THE WAY TO LIFE OR DESTRUCTION?

KEY SCRIPTURE Mat 7:13 ISV “Go in through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the road is spacious that leads to destruction, and many people are entering by it“.

The Lord Jesus kept teaching His audience about so many things. He now gets to talk about the way that leads to life as against the one that leads to death. He said the following about the path to death or eternal destruction

1 It is a way

2.It is wide and spacious

3.Many are those that go on that road.

The following are some explanations   about the way to destruction.  A way or path means where people walk through. It also refers to how they walk on that path. Pro 14:12 ISV “There is a pathway that seems right to a man, but in the end it’s a road to death.”

The second point about this way is that it is broad and very comfortable to tread on. . Comfort deals with that which satisfies the flesh. The acts of the flesh are mainly, lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:15-17).

The last description of the way onto destruction is that many people are traveling that way. When the popular choice is abortion, homosexuality and lesbianism, and all the sex perversions, then the world is on a destruction course.

The path to life is narrow and only a few goes on it. It is not comfortable, because the flesh can’t do what it pleases. Most people would not choose sacrifice and fleshly restrain.

 Let’s note that living in pleasure does not mean enjoying life. Enjoyment is not necessarily what you do, but the inner satisfaction that flows from within. It is only the indwelling Holy Spirit in the life of a man that can give true enjoyment of life. Dear one, who is in love with all the satisfactions of the flesh, do you have real inner satisfaction in life? If you don’t have that true heart satisfaction or peace that passes human understanding, then you are definitely on the broad pleasurable road, that leads to eternal destruction.

Now that you a alive, you can switch from that Broadway of false satisfaction, to the narrow way of true satisfaction. No one can pray for you to be accepted by the father after your death.

CONFESSION

My heavenly Father, I choose the path of life. Although it is narrow, and only a few takes to it, I choose this path. I receive the true peace that comes from you alone. Thank you, Lord. Jesus, I acknowledge you as the Lord of my life. Amen

FURTHER STUDIES

John 14:27 NHEB “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.

Proverbs 14:12 NHEB “There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN PRAYER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:9 KJV” Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”

IF men will not give a stone to their children when they ask for bread, how will God give you a devil when you ask Him for the Holy Spirit. These teachings reveal the following truths about God.

1 God responses positively to our requests

2 God does not give us something different from what we want or ask.

3. God has power to protect you from devils taking advantage of you.

We must be very specific in what we want from the Lord, knowing that God will give us exactly what we want or even something better. Ephesians 3:20 KJV” Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”. Our Father has revealed His heart towards us. If a request has delayed, don’t claim the father does not want you to have. Remember the father and mother of John the Baptist God visited them at a rather late age.

Maintain a joyful and gracious heart towards the Lord always, knowing that all things are working for your good. Some brethren or sisters hold a grudge against God, because a request they made to God has not been granted. God our Father is not the one who does not want to bless you with the answer, it is the devil. In the case of Zachariah and Elizabeth, the delay was to make their son become a for runner of Jesus. It was the timing of God. Secondly, there are certain instances that the Lord keeps certain answers from you so that you as a son may show your diligence in looking for the solution from Him. Pro 25:2 KJV “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” This verse states that, it is the glory of God to conceal or hide a thing, but it is the honour of His children who are described as kings to search for the answer. Always maintain a joyful heart in life. That is what would unlock every hidden agenda of the devil and would also keep you on the side of God.

In all these never stop praying. It may be an orchestration of demonic entities resisting your answer. Your consistent prayers would surely breakthrough and result in the answer. Your prayers on the earth stirs up responses from heaven. Whatsoever we bind on earth, heaven also responses and acts on it. If you give up praying there will be no corresponding response from heaven. (Matt 18:18-21).

CONFESSION

Thank you, heavenly Father, for working out everything for my good. I maintain a positive or joyful heart always. I do not cease praying. God my father blesses me with the answer.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 8:26-28 KJV” Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Matthew 18:18 KJV” Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

ASK AND RECEIVE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:7″ KJV “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

Asking and receiving from God, is one of the miracles of Christianity. It is an evidence of the existence of God. Psalms 34:15 KJV “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry”. The righteous are simply those who believe the Lord. God’s eyes are on them and He answers their cry or prayers. Some Christians claim, they have not been receiving answers to their prayers. This is rather unfortunate. The Bible gives us the basic criterion to have God’s attention. Heb 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Anyone who fulfills the condition in Heb 11:6 will surely have God’s response.

