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God called you into the “Light”…. It’s YOUR Choice to accept, and your choice to “remain” in it!

1Pet 2:9Niv-“But you are a chosen people,a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”, …..

He calls you into light but you must choose to “remain in it”. And some do not… And God knew that would happen too…. Job 24:13Niv-“There are those who rebel against the light,
who do not know its ways
or stay in its paths.”…and God does not change.

Some think they can be saved without change of life style “remaining in the word transforms- you” (Rom 12:2) Like the branch stays in the vine(John 15:5)….. but if you do not “continue in” remain in…by your own desire for being near to Jesus to become like Him …who is the light. Then you are not really free…Yes Paul struggled with flesh (Rom7:23, Gal5:17-21)… we all do, but Paul did not fail to seek God to fight the war in His flesh, and gain victory by the Spirit of God, and he did not plan to go places he might fail !

God said His grace was sufficient! (2Cor 12:9)… His Grace empowers us… He strengthens us here now to overcome all power of the enemy! ! (Luke 10:19, Rom 8:13)

See this red ink. John 8:31-32Nasb-So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you” CONTINUE in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”… Sounds like God showed us what Job did not have, but God did not say anything changed did He?….He just provided the Word of God to see and learn from, and the Spirit of God to call on and help empower you to not  fail …To become like children of the light! (Rom 8:14) Job did not have that. God added it to us!…After the cross.

I can know what kind of tree it is by the fruit (Luke 6:43-45)…The one you remain in, is the one you produce fruit from! Just like Jesus said in Luke 6:44! And why we are told Eph 5:8Nasb-” for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light” … God knows your heart, and like Job  we know it by your fruit, it tells on you! Might even fool me awhile…but you can not fool God He looks at the heart.

And so this unfortunately will happen to some… Jesus said so…Mat 7:23Nasb-“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”… So can you choose to play with the dark, and say I am of the light??
I think you better stay in the narrow road like Jesus said, or you are being played a fool by the devil! For those who pretend to be of God, whom you should remember can also look like angel of light too! 2Cor 11:13-14…Will not enter Kingdom of God.

Jesus said there is only one way we enter the Kingdom of God to enjoy eternal life.

Mat 7:13-14Nasb-“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”… And you get to chose to follow Him here now in this world, to get there with Him to His Kingdom latter… He does not make you. He gave you freedom to chose (Gal 5:1);

It is a CHOICE made by you, ….or it is not love that “causes you”… to “choose” to obey Jesus.  (John 14:15).. It says “if” that is a choice.

Jesus ONLY wants love with Him for eternity, and we are given choice to show that love here…and rewarded to go there with Him, and led by Him on a narrow path to get there…Do you “seek” to remain in it? And “continue in” the light, His light on that path? Or allow yourself to make excuses for mini trips into the dark? …You always make a choice.

Yes…YOU do have a choice always given you, or we have to erase this word to the church given through Paul !

1Cor 10:13Nasb-“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” ….
And John14:23Nasb-Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” … Choice is for children of the light… not the devils children of darkness. … “Choose you this day whom you shall serve.” (Joshua 24:15)… God did not change. (Mal 3:6)

Jesus became the door that we might escape the darkness, to be translated from it..into the light..the Kingdom of His son! (Col 1:13) We are not then allowed to go back to play in the dark, acting dark!…But to work there overcoming the dark by the True light! And light always overcomes darkness! John1:5Niv-“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”…There is no such thing as a little dark with a little light mixed in!

It is clearly a choice where you stand. You are  in the world not part of it… So choose… because your fruit always tells on you anyway!

Mat 6:23Nasb-” But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”… Your the only one deceived if you think it is acceptable to say I am Christian, and choose to allow yourself to live opposite of His word.

Just because you go to church, or give money does not fix things with God.  Just like sleeping in a garage does not make you a car! I do not judge you..But God will…I only inspect fruit to know you, just as I was instructed to do as a child of light. (see Mat 7:16).

