Chasing After the Wind
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ’s Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.publishamerica.com
Psalms 39:6; Proverbs 23:4-5; Mark 8:36; Luke 16:13;I Cor. 7:31
I have said in My Word: “No man can serve two masters, for he will hate the one and love the other, and he will cling to one and despise the other. You can either have possessions or they can have you. The resources of this world I make available to My children that they might have their true needs met, and so that they might serve Me more effectively in this world. But many have slidden into the snare of making the accumulation of material goods their chief goal in life.
Some people have bought the illusion of wealth, for that is all it is. People are in this world for a very brief time, and it makes them look good to others and feel good about themselves to surround themselves with beautiful things. Even people who own their possessions outright will have to leave them behind when their earthly life is past, so in the truest sense, they don’t really own anything at all. And as for people appearing outwardly prosperous by living in a fancy home; more often than not, it’s really the bank who holds the title deed to that home, not the occupants. Daily such bound people worry that their beloved possessions will be repossessed if they fall behind on payments, and how would this make them appear to others?
The devil convinces overburdened married couples that if they struggle and slave their very hardest, neglecting their spouses and families for a “brief” time, they will one day hold the title deed to that luxury home filled with all brand-new furniture, or they will be able to get that sleek new car to impress their friends and neighbors. Then they will finally be able to relax and find time for their loved ones...and for Me, in the case of Christians caught up in this bondage.
Yes, even some of My people have fallen for this lie of satan, who is ever setting out snares to de-rail the righteous from their true calling in the earth. They go on chasing the elusive wind of prosperity, which can slip so easily out of their hands. Children see little of their own parents. Husbands and wives hardly ever cross paths, and when they do meet at home, they are cross with each other because they are too tired even to be civil to one another. Satan sells his lies with an “easy payment plan” but he exacts a terribly high cost for keeping up a facade of wealth to impress others with. Broken health, shattered marriages, traumatized children who wonder if they’re just another burden for weary parents to juggle.
I have said in My Word: Come unto Me, ye who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. There is no rest in worrying that your friends and peer group will think ill of you for driving a second-hand car, or having re-covered furniture, or renting out an extra room to a Christian student to cut the cost of living. You need daily bread. You need nutritious food. You need a decent home to live in and reliable transportation. But you don’t always need the finest of everything. You need a few fixtures in your life, but they don’t have to be gold-plated. You’ll get plenty of gold in heaven. Your self-esteem comes from being in Christ, not some fancy convertible.