle! June-boy won’t even take out the garbage, make subtle repairs around the house, or water the grass. Even worse, June-boy lets his old gray-hair Daddy push the lawn mower on hot days without offering assistance! Lulu Belle is too cute to work as she spends more time putting on false eyelashes and make-up, and calling her friends! She won’t wash dishes, sweep/mop the floors, iron, put groceries away, clean up the bathrooms, make the beds, or hang up her own clothes!

Many parents are God-fearing, hoping, and praying to see multiple changes take place in the lives of their children and families. These parents (like Habakkuk, the minor Prophet) pray, “O LORD, How long shall I cry and Thou wilt not hear?” (Habakkuk 1:2)  For sure, they are tired and frustrated.  My advice to you is do not give up and help is on the way! Keep on pressing forward in the name of JESUS CHRIST our LORD! You must realize that you (like Job) will suffer because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

There is a strong antidote to rid oneself of such poisons within the family structure. Reread Psalms 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”  (Psalm 34:19)

Yep! Now you know the answer is in the second clause of Psalm 34:19, “…but the LORD delivereth him [the righteous] out of them all.”  Now you know what to do  because “Even Righteous People Suffer!”

Have a Blessed Day!

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Worldwide News: “How Much Does Your SPIRIT and Soul Weigh?”

The Bible says,   “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.”  (James 1:14)   According to Webster’s Dictionary, “vapor is a faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air as mist or fog.”  Maybe this is why people study the dying as they hope to catch a glimpse of the spirit and soul leaving the body! It is said that some people have captured pictures of the spirit/soul departing from the deceased. Some of these images may be manufactured and some may not be.    “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

This very moment you may be thinking,  “Say What?”  I’m here to tell you that your body weight may be 600 pounds (although at birth, you weighed 7 pounds) or you may be 250 or 185 pounds or 135 pounds (even though at birth you weighed 6-9 pounds), your spirit and soul remains the same weight as the day of your birth!

According to Apostle James (half-brother of our Lord, JESUS CHRIST), your life is a vapor. You are here today and gone tomorrow which could be 12 days (or less) to 101 years (or more). When you boil water, you can see the vapor…when you barbeque on the grill, you can see smoke…when you do a control burn outdoors, you can see smoke…when you see a high powerful jet flying in the sky, you see a trail of fuel/vapor it leaves behind….when you see a steam ship, you can see vapor. Yet, you cannot capture the smoke from the grill or the steam from the ship’s engine to put it in a jar!

Likewise, one cannot capture the spirit or soul of another and put it in a classified jar. However, one can cremate (incinerate) a corpse and place the ashes in a decorative container but the spirit and soul cannot be contained.

Unlike the body (as you know), the spirit and soul is immortal and goes back to GOD who decides if the spirit/soul will live in Heaven or HELL!  Generally, the corpse is placed in a coffin and buried about six feet under!

However, there is good news for all of us. One’s soul and spirit can be saved from the everlasting fires of hell, the second death, and the Lake of Fire. JESUS CHRIST came to save the lost!  Some of you are looking for salvation and a way out of your mess. You have been swallowed up in sin and there are people around you keeping you locked in. There are days and times you don’t want to be a part of the filth any more, but you keep giving in!

                         STOP RIGHT NOW! 

I will tell you how to come out of your sins. In order to be saved, you must look for someone with GREAT POWER to believe in and that someone is JESUS CHRIST.  HE died for your sins even though you were not on the face of the Earth. HE hung on the cross and HE did so in love. There is no body on Earth willing to die for you as JESUS. Futhermore, HE came down from Heaven and HE stepped out of time to save you!

The Bible says,  “…if you shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.”  (Romans 10:9-12)

Please be encouraged and decide where your spirit, soul, and your resurrected body will spend eternity!   “How Much Does Your Spirit and Soul Weigh?”  Well now, you know the answer, you weigh as much as vapor!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “If you are Human, YOU WILL BE TEMPTED!”

The Bible says, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”  (James 1:12)   The good news is that you are still breathing and there is hope for you! The bad news is you may not want to hear what the Bible has to say about temptation. Nonetheless, I’m gonna tell you anyway! Where ever you run or hide, the Holy Ghost will find you so give up and come out with your hands up!

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

The WORD says, “But every man [you included] is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”  (James 1:14-15)

Let me break it down for you another way! You’re sitting at Barnes and Nobles drinking a cup of coffee and you see a good-looking dude or a fine looking woman…you begin to foam at the mouth (so much so that you don’t even need cream for your coffee).

However, youse already involved with someone else (married, engaged, or sleeping with him/her). Ain’t ya!

Here is the plot:

1.   Youse feeling mighty healthy (a fine stud). Therefore, you approach Mr./Ms. Thang as youse  burning up inside and struggling to be or not to be…to pop the question or not to pop…to approach or not to approach. Unfortunately, the spirit of lust wins the fight! So, you approach Mr./Ms. Thang for a phone number, address, and date!  Now, the deal is sealed but not until the act of sin is completed!  You’ve accomplished your date and the LUST is fully conceived and the fruit of that LUST is SIN!  And, the sinning and sinning and sinning gets easier and easier until SIN brings MR. DEATH to your door! 

