How to go to Hell… Do Nothing!

How to Go to Hell Rev 22: 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. […]

How to Go to Hell

Rev 22: 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

go-to-hell

The word sorcerers used here is pharmakos (far-mak-os’ )

the same as 5332; ; adj

AV-sorcerer 1; 1

1) pertaining to magical arts

sorcerors

Another version states: pharmakos is ‘one who administers mind altering potions’.

Phew! Opens the door to a whole lot of people in today’s society.

Obviously, it means witch doctors and medicine men, but now we have the drug dealer on the corner, the one who runs the crack house across town.

But what about the tavern or bar owner, the bartender that serves alcohol to drunks, making merchandise of their addiction. Of course it must include the crooked doctors and pharmacists, that prescribe ‘recreational pharmaceuticals’, drugs to attempt to medicate hurting folks who actually need God, not another prescription. These people, will not enter the kingdom of God.

Then there are ‘whoremongers’ pornos por’-nos This is the word from which we get the modern word pornography, or porno movies. It describes: 1) a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire 2) a male prostitute 3) a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator. Looks like the seductive lure of pornography, the immorality of the party scene, and actual prostitution, will keep a person out of heaven.

pornography1

I think the terms murderers, and liars are self explanatory, these have no part in the kingdom of God, makes me think of the end of crooked politicians, businessman, and now I am discovering, supposed ministers of the gospel.

“and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Those that lie, and love the result of a lie, will go to hell.

idolatry

Now, let’s look at the actual definition of ‘idolater’ here. 1) a worshipper of false gods, an idolater

1a) used of any one even Christian, participant in any way in the worship of the heathen, esp. one who attends their sacrificial feasts and eats of the remains of offered victims”

https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/08/05/gods-opinion-of-abortion/

This sounds horrible right? Yet, now we discover that aborted human fetuses are being processed and added to make-up, and are possibly used in the food and supplement industry: http://www.skepticfiles.org/mys2/deadbaby.htm

2) a covetous man as a worshipper of Mammon

Money makes a tremendous tool and servant, but a lousy god. It must be mastered, and governed by the Lordship of Jesus and leadership of the Holy Spirit: Worshipped, it will drag a person to hell.

I have written much on the topic of riches and wealth, because I am convinced that God wants to prosper us financially, His way. https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/02/26/money-simply-makes-more-of-you/

These things I mentioned, are ways to go to hell, but Jesus loves you, and came to forgive – His mission forever will be to seek and save the lost: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

Lets pray

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, purify me of all my lying ways and deeds. Have mercy upon me, and forgive me where I have given myself to these things. Deliver me from the power of them, and cleanse me of all my uncleanness’s. In your name I pray Lord Jesus. Amen’

How to go to Hell…

How to Go to Hell

Rev 22: 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
go-to-hell
The word sorcerers used here is pharmakos (far-mak-os’ )
the same as 5332; ; adj
AV-sorcerer 1; 1
1) pertaining to magical arts
sorcerors
Another version states: pharmakos is ‘one who administers mind altering potions’.

Phew! Opens the door to a whole lot of people in today’s society.

Obviously, it means witch doctors and medicine men, but now we have the drug dealer on the corner, the one who runs the crack house across town.

But what about the tavern or bar owner, the bartender that serves alcohol to drunks, making merchandise of their addiction. Of course it must include the crooked doctors and pharmacists, that prescribe ‘recreational pharmaceuticals’, drugs to attempt to medicate hurting folks who actually need God, not another prescription. These people, will not enter the kingdom of God.

Then there are ‘whoremongers’ pornos por’-nos This is the word from which we get the modern word pornography, or porno movies. It describes: 1) a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire 2) a male prostitute 3) a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator. Looks like the seductive lure of pornography, the immorality of the party scene, and actual prostitution, will keep a person out of heaven.
pornography1
I think the terms murderers, and liars are self explanatory, these have no part in the kingdom of God, makes me think of the end of crooked politicians, businessman, and now I am discovering, supposed ministers of the gospel.

