The numbers do lie, because partial truth is still not truth. I’m for clean money blessings with persecution team. # SUCCESS IN JESUS WAYS. Look, I’m not 666. The problems I go through, may look like I’m 666, …hahaha, but I’m not. I never was, and I will never be by GOD’s Grace.
I hate poverty, and I don’t want to be poor, but I don’t want to sell my soul either to the devil to get out of it…hahaha. Its common sense to me, you know, JESUS died to save souls, not money. You don’t need extra intelligence for that. The LORD JESUS didn’t need to leave HEAVEN to come on earth to die and save money. The money that have your pictures on it. What is Caesar give it to Caesar…hahaha.
GOD is in the business of saving souls. So what is GOD, give it to GOD, and not the devil. As it is recorded in John chapter 20 verses 21 to 25 that “So the spies questioned HIM: “Teacher, we know that YOU speak and teach what is right, and that YOU do not show partiality but teach the way of GOD in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” HE saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show ME a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. HE said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to GOD what is GOD’s.”
Life itself already have enough troubles of its own as a GOD-fearing person, so it doesn’t really help to get in more troubles that may regret forever. We don’t want to get ourselves in more troubles that may somehow cost even those we love.
You don’t want to get involved with secret societies that bury money in the grave, like dead people, while they know it could be used to help those in really need. You don’t want to get involved with people who make bloody sacrifices for money. Don’t go after deadly-change. If it was an accident, that’s why you did it, then it is because you didn’t know. Even the Bible says people perish by what they don’t know.
If GOD wants that money to come to you, it will find its way to come to you by GOD’s Grace. It can come as a ransom for your hard work. As a gift or bonus or donation. As a business opportunity. As a job and salary promotion, and so forth.
GOD sees everything hidden. HE knows the truth about every one of us. HE sees our efforts and our integrity. We don’t need to prove to people. Unfortunately some people and the devil are capable to twist the truth to destroy us. But GOD is always faithful and true, and is for our good. So we should do our best to really prove to GOD that we want to be in HIS team.
You know, you can have all the wealth and still not be blessed. Two people can both be wealthy, even equally, but one is blessed and one may not be blessed. Even when they may both looked blessed and are wealthy.
The LORD JESUS told this story in the Bible in the book of Luke chapter 16 verses 19 to 31. It says that “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
The rich man didn’t go to hell because he was rich. He didn’t believe GOD’s Prophets and HIS Servants, what GOD warned HIS People. It was because of HIS unbelief. Perhaps because of the way HE lived, may be very wicked. Remember now, the Bible records that father Abraham was also rich in his time here on earth, and even richest and blessed than this rich man in this passage if you had to compare.
What’s the difference between Abraham and this rich man then? Well, just study their lives, even though this rich man was only mentioned by the LORD JESUS once, only in above Bible passage story of him and Lazarus. The Bible says, father Abraham believed GOD and in GOD and because of that GOD counted him righteous. Abraham was a friend of GOD. Abraham was in right standing with GOD. Abraham was looking to please GOD. Abraham was striving to obey GOD. Abraham was not perfect, but he did his best he could to put GOD first priority.
And if you analyze this passage, you will learn that in the end, it is concluded that, Lazarus actually was more blessed than this rich man. Lazarus was poor and mistreated by people during his time on earth, which is a short-period of time compare to eternal life. Remember now, when the LORD JESUS told the story, it was already happened, and the LORD JESUS came more than two thousand years ago. Now imagine, if to this day that rich man is still in hell. Seriously? It’s not a really good ending.
Lazarus somehow missed Abrahamic blessings, perhaps he didn’t know that he was entitled to it, he was stuck in poverty somehow, but in the afterlife, where people are judged righteously, nobody could take it from him what GOD said it belonged to him. Lazarus was counted to belong in Abraham’s bosom that is where his portion was, of really blessed people.
The Bible says when we become born-again and really submit to GOD, the LORD JESUS becomes our co-heir or joint-heir. In the book of Romans chapter 8 verse 17, it says that “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of GOD and co-heirs with CHRIST, if indeed we share in HIS sufferings in order that we may also share in HIS glory.” Meaning that where the LORD JESUS will be, that’s where we will be. And The LORD JESUS said Himself that, HE is the way to get there. No one can go to our HEAVENLY FATHER, but through HIM. Just follow HIM by faith, when times come, HE will get you there. How HE gets us there, it’s not up to us to figure out.
