When a little is not enough
These days it seems like everyone is getting the wrong idea from many many so-called preachers who spout out what is called the “health and wealth” doctrine or “blab it and grab it” and “name it and claim it”. The idea is that if you are a Christian; if you are one of God’s chosen, His children, then you should be completely out of debt and that you should have the biggest house, the finest car, and the newest clothes. Those things are great. There is nothing wrong with them, but that is not God’s will for His children. Those things are just that…things. Material wealth, possessions and such do not always mean that these people are blessed by God. People thought this way even in Jesus times. They thought that the poor had been sinful and that the rich were blessed by God. They even thought that if someone who had been born with a heart condition or ailment had sinned somehow in the womb or their parents had. (John 9:2-4)
I have felt the same way many times. There are times when we seem to struggle as Christians. We seem to have some added weight that others, especially the unsaved don’t see or feel and we then start wondering if we have sinned or if God really doesn’t love us like He said. Then we begin to envy the unsaved because they seem to have it made.
Here are some important things to remember when this bothers you
1) Keep your mind on the Kingdom of God (Luke 12:15-34)
God is watching over us all. He has the best planned for us. Sometimes we mess up and we might fall back a little but He loves us and He watches over us.
2) Your heart follows your true treasure (Matthew 6:19-21, 19:21)
This world and everything on it and in it will one day pass away.
One day it will all be gone. I heard a preacher once say that we should label everything that we own as “to be burnt” because that is where all the material things are going. God wants us to keep our minds on the Kingdome of God and not man’s. If we spend all our time on the stuff here on earth we will miss out on the blessings of Heaven
3) Keep your feet on the right path (Psalm 37:12)
Read Psalm 37 and notice what God tell us to do.
Trust in the Lord
Delight in the Lord
Commit thy way to the Lord
Rest in the Lord
Cease from anger
Depart from evil
Wait on the Lord
God took the children of Israel out of Egypt. He redeemed them from their place of bondage. Egypt is a type of the world. He took them out of Egypt but He then had to take Egypt out of them. He lead them through many steps to the promised land and it seemed to them at times that He had deserted them. But He was with them and He was preparing them for the promised land as well as preparing the land for them. (Exodus 15-17)
He is doing the same thing for us. He is slowly taking the world out of us to prepare us for eternity
4) Don’t let your eyes envy the worldly man and his stuff. (Psalms 73)
For many unsaved wicked pwople, this world is all that they will see. This present world is all the riches that the truly wicked man knows or cares about. God does not care to give you everything that you desire because what we desire might not be good for us. What we desire might end up hurting us in the long run.
5) Keep you mouth closed (Exodus 15-17)
It is very easy to get lost in the cares of this world and to loose sight of our Promised land. We are used to time and sometimes it seems like it is dragging out and taking forever. Mix that with how we might think that others have it better than us and we can become somewhat bitter and start complaining. Now we all complain from time to time but we need to remember that when we complain about our circumstances or our situation, we are not just complaining about others or our status. The children of Israel blamed Moses but the Lord knew that they were actually complainig against Him
6) Keep your ears open to what the Lord says. (Matthew 16:23-25)
Notice what Jesus is saying here.
“If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross,
and follow me.
This does not sound like He is saying that we will have the best of this world or the best things.
If we deny ourselves, we seek the good of the Kingdom of God as well as the good of others.
If we take up our cross we crucify ourselves, we sacrifice ourselves to this world (Romans 12:1)
If we follow Jesus this way, we will trust only in the Lord for everything and we will see that we are here for the Lord and that He is not here for us to answer our every want and desire.
These preachers tell you that you can have anything you want here on earth because you are a son of God. You can have all the best clothes. You can have the finest jewelry. You should have a huge bank account and you should be healthy all the time.
Then they tell you to send them money and if you don’t end up like them you, well you didn’t have enough faith.
You might be a millionaire or you might be the poorest guy on your block. The real point is that God doesn’t want us to want more, He wants us to be content with what He has given us because we are held responsible for what He has put under us. This means our family, our work, and especially our finances.
If God chose riches for someone be glad for them. If God chose another way for you, be glad because He never promised the good life here but He has promised us all one thing.
He has the best planned for you. So trust in Him don’t fret abiut the small stuff because we have something better to look forward to.