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Blog for Podcast # 51 (Living a basic lifestyle another of the “Money is the true master” episode)


Intro

This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify, Podbean and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

For those listening or reading. This will be one of the hardest teachings to accept. Mainly because the very society that we live in revolves around it. For Christian it is made simple and direct by Jesus Christ Himself.

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.

Nearly every single person in today’s social and economic structure has this dilemma. Which most fail to address properly in their lives. By the way. I am included in this as well. We all fall short in this area. Most more than they realize. I have hit upon it in the past. But today I will go even deeper and try to show why this is something that those that call themselves “Christian” must find a way to address in their lives and especially their relationship with God through our Savior Jesus Christ. This is what we see about money in 1 Timothy:

6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Money is a snare that entraps those that have not been taught that in actuality it is a vice.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 – Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! 11 The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers!

1 Timothy 6:9-10 – But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

As you can tell from these verses. This describes the mentality of most that love money within a wealthy country. It is also the mentality of those seeking this love of money that live outside a wealthy country and make efforts to move to a wealthy county.

Let’s look deeper into the KJV of Ecclesiastes 5:10:

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Note that here they use the word vanity. 

Vanity – H1892 – emptiness or vanity; something transitory and unsatisfactory

In addition, per Strong’s to quote: “the word represents human “breath” as a transitory thing: Job 7:16 I loathe it; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days are vanity. (literally, but a breath)”

Seeking after money is perceived as pursuing a fleeting existence. Something that will result in sorrow and trouble.

Now before I go further and allow what you have just read and heard to sink in. I wish to share a snapshot of the United States nearly one hundred and seventy-five years ago.

It is 1847. The President of the United States is James K. Polk. Also, at this time a famine was devastating Ireland. A bill was sent through the Senate to spend $500,000 which equates to $15,950,121 in today’s dollars. To send relief to the people of that island nation. Polk, who was of Irish decent, threatened a veto if the bill if it was sent to his desk.

Why?

Because he saw it as unconstitutional to waste the people’s money in such a fashion. He felt that using federal funds was wrong. He did however donate $50 ($1595) to the relief fund that was created following the dying of this bill in committee. He also allowed two war ships to be used to help send the relief supplies to Ireland.

The citizens of the United States as a result started their own relief fund as noted a moment ago. Instead of raising $500,000. The resulting funds raised came to $545,145. $45,145 ($1,440,136) more than the federal government would had allocated. One hundred and eighteen ships sailed with cargo and funds raised to help the people of Ireland. This showed how people respond with their money on their own. Not just $45,145 more than what the government had proposed. However, the mere fact that $17,390,257 was raised. The average income in 1847 was about $120 a year. So, this was a significant amount in that time period.

What does this show about the United States in 1847? That money was not the focal point of the average American citizen. Then what was?

Hebrews 13:16 – And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.

Proverbs 19:17 – If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD—and he will repay you!

1 John 3:17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

The last is the most important of these verses, and the question asked is also important. “How can God’s love be in that person?”

What does that say for most in today’s world, even those that call themselves “Christian?” They feel and believe that since they their pay taxes. It is the responsibility of the government to care for those in need. As was shown in 1847, this was not the mentality of those that lived in the United States at that time.

Most in today’s world. Especially in wealthy nations. Let the governments do what President Polk said was not the responsibility of the government. Those with the true responsibility responded above and beyond what the government offered.

Note again that what was donated by freewill was greater than what was demanded through government action.

Isaiah 55:9 – For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Now I have established two points here. One is: that which is blessed by God is always greater than what humans can do on their own. The other point is those that do not follow their responsibility as a person that says they are “Christian.” The question is asked by John. Are they truly Christian?

That is something that all must ask themselves. This is why all must ask who their true master is. Especially those that profess to being “Christian.”

Now I wish to show a verse from a parable that Jesus told when speaking of the end of days:

Matthew 25:5 – When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

What is the common factor that could cause all of humanity? Unsaved. As well as the saved that are wise and foolish to “fall asleep?”