“and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Those that lie, and love the result of a lie, will go to hell.
idolatry
Now, let’s look at the actual definition of ‘idolater’ here. 1) a worshipper of false gods, an idolater
1a) used of any one even Christian, participant in any way in the worship of the heathen, esp.
one who attends their sacrificial feasts and eats of the remains of offered victims”

https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/08/05/gods-opinion-of-abortion/

This sounds horrible right? Yet, now we discover that aborted human fetuses are being processed and added to make-up, and are possibly used in the food and supplement industry: http://www.skepticfiles.org/mys2/deadbaby.htm

2) a covetous man as a worshipper of Mammon
Money makes a tremendous tool and servant, but a lousy god. It must be mastered, and governed by the Lordship of Jesus and leadership of the Holy Spirit: Worshipped, it will drag a person to hell.

I have written much on the topic of riches and wealth, because I am convinced that God wants to prosper us financially, His way. https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/02/26/money-simply-makes-more-of-you/

These things I mentioned, are ways to go to hell, but Jesus loves you, and came to forgive – His mission forever will be to seek and save the lost: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

Lets pray

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, purify me of all my lying ways and deeds. Have mercy upon me, and forgive me where I have given myself to these things. Deliver me from the power of them, and cleanse me of all my uncleanness’s. In your name I pray Lord Jesus. Amen’

The Lord has need of it?

The Lord has need of it…

Lord need of it
Mark 11:3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.

We all know the story, how Jesus spoke to his disciples to go procure for Him a donkey for the triumphal entry, and told his disciples where to get one, and what to say to the owners.When the owners came out to see what was going on with a couple of guys apparently stealing their donkey, they were informed: ‘The Lord has need of it!”
Interesting verse, especially in today’s Christian culture.
Could you imagine a minister showing up in your driveway, and taking your car proclaiming: “The Lord has need of it?”
Yet, we say, that Jesus is Lord of our possessions, that we are only stewards of them.
Round here, all I can say, is the Lord better be speaking to you, or you’re going to get shot!
This verse exists, and I am convinced that God still speaks to His disciples to give certain things at certain times.


Problem is, we have all seen the excesses.

 

Prosperity preachers who prophesy money out of people’s pockets, clearly padding their own pockets, and giving the gospel a bad name.

 

Yet, there have been clear cases where God did speak to His servants to tell people to give, and they heard correctly.

why give
Like my pastor, Billy Joe Daugherty, getting a word in prayer, that he was to claim a summer camp for youth, of at least 100 acres, and he was not to pay one dime for it. We call it Camp Victory now, and it is a remarkable testimony, how God did it.
Or when God spoke to us to believe for a second vehicle for my wife, and a couple came to the church, having just closed their driving school, asking God what to do with one of the cars. They learned of the need, and showed up at our house with a little Toyota Tercel, that we drove for several years. We had no idea they even had an extra car, much less were intending to give it to us.
Yet, on the other side, we all get the letters, you know the kind: “I was praying last night on my prayer rug, and the anointing fell from heaven, and flowed down my forehead, over my body, and into this rug. The Lord instructed be to cut this rug, endued with Holy Spirit power, into 1000 pieces, and to send it to 1000 people with the following instruction: Lay this upon your body, and you will be healed, and if you sow $99.95 into this ministry, when you receive this, you will receive $10,000.00 harvest in the next 9 months”
Could God have spoken to a man like that?

 

Sure He could. Did He?

 

Probably not.

gimmicks

Why?
1. You cannot buy a miracle. You can sow a seed, and believe God for increase, but notice that when hankerchiefs were sent forth from the apostle Paul for healing, he was simply moving in love and power to heal the sick. He was not taking up an offering.