Why? So that I can overcome darkness with Truth, Grace and Love! All of which are from Jesus our light given “us” to NOT ever be in darkness again !…

John 8:12Nasb- Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will ‘not’ walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

And why would Jesus say that I need to judge your fruit ? To bring “you” who I see is in it, out of darkness into His marvellous light!! (1Pet 2:9) So you can do (1John1:9) and repent to change direction and receive forgiveness of sin!  …Not by me…but by me just sharing light of His Truth… giving you the word of God…His words of life… that rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness.(2Tim 3:16 ) So that you can “choose” to walk right!! … Or not…It’s still your choice. But remember “if” you love Him…then there is going to be obedience.  And previously you read that Jesus said so.

Think about it and then… Walk clearly in the narrow road and stay in the light!   Pastor Ernie Harpster

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I got Faith! So I get life more abundantly!….Soooo…. How come the world still has more and nicer stuff than me?? I “give” …so I am suppose to have more… Right??

The Christian life , the “life more abundant” is not ease and comfort! Not a life of physical prosperity now, as some would teach in great and harmful error to the detriment of the body of Christ; Or else the New Testament Christians would not have lived as they did-or died as they did! They would not have continued to be arrested and thrown to lions, would not have been tied to horses and ripped in four directions…would not have been dipped in oil and lit as torch’s for Caesar Nero’s garden. Or as Paul who wrote most of New Testament would not have stated he lived this way to the wealthy Corinthians, or I think he would have been ashamed to admit it here in his writing of chapter 4 of 1Corinthians …

1Cor4:11Nasb-“To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless,”

If great faith is equivalent to seeing more and better things in your life, to be seen as God’s prosperity at work in this world through you.. Then we would have to say that almost all of the Christian’s of the new testament, and including Paul… Did not understand biblical faith! And that is not the case,  just remember  God spoke through them…”they” are part of the Truth in OUR bible;

And that is why, Paul also wrote…for “us” to see… 1Cor10:11Nasb- “And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.”…
DO NOT follow error… If it does not agree with ALL of God’s word and His intentions form old to new… it does not agree and is not truth.

And God’s word DOES work exactly the same when spoken back then, as it does now, and EXACTLY the same in the poorest nation as it does here in the richest…. Today!

And just like it worked for Paul (God’s word)…it work’s same for us today! Because God is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) When Paul was in prison… God sent Paul (through the Philippians) money to be kept for his release (only a right of a Roman citizen to have a saving box in prison!)…Which gave him great hope! God had met His current and or a future need by their contribution! (Philip4:14)

God will always met our needs…not our greeds,… but only in the way for where “you” were designed to fit in the body for His purpose, and how He ‘planned” to display His glory in your life… is ONLY determined by Him…Not ever by you naming and claiming it…. God does not have adjustable plans…. He made a plan for you to walk in before time. (Eph2:10) …Remember seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you. … So Think about it…

Because the world is starting to look at us now as back then, as something to ignore or destroy…not to believe and accept as the Truth that brings eternal life… And that is true abundance, only found in being satisfied with Jesus Christ, nothing else added by us to make it…more “comfortable” here.

The New Testament Christian lived giving away what they had …as the poor you always have with you. (Mat26:11)…But they decreased that He might increase. (John3:30)…They knew where their abundance was, and willingly died for it.
No grand houses, no fancy cars, no designer clothes, but no greater love has any man than to lay down His life for another.

Owning nice things is not wrong…but ask where is your heart if your seeking nicer things? (Luke12:34… where your heart is there is your treasure also.)…

Know why you seek them…and be honest; Because the man who could not follow Jesus and went away sad…was the rich one, who could not sell what He had, and give it all away when Jesus asked for it!…
Mark10:21-23-Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money, to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”….

Think about it Jesus taught Prosperity as “True riches” that have nothing to do with the world… Luke16:11Amp-” Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?” … Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness… and all else will be added (Mat6:33)….

That is always enough for your needs, to fulfil His plan, for you to display His glory… to the world as He planned for you. Like the Christians who died in bible, and like Paul in prison, or just Paul doing what God asked him to do. … Just like us, living the Christian life has nothing to do with things we posses, or don’t posses in and from this world…. Our abundance ALL comes from heaven in Christ Jesus.(Philip 4:19)… HEY! That was written by Paul while in the worst filthy prison you could ever have to stay in.