What do they all have in common in today’s world?

Money.

This is the only common denominator that can explain why humanity has fallen asleep. Has forgotten God. Has forgotten the actions of Jesus Christ upon the cross, and His resurrection three days later.

Now just so you understand. In 2013 due to some situations beyond my control I lost all my possessions. Since then, I have continued to live a minimalist life. A life not focused upon money or possessions. I am even now planning to enter into retirement in this same vein. I believe that was God’s plan all along. To help me gain insight into this issue. To lose my focus on possessions, on money, on property. The problem is will you the listener and reader allow these words to sink in.

For those that have been paying attention to the world about them. They will accept and realize that the signs foretold by Jesus Himself. Reinforced by Peter, Paul and John are being seen throughout the world, and on a global scale. So, all of humanity is included.

Plus, as my example which I mentioned earlier the philanthropy that is an earmark of true Christianity is missing from today’s society. Does this not say there is a separation between the Christians in 1847 and the ones today? Does this not give an image of a type of sleeping on the part of today’s humanity? A separation from God?

Do these questions cause you to think to ponder?

Now what do I mean by I “live a minimalist life?” to answer that we must again look to the words of Jesus Christ Himself.

Matthew 6:25-34 – “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

My savings is not very large. I do not have hundreds of thousands of dollars in my 401k. I do not own a house. I live a modest lifestyle. Sure, I have some possessions but not a lot, nor do I wish to have more. In my retirement I plan to have even less. This will be my third downsizing since remarrying in 2015. Let me give you an example of someone I worked with. This person called himself a “Christian.” Yet all he talked about was his 401k, which I might add was worth a million dollars. A few days after he announced that he was finally going to retire. He lost $300,000 of it worth in a single day. It upset him greatly. Why? Because his 401k was his god.

Do I use the systems that are in place within the world we now live in? Yes, I do. Because everything that exists in this world is all part of God’s plan and design. I leave my life in God’s hand. He has fed me. He has given me wife that I love and is my best friend. We share the same likes and desire, as well as the same God.

God Bless

Blog for Podcast #46 (The Christian walk Part 2)


Intro

Welcome to another podcast. Today we finish a two part series on how to see if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work within our lives. This is Dreamwalker1960. As a reminder you can read the transcripts of all my podcasts at dreamwalker1960.com. Also, you do not need to download podbean if you wish to listen. You can use Listen Notes, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music or Audible, Google Podcasts or Apple Podcasts. As well as Pandora, Spotify and PlayerFM. All you need do is do a search for Dreamwalker1960.

Discussion

The Christian walk

The first steps (part three)
How do you put following the road laws into practice?
As was pointed out at the end of the previous part. A lot of reasons as to why people go about not following the road laws, was given. If you noticed they focused upon one thing. The self.
This is when we need to look what Jesus called the greatest commandment.


Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?” 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”


If you love God with all your heart, soul and mind. How can you think of your own wants and desires?
The road laws state that you are to go a certain speed limit. This increases the time it takes to travel when you do not speed. So, staying up to watch a sports event, or that special show. Staying out with your friends in a bar or at a party. Just because it is what you want. This does not place God as the most important person in your life. You are your most important person. You are your own god.


Exodus 20:3 “You must not have any other god but me.”


Yet this is shown daily upon the road. When you speed you are your own god. When you cut someone off because you are in the lane that is ending, and they have the right of way you are loving yourself over your neighbor. Something that is popular in Pennsylvania, turning across traffic in front of oncoming traffic as the light turns green. Again, this is someone placing themselves above all others, and especially God.
So as you can see just driving a car is a way of reflecting your Christian faith. Common courtesy along with not placing yourself first in any situation is by definition living a Christian life. A Christian walk.
But how is that accomplished?
You stop placing yourself first.
This is not easy. Therefore, following the laws of the road is so important. It actually teaches you to become aware of your Christian walk through life. It shows you when you are being selfish and self-serving. It points out to you when you are placing yourself above others.
It also shows just how difficult the true Christian walk can be and is.