  1. Judge the fruit of the person’s ministry. If they were using this gimmick this month, what will it be next month?

The American industrialist, Henry Ford, was once asked to donate money for the construction of a new medical facility. The billionaire pledged to donate $5,000. The next day in the newspaper, the headline read, “Henry Ford contributes $50,000 to the local hospital.” The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain to the fund-raiser that he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser replied that they would print a retraction in the paper the following day to read, “Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.” Realizing the poor publicity that would result, the industrialist agreed to the $50,000 contribution in return for the following: That above the entrance to the hospital was to be carved the biblical inscription: “I came among you and you took me in.”
Bits & Pieces, March 3, 1994, pp. 1-2
I am not cynical about giving, like every Christian, I love to give. It is the nature of God, for God so loved the world that He gave…yet I preached a message recently entitled, ‘Be led, not bled”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x13nAPRbCE
I believe in vision based giving. Where a man or woman of God receives a visionary directive from God, then using common sense and sound business practice, they investigate how much what they believe God has called them to do is going to cost them, and they make the need known.
In the meantime, strong Christians and ministries are working the unshakable principals of the kingdom of God: Tithing, sowing financial seed, aggressively believing, and placing pressure on promises, not people.

http://chrisaomministries.com/2015/08/07/gods-promises-of-provision-from-scripture/

God must honor His Word, but how He does it, is up to Him.
I have been thinking about the work of the Holy Spirit in all this too.

Holy Spirit help
When God sent Elijah to Zerephath, 1 Kings 17:8 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.
Similar situation I’d say. God had spoken to Elijah, and He also had spoken to the widow woman. Had they not both obeyed, things could have been pretty rough for both of them. God had the provison of the widow and the prophet on his mind.
Notice the key in my mind to the whole account, God spoke to both the woman, AND the prophet!

Much can be said here, but I will end with this thought: While God governs by principals, He speaks individually to people.

voice

It is a relationship He requires, not religion. He is alive!
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

 

No matter what the emotional plea, the screaming financial need of a sin sick, hurting earth, we are only responsible to give what Jesus tells us personally.
If someone shows up at my door asking for money, generally, my answer is no, unless He should speak to me.

voice today

And speak He has!

 

I cannot count the times, we have had the privilege of God to meet human needs!

 

Truly, it is more blessed to give than to receive! There is wonderful joy in giving!
When I owned my companies, and would receive the countless support letters sent out by various ministries, I would carefully open them, and place the reply letter on my shelf. When we were paid on various contracts, and there was some money in the bank, I would take down this sheaf of envelopes, and get quiet before God to see what He might have me do financially for any of them.

 

Sometimes, He would instruct me to give our men a bonus, or buy a new tool, or take my wife out to eat, but often, regularly, I would write checks to many of these ministries, sometimes sacrificially, as part of my worship towards God. He fully understood the long hours worked to earn the money, the battles fought, the fatigue, frustration, pressure, and sacrifice we had endured to earn the money.

 

In those moments of giving, I had a fresh insight into the verse:
Rom 12:1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Giving, at those times was a deep sacrifice between me and God, worship, only He and I fully understood. Truly, He understands the long hours, stress, sweat, and brutal deadlines met, that produces the money, and this is our sacrifice…

listen sacrifice

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure is, there is your heart; where your heart is, there is your happiness.
Augustine

Yet, whatever a man sows, he must also reap. As I step out again on this well worn gospel trail, I am convinced that those sacrificial seeds, will richly provide the needs of this family, and this ministry…

provides3
Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
Let’s Pray:
‘Father, you have created us all uniquely with different jobs to do to develop us, support our families, and to build your kingdom. As we see the next season approaching, may we remain faithful where we are, carefully hearing your voice, and living in obedience to you, daily. Shepherd, pastor; lead, feed, grow, and speak to me today Lord Jesus, Amen’

 

 

Money simply makes more of YOU!

Money simply makes more of you

money-more-of-you

Pr 10:16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives,
but evil people squander their money on sin

Some years ago, I was over at Rhema listening to Deon Sanders, the football legend speak.