In the book of John chapter 14 verses 1 to 6, The LORD JESUS said “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in GOD; believe also in ME. My FATHER’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with ME that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to HIM, “LORD, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” JESUS answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to The FATHER except through ME.”
But the LORD JESUS also said in the book of John chapter 20 verses 34 to 38, that “Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are GOD’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the LORD ‘The GOD of Abraham, and The GOD of Isaac, and The GOD of Jacob.’ HE is not The GOD of the dead, but of the living, for to HIM all are alive.”
I was listening to this Pastor one day, and he said that before the LORD JESUS CHRIST came, when people of GOD, the Saints of B.C, Before CHRIST, those who believed in GOD and HIS prophets, those who followed GOD’s Ways of living in the Old Covenant or the Old Testament, when they died, they would go to this Abraham bosom that the LORD JESUS mentioned as we have read earlier. This Abraham bosom was the place when Saints who died physically they would go there. Somehow when the LORD JESUS died and rose from dead, when HE went back to HEAVEN, it was when HE took them, those who were in Abraham bosom at the time, with HIM to HEAVEN and to our HEAVENLY FATHER.
GOD blesses those who humble themselves before HIM, whether we like to hear it or not. You can’t manipulate GOD’s blessings. HE gives it to whomsoever HE wishes and whenever season HE wishes. Our job is to get in right standing with GOD through the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
You know, there are some Scriptures that really amaze me in the Bible. One of them is in the book of Proverbs chapter 13 verse 22, and it says that “A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.”
Some scriptures are very unfair, but they warn us ahead of time. This one says it’s better to work for clean money so that when it piles up, it won’t be taken away by people you don’t even know. Imagine that what you have worked so hard for so long by using manipulative ways, only to be inherited by people you don’t even know. What was supposed to belong to your children, and children’s children, your legacy basically, the ones who are supposed to transfer blessings to other generations, instead of going to them, it goes to people you don’t even relate to. It disheartening, but it is recorded in Scriptures.
I will never forget this one day, about ten years ago, a bunch of us, in youth ministry at the Church I was attending, we were going to one of the orphanages on behalf of the Church. As part of Youth Ministry Outreaches, we used to go a couple of times at least each year I think, and we would spend an entire day, morning to evening, with the children, we would pray and worship together with them, then preached to them, eat together, and then we would play with them with fun activities, and then whatever we have brought we would give to their teachers and guardians and they would give to them later. We used to rent mini buses to fit all of us, and this one time I was sitting in the back, and this good looking guy, about my color skin came to sit next to me. I didn’t know him until that day, and later I found out he used to attend in Swahili services, and I was going in English services so that’s why he wasn’t a familiar face. Anyway, I was listening to gospel songs on my phone. I had about three hundred gospel songs saved on my phone, and this guy came and sit next to me, and asked if he could listened also. So he was listening using one ear plug, and I was listening using the other. The minute I gave him the ear piece, since it was playing in a shuffle mode, the song I was listening changed, and this song started playing, “JESUS, the lover of my life, YOU mean more than this world to me, I wouldn’t trade YOU for silver or gold, I wouldn’t trade YOU for riches untold, YOU are, YOU are my everything.” By the time the song was done playing, I think we finally got to the place of the orphanage. And I just knew the LORD was speaking to me that day. I realized that HE was telling me, to love HIM, more than silver and gold, to not betray HIM in riches untold. I had that song in my phone, but that day when it shuffled for me to hear, it was my first time to hear it. Since that day if this song would be singing in my heart and spirit, each time I would hear it, I just know that GOD is somehow speaking to me, as a reminder of keeping HIM first priority.
People of GOD, all these things will pass away, but GOD will not. It’s better if we surrender to GOD when GOD gives us opportunity to do so. Only GOD knows what the future holds for us.
In the next post we will continue with our series, “The KINGDOM OF GOD IN.” I have also posted again on Lovely Helen Journal, so keep checking there too.
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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