Thursday, August 06, 2020

SOME NON-REALISTIC NEW CREATION EXAGGERATIONS - ADDRESSED

Hello Dearly Beloved in the LORD JESUS. I trust GOD that all is well with you, and that you are coming out victorious out of every situations of your life. AMEN.

Okay, right now, we will be looking into certain issues found among some Brethren, and we will be addressing them now by looking into the Word of GOD to know what it says concerning them. So here is an outline of three (3) major exaggerations (vain boasting) found among Christians today and I'll be addressing them immediately;

⦁    I cannot be broke (financially)
⦁    I am as Holy as GOD
⦁    I cannot be sick



I CANNOT BE BROKE (FINANCIALLY)

You can be broke financially Sir/Ma. In-fact you have been broke many times in-spite your confessions. You must come to acknowledge the singular Purpose for CHRIST'S Redemptive arrival on earth; HE came to save men from their sins by giving them Everlasting Life! (Eternal acceptance and qualification into the Presence of the FATHER.) JESUS did not come to put money in your pocket. Before CHRIST came bodily to earth, GOD made men rich financially, so why should that be HIS purpose for coming? To do again what HE already did and does? - Selah

Someone said, "Poverty does not die by fire, it dies by action and multiple investments." So true. Solomon by the Wisdom given to Him by GOD has this to say;

'Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.' - Proverbs 22 vs 29 {KJV}

'The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.' - Proverbs 13 vs 4 {KJV}

'He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.' - Proverbs 10 vs 4 {KJV}


The three (3) passages and others in the Bible speaks of diligence and work! Get doing something and be a master of it, offer a service and money will come to you. Becoming rich materially is an earthly vocation, it has no connection with the Gospel of the LORD JESUS. Because the message of the Gospel is all about the Salvation of GOD in CHRIST JESUS. - Selah

BUT APOSTLE PAUL SPOKE ABOUT SOWING FINANCIALLY AND REAPING THE SAME?


Every New Testament teaching of giving in the Gospel is simply a show of the Love walk of the Believer; it's never a get rich scheme. Take note.

'Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.' - Luke 6 vs 38 {KJV}

Now many have taken this passage to affirm financial-ism and materialism in the Gospel. But no! They are wrong. The LORD never made this statement to show the people how to get rich by giving, no! From the Chapter 27 of this Luke 6, the LORD started teaching the people how to love, exhorting them to walk in Love;

'But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you...' - Verse 27

'But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.' - Verse 35

You see... And HE continues that teaching of Love even till the end of the chapter. So back to the 38th verse, HE was simply exhorting the people to walk in love by giving to men, then HE went further to even assure them that their giving will not be lost, but will be rewarded by men given back to them in multiplied measures. HE didn't say this with the intent of showing them how to get rich financially/materially, but HE said this to urge them to Love. Take note. This is context. Stick to context. #BibleContext

'But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.' - Verse 35

Now take a proper look at this verse 35, the LORD said "Lend, hoping for nothing again." That goes to further clarify for us that these teachings of giving by the LORD was not in any way to show us a get rich scheme, but to show us how to Love. You see? It's all about the Believer's love walk. #TheBelieversLoveWalk Take note.

'But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.' - 2 Corinthians 9 vs 6 {KJV}

Hahaha. This portion has been the pivot for many Believers' stand in their affirmation that the Gospel teaches financial increase. Remember what I said to you, The Gospel is only about the Salvation of GOD in CHRIST JESUS. Nothing more to that and nothing less from that. - Selah. Now, I'm going to paste for you now the entire 2 Corinthians 9 which has only 15 chapters; I want you to gently read it all, and understand for yourself the context for which the Apostle Paul made that statement as we have seen in the verse 6;

'Now about the offering that is [to be made] for the saints (God’s people in Jerusalem), it is quite superfluous that I should write you;

For I am well acquainted with your willingness (your readiness and your eagerness to promote it) and I have proudly told about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia (most of Greece) has been prepared since last year for this contribution; and [consequently] your enthusiasm has stimulated the majority of them.

Still, I am sending the brethren