He made the statement: Money simply makes more of You!

play-good

He went on to explain:

If you love Jesus, your money will go to help support His work, and to build great things for your family. If you love immoral women, money will buy more women. If you love partying, money will buy more expensive parties, more cocaine, fancy wines, superb whiskey. If you love cars, boats, computers, toys, etc, money just buys more of them, but if you love Jesus, you will use wealth with wisdom….

theresa money

I don’t know about you, but I am determined to make my life count for eternity!

I want each and every day to make an eternal difference in this sin sick, war torn, hurting world. I want to see people’s lives changed, by the love and power of God, and I’m hard after it.

Money simply helps me love more people, and do good in building cool projects.

theresa money plus love
Sure, the love of money is the root of all evil, but money itself is not evil, in fact, it can become an great tool to use in developing people. It makes a great servant, but a lousy Lord.

Seems the Lord has directed me to write and study often on the topic of Biblical wealth, the motives that govern our money. Here are a couple of thoughts:
When I had my carpentry company, and was determined to produce the highest quality of woodwork possible, money was a great way to keep people motivated. Not only did it provide for us as we carefully managed and produced some incredible projects, but it was a great way to reward men who took the time to hone their skill set and develop as master craftsmen over years.

People who would never take time to listen to you about Jesus, have a lot more interest, when you are the one writing their paycheck each week, and they actually see God’s love being walked out in the workplace, a boss who regularly walks, talks, and sacrificially loves the people we are called to serve, earns respect through the sweat, that can come no other way.

But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Seems God’s promotions simply mean more responsibility, and the privilege of serving and loving more people…

who do you serve

The truth is, there is a spiritual war being fought every day in the earth, and control of money is one of the weapons employed.
No man 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.

I have a couple of questions for you today:

In this verse, that has been often misquoted, I believe Jesus is not speaking about money directly, but naming an actual evil spirit that controls people through money, named mammon. Light and darkness, you can’t serve God and money, but surely you can serve God WITH your money.

Not all of the thoughts that cross your mind with respect to your spending, are your own. Holy Spirit will gently nudge you to do good things, and evil spirits will encourage you to indulge your lusts, and spend your hard earned cash on worldly pleasures…

1. What do you do with your money? Have you taken a look at your bank statement, and honestly tried to look at your cash-flow with the eyes of Jesus? Could you cook at home a couple of days, or pack a lunch, so that you could give some of the money you presently spend eating out, on supporting an orphanage, a missionary, or some unique Jesus project perfectly tailored to your gift?

2. What are you doing to grow in your gift and calling? Do you have a night course you can take, some books you can read, or a mentor that you could carve time out with, that will help you grow intellectually, spiritually, physically? Are there ways that you can improve, so that you might earn more money, not only to improve the quality of your life (God does love you and want you to have nice things), but to deliberately to earn more income to do your part in alleviating human suffering somewhere in the world…

money world

 Let’s pray:

‘Father, please supply my needs today, and lead me and guide me in my spending, my giving, my stewardship of the resources and gifts you have given me, and give me creative ways to increase in all of these areas. May I ever be led by You Holy Spirit, not bled by the screaming needs and schemes of people, or the deceptive thoughts of devils. May I be generous, as You are Father, but careful to only give where You lead, not moved by the apparent need. I trust that You are good, and that You hear and answer me today, for I come to Your throne, in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen.

Ministers – Don’t Manipulate People for Money

provision
If people in ministry have not learned the principals of tithing, giving, exercising our authority in prayer in the financial realm, dispatching angels, binding devils,and putting pressure on prayer and promises, all that is left, is the desperate, manipulative ways of man, as they sidle alongside potential donors, attempting to get their ministry needs met.

From the age old ‘selling of indulgences to rescue perishing souls from purgatory’, to the latest book or tape offer, ministers have used various techniques attempting to get people to give them money. It is a horrible sight, and brings great reproach to the gospel…

Yes, those of us who preach the gospel and who live by the gospel, are worthy of support, and yes, we depend upon the donations of God’s people that we might Go into all the world…

In a church, this is simple, people are conditioned to ‘bring their whole tithe into the storehouse’, and this offering supplies for staff support, lights, building, etc.