Paul was given his one monthly right as a Roman citizen to WRITE… a letter we call “book of Philippians”, also known as the book of Joy, as 19 times Paul mentions Joy in Philppians. God had a plan for Paul to walk in made before time,(Eph2:10) so God had Paul born in Rome for His glory to be revealed. … Just like you!

Think on it we have eternity in heaven with God our Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord! Wow that is an abundant gift to me… So learn how you are to display His glory here as “you” run your race, and help others run theirs… like the Christians IN the New Testament did.

And clearly follow the narrow road & stay in the light…of God’s Word.
Pastor Ernie
(Regarding Philippians and Paul learned from Rick Renner teaching, also has great book for studying with called… “Sparkling Gems” )

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We can NOT all be “hands” in the body of Christ filled with Money… Can we? But Am I not Called to look and be that… According to Christ’s riches in glory?

I was thinking today on how some Christians do not have much, nor own a lot in the way of worldly wealth, and yet many Christians in America have more than enough; But they still think somehow, that they are still suppose to have much more wealth in “their hands” than the world has, but for “us” to have anything it must be seen as a principle in the bible, and also “seen” as an example in the lives of those who were walking in it, and teaching it in the scriptures of the bible …. Uummm. (1Cor 10:9-11 and Romans 15:4, Romans 12:3  )

I was also thinking on how Jesus said in this world we will have trouble. (John 16:33 ) And yet the stress of life and hardships we face, many times are from financial difficulties! And actually make some Christians in America feel like they just want to quit…. Only they say this… “I wish Jesus would come back today!” Then I read this by a great preacher…

“Christians often want to die when they have any trouble. Ask them why, and they tell you, “Because we would be with the Lord.” We fear it is not so much because they are longing to be with the Lord, as because they desire to get rid of their troubles; else they would feel the same wish to die at other times when not under the pressure of trial. They want to go home, not so much for the Saviour’s company, as to be at rest.

Now it is quite right to desire to depart if we can do it in the same spirit that Paul did, because to be with Christ is far better, but the wish to escape from trouble is a selfish one. Rather let your care and wish be to glorify God by your life here as long as he pleases, even though it be in the midst of toil, and conflict, and suffering, and leave him to say when “it is enough.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

I find it interesting that in America we have had many teachers say that “Christians” should never be in lack…that they should be rich in wealth because it takes money to do ministry, and also that we should “look” better cared for, and have more than the world has, because “we” are “Kings kids”, or somehow you must be lacking in faith …because they say “Christ became poor that we might be rich” (2Cor 8:9 )… Ummm. But EVERY word in the bible must balance. and NOT conflict with ANY other word…or “principle” in the bible. Or it is not…”Truth”.  But the Truth of GOD, ALWAYS WORKS, and ALWAYS WORKS THE SAME EVERYWHERE, AT ALL TIMES THE SAME… WHY? Because the word always performs what “it”the word is sent to do, and does not return void. (Isa 55;11) The power is IN the word by God making it perform…NOT me. That is a promise to me by God. And Jesus also said apart from me you can do no thing. ( John 15:5)

And so I realized  “if” that teaching of financial “worldly” wealth for everybody who is a Christian, is for today (in the here and now) and was actually Truth of God… I would have at least 11 examples in the bible to see in the New Testament to look at… called the “Apostles”;  Who by the way after I looked for it, did NOT have it to see.  But ALL still lived completely for God…and did not go”very much” without clothes, or food… at least not for long. And when they walked with Jesus …Jesus made sure they were taken care of, because He called them to himself, although I see they all occasionally did go fishing;  Once they went fishing “as instructed” by God, to provide a way for GOD to give him and Jesus enough money to cover a tax! (Mat 17:24-27 ) .. Notice it was for God’s purpose and plan . And do you really think after that happened, they did not “keep asking, and knocking ” for more fish with money in the mouth!… Does not appear to be in God’s plan ever again for them.

From what I see they were not rich even by the standard of their day,  I can not “see” in the bible, they were wealthy financially…. But God said through Peter who knew this story of the fish,  that God gave everything for life and Godliness by His divine power and ( 2Peter 1:3 ).through the knowledge of Him…. We have knowledge of him by the Word! And Spirit!