Our scripture of consideration instructs us to take three actions which God will respond positively to everyone of them. These actions are Ask, Seek, Knock. This reveals that there are things that we ask, those that we seek and certain situations that demands knocking. Asking connotes something referring to our basic needs. He says when we ask the father, He would give it to us. Ask expecting an answer from our heavenly Father. Mark 11:24, says when we pray, we must believe that God has heard and released   the answer, and so we acknowledge that, we have our answer. Approaching our requests this way would certainly deliver the answer to us.

The next action is the word seek. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of prayer that most Christians hardly employ. This is praying to receive answers for certain hidden matters or problems. When King Nebuchadnezzar demanded for the wise men to tell him the dream, he ‘s had, and give him the interpretation, of it, Daniel used the prayer of seeking. There are so many matters that we have no clues about, and our Father expects us to seek answers by asking for His revelation of the answers. The Lord says, we will find answers to these difficult situations if we seek for His answers. We may also seek for the Lord Himself. This is, when we desire an encounter with him. Deut 4:29

The third and last of the actions the Lord Jesus calls on us to employ in prayer is to knock. Knocking presents a sterner posture. It involves pressing your way through, till you have the answer. Elijah on the mountain of Camel kept knocking in prayer till the answer came.(1 Kings 18:41-46) Many of us give up too early. Elijah kept praying and was receiving an update about the coming of the rain.

These three ways of prayer asking, seeking and knocking touches on the range of needs that we have to deal with. God will answer if we would do our part.

CONFESSION

When I ask, seek and knock in prayer God my father answers me. It is the desire of God to hear the cry of all His children who trust him.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 7:8 KJV” For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Deut. 4:29 KJV” But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

THOSE, NOT QUALIFIED FOR HOLY THINGS

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:6 KJV” Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

The Lord Jesus stated clearly certain characters who are not qualified for holy things. He said holy things should not be given to dogs or swine. This is a figurative statement referring to humans with character traits as these creatures. The scriptures give the character of a dog and swine in the following verse. 2 Peter 2:22 KJV” 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”. The dog vomits and then goes back for it. The pig after being washed clean, runs back into the muddy filth to smear itself with it.  The key scripture could also be interpreted as, God will also not give holy things to people with these traits.

Now what are some examples of Holy things A Holy thing is anything given by the Holy Spirit. These may include the anointing, gifts of the Holy Spirit, divine wisdom and many more. These are holy things that come from God. What are the holy things that God allows men to give? This include giving leadership roles to certain individuals. Serving in various capacities in the house of God. It also includes giving certain vital confidential matters to such people. What character traits are similar to those of dogs or swine? These people keep going back into their sinful ways after repenting from them. They have no regard for holy things. They cannot be trusted with any good thing. This would mean getting to know an individual very well before appointing him or her into a significant office in the house of God. What kind of individual are you? Are you qualified to receive holy and precious gifts? Do you run away from sin and wrong ways, and never go back into them?

HOLINESS of life is a strong criterion to receive blessed things. 2 Timothy 2:21 KJV” If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” Please learn from the preceding verse, anyone who purges himself or herself from wrong sinful ways would be counted worthy to be graced with holy things. Note that when God wanted a mother for His son Jesus, He chose a virgin. She had SEPERATED herself from all sinful ways. Take counsel from the following verse. 2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

There is nothing on this earth that could be compared to any of the Holy things God could adorn us with. Evangelist Francis Akwasi Amoako of blessed memory, was a swindler, pickpocket and a very notorious criminal, but when he turned to the Lord, forsaking all the vile ways, God made him a nation reformer.

CONFESSION

Thank you, heavenly Father, for your love. I do not give your blessed things to those who have no recognition for holiness and holy things. I also set my face for holy ways and God also blesses me with supernatural blessings.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 12:16 ISV “No one should be immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he could not find any opportunity to repent, even though he begged to repent with tears.”

Matthew 7:6 ISV “Never give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs. Otherwise, they will trample them with their feet and then turn around and attack you.”

