Warning for The Church: You Who Seek Riches in The Earth

Life Application Study Bible Proverbs 23:4, 5 “We have all heard of people who have won millions of dollars and then lost it all. Even the average person can spend an inheritance – or a paycheck – with lightning speed and have little to show for it. Don’t spend your time chasing fleeting earthly treasures. Instead store up treasure in heaven, for such treasures will never be lost. (See Luke 12:33, 34 for Jesus’ teaching.)”

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:29-34

Not every house built is for my glory. It’s built with sweat and motivation of men who are self-seeking and looking for promotion. I am weary with the Children of God who are after worldliness and entangle the principles of my Kingdom with it. In the hour they know not the Son of Man will come in the clouds looking for my inheritance in the earth and there will be many left behind. They have left the ancient paths to run after the lust of the eyes and the flesh. They have traded in the ways of the Lord for man’s ways and desires. They have stored up for themselves treasures on earth when their house in my Kingdom is barren, and some yet not built. Their focus is slanted. Their ways jilted. They have forgotten the ancient paths. Still, more will fall away and be lured to finding treasure in the earth while their spiritual house is barren and unkept. Woe to those who have fallen away for it was better for them had they not confessed the faith. I reserve Heaven for those who are holy and obedient to my Spirit.

We know that many of us thank God for His blessings. We have houses in the name of Jesus. We have cars in the name of Jesus. We have jobs in the name of Jesus. We have children too in the name of Jesus. But what about the sacrifice made in the name of Jesus? If you want to know the mettle of a Man or Woman of God, ask them about the sacrifices they’ve made and continue to make for the Lord. Don’t ask them what the Lord has done for them. That’s not where it’s at young Christian. Seek the ancient paths. Put your nose in the Holy Scriptures. Find for yourself those who are much older in the faith to testify of the sacrifices made.

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You’ve been taught most likely since day one that our Western culture is about getting. We even preach it from the pulpit, but how does that play out for those who are impoverished and looking for their next bowl of rice or cup of clean water?

The Lord is stirring my heart. There is a gross misrepresentation in our asking to get and what He says.

We are to return to the Lord, fully. Give way to the scriptures, not as a banner in your place of business or that picture that hangs perfectly above your fireplace with chapter and verse. No, the Lord is asking us to live the Gospel with our lives. He’s asking to rid ourselves of the need to get, move up, succeed and acquire more. More stuff. More clutter. More treasure in the earth when your spiritual house is barren and unkept.

This is a warning.

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. With God All Things Are Possible And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke 18:18-30

Life Application Study Bible Luke 18:26-30 “Peter and the other disciples had paid a high price – leaving their homes and jobs – to follow Jesus. But Jesus reminded Peter that following him has its benefits as well as its sacrifices. Any believer, who has had to give up something to follow Christ will be paid back in this life as well as in the next. For example, if you must give up a secure job, you will find that God offers a secure relationship with himself now and forever. If you must give up your family’s approval, you will gain the love of the family of God. The disciples had begun to pay the price of following Jesus, and Jesus said they would be rewarded. Don’t dwell on what you have given up; think about what you have gained and give thanks for it. You can never outgive God.”

YOU MUST HEAR from the SPIRIT OF GOD in the way you are to go, what you’re to give up and what to give to others. I am not advocating that you sell everything and live among the poor. Only the Holy Spirit can speak such a mandate that was written for you. But you won’t know until you’re quiet before the Lord. Ask Him what needs to go and what should remain in your possession. Ask Him, “What’s next, Lord?” He knows your heart and readiness of sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Go and seek the Lord in prayer rich man, but remember the scripture “and though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3)

It’s not easy to live out the Gospel, but it’s worth it.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:24-27
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