And yet most of the Apostles died for Christ as martyrs… seems like a good thing in God’s eyes. (Mat 5:8-11 ) And Paul said to live is Christ,and die is gain.( Philp 1:21) But all loved God until the end, and did His will as best they could, with what ever they had, living ACCORDING to God’s word and Spirit. ( John 6:63 )

Now on the other hand Paul, who became an Apostle after Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven; And by the way  Paul is the only one I see who actually had to keep working a job, and at same time ALSO accomplish “full time” ministry planting churches! But the bible says Paul also provided for those “with him” (Acts 20:34-35 ) who were also doing full time ministry with him….read those scriptures ( just point your cursor over them.)

And when Paul started a church and left to start another one,  he appointed a pastor in charge, and instructed the church to pay him for his service to them. (1Tim 5:17-18 ) So that the pastors would not be distracted, but just like a soldier could stay focused on the job appointed too. Not being entangled again in things of the world. (2Tim 2:4 ) Not trying to run several other businesses.  And like a farmer could be first to be paid from any of the crop harvest. ( 2Tim 2:6 ) Through the church congregation.

Now if Paul saw a diffrence between himself, and those working under him, or those that Paul appointed as Pastors in the church he started, it is because God does too! Remember the word said Paul took care of those who he brought to work planting a church with him! And it relates to God making an “individual” plan for everyone of us to walk in… and God appointing each of us a place in the body. And those plans NEVER change. (Rom 11:29) ) God does not change ( Mal 3:6 ). There is no plan “b”. God knows the beginning from the end, He does not need a plan “b” for you… he needs “us” to except the plan He made for us and Walk in it! (Eph 2:10) But plans can have time limits… Paul did not stay in one place with only one church. That was Paul’s plan from God. But Paul only went where and when God told him to go.

And those who find in their own personal plan from God…that today they have more than enough in their pocket to live on, should give to those who do not have it…as the Apostles taught in Acts, as it says they had ALL things in common. (Acts 2:43-45 ) (That is a principle of God)… Because “we” also do have ALL things in common with Christ…. Yes it really is according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.(Philip 4:19 ) That being the case and is Truth of God…Still I cannot “be” what God does NOT plan for me, and I can not “have” what God does NOT plan for me to have. But whatever I have really is not mine anyway but God’s riches for me to use and act as steward of it for Him. See the verse again in (Acts 2:45 ).  So then does that appear like the Apostles were “keeping” and “acquiring” bigger, better, prettier, nicer things than the world had…Or did they lack faith? NO! …So is that “extravagant” version of prosperity teaching actually God’s way?  I do not see it.  But yes “we” should always have enough! And also have some to share, as that is God’s way ( remember the story of the widow woman and Elijah, he actually asked her for a cake first! She barely had any thing, but she shared what she had. 1Kings 17:12-16 )  … But our lifestyle must balance with that principle shown “us”  in Acts 2 as well. And so we must be givers, especially to our brothers ! And we must also do “work” for God to bless the work of our hands! Yes God returns to us from His abundant riches.  It is established by His word! (Deut 15:7-10 )

And look at this example the great Apostle Paul… who gave much…also did not always try to look so wealthy, but actually lacked much at times, even though He was an Apostle!  1Cor  4:11Nasb- “To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated, and are homeless;” … Did Paul lack faith? NO! ! He had same Spirit of Jesus in Him we do!!! But sometimes God’s plan allows hardship to to teach us, or improve our character, and balance us… Or humble us, so we can then learn to be willing to receive from another, until we can learn to behave as a giver again. And sometimes it might be to learn to speak truth and say to others I have a need… Not pretend all is well…when clearly it is not!  And after all Paul also said he had “learned” to be content in all circumstances. (Philip 4:11 )

It seems God used this analogy of the “body” to explain it. Taught by Paul’s mouth!

1Cor 12:15-21Nasb- “If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. 19 If they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now there are many members, but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” ….

Paul it appears was very much used like a hand; He worked and he paid for things for God, as he was instructed to do by God! And so God allowed him to make an abundance as it was “planned by God” for Paul to build many churches;  But notice Paul did not live extravagant and even said he had learned to be content in little or much, (Philip 4:12-13) and sometimes as we already seen was without! That is “lack”. … and God called Paul into the highest office of the body of Christ as an Apostle, and so as an Apostle (a part of the five fold ministry offices), Paul also spoke for God as a mouth too.