James 4:4-10 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.

The next step
Seeking after the world as was pointed out at the end of the previous part of this series makes of us that calls ourselves “Christian,” adulterers. Yet the majority that calls themselves “Christian,” go about their lives, living in Christian adultery and don’t even give it a second thought. Many in fact come to embrace this as part of their outward sign that they are in fact “Christian.” As was shown in James 4:4-10, that is the furthest thing from the truth.
Yet what is it that makes people Christian adulterers?
It is how they live their lives.


Revelation 3:14-22 – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. 20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. 22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”


“I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!”
The moment we seek after things. The moment we desire to have the biggest, the most expensive. The name brand items. Those special golf clubs, that million-dollar house, that fifty-thousand-dollar car. You no longer serve God but yourself. That house, that car.


Mathew 6:19-21 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”


This money you are scrimping and saving just to spend or place yourself in debt for. Could in fact be spent as we are told how to spend by the Bible itself.


1 John 3: 17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?


The answer is it is not?

Matthew 19:16-24 – Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” 21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”


When living a Christian walk. We should not seek the best, the brightest, the most expensive. We are to seek after a live that does not deprive us of some comforts. However, when those comforts become the focus of your wealth then we are not serving God, but the world. Our treasures are not in heaven, but in the temporal. The here, the now. And they are especially not on those in need.
We are to live a modest life and if we are given more than a modest income. Then what is beyond modesty is ALL GODS and no one else’s, not even yourself. That is a Christian walk.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11 – Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.

So, as you can see from these verses. When God rewards us with earthly goods. They are not for us to horde, but to give the excess unto others so that God can be glorified. Yet millions that are emphatic that they are “Christian,” are not following this teaching. Many if not most are not even aware it exists within the Bible.

That is why it is important when accepting the Christian walk that we learn the Bible and come to understand it. For by doing so we can actually learn to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and in turn give glory unto God.

So, in summary I have shown through the Bible that there are two areas that can truly show our ardent desire to show our belief and faith. That there is a God and we wish to follow the examples left unto us by Jesus Christ and His disciples.

The first of these to is obey the laws of the land of whatever nation we live within that do not violate the teachings of the Bible. Down to the point of how we drive our vehicles upon the road.

The second is to not live in luxuries while ignoring those in need and giving freely of the excess granted unto us by our Creator. We must be willing to not be like the young rich man, but to truly desire to be a living example unto to the Son of God our Savior Jesus Christ. By not seeking and hording wealth, if it is given unto us. Know that we must surrender that which is beyond our comforts to those in need. Not for our glory, but for God’s glory.

I will end with these verses for you the reader and listener to think and ponder upon:

Luke 14:25-33 – A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ 31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.

God Bless

Bolg for Podcast #10


Intro

Welcome to the tenth podcast as I reach my first milestone in podcasting. Thanks once again for joining me. You can read today’s broadcast and all my previous ones as well at dreamwalker1960.com.
Today we will look into today’s world and how most have a misunderstanding of wealth. I apologies if this broadcast runs a bit long but the topic needs the time given to it.

