We will continue with our series next time. Let’s say this will be a continuation of what we discuss on “The Kingdom Of GOD In | Redeemed By The Blood Of JESUS”
Today I want to share a little not about my background, but my old ministry, oh well, not anymore old because GOD is restoring everything and bring everything back to my memory. So it’s a good sign for me.
This week I have been praying and just been amazed of the faithfulness of GOD. This GOD is amazing!
You see, I was reading the Bible, and somehow by the Holy Spirit direction, I was reading another Bible passage, and accidentally but in a good way, somehow I touched and went to a different page, and it was Psalm 49. And it says;
“Listen, everyone! High and low, rich and poor, all around the world—listen to my words, for they are wise and filled with insight. I will tell in song accompanied by harps the answer to one of life’s most perplexing problems: There is no need to fear when times of trouble come, even though surrounded by enemies! They trust in their wealth and boast about how rich they are, yet not one of them, though rich as kings, can ransom his own brother from the penalty of sin! For God’s forgiveness does not come that way. For a soul is far too precious to be ransomed by mere earthly wealth. There is not enough of it in all the earth to buy eternal life for just one soul, to keep it out of hell. Rich man! Proud man! Wise man! You must die like all the rest! You have no greater lease on life than foolish, stupid men. You must leave your wealth to others. You name your estates after yourselves as though your lands could be forever yours and you could live on them eternally. But man with all his pomp must die like any animal. Such is the folly of these men, though after they die they will be quoted as having great wisdom. Death is the shepherd of all mankind. And “in the morning” those who are evil will be the slaves of those who are good. For the power of their wealth is gone when they die; they cannot take it with them. But as for me, God will redeem my soul from the power of death, for He will receive me. So do not be dismayed when evil men grow rich and build their lovely homes. For when they die, they carry nothing with them! Their honors will not follow them. Though a man calls himself happy all through his life—and the world loudly applauds success— yet in the end he dies like everyone else and enters eternal darkness. For man with all his pomp must die like any animal.”
Okay, so, from early I can remember, I hated poverty. Nobody knew about it, I played very well on the outside. There is this one day I asked my Mom for money, was part of my tuition or some kind of examination fees for my high school level, and she told me she didn’t have any, I should wait a little bit by the end of month. I was angry because I saw her went to work every day, and you can’t say that we were really very poor, and to me it wasn’t that a lot of money. I was young, inexperienced about life, and I really didn’t see it to really appreciate what my Mom was doing for us. I was just worrying about my reputation and I didn’t want my fellow students to know that my Mom didn’t have the money at the time to pay for my fees, so I hated it because the teacher said those who didn’t have tuition fees they were going to be put out of the classes until they bring the money. So when I went to College started learning living on my own and it was when I realized how hard life was to me, and I had to tell my Mom I’m sorry for being angry at her that day. She was raising my siblings and I, on her own, I mean, I’m just only me and I have just started seeing the pressures of life intimidating me. And she told me, she doesn’t even remember about it. And I said, you wouldn’t, because I played it cool to her as if it really didn’t pain me.
Even GOD knew my frustrations about poverty. Looking back, I don’t think GOD didn’t really care about my frustrations about poverty, but HE really cared about my motives. HE wanted me to have good and godly motives, and I really didn’t even know HIM like I know HIM now. When I was going to College, I used to cry to GOD, and I would put my school semesters class schedule and plans inside the Bible. I would look at the list of classes I had to take, and planned how many classes I wanted to take each semester based on my work schedules. Many times I wanted to take more classes than I could afford, but financially I couldn’t, so I would put on paper the names of the classes I wanted to take on each semester inside the Bible. It was a little green Bible that I had. I got for free. I honestly didn’t read it at that time; I just used it to store my prayers to GOD…hahaha. Even though I struggled to finance my tuition fees in College but GOD somehow came through.
And the time of my real frustration came when I was a roommate in a three bedroom apartment with two other students; they were doing their masters and I was still doing my Bachelors. That year, it was when I realized that I can’t pretend anymore, I need GOD to help me get out of this poverty chains. In that same year, one day, at the school library, I became born-again. After that day it looks like the devil wasn’t really happy about me becoming born-again. But now looking back, I know GOD was with me all the time, even though He allowed me to go through many trials and tribulations, some of them almost destroyed me. But here I am.
Why I’m sharing this. Well, because after my first six years of struggles, doing my best to knowing GOD and discovering GOD’s really plans for my life, and trying to put my personal desires in GOD’s plans…hahaha, after several disappointments, one day in the year of 2012, I think I was in one of Sunday Church services I believe, I got this amazing insight or revelation, and that day Grace Abounds International was born.