But Paul did not try to make everyone be like him, Paul walked his plan for God, and he knew others should walk theirs,  he tried to teach everyone to understand,…”you” just find and take your place in the body of Christ, and let God take care of the needs. Act like the follower of Christ you claim to be, and “you” do what “you” were made to do, and I “Paul” will do what I was made to do, and one day we will all be home together with our God.

And so if a man is placed (born) in Africa by Gods choosing, and he becomes a Christian, and he does not have much, but he has learned contentment, and loves God. I will not say to him… you should be wealthy and look better for God. When God is the only one who has the right to place “us” in the body as He designed… “we” should not say to that brother, hey quit acting like a foot and become a hand! But if we see a brother with a need , “we should” see if we can meet a need with what we got.

We should realize even if I am appointed as a private part in the body, but I find out I still have just a little bit extra,  “I” will help;Just like the widow with Elijah; And “if” I am appointed a hand in the body of Christ, and I feel “directed” by God to pay for a house for an Africa Christian man (brother), or pay for a well to be dug, so he and his family can drink, or  maybe so many can be added to the body of Christ, or pay for a pastor to run a church, then  I will be a paymaster for God… “a hand” like Paul, but only as God directs… as ALL is God’s;

But not to do anything to “look” wealthy and be seen…but to help out others because I realize in Christ I really am rich… “with or without money”!

I have my Father God, and Jesus Christ who walks with me through deep water, or fire, in those times of trouble He is there. ( Isa 43:2 ) and God said I will never leave you, or forsake you.  ( Hebrews 13:5  )  Just like He was with every one of those African brothers and sisters in Christ who just last week may have been broke by the worlds standard…but died for being Christian, giving their lives as believers for Christ, because they were rich in faith and gave God all the glory.

Maybe “we” as Christians should ask why I would need to show my wealth at all…I do not see it in the bible, I only see I will be recognized by my love, and seen as a Christ like one…not recognized by the type of worlds riches I have. But I DO see the bible teaches what to do if I notice that my “brother” has a need. 1John 3:17Nasb- “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? ”

Maybe in America we need to stop using the wealth of God for making payments on “things” to look like a King here…and decrease that Christ might increase, (John 3:30 ) and focus on living a lifestyle where we can give more away than “we” live on,.. because apparently there are going to “always” be brothers who have a need and are not rich in there “place” in the body of Christ as the “world” considers riches.

Or do we teach to pray for things that we might “consume” it upon ourselves?… Does bible teach to do that? James 4:3 Nasb-“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” So if God does not give it to you…then devil who controls this world might help you get “things”, to mess you up! It is devils way, not God’s…Hey the devil will help you be selfish! It is what devil wants to see from us!

The devil is roaming about seeking to “consume” God’s things! Including us! (1Pet 5:8 )  And wants us to do the same, to act like him, and not be imitators of God as dearly loved children!! Which “we” are all instructed to act like! (Eph 5:1)

I think the American church needs to be taught ALL the Truth and that none of God’s Truth ever conflicts with any other Truth, and then learn to be where they belong in the “body” of Christ, and if they are not a hand…be content… and if they are a foot …be content…and just walk out the plan God has for “just” you! And trust God will provide ALL your needs for HIS purpose He made “you” for doing! And if your not a hand like Paul was… maybe it is because God knew YOU could not handle it wisely enough, for Him to receive all the glory. But He will give to others to give it to you somehow… It is in His plan to provide for you! God does not change!

Everything created is ALL His. Just as “we” are suppose to be ALL His, for His good will and pleasure. (Philip 2:13)  Remember we were taught to honor God in prayer and ask the Father for everything, and that “everything” should be done according to “His will” on earth as in heaven (Mat 6:10 ). … His plan not ours….And His ways are above our ways, His thoughts above our thoughts. ( Isa 55:9  ).

But are you willing to decrease that He might increase? And are you willing to work at the job He called you too, and willing to give up the tithe He asked you for to the “storehouse” your Church congregation He placed you in?… And do “you” live to be a blessing to everyone around you…Right where He ordered your steps? (Psalm 37:23 )

That is not being a hand..that is just being a part of the body “the family” of God!… Look at the blood flowing in your body, how it takes the things needed for life and spreads them around to every cell in your body as it needs it!

