I just read an article cautioning believers to be careful from whom you seek advice. Knowing certain facts that I believe motivated this writer, I am deeply saddened by his comments.
We live in a world where there are far too many false promises and promotions, that is a given. The sad part is that when true and helpful advice is offered up to aid believers equip themselves for battle; often times someone of prominence wants to group them in with the world’s offerings and throw the baby out with the bath water.
Yes, there are many who call themselves Christians who would offer false credentials and unproven or erroneous information to the Body in an effort to enrich their personal coffers. However, there is a segment of Godly folks whose sole purpose is to offer wisdom and knowledge that they have gleaned from life’s experience to all who would listen. Indeed, there is a cost to produce and distribute these materials. In an effort to recoup some of these costs, one may have to charge a minimal fee. This is not charging for or selling the great amount of wisdom God had given to those who follow him at great personal sacrifice. This is merely an attempt to facilitate the helpful materials that are offered so that many more can receive and be blessed by these offerings.
I know of one such ministry that struggles by on a shoestring to make such materials available to as many people as possible. Ray and Tracye Gano of, www.prophizne.com have dedicated their lives to follow Jesus in His command to carry the Gospel to the entire world. Their ministry has blessed me in so many ways that I could never be able to repay them.
Recently they have teamed with Wilfred Hahn to produce and distribute a CD titled, “Escape The End Time Money Snare.” My copy is on the way and I look forward to checking it out and putting the wisdom it contains to good practice. I am very concerned with the way the economy is shaping up, home and abroad. If I am to be able to financially survive and be enabled to assist ministries that are getting the Word out, I need to be financially solvent. As a good steward of God’s blessings, I need to know how to better manage the funds with which God blesses me. Yes, I trust in God for all my provisions. I believe materials like these are just one way He provides.
Part of being a mature Christian is being able to spot the charlatans out there and to discern, by the power of the Spirit of God that dwells within you, those who are sealed by Him and who bring the Good News. We cannot group God’s offerings through His believers with the false prophets who appear in sheep’s clothing. Read the Word. Get to know how to pick out the sheep from the goats and don’t miss the blessings God has for you.
It is immaturity in Gods Word that keeps us from seeing clearly. Study to show yourself approved a workman, rightly dividing the word. Don’t let the enemy cause you to group the sheep with the goats. Jesus said, “My people know My voice.” Listen to God and not to those within the camp who would tell you to avoid any and all offerings to better equip yourself for the battle we must wage.
Eph 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Know your enemies and also, know your brethren. Support one another and pray for one another. Soon we will be going home.
Thanks Lucian for this article. It is true that even when we know the Word of God, we are temporarily distracted by what others without the wisdom of God tell us. We ponder and wonder whether they are right, but fortunately, God brings us back to His Wisdom, because He knows our hearts. I wish I had more time to read your sermon/articles and others as well.
What a relavant and timely word! So many in the body and those seeking to know God have fallen prey to those that prey on the innocent. Which grieves the heart of God. Thank you for allowing God to boldly speak about something that some ignore. I pray and agree with you that the Father God will sharpen the ears of those that are His to be able to hear him even the more. I pray that every false way will be re-directed by the power of the Holy Spirit and that the innocent will be covered by those that are seeking to fulfill Christ gospel. Love ya - and Go9d Bless