2.  Apostle James says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God for GOD cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempeth HE any man! (James 1:13)  If you have been putting the blame on the LORD GOD, I want you to stop lying on the LORD, right now! You are out there whoremonging yourself because you like what you’re doing! You are hurting yourself and innocent others! Be careful, you just might pick up a disease you cannot explain or shake!

However, there is an antidote for sin, JESUS Apostle James says,  the man or woman that endureth temptation (when he/she is tried) shall receive the Crown on Life which the LORD hath promised to them that love HIM.     If you are Human, YOU WILL BE TEMPTED,” so don’t freak out because the dEVIL tempts you just fight back with the Word of GOD!

Have a Blessed Day!

 

Worldwide News: “ALL IS VANITY!”

The Bible says, The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2) If you own an island, a country, slaves, free men, businesses, partnerships, hair salons, boutiques, airplanes, boats, multiple cars, condos, townhomes, posh vans, golf clubs, membership in a private clubs, coin collections, shoes, purses, jewelry, marbles/jacks, or whatever it is, “ALL IS VANITY!” Even if you dig raggedy cars, raggedy clothing, shoes with holes, custom torn clothing, broken down furniture, common living, like poverty, alcohol and drugs, endorse wicked living, like being a hermit/recluse, or give away all your riches to the poor, or whatever it is, “ALL IS VANITY!” 

BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:

If you want to know about world history, the present times, and the future, read the WORD OF GOD!  The greatest Preacher (in the Old Testament) was king Solomon. Just before his father (king David) died, he charged Solomon “…to walk with the Lord thy GOD in all His ways, keep His statutues, 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 he walked in the statues of David his father…” The problem is the dying king (David) told Solomon “…to walk with the Lord thy GOD in all His ways …”  For sure, David did not tell Solomon do as I do! We all know king David was not perfect but “…he is called a man after God’s own heart…”   This statement (by itself) serves notice to the entire world of David’s repenting spirit and character. In fact, all Christians endeavor to be labeled godly men and women (like David) after God’s own heart!  One day, we shall stand before the ALMIGHTY LIVING GOD to give an account of our deeds and we want HIM to say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant…come up a little higher…”  No doubt very loving parent want his offspring to exceed in life. Unless the parent is totally out-of-the will of GOD, he will guide the child to obey the Word of God and to live a morally clean life.

In truth, Solomon was truly his father’s son:  (1) Like king David,  Solomon loved the Lord but he had a huge conflict of interest as he loved many, many, many strange women. On record, Solomon loved about one thousand (one thousand) women! That is nine hundred and ninety (990) women to love and to be faithful unto death. Solomon’life was too complicated as one women wanted an altar to worship her false god…another woman wanted an orchard (full of trees, plants, flowers) native to her country…another wanted a house built exclusively for herself and offspring…another wanted a chapel built for her private worship of false gods….another woman wanted her son to be crowned prince…another wanted Solomon all to herself (goodluck). In those days, Solomon did not have an Excel spreadsheet to keep up with all requests or a computer to alphabetize all the women he loved (including the ones on the side lines).

(2) Solomon was walking in the statues of David not God and this led to his down fall as a back slidden Preacher! As a child, Solomon lived in the palace with both parents and he had first hand knowledge about court procedures and the wickedness behind closed doors. The king and queen had servants and the servants talked about this and that and strange happenings in the palace. Frankly, Solomon heard many comments he was too young to understand; but as he grew into young adulthood he understood.

Well into his kingship (being supernaturally blessed and a backslidden Preacher), king Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes (Old Testament). King Solomon said, “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1)  Yet (as both king and Preacher over Israel in Jerusalem), Solomon gave his heart “…to know wisdom, madness, and folly.”    What kind of mess is this?   Thus, Solomon became the preacher of fools  one minute and the next day, Solomon was the preacher full of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  Again, he was NOT right in the head DISPLAYING great wisdom, knowledge and understanding and the next minute a nut. He pivoted back and forth between these concepts (wisdom, madness, and foolishness) like a demonic individual.

As a recipient of wisdom, knowledge, understanding as well as riches and honor, Solomon forfieted his blessings to play the part of a court jester (who sought to please the audience in the court). In the same breath (praising God), king Solomon still played the fool just as the jester!

(3) Solomon found out that the more one has, the more one is accountable to GOD, “For in much wisdom is much grief and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) What does this mean for us today!  The more one knows and understands, the more one is responsible and accountable to GOD.  When you know the “right way” and folks are going the “wrong way,” it is a grievous thing. For example, a parent raises his child to be obedient and to respect others in authority over him; but, the child rebels and bucks against authority, it is grievous to the parent.  Using the model left behind, king Solomon waves a white flag to warn us not to seek wisdom, madness, and folly.

No matter how many blessings the LORD GOD bestows upon us, we are not to put the gifts before the GIVER!  If the Lord gives you a brand new vehicle, don’t parade throughout town showing off….if the Lord gives you understanding, don’t sell yourself short to wicked people….if the Lord gives you a beautiful home don’t make it a shrine…whatever the Lord gives you, don’t put it before the LORD GOD, “ALL IS VANITY!”

Have a Blessed Day!

 

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!