Yet, what about those of us who are five fold ministers, who are not pastors? There are four other ministry offices represented in the Body of Christ, and each of these is worthy of financial support.

In a perfect world I guess, everyone in the kingdom, would tithe and give offerings, and there should be such an abundance in the house of the Lord, that missions are easily funded, evangelistic crusades are paid for, compassionate ministries (hospitals, schools, orphanages, food banks, prison outreaches etc) are funded, and elders are only concerned with managing money well enough to ensure everything flows correctly, so that there is no lack of supply for kingdom initiatives, but for those of us serving as leaders in the Body, we quickly discover the brutal truth – many of God’s people do not tithe, and there are huge screaming financial needs all around us as we try to alleviate human suffering, and we need to be aggressively in the face of God to both ensure our personal needs are met, and then the needs of the helpless we are called to serve.

In the book of Acts, clearly the work of God was demonstrated in great power, and there was no financial lack:

great power great grace

Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

I have learned that I MUST consistently obey and demonstrate great power with God among people, and great grace and supply supernaturally happens. It takes the power of God to shake devils free of the money they control!

part time

And yet we see the fund-raising appeals, the telemarketing letters, the tele-thons, and the carefully planned meetings with potential donors…Ministers chasing money, instead of people with money chasing them!

We do a yearly missions banquet, where we show pictures of our missions trips, and present our vision for the upcoming year. We post often on Social Media, and send out a monthly newsletter, showing what God is doing through us, and encouraging people to give.

Gal 6:6 AMP The one who is taught the word [of God] is to share all good things with his teacher [contributing to his spiritual and material support]

This is why I stay faithful to the Word of God, digging deep into mine of revelation contained there, seeking fresh living teaching to feed the people of God, this is why all the books, blogs, and myriads of Social Media posts, this is my way of teaching, training, equipping, and ministering to people the Word of God….

True Faith places pressure on God’s promises in prayer, never upon people.

Holy Spirit is well able to speak to people to give, when our ministry is fully obeying God.

provision

 

I took the time to research 100 verses promising God’s provision. Here, is the promises that will provide for you, for Jesus is faithful to His word, He cannot lie.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/gods-promises-of-provision-from-scripture/

I then took these verses, personalized them, and they have become my sword of the Spirit, my confessions of violent faith as I exercise His authority through His Word, from before His throne, into the earth.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/prosperity-prayer-and-confessions/

I have learned that as I become more accurate in my Spirit led obedience, God has been faithful to provide what I need, as He graciously deals with others to give into our ministry.

No, as we work, preach, travel, and perform the works of compassion required of us, Holy Spirit will deal with men’s hearts about our support.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
I guess if anything I have written has blessed anyone, trained, equipped, or helped them walk with God, then they will be moved to send in donations and offerings to our ministry. If they don’t give, and yet somehow, I am able to encourage someone to believe God, get their needs met through His promises, my reward will be in heaven, for He sees, He knows, and He provides.
The gospel will never have a price tag upon it, for what price can one place upon eternal life?
Freely we are given, so freely we give…trusting Jesus for both the power to perform what we preach, and power to supply our every need, so that we can preach…
We all have out part to play in the kingdom…
Let’s pray:
Father, I trust you again with this day, to perform Your Word, with signs following. I trust You to provide for all the needs of my life, my family, and every family who has in any way received from this ministry. Together, our eyes are upon You, purposed to obey, in whatever path You have called us to walk in this life. Thank you for clear direction, and I believe I receive it for I ask again, in Your precious name Lord Jesus, Amen’

 

Negotiations – Not Every Offering is acceptable

Negotiations
acceptable
2 Kings 5:26 Is it a time to receive money?

I remember this verse well, but to begin, let’s look at the account of Abraham looking for a burial place for his beloved wife, Sarah.

