Rich Toward God!

Then he (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:15-21

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Biblical illiteracy is probably the most widespread epidemic on the face of the earth today. Not just the ignorance of unbelievers who cast off all subordination because they’re still arguing over things like: “the early Catholic Crusades were cruel” never stopping to read God’s Word long enough to recognize that they were never in any way sanctioned by Jesus or any of His disciples in the New Testament whatsoever; but this illiteracy also extends to the Church as well.

Out of context Scripture use, consistent one-sided ‘prosperity’ messages, and complete oblivion to spiritual warfare and demonic powers at work in the world are just some of the ways that Christian’s today are completely deceived.

We’ve moved into an era where people are the gods of their own lives and the true God is only a novelty who empowers our own objectives and pursuits in life rather than bowing our knees and humbly serving the King of Glory to Whom we self-deceivingly refer to as “Lord.”

There are no end to the complaints that “this generation is…. (fill in the blank with your favourite go-to complaint of our youth or politics or education system), yet not nearly enough cross carrying, completely abandoned to His will, radically forgiving, radically loving, exhorting with the truth, treasure in heaven believing “Christians” that seem to want to take up their cross and show the world what the true Christ-centered life is all about.

Compromised to culture, nowadays you can hardly distinguish between the Church and a mosque adherent or a Hindu follower except maybe by attire.

It’s simple; we’re no longer ‘rich toward God.’

Not only so, but we’re also so delusional that we walk around full of pride and arrogance, haughty and evil, all the while thinking that we are!

We even believe that the miracles we experience validate our assurance in our own great faithfulness, rather than understanding that God is just so good that He blesses us “”despite”” us!

This is not a call to the Church simply to ‘wake up’, no, this is a call to be RESURRECTED TO LIFE from your dead and decaying, maggot infested state to show forth the treasure that you profess to possess in jars of clay!

I long to see a people who can confidently affirm that they are:

hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;

perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed…

…carrying around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

And why?

So that the world would know that we are confident beyond conviction that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

Therefore brothers and sisters, do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So don’t look at the troubles you can see now; rather, fix your gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Corinthians 5:1

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I pray you receive these words with the love they were intended with. A love that does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth!

Trust Jesus!

Comforting…

God of all… Comfort!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6

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Man that’s a lot of comfort!

And why should we not have comfort? After all, Jesus said he would send us the “Comforter”, who is, the Holy Spirit!

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Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 16:7

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But let’s take a look at what we can learn about the comfort the Holy Spirit was given to us for:

1. Our God is a God of ‘all comfort”

2. Not only that, but He extends that comfort to us.

3. He does this so that we can comfort others who are in trouble.

4. Others should receive the very ‘comfort of God’ through us since the comfort we receive is the same comfort we are called to extend.

5. The more we seek to live Christ-like and suffer for it, the more God’s comfort abounds to us.

6. The way that we receive the comfort of God is through Christ.

7. If ever we are not comfortable, it should be due to the fact that we are busy comforting others for the sake of their salvation.

8. If we seem comforted, it’s so that you are not distressed by us being uncomfortable for your comfort, but rather so you can see that we too are being comforted.

9. Lastly, this admonition concerning comfort is given to produce in us endurance and patience in suffering for the comfort of others knowing that ultimately the Apostles desired that the believers learn to suffer rather than live comfortably to see others come to know Christ!

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And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:7

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

Trust JESUS!