Do you not take care of some parts of your own body that are not easily seen? And do you see someone right next to you with a need in the body, that YOU can meet? Or are they not as important, or not as valuable as a hand, or foot that is seen? A Body with no eye could not see where to walk….or see what opportunity to grasp when it is there in front of them! We need everyone in the body to do there part as God planned!

But “we” must take care of the eye, or the body cannot function, and also care for the eye lid, or the eye can not function as “planned” for by God either! 1Cor 12:23-25 Nasb 23 and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, 24 whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which “lacked”, 25 so that there may be “no division” in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.” …

God is no respector of persons and according to that verse, He is also no respector of those who are hands or those who are hidden parts in the body….All are equal heirs in Christ. All deserving the same care. Regardless of faith!

Your “faith” can not change Gods plan. nor manipulate our All powerful Father God so “you” can have more to play with,….Faith is to be used to help you implement God’s plan for your life! But you should be seeking Him to KNOW where you belong, to do Gods will He wants done by you…because WHERE God puts you in the body….those verses say He takes care of you!.. With enough to be “content” with… Of course Paul said he had to “learn” to be content!

So unless God’s plan for you is for you to be a hand, you will not become a hand because you ARE something else in the body!! But if you are a hand…Then I see you better be trust worthy…and not bury it on yourself, because being self consuming with what God gives you,  is no different than a hole in the ground. Don’t bury the talent God gave you! Use it for God so He gets a return…of glory! Just say’n. Cuz the out come for the dude who buried it in a hole in the ground was not good.(Mat 25:30  )

Only “us” walking out the purposes of God, is doing the will of God as He planned for “you” to walk in. So be what you are designed to be, where God wants you. And ALL things will be added unto you. (Mat 6:33)….You might not get to be seen driving a new BMW to look good in, or new truck either, but you might be able to help that part of the body God had counted on “you” and appointed for you to help, when He gave you the money! And if you need a car He will get you one that works!

Do not be tempted to “look” more like the world, after all James taught his church that being a friend of the world is to make yourself an enemy to God (James 4:4) … So I say stand up and look like the Body of Christ no matter what it appears to cost you, remembering what God said, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” ( Psalm 50:15)….Like the Apostles taught us to do, and lived…and died… Facing the worlds trouble with God, and died, but not alone, and not rich as the world considers riches…but full of God, heirs full of Faith! (James 2:5) And they glorified Him with all they had.  And they were Kings kids too! Just like Jesus who they follow “imitate”…They just did not think of themselves as Kings in the life style choices they made… they were “disciples” who became the apostles of the bible for “our” example, and I am sure remembered a parable Jesus taught “THEM” in ( Luke 12:15-24 ) ..And see it finished with this point Jesus spoke to THEM…

” So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?” … And notice the warning in this verse 15 speaking to “us”. ( Luke 12:15 point cursor over scripture)

The Apostles of Jesus Christ only thought of themselves as part of a body, not divided, not haves and have nots… but one body in Christ. And taught their  life style made them rich even in their death…. Your plan from God is not ever about “showing wealth” not ever about having a bigger barn to hold all your blessings,  Why?  Because you can trust God to take care of you tomorrow like he did yesterday…our life is only to be about making God’s “plans” for the “church”..,to go farther and faster than the world can comprehend! …By allowing Him to use “us” in His plan He made for each of us to walk in.

Remember Jesus made a point to tell the disciples the story of the rich man, whom Jesus had told go sell all he had and follow because he would have treasure in heaven ( Luke 18:20-23);  I wonder if the American church is like that rich man who could not give up his desire to keep wealth… And walked away sad.

But I do not see Jesus anywhere saying believe for more wealth. But He did say all things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23-24)… Of course the things we believe for are suppose to be His will, “for us”to do.   Just say’n….But I “see”  in the word of God the Apostles were very much  like “us”, and they learned to be led by the Spirit, and not worry about tomorrow, but do exactly what God asked them to do today, with ALL God gave them today… So then we can be like them through Christ too. And they were able to walk clearly in the narrow road…and stay in the light! Pastor Ernie

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