Gen 23: 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead.
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a buryingplace amongst you.
10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land.
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
16 ¶ And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
acceptable offering

Notice the heart of Abraham here. He could have simply received this grave site cave as a gift, but his heart fully belonged to God, full of honor.

He knew that in the long run, not paying full price for this burial plot would have caused strife between him and Ephron, and there is no honor in strife. How? Think about it for a minute: the people in the community would say: Abraham is really wealthy, yet he took some of our land to bury his wife. He could have paid for it, but he took advantage of ‘uncle’ Ephron’s kindness…You know how all that can go…

Reminds me of the heart of Elisha after Naaman was healed of leprosy, yet he did not receive an offering from him.

Let’s look at the account here:

fear obedience
2 Kings 5:15 ¶ And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.
16 But he said, As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none. And he urged him to take it; but he refused.

26 And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?

As we study church history, we have seen great abuses of spiritual authority in this area.

The great healing evangelists who would see the power of God open a number of deaf ears, or raise cripples miraculously from deathbeds or wheelchairs, only to announce:

‘Now let’s honor God by taking up an offering!’
Jesus gold

As if one can buy the miraculous power of God!

Matthew 10:8

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Not every offering is acceptable before God, and though folks may offer us money, gifts, great deals, not every offering is acceptable before God.

I remember how the Lord dealt with me along these lines while I attended Bible school at Rhema back in the 90’s.
I had prayed for some new suits, and while at a revival meeting, a man approached me and told me that God told him to give me three new suits that he had just purchased. We went to his house after the meeting, and they were beautiful suits, and exactly my size! I went home praising God, thanking Him for this blessing, but had a gentle nudge down in my heart, that something wasn’t quite right. Wasn’t sure quite what yet.

Next morning, in devotions, the Lord showed me the motives of this man’s heart that had given me the suits, and they were not right before him.

Mt 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

The man was extremly bitter against Rhema, and was in gross rebellion towards God Himself. I prayed about what to do, and the Lord told me to return the suits that very minute to the man, so I jumped in my car, drove across town, and left them on the doorknob of his house with a note on them. Never saw the man again, but God ignited my heart with joy, and I knew that I had done the right thing.

The heart of any true minister of God, is to receive offerings, in faith, just like Jesus received the little boys lunch: When people give to us, we should have not merely gratefulness that OUR needs are being met, but more importantly, that they honored God in their giving, so that we could, with the faith of Abraham, believe God would multiply their gift exponentially so that THEIR needs are met.

This is the heart of the apostle Paul in the famous verses, often misquoted at offering time that he wrote in his letter to the Phillippians:

4:16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Paul saw, before the throne of God, how God Himself was honoring the offerings of the Phillipian church, and ‘fruit was being added to their account’ so that he could state clearly that God would become personally involved in their finances, and would supply all of their needs according TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY by Christ Jesus!

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Hope this helps someone today, trying to walk in their calling, and to keep their heart right before the Lord.

Let’s pray:
“Father God, I come before you right now, trusting you, and You alone fully for my provision. Show me where to give, and where to receive, and give me strength of heart, to never be bought, nor compromise our vital, living relationship. In your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’

The Blessing of Abraham produces Wealth!