HYPOCRISY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:3 KJV “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

HYPOCRISY is the practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case. The Lord now talked to His audience about not being hypocrites. Hypocrites see all the negatives about others, complain so much about how they are not living right, and sees nothing wrong with themselves. The Lord said whiles you see and complain about the mote in your neighbour’s eye, what do you do about the beam in yours? A mote is like a straw, a chaff or better still a particle of wood. A beam is extremely bigger, the whole wood itself. Man is a fallen being. Our righteousness is like a filthy rag. Isa 64:6 KJV “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’s are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” As a man with so much deficiencies how do you overlook them to see what is wrong with your neighbour?

IT is an act of serious hypocrisy to see the errors in others and forget about your inconsistencies. To those of us who have encountered the mercy of God, never judge anyone. We acknowledge it is purely an act of God’s mercy that has made us who and what we are. The scriptures states in 2 Cor 10:12, that we are not wise if we compare ourselves with each other. What is our Lord saying in all these things? The lord is asking us not to use our words to destroy others, but to build them up. When they brought the woman, who was caught in adultery to Jesus, He asked the one who had no ‘sin, to cast the first stone. They all left without casting any stone at her. Jesus spoke to her as follows. Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more. (John 8:3-11)

Jesus discourse in this portion of scripture is an emphasis on the potency of words. Negative words can destroy absolutely. They can kill, depress, break homes, yet every wrong word defiles you the giver first before the receiver of those words. (Mark 7:21-23) Decide that you would use your tongue to encourage, heal, and bless. Refuse to give negative comments about others. Make these things as a matter of policy that you hold. If you maintain this approach to life, the power of God would always have a means of expression through you. The power of God thrives in hearts of love, compassion, and one’s readiness to reveal the nature of God. Ephesians 2:10 According this scripture, we are God’s workmanship to do good woks. You were designed to do only good things. The good and kind words you speak to and about others, initiates this ability in you.

CONFESSION

My tongue is God’s instrument of blessing and lifting. I do not speak evil of others, neither do I compare myself to anyone. It is my policy to see the gem in others and help them discover it.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 7:21-23 KJV” For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

 John 8:11 KJV” She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

JUDGE NOT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:1 KJV” Judge not, that ye be not judged.”

Mathew in his recording reported what we have as our key scripture, yet in Luke’s account, he added a few statements from the Lord. Luke 6:37 KJV ” Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven”: These are statements that are meant to keep us living at peace with our neighbours’ Lord said men will always give to us or do to us what we do to them. Luke 6:31 KJV “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise”. If you smile to people, they would likewise smile to you. If you frown at others, they would also frown at you. These things function on the principle of sowing and reaping. You always reap what you sow, but you reap more than you sow. The Lord instructed them, that for their own happiness, they should not judge, condemn and not keep offenses.

What does it mean to judge? Judging is to convict or conclude a matter on an individual. If someone tells lies, and you state to him “you are a liar” This is a judgment on the character of that person. You could have said, “you have been lying” The second statement is a statement of fact and not a judgement. If you add the following, “since you are a liar, nothing good would come out of you” The additional statement is a condemnation. You have moved from judging to condemning. Just consider the impact of such words on your neighbour. This is what the Lord said we must not do. It is not your business to judge anyone. At our law courts the state has appointed special individuals which are approved by God according to Romans 13:1. They have the right to fully access people’s actions make judgements, and also condemn them, if found guilty. By the principle of sowing and reaping others would judge and condemn you. These things create hurts, bitterness and so much confusion in homes and in relationships. Most people are constantly living at war with others because of the wrong ways we use our tongues’ 4:6 KJV” Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

In Luke’s account he spoke about not forgiving others their offenses. Failure to forgive hurts you, and not the one you hold the grudge against.  Secondly if you don’t forgive those who offend you, others would also not forgive you. When people don’t forgive, they may go to any length to hurt you also. These things create lots of pain among relations. If we are to adhere to what the master is teaching, there will be so much peace in our homes and with our associations.

In the light of all that have been said above decide to show kindness, love, and be very fair to all persons in your words and generally well disposed towards all persons. You would receive a better response from them.