And here it is what it came about. I realized that the most valuable possessions in GOD’s Sight is the souls of men, I mean us, the people of GOD. The LORD JESUS wouldn’t have wasted His Time or Life by dying for us, if GOD didn’t really love and care for us. I also realized that money is competing with GOD’s place in people’s lives. Some people worship money instead of GOD. So I realized, if it’s a big deal to become billionaires in this world, why not also become GOD’s billionaires? The world system involves earthly riches and GOD’s system involves true wealth. I wanted to be both…hahaha.
I don’t remember exactly words, but my Mission online page was as following;
- To worship GOD in truth and spirit (John 4:23-24).
- To glorify GOD on earth and to accomplish GOD’s assignments for our lives (John 17:3-4; John 3:16).
- To become GOD’s billionaires to win Billions souls for CHRIST. (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 14:23, Acts 1:7-8).
And then I had a picture written in gold saying Billionaires. I got it online and edited it…hahaha, and placed it there on my blog mission about page.
In those days I didn’t have specific number, of how many billions of people. I came later to find out there are some servants of GOD who even have specific numbers of how many millions or billions souls of people they want to win for GOD. It looks like I’m not the only one with this dream…hahaha. There are people ahead of me are living this dream as I share this right now.
And I have to say, for my case, I didn’t have any plan of how I’m going to do it, I just believed GOD can make it happen in HIS Own Ways.
There is nothing wrong to ask GOD to bless and use you for HIS GLORY. In the book of Psalm chapter 24 verse 1, it says “The earth and heaven, and everything in it belongs to GOD. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to HIM.” So why not ask for more than enough. GOD can use us to be HIS hands and feet to fund the Gospel. If you can’t preach it, fund someone who can, and who is able to reach to the people you can’t, and who is able to do well than you can without being frustrated with the unnecessary persecutions. You can use the money to give to the poor regular, the people who are suffering with really no help. You can give to orphans and pay for their needs including their tuitions. You can help the widows that are old and they can no longer be employed. You can give to the Church of course, this many of us know about. We can use it while we are here on earth to accomplish GOD’s purposes. It costs money to finance the Gospel. The Bible you are reading costs money, even if you read it through your phone or online, it somehow costs you internet or the phone costs itself, charging costs… hahaha. So it also costs someone else to preach it and to bring it to you. You can help your relatives, friends, and neighbors, and somehow share your blessings in one way or another with them. On top of that you are able to provide employment and other sources of income of clean money for many others to meet their needs. I mean these are just few examples I can think of right now.
There is this parable in the Bible in the book of Luke chapter 16 verses 1 to 15. And it says that “Jesus told His disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ “So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ “‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. “The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’ “Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ “‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. “He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ “The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both GOD and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but GOD knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in GOD’s sight.”
In this parable, the LORD JESUS was talking to two kinds of people; His Disciples and Pharisees. He was teaching His Disciples by correcting the Pharisees. He was describing to His Disciples about Pharisees who truly are, using this manager as an example.
One thing we learn this manager was a steward of master’s resources, and he was accused of mismanagement of funds or possessions, he was wasting his master, the rich man’s possessions, resources, funds, and et cetera. And when the rich man, his master, heard about it, he asked the manager to give an account of his management, and he cannot be manager any longer. After he realized he was soon going to be without a job, this manager and steward decided to make dishonest dealings by reducing the debt owed by several of his master’s debtors in exchange for shelter so that after he lost his job there, those people would welcome him into their houses. But when the master became aware of what the wicked servant and manager had done, he commended him for his shrewdness.
Why he commended him? It’s not because his master was proud of his sinful acts he has done. It was a bad thing that the manager did, but the LORD JESUS wanted to make a point.
Let’s continue reading. The Bible says, and the LORD JESUS said “For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”
Basically He was saying that unbelievers are wiser in the things of this world than believers are about the things of the world to come. This manager and steward made friends of his master’s debtors who would then be obligated to care for him once he lost his job. Even though what he did was wrong, you know, cheating his master. The LORD JESUS was pinpointing that if only us believers could be wiser by using our worldly wealth that we get honestly (not with dishonest like this manager) to gain friends for ourselves, so that when it is gone, we will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
And He continued saying “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”
The LORD JESUS is telling us we should be just stewards rather than unjust stewards. This manager was an unjust steward; he saw his master’s resources as a means for his own personal needs and advancement. We have to understand that GOD is the owner of everything and we are His stewards. Therefore, we should use our MASTER’s resources to further HIS Plans and Goals, HIS Will for our lives, HIS Affairs and what HE Values.
I read this article and it says, the LORD JESUS didn’t say “You can’t own a phone, buy a computer, purchase a home, drive a car, invest money for retirement, buy more than one shirt or a pair of jeans.” GOD wants us to live for HIS glory and the good of others. We are to be generous with our wealth and use it for the benefit of others as well.
