I am writing this article as I am getting so repulsed by what we are being taught by so many ministries. We have so many teachings that are feeding the flesh instead of the spirit. We are told that if we give to ministries that God will bless us financially. I have no problem with being blessed financially if a few things are in order. I know that some will have a problem with me on this, but look at the Bible. What does it really say?
The basic message of the Bible is this. He who loses his life shall find it. What really does that mean? It means that we become crucified with Christ. That means that Jesus is living in and through us. It means we are walking by the spirit just as Jesus does. It means that we are making no provision for the flesh. It means that we are alive to only please the Father, not our fleshly wants and desires. God said that they who are in the flesh cannot please Him, so how does this agree with give the flesh more money so that it can do all of the things that it desires? Where does an intimacy with the Holy Spirit come in to play with all this? Feeding the flesh is only the temporal. God is more concerned with the eternal. He desires all of us to have an intimate relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. He desires us to walk in the spirit. Bottom line is this. When all is said and done and we stand before the Lord, what will impress Him the most? Is it that we had all this money and worldly goods and that we satisfied all of our fleshly cravings and desires or that we KNOW HIM?
I once wrote an article and received a comment from a person in another country that said, “There is the Gospel, then there is the North American Gospel”. This word says it all. When are we going to stop being all about money and be more concerned with teaching people to die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to speak and lead? May God forgive and help us all.
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