The Blessing of Abraham produces prosperity
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Gen 13: 1 ¶ And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
5 ¶ And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
'The Blessing of Abraham produces prosperity Gen 13: 1 ¶  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 5 ¶  And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6  And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel -- only a means to an end. HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930 I agree with Henry Ford partially, but the end must be Jesus, and money must serve Him. When we bow before Him, and place our full life in His hand, then money can flow through us freely and safely, for we hold a far greater treasure within our hearts, eternal life! Listen to the philosophy of Herbert Hoover: My conception of America is a land where men and women may walk in ordered freedom in the independent conduct of their occupations; where they may enjoy the advantages of wealth, not concentrated in the hands of the few but spread through the lives of all; where they build and safeguard their homes, and give to their children the fullest advantages and opportunities of American life; where every man shall be respected in the faith that his conscience and his heart direct him to follow; where a contented and happy people, secure in their liberties, free from poverty and fear, shall have the leisure and impulse to seek a fuller life. HERBERT HOOVER, speech, Oct. 22, 1928 Not bad Herbert, but our ultimate goal in life must be to discover the will of God for each of our lives, specifically, then pursue it with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, living the life, we were born to live! Mt 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.  HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit This is true, our walk with God must be our ultimate value and treasure, Mt 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Let’s pray: “Jesus you are my ultimate treasure, my Lord, my love, my life. In you Eph 1:18   May the eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in us, your saints, that we may prosper in love, in life, in liberty, as you add to us, wealth and riches in this life too. Amen’'
Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel — only a means to an end.
HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930
Henry Ford
I agree with Henry Ford partially, but the end must be Jesus, and money must serve Him.

When we bow before Him, and place our full life in His hand, then money can flow through us freely and safely, for we hold a far greater treasure within our hearts, eternal life!

Listen to the philosophy of Herbert Hoover:
My conception of America is a land where men and women may walk in ordered freedom in the independent conduct of their occupations; where they may enjoy the advantages of wealth, not concentrated in the hands of the few but spread through the lives of all; where they build and safeguard their homes, and give to their children the fullest advantages and opportunities of American life; where every man shall be respected in the faith that his conscience and his heart direct him to follow; where a contented and happy people, secure in their liberties, free from poverty and fear, shall have the leisure and impulse to seek a fuller life.
HERBERT HOOVER, speech, Oct. 22, 1928
freedom Hoover
Not bad Herbert, but our ultimate goal in life must be to discover the will of God for each of our lives, specifically, then pursue it with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, living the life, we were born to live!

Mt 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

This is true, our walk with God must be our ultimate value and treasure, Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
wealth freedom Wilson

God gives us power to obtain wealth. Wealth though, can become it’s own taskmaster, if we do not use it to produce freedom in the earth.

True freedom is only found in Jesus, for only He can forgive sin:

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Let’s pray:
“Jesus you are my ultimate treasure, my Lord, my love, my life. In you Eph 1:18 May the eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of Your calling, and what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in us, your saints, that we may prosper in love, in life, in liberty, as you add to us, wealth and riches in this life too. Amen’

'The Blessing of Abraham produces prosperity Gen 13: 1 ¶  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2  And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 5 ¶  And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6  And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel -- only a means to an end. HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930 I agree with Henry Ford partially, but the end must be Jesus, and money must serve Him. When we bow before Him, and place our full life in His hand, then money can flow through us freely and safely, for we hold a far greater treasure within our hearts, eternal life! Listen to the philosophy of Herbert Hoover: My conception of America is a land where men and women may walk in ordered freedom in the independent conduct of their occupations; where they may enjoy the advantages of wealth, not concentrated in the hands of the few but spread through the lives of all; where they build and safeguard their homes, and give to their children the fullest advantages and opportunities of American life; where every man shall be respected in the faith that his conscience and his heart direct him to follow; where a contented and happy people, secure in their liberties, free from poverty and fear, shall have the leisure and impulse to seek a fuller life. HERBERT HOOVER, speech, Oct. 22, 1928 Not bad Herbert, but our ultimate goal in life must be to discover the will of God for each of our lives, specifically, then pursue it with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, living the life, we were born to live! Mt 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.  HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit This is true, our walk with God must be our ultimate value and treasure, Mt 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Let’s pray: “Jesus you are my ultimate treasure, my Lord, my love, my life. In you Eph 1:18   May the eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in us, your saints, that we may prosper in love, in life, in liberty, as you add to us, wealth and riches in this life too. Amen’'

Increase Your Ability Before Investing…

Ability before Investment capital
'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'
Matt 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king.

He did this, according to their ability!

Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'

Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.

You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.

Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!

Question: What are we doing today, to increase our abilities?

Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”

 

'Ability before Investment capital
Matt 25:15  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 
You know the story, a man, a nobleman, invested in his employees, some investment capital, before he went on a journey to become king. He did this, according to their ability! 
Therefore ability precedes investment capital.
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. 
Henry Van Dyke, Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 16.
You know the rest of the story, one received five cities, the other ten, because they were faithful with the ability, they had been given.
Question: What are we doing today to increase our abilities to lead today, because the welfare of the people we are called to influence in the cities we are to exercise our gifts in, depends upon it!
Let’s pray:
“Father God, increase my ability today. Teach me, help me to read the right books, articles, and Scripture to grow in my gift and calling today, in your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen”'

Money and People

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Read a Facebook post I made 3 years ago, after we had either lost, or willingly given up everything to follow Jesus.

“Interesting fact about walking and living 100% by faith. If money doesn’t arrive when you think you need it, you simply don’t go to those meetings God has not provided for, nor eat exactly what you might want, yet Jesus is Lord, and He is faithful, and there is a peace, and witness that He can give, that are greater than any material thing this world has to offer. Lack can separate you from people, but I have learned this: The people that are still with you, when you have nothing but Jesus to offer, are the ones to trust, when the money is again flowing freely”

This was good counsel then, and now, as God is again showing His hand in providing for our family, good counsel now.

Good Gold – Money with a Mission!

Good gold!

money mission
Gen 2:11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

God created gold and precious stones, and they were good!

People think that one cannot serve God, and have money, but this is simply not true.

Greed is wrong, for it is the love of money, that is the root of all evil.

Money itself is neither good nor bad, it is only what we use it for that makes a difference.

I have noticed that there does not seem to be a lack of vision in the Body of Christ, many people have great ideas to do exploits in the Kingdom of God. Yet vision is spelled M-O-N-E-Y!

Ministry costs money, and finding a way to fund our particular vision, is where practical faith rubber meets the road, and our dreams finds traction to go, grow, build, and accomplish great exploits!

money care
God wants you blessed in every area of life, and that includes financially.
Wisdom will produce wealth, and long life.

Proverbs 3:13 ¶ Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Money with a mission.

What if those of us that could, actually, deliberately, made more money on purpose, for the sole purpose of supporting the gospel, and alleviating human suffering in the earth?

“Our motivation for accumulation is distribution. We increase in order to be the blessing that God has called us to be.” – Pastor George Pearsons via the BVOV

Generosity: Carefully managing our God given resources so that we can freely give to those in need. Sign in Skiatook, OK.

givers takers

Deuteronomy 8:18  (AKJV)

18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

We see that God gives His people power to get wealth, but for a reason: TO ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT IN THE EARTH.

I see no difference in this Old Testament reference, and the heart of God’s love for the whole world.

Acts 1:8(AKJV)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

In the New and better covenant, we are given the mighty Holy Spirit, power from on high, to be a witness for the kingdom.

What does a witness do? They testify of Jesus! They proclaim the gospel!

Why?

Because faith only comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, and when a person believes, they are adopted into God’s family, an heir of the kingdom, a partaker of God’s covenant promises.

Do you see it? The power of the Holy Spirit we use to obtain wealth, must be for the purposes of furthering God’s kingdom, establishing His covenant in the earth.

Money with a mission will perform the acts of compassion commanded us in Matt 25, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, the prisoner, getting water to the thirsty.

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For God so loved the world that He gave….

Your needs are met by what you get outta life, Your life is made through what you give…

You can make a living through your giving…

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Let’s pray:
‘Father, your Word says that Wisdom is crying out, desiring to meet with the sons of men. I too cry out, for wisdom to come to my life, that I might experience a blessed life, full of righteousness, peace, joy and prosperity in your kingdom. Money Come Now, that I might do more for the kingdom of God. As it comes, and I see Your increase, may I recognize You are the One giving it, and may I use it deliberately to promote the kingdom of God. I ask this, knowing I am heard, for it is in your name I pray, Lord Jesus, Amen!’