CONFESSION

I do not judge, condemn, nor keep anyone one’s offenses against me. My words are always seasoned with salt bringing peace and cordiality with all persons. I rather forgive them.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 6:37 KJV Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Philippians 4:5 KJV” Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.”

SEEK FIRST

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 KJV” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The Lord Jesus gives a major step that would answer the problems of being anxious about various issues in life. He said, seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things, shall be added unto you. The Lord Jesus said if anyone would come after him must first deny himself take up his cross daily and follow him. Matthew 16:24. When a man prioritizes his personal longings before God, then he becomes an easy prey for Satan. Just listen to what Satan told God about how men reacts when their lives are attacked.

Job 2:4 KJV” And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. Satan says a man living for himself is too vulnerable. At the least difficulty, he would be ready to attack even God. The Lord’s counsel to seek first His kingdom and its righteousness frees him from the weakness of his flesh.

The Lord revealed that when a man chooses to go after God and His reign over his life first, all the physical and material needs are also added to him. The man who makes the law of God his delight is like a tree planted by the rivers of water that yields its fruit in its season, it leaves shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper. (psalm 1:2-3). This is the cardinal truth of scripture, and has proven to be practically true over and over again. To seek first the kingdom of God is to go after the will of God for your life. It also includes doing all those things that honours God. Get yourself committed to serving God in His house. Number one service you can offer God is to be involved in winning the lost for Christ. Dedicate your life to helping new believers stand strong in Christ. Give of your life to the service of God in any capacity that will make you useful in the house of God.

You must also commit your life to living in righteousness. Put every deceitful act absolutely from your life. 2 Corinth 4:2). Sin is a reproach to any people, yet righteousness would definitely promote and exalt you. Prov 14:34 Dear child of God free yourself from the deceptions of the life. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and every other thing would also follow after you

CONFESSION

I have chosen to seek first the rule of God over my life, in all that I do. I forsake all hidden things of dishonesty to walk uprightly. God blesses me with all that I need.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Corinth 4:2 KJV” But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

GOD, THE CARETAKER

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:26 KJV Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Our key scripture states clearly that God is a care taker. The birds of the air do not engage in any form of food production yet God always feeds them. God takes over that responsibility. 1Peter 5:7 KJV” Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “We must cast every care unto him. The challenge of most people is the courage to leave the issues of life in God’s hands. For example, how does one leave the threat of COVID attack to God, especially people at the front-line workers. Those who relate with a number of people are in a constant threat of it. There are other pressing issues that may seem to drawn the joys of people. Dear child of God no matter the gravity of the problem, the word of God must be placed above the problem, if you are to be free from whatever threats it may pose. The scriptures give specific actions to be exercised in the moments of difficulty or challenge. DO NOT ALLOW WHAT MEN TALK ABOUT A PARTICULAR CHALLENGE, MAKE IT LOOK BIGGER THAN GOD.

Let’s have a look at some of God’s responses to some of the challenge we may be facing

1 Philippines 4:6 KJV “Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” He says we should be anxious for nothing and make our request known to God with Thanksgiving. Thanking God means we are assured of his positive intervention. We must apply ourselves to the instruction as God has given to us. Our reaction to challenges must be that ‘ I will not worry, because that is what God has asked me to do. ‘

2 James 1:2 KJV” count it all joy when you fall into divers’ temptations;” The second instruction is to count it all joy when you face diverse challenges. Please note that, it is doing what the scriptures say that brings about answers. Once again, say to yourself, I will count it all joy” Start singing and thanking God for victory.

3 1Peter 5:7 KJV” “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”. Our third point is to leave the care with God. Say it.’ Lord I leave this challenge in your mighty hands’

HOW practical can this be? The word of God can be of benefit to us when we mix it with faith. Heb 4:2. Please decide to act on the word of God always. This will establish your roots firmly in the word, and would make you able to trust Him in trying moments.