Discussion
First off we need to look again to Laodicea and what we established about this city. It was a city of commerce placed at the crossroads of major trade routes. They were so wealth that a few decades before they were mentioned in the book of Revelation, which was written in the last decade of the first century. This city was devastated by an earthquake. Yet due to their wealth they needed no outside money to rebuild the city.
Now we look at the world today. The majority of it’s wealth is due to worldwide commerce. A wealth on a global scale that is unequal to any other time in history. As an example in 1900 the average annual income for a carpenter was around just over $1000 per year. In 2018 the average was $47000 per year. Now I know there has been inflation and other factors to make this $47000 appear to not be much. But let’s just look at the pure numbers themselves. Going from $1000 per year to $47000 per year in just over one hundred years. Just look at this from perspective of the carpenter of 1900. Earning 47 years of his annual salary in one year. This simple comparison shows how wealth has increased over forty times in just over one hundred years. The discussion is not about the other factors that apply to this income. It is the pure cash itself to show how much wealth is in the world today.
My point?
Is that the city of Laodicea and the world today are and were both cash rich aka wealthy. Which helps to identify the time we now live within as the era of the lukewarm.
Now the other day I had a discussion about my earlier podcast entitled: “You are a ‘lukewarm’ if……..” Again you can read that at dreamwalker1960.com or listen to it in your history where ever you are accessing this podcast. In this discussion the point came up about my mention of the need for a couple or a single person to have need for a large home or mansion to live in.
In those podcasts I address the young rich man and Christ reply to the disciples about how difficult it is for a rich person to get into heaven. Due to this discussion I see the need to expand on the information given to us in the Bible itself.
1 John 3:17 – If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Let’s look at it in the King James.
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
This world’s – G2889 – kosmos – orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration, by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense including it inhabitance literarily or figuratively) [Strong’s]
Good – G979 – bios – life, i.e. (literarily) the present state of existence, by implication the means of livelihood. [Strong’s]
To paraphrase the TDNT. The use of the word “kosmos” was something that was just coming into existence in the first century. Its use in the Bible was mainly done by John who wrote the books of John, 1 John, 2 John and Revelation. It’s reference here was pointed toward Strong’s word of “decoration.” Simply adornments of the body and of the home. What we call luxuries. However, his point was that these decorations were not the treasures of heaven but of the world.
To state this verse in its basic terms if someone who calls themselves “Christian” yet have the riches of the world however sees his or her fellow Christian in need financially and does nothing for them then how can God truly be in them.
Is this not a description of a “lukewarm.”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
This verse describes how those given worldly wealth should use that wealth if they call themselves “Christian.” So let’s look at this in the KJV.
Verse 17 – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Them that are rich – G4145 – plousios – wealthy; figuratively abounding with [Strong’s}
World – G165 – aion – an age by extension perpetuity by implication the world [Strong’s]
Highminded – G5309 – hypselophroneo – to be lofty in mind, arrogant [Strong’s]
a – arrogant – unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people:
There is so much to unwrap just in this one verse. First off if you are rich. It is not you who made you so. God has given you everything.
Now let’s look at this from the point that I started this discussion with. That we now live within a rich era. Most people in general live a life that is full of earthly riches. Which in turn has led many to a mentality that their way is the right way. That they know better how others should live. So they make it their business to get into that other people’s business. This is high-mindedness.
We are also not to trust in worldly wealth. We are to look to God and enjoy what he has given us. However, we now need to go on to the next verse where we are given exact points on how those that are rich are to live their wealthy lives.
Verse 18 – That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
That they do good – G14 – agathoergeo- to work good, do good [Strong’s]
That they be rich – G4147 – plouteo – to be (or become) wealthy [Strong’s]