So the LORD JESUS said, if we can’t be faithful with earthly wealth, which isn’t even ours to begin with, then how can we be entrusted with true riches? The true riches concerning stewardship and responsibility in GOD’s KINGDOM along with all the accompanying heavenly rewards.
Then the LORD JESUS went on exposing the Pharisees hearts and their true motives. If GOD was their MASTER, they would have been faithful and just stewards, and employed their wealth is building up the KINGDOM Of GOD. What they highly valued was detestable in GOD’s sight.
The LORD JESUS mentioned clearly in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verses 19 to 24, we need to store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. He said “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where you spend your money, where your focus is, guess what? Is where you heart will be also. You want to know where your heart is? Track your money spending. Track where you spend your time, with who, and what projects and activities. And you will know where your heart is. I will give you an example; a nursing mom for instance who just had a baby and comes back to the office after her maternity vacation leave. Many of them if you have noticed when they are at work, it’s hard for them not to call home to ask how their children are doing, and whether they have eaten, and so forth. That’s why many companies and organizations have policies to allow them after they come back to the office to leave early, usually after lunch break, this helps them at least to focus in the morning to afternoon more on work issues knowing that they will go home early to be with their infants. Some of them are even allowed to work from home until their children are at least six months or one year, depending on the company and organization of course.
The LORD JESUS also said you will know them by their fruits. The godly fruits and ungodly fruits are different. But this one unless the LORD tells you who is who, just don’t judge the book by the cover if you can’t really discern. GOD knows His sheep, and only HE can truly see the hearts of men from depth and from within. Only HE knows what is really going on in His People lives. When my heart troubles me about someone and their authenticity, the first thing I think about is to just pray about them for GOD to help them repent. This life GOD has called us is very narrow and not as easy what others may think. Why I am saying this? Because I have seen ungodly people who bear godly fruits and they are more loving and kind than some of us who are godly and are still struggling to walk truly in love. I have also seen godly people who bear ungodly fruits; there is no question about it. And some of them is because they are still carnal, they need to draw nearer to GOD and invest more in their spiritual growth. I have also seen godly people, who have a reputation for godly fruits, but they are in-between or luke-warm, they look like sheep but they got wolf in them. I guess you can say they are like Pharisees. Sometimes people like these only GOD can tell them apart. Truth is we can lie to our fellow humans, but we cannot lie to GOD. Remember, even satan quoted scriptures and used it to tempt the LORD JESUS with. Even Pharisees loved to pray standing in the synagogues and. in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. It all comes down to our true motives.
Sometimes we go through our wildernesses to be tested of our true motives. I have gone through a lot friends, it’s not even funny. I have been persecuted to deny my faith. I have been put to public shame. I have been talked about and accused falsely. I have been put to a love of money tests, giving tests,…hahaha. I have been through a lot, and I feel what is important is what I have learned more than the details of what I went through. I have been able to endure insults and persecutions that I never thought that would even happen to me. I have been able to share the Gospel online and offline by the Grace of GOD. I have learned why it’s important to forgive and love my enemies, to be honest, I’m still struggling a little bit with this sometimes. But I never thought it was possible to forgive some things. I trust by the Grace of GOD, I will be able to forgive all.
I have learned that GOD honors obedience and hates being prideful. I have also learned that giving is an act of love and not an obligation. GOD proved HIS Love for us through HIS Giving. GOD is a serious giver. Nobody is like HIM.
In the book of John chapter 3, in verses 16 to 21, it says that “For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life. For GOD did not send HIS Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the Name of GOD’s one and only SON. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of GOD.”
In the book of Romans chapter 8 in verses 31 to 32, it says that “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If GOD is for us, who can be against us? HE Who did not spare HIS own SON, but gave Him up for us all—how will HE not also, along with HIM, graciously give us all things?”
I mean, I could go on and on, these are just few things to give as an example. Sometimes we have to go through things to be tested of our true intentions and be revealed of our true characters, to be pruned, to be strengthening of our faiths, to be prepared of our GOD-given assignments, and for other reasons.
Only GOD knows whether we are passing our tests ..hahaha, but all I know, by GOD’s Grace, this couple of weeks, last week and this week, I have a feeling that GOD is restoring some of us on what we have lost. And we receive it, in JESUS MIGHTY NAME. GLORY TO GOD!
This is what I would like to also say, its better we miss all the riches of this world, than to miss GOD. Truth is when you want what GOD wants things will begin to happen to you. When you seek GOD and His righteousness, seek to please HIM, not you or your fellow humans, all the things you are seeking for will begin to seek you. The LORD JESUS said in the book of Matthew chapter 6 verses 33 “But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of GOD], and all these things will be given to you also.”
GOD is sufficient, and all we need is HIM. We don’t really need billions to win billions souls for CHRIST. He can make ways where it seems to be no way. Be encouraged!
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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