Learn to say to yourself and various situations that, you would not be anxious about difficult moments, saying that, you give over the problem to God, moves our emotions into that direction. Our words control how we respond and behave in all situations (James 3:2). Maintain your grounds that God is in charge of the situation and you would not worry about it. Please note that God always work miracles when we trust Him

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that you are far greater than, any challenge of men. I leave all my cares in your care. You are my care taker. I Rejoice and praise your name for victory. Amen

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 4:2 KJV'” For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

Matthew 10:29-31 KJV” Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

DO NOT WORRY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:25 KJV Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

We are living in times that many people are really worried about their life. COVID 19 has cast a big question to all mankind. People are wondering, would they be the next to be attacked? Others are in doubt about the safety of their children and relations. The Lord tells us not to be worried about our lives. Worry will not change anything, rather, it would complicate matters instead. Mat 6:27 KJV “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” People also get worried about other matters in life. The Lord said all these anxieties are because of lack of faith. Matt 6:30. In the absence of faith worry turn to become fear. Fear has torment (1 John 4:18). It is dangerous to get into these things. Fear will always make you vulnerable to the very thing you are afraid of. Job said the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me. Job 3:25.

Fearing for your life is very, very dangerous.

IF it is about the COVID-19, observe the protocols, yet build your faith in God. This is a more potent way to secure your life. The Lord Jesus established that all things are possible to him that believe in Him. Mark 9:23. You can’t trust in His word and be disappointed. It is not possible. Romans 10:11 KJV “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” This statement is binding on God to honour. God’s words are eternal laws established in heaven, ready to be fulfilled in the life of anyone who believes in it. (Psalm 119:89,90). All these anxieties and fears proceed from a lack of faith. Get your faith built up. Rom 10:17 shows us how to get faith.

Romans 10:17 KJV “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “Feed on the word of God. Listen to faith building messages.

To really help yourself, stop watching and reading about all the negative things, and listen rather to faith building messages. You would hear about the mighty power of God that heals and protects. The following verse is one of the certain assurances God gives to us. Isa 43:2 KJV “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Feed your heart and mind on such undeniable assurances like this. He said His word will always accomplish what that word says, in the life of those who believe it. (Isaiah 55:11)

CONFESSION

Thy word O God have I kept in my heart, that I would not be worried or afraid. My God is mighty and gracious. I have His assurance and I’m at peace.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mark 9:23 KJV Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Isaiah 55:11 KJV” So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

WHO IS YOUR MASTER, GOD OR MAMMON?

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:24 KJV “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

The Lord Jesus reveals that mammon, is a very potent competitor for the hearts of men against the place of God. Mammon is wealth or riches. In its simplest form it could be represented by money. Money is a modern-day idol to many people including the rich and the poor. The scriptures say, 1Timothy 6:10 KJV “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Money is a legal tender for transacting goods and services. Almost everything we use, receive has money as the medium for it to be possible. This has made money very important and more visible than even God who we don’t see and physically encounter in most of our activities. The clear visibility of money has made it to occupy a very important place in the hearts of many. Actually, it has taken God’s place in many lives. This is what the Lord Jesus tried to correct. (Money in itself is not in evil)

WHO is your master? Is mammon your master or the Lord Jesus? You may claim Jesus is your master, yet how much are you prepared to serve God with your money? How truthful are you when it comes to financial matters?  What do you do when you are torn between helping the needy as against keeping your money? 

According to the scriptures and by experience, anything that takes God’s place in our lives ensnares us. (Deutronomy 7:25) As the scripture says anyone whose heart has been dominated by greed or lust, for money traps himself or pierces himself with many sorrows.

IF JESUS is Lord of your lives you would use money to serve Him. The Lord said unto the same audience   in Matt 6:33, that if men would first seek the kingdom of God and its righteousness every other blessing shall be added unto them. Making the Lord Jesus, master will definitely mean being faithful to all financial matters, including tithes and offerings. Mal 3:8 & 9. You may indeed escape the curse of a thief. (Zechariah 5:3&4) Money will not dictate to you, rather you will rule over money. The man ruled by Jesus is not covetous as seen in the following scripture.

Eze 33:31 KJV “And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth, they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”

Please note, riches are never evil, but it becomes an   error when it dictates your affairs against the word and way of God. God indeed takes pleasure in the prosperity of His children who favours his righteous course. (PS 35:27) Desire for riches with the sole aim to establish the kingdom of God in the lives of many.

CONFESSION

God has blessed me in every way. I favour the spread of the gospel and the transformation of lives. Money never rules me. I relate to money in the light of my love for Christ.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 35:27 KJV” Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Zechariah 5:3 KJV” Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall is cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.”

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