Good – G2570 – kalos – beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. valuable or virtuous [Strong’s]
a – virtuous – having good moral qualities and behavior:
Works – G2041 – ergon – (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act [Strong’s]
In the TDNT they spend seventeen and a half pages discussing the word “works.” Its usage in the old and new Testaments. It’s meaning in Jewish society in Old Testament times and Greco-Roman times. It’s meaning to Plato and Aristotle. How Philo applied it and how Paul meant it to be used in the letters he wrote. What I boiled it down to is this. There are acts. Like paying taxes and there are works like helping your fellow human being in coming to the Lord God through Jesus Christ.
We all perform “acts.” And many today consider them to be “works.” The word “works” should always be considered doing something for the glory of God. Is God glorified when you pay your taxes? No He is not. Here is my point going back to 1 John 3:17. A Christian with money sees a fellow Christian in tough times. The one with money says: “Well this is why I pay taxes they should just go on welfare.” That is an act, it is also high-mindedness. Another Christian with money sees their fellow disciple in Christ in dire straits and gives them money enough to pay their bills feed their family and get them by until they can get on their feet once again. That is works. As is witnessed by the next part of verse 18.
Ready to distribute – G1511, G2130 – einai, eumetadotos
Einai – present in; to exist
Eumetadotos – good at imparting, i.e. liberal
a – imparting – to grant a share of, bestow
a1 – bestow – to give something as an honor or present
b – liberal – Given, used, or occurring in generous amounts.
Willing to communicate – G2843 – koinonikos – communicative, (pecuniarily) liberal
a – pecuniarly – in terms of money, financially
b – liberal – giving generously
So what are the points that have been established in this verse:
1) They do work that is good toward the will of God.
2) That they seek to be virtuous and thus valuable to God
3) They be ready to give willingly and generously of their money that has been given to them by God at a moment’s notice
4) That they make it known verbally that they are ready to be generous to those within the Christian community and showing no restraint in how much they are willing to give.
How is it possible to achieve these four points if most people’s money is tied up in a huge house, a fancy car or cars, maybe two homes or other things of the world?
It isn’t.
This is how Jesus saw this issue.
Luke 12:13-21 – Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” 16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. 17 He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ 18 Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. 19 And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ 21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
This is why James says this in James 5
Verses 1-6 – Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. 2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.
This echoes what Christ said in Matthew 6:19-21, but in a sterner manner.
The world we now live within is filled with worldly riches which has distracted many away from God. Seeking after one’s own personal desires and wants is counter to what is taught in 1 Timothy 6. The majority of wealth per these verses should be managed in such fashion that the majority of it is set to be used for those within the body of Christ. This is witnessed in Mark 12
Verses 41-44 – Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
This gives you the true image of how those that profess to be “Christian” should be handling their money for God. The majority should be set aside for God and for use by body of Christ.
Simply those that say a person should tithe ten percent of their wealth to the church is wrong. It should be a majority of whatever their income is to be set aside for those within the Body of Christ and it is to be managed by the person that earned it. All the while they live off the least amount possible of their income. Then when someone within the Body of Christ has dire need this majority share it is able to be gotten into quickly and able to given freely without any concern if its return for it is a gift. Not by the giver but from God.
However this is not how those that live in today’s world can accept this philosophy. Why? Because they have never been taught the correct way to be a true child of God. All are guilty of this. All are sinners in this aspect of their lives. That includes me. All we can do is strife to correct this error.
For due to these riches our true focal point is not God, but ourselves. We have all broken the first commandment.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Which is why Jesus Christ said:
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Mathew 6:24

God Bless

Christians get accuses of “imposing” our values on to others, yet…..


Re-post
I find it amazing (please note sarcasm), that people accuse those that believe there is a God and there is consequences for sinning, of imposing Christian beliefs and values onto them. When they insist on imposing their lack of values, morals and common respect down upon those that are “Christian.” Is this not the height of hypocrisy? By the way the answer is: YES!
Impose is defined as: to cause (something, such as a tax, fine, rule, or punishment) to affect someone or something by using your authority
: to establish or create (something unwanted) in a forceful or harmful way
: to force someone to accept (something or yourself)
Now you see those accusing Christians of imposing things upon them are the ones that are actually doing the imposing. They protest and get up and leave events that are counter to what they wish to have things be. They are the ones imposing.
Society has been built upon laws that found their origin within the Bible for most of western nations that now exist. These laws have been in action for over fifteen hundred years and for the most part served humanity well. These laws were not imposed upon them. They were born into them. How can something be imposed upon someone if it is already a part of a culture? It cannot.
Yet they berated, degraded and even pervert laws to fit their “moral” or more accurately “lack of moral” disposition.
So who here is really doing the imposing? It is not Christianity, nor is it the Constitution or the bill of right.
Christianity is not something that can be shoved down upon you. Now throughout history some will point out that “Christianity was shoved onto others.” This is in actuality not true. There have been those in the name of religion and even of God that have tried to impose their way of thinking onto other cultures, but this is the furthest thing from the truth. For the way these people thought were in fact not living a true Christian lifestyle.
Example: the Crusades – This was instituted by a man who was not following anything within the Bible to support or condone the bloodshed that this invasion of the Holy Lands caused.
Humanity is the cause of all evil events that take place in this world. So those now imposing their lack of values, morals and even believes are the true evil today. Yet they will never accept this description of themselves since in their eyes they have more knowledge than ANY that has ever lived before them except those that encourage and teach their rebellion.
Rebellion: an effort by many people to change the government or leader of a country by the use of protest or violence
: open opposition toward a person or group in authority
: refusal to obey rules or accept normal standards of behavior, dress, etc.
Wow… that sure compares to the word “impose” doesn’t it.
Those that truly follow Christ have one true goal in mind. The desire to see all be able to see and have a joyous eternal life. A life that will not last up to one hundred years, but will last billions upon billions of years.
Those that truly understand Christianity see those that are rebellion and imposing their lack of morals and values upon society at large who as their neighbors that they wish to welcome into this wondrous and eternal life, but to do this those that deny Christ must stop imposing their corrupted values upon the world and turn to Jesus Christ.
But they can only turn to Christ on their own. No one can impose it upon them, and to say that it can be imposed upon you has no true concept or understanding of the word “faith.” For true “faith” is something that could never be imposed upon someone for it must come from within the individual themselves.

Could we be living in the end times?


Within the New Testament there comes references to the behavior of humanity that shall be signs unto those willing to see and verify through the knowledge given unto us through the Bible as well as the blessing of the Holy Spirit. For many will see but they shall be blind to the truth by their own desires and wishes. Wishing to live within this world thinking that this is all there is and nothing is beyond but to sit in a cloud playing and singing.
One of this references to how humanity will be acting comes in 2 Timothy 3.
“1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

People display the following traits:
1) Lovers of their own selves – self-centered – thinking only of what is important to them and no others
2) Covetous – caring only for money – greedy, avarice
3) Boasters – an empty pretender
4) Proud – to inflate with self-conceit:—high-minded, be lifted up with pride
5) Blasphemers – speaking evil, slanderous, reproachful, railing, abusive
6) Disobedient to parents – disobedient – inflexible, not compliant, rebellious, insubordinate
7) Unthankful – ungrateful, ungracious, unpleasing
8) Unholy – profane – relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; secular rather than religious
9) Natural affection – unloving, devoid of affection
10) Trucebreakers – unable to please
11) False accusers – prone to slander, slanderous, accusing falsely, act the part of the devil or to side with him
12) Incontinent – without self-control, immoderate in indulgence of appetite or passion. (immoderate – not sensible or restrained; excessive)
13) Fierce – not tame, savage
14) Despisers of those that are good – for example hating Christians, God, and the Bible
15) Traitors – a betrayer
16) Heady – rash, reckless
17) Highminded – arrogant
18) Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God – for example preferring sporting events, gambling, night clubbing, Television – escapism
19) Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof – being lukewarm (Revelations 3:15-16)
Every one of these signs of people’s behavior is now present. All because the Bible is no longer being correctly taught or taught at all to many. They have no idea what morality is so they revert to the nature state of humanity (Mark 7:20-23).
Another picture into the behavior of humanity in the end times is painted with words in 2 Peter 2.
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

So as you can see from both groups of verses is that this world is if not already there starting to be there very soon to the image of how people are to behave when it comes near the time for the return of Christ. It does not go well for those that live their lives as is described above. For they shall be left here to suffer the consequences for these lifestyles.
And if you note closely in verse 20 of 2 Peter there will be those that thought they were one with God and able to be caught up within the Rapture and will instead find themselves left here to suffer in the turmoil that will not only devastate the people but the planet itself.

What took Moses so long to return to the tribe of Israel as they waited for his return at the foot of Mt Sinai?


Those who have not read the Bible, will not realize, that the reason it took so long for Moses to return to those he had just saved from slavery in Egypt was due to him be given not just ten commandments but all the laws that the tribe of Israel and ultimately Christianity were to follow.
Now as I have said before due to free-will all have to choice to live as they so desire. That is their decision to live in sin if they so choose. That does not give them permission to change the laws that were first made upon that mountain those thousands of years ago.
Yet that is exactly what is being done. To the point that the former Presbyterian church this last year did two things in violation of these laws. First, they said they would no longer acknowledge Israel. Second, they allowed for same sex marriages.
Now again as I have stated elsewhere and above if you want to live this lifestyle that is your decision, I am not going to stop, but I am not going to condone your action either. I will personally think you are living in sin. If I knew I could get you to stop, I would do it.
My reason for this post is to state that when a church allows you to marry within their walls they are giving you the false believe that God approves of your lifestyle, which is the furthest thing from the truth. The new Presbyterian social club is no longer a church. They may say they are, but due to them denying Israel which is the first nation created by God then they are in fact denying God. So if you want to get married in a one of the clubhouse go for it, but do not think it is God saying it is ok.
One of the laws given to Moses on Sinai was that men should not lie with men as if one is a woman. (Lev 18:22). At one point the actions of a few men within the tribe of Benjamin resulted in nearly the entire tribe to be wiped out leaving only eleven tribes instead of twelve. All due to the fact that the tribe would not turn over these men for judgment due to their behavior. (Judges 19 & 20)
Also in Leviticus, it is explained that due to this type of behavior was one of the main reasons God was leading the Israelites into the lands that would become Israel due to this very behavior because the nations that occupied it at that time allowed this behavior.
Here is my point. Again if you wish to live this lifestyle do so, but do not force your lifestyle upon the rest of us. This nation, no matter what you were told was made for the freedom to worship God. Due to this original principle, it has been changed to allow those to worship or not worship as they see fit. As a result, this nation is in decline. If you read Leviticus, you will see that those nations Israel was going to replace were in decline because of this type of behavior being present.
If you insist on marrying, do not do so in a church have a civil ceremony.
As a Christian, it is my responsibility to inform you that your actions are a direct factor for the states of this nation as it is this moment. It is also due to abortion, but I will not stop a woman for doing it for that is her free-will choice as well. I am asking that you try to understand that your actions are wrong. Will you change your ways? I doubt it, but I hope you start to think. I hope you start to realize that this type of lifestyle has led to the destruction of many nations before this one. Realize that by forcing others to accept you is wrong, just as it is equally wrong for others like me to force you to stop if you do not want to. Leave the laws of this nation alone. If you do not like them because of your lifestyle choice Then you will just have to not like them. They were made because they were based on those laws given to Moses upon that mountain by God Himself. I wish to follow these laws, as should any that call themselves Christian. As such no church should welcome you unless you come to repent of your sin and leave it behind. I know it will be difficult, for I have had to struggle with it myself, but I overcame it and came to know that the traditional lifestyle is the true one.
I know the world does not revolve about me. Many think the world does revolve about them. This is also not true. God is the center for when you truly place God before all others you suddenly know and realize that all others are more important than you are. That is why I make this blog. It is what God has called me to do. This is my ministry, and through it, I wish to help awaken those that are walking through this world in a dream of their own making. A dream in which all is happiness, but in reality the world is falling apart about us due to these choices that are against God and the founding principles of this very nation. This nation which was the second nation created by God. It should be treated with the respect for which those that left the persecution of the Old World to come to this New World in the believe that they and their children, which we are, would worship God as if He still stood upon Mount Sinai at this very moment and obey the laws he had handed to Moses.