Woe to this wicked generation, for who does not love money? This chapter will offend many and will despise what i teach. What i don't understand is why everyone is trying to be rich, when it is written, God chose the poor to inherit the kingdom of God. If it is the poor He chose, should you not make yourself poor in order to go?
So why, i ask, does everyone desire to be rich? The second greatest commandment is to love one another and yet people are suing and taking to court people and suing each other for as trivial as an eye strain. Do you not know the love of money is the root of all evil, So why do you want it so much?
Do you have many bills? Do you have financial troubles, Do you have many sorrows?. Do you and your spouse both have jobs to make ends meet? Well you have pierced yourselves with many sorrows. But i have a solution to all your problems. Sell everything you have, i mean everything, then take the money and rent a small trailer, or small apartment, or small house and then buy a used beat-up car. Then you will have less bills and less financial problems and the wife will not have to work, this is righteous in the sight of God.
But how many of you will sell what you have? Hardly one, i would think, You would just rather work harder and work longer, and work on the Sabbath, So you will be able to keep the stuff you have. Woe to you for you have stored up treasures on Earth and not in Heaven.
The happiest people I've seen are those who have least. i have noticed over the years that no matter how much money a person makes he's not happy, he or she wants more. This is very sad because when will you ever be happy? You will die not being satisfied with what you make.
So why are you not content? Do you know why people don't tithe their 10% to the Lord? Because they can't afford it. They have payments on the car, the house, the VCR, the radio, the TV, cable, credit cards, Insurance, the telephone, entertainment, the furniture, and the such. But I, a Disciple of the Lord, will assure you with all honesty that all those things are luxuries and not necessities. And i will also tell you by not paying your 10% tithe, Do not think you are robbing man what is due, But in fact you are robbing God what is due Him. And on Judgment Day you will have to explain why you didn't pay what you owe to God. And i hope it's because you didn't have any to give and not what was mentioned earlier, Because which is more important, God or bills? Woe to those who rob God.
So i ask again, Why do you desire to be rich? Oh the thoughts of the worldly Christians are predictable, which take thought that you do not desire to be rich, just comfortable. Yet you play Lottery and scratch off's and play Bingo in the churches. And Gamble. Why do you do these things if you do not desire to be rich? i will tell you the truth, any time you want more money than you have right now, you desire to be richer.
Here is a warning to all those who play lottery, scratch off's, Powerball, Lotto, Bingo, and gambling of any kind, to where you pay a little in hopes to gain more than what you have paid.
So many people are having money problems and i think the main problem is credit. If i were to give a definition of the word credit it would be :----> What one receives when they do not have patience to save for it..... But people love the idea <<<Buy now, pay later>>> which is nothing more than Greed. and they dig themselves a deep hole and jump in it, and all for the sake of greed, because they wanted it now. When they hit the bottom of the hole, then they pray to God to help them. It's sad but most people pray to God when their in trouble and ask for help, but fail to pray to God and Thank Him, when things are going good.
This chapter is for all those who desire
to be rich and have more then the
poor already. i will tell you the truth, If you have more than food and
you have more than the poor already.
So why do you desire to be rich? The only things i can think of are these: 1)You will be able to buy more stuff and do more things (isn't that the definition of Greed? to want more than you have) and 2)You will have more friends and popularity and Power ( which is Greed also)
i will tell you of a truth and with righteousness, If you have two televisions and you know of someone who does not have one, you are to give them one of yours, cheerfully. If you know someone who is without, and you have that which they need, you are to give cheerfully, For this is Love and this is of God. It is not wrong to have possessions, but how can you buy yourself a new car, knowing of a person who has not a car at all? Not you problem Right? Woe unto you.
If you work, so that you can get better stuff for yourself you are a greedy person not content with what you have. But if you work, so that you can get stuff for other people, then you are righteous and it pleases God. It is not wrong to have good stuff if it was given to you, but it is wrong to have good stuff if you bought it for yourself when their are others who are in more need then you are.
People God is coming for the poor and humble, If you own an expensive house, expensive car, etc.... are you Humble? Blessed is the person who has no need for material things, For his is the Kingdom of God.
People we are here for a very short time, Why do you labour to make your life better? Is it not better to labour so that other people's lives are made better, This is what pleases God. How ignorant would it be for a person to go on vacation to the state of Kentuckiana (fictitious) and knowing they will only be there for a month, will buy land, a house, and all sorts of other stuff, when they will be leaving in a month. Some people will say they will leave it to their kids, But here is another truth, even Satan worshippers give to their own kids, therefore how are you any different then they?
Do not work so that your life is made better, But instead work so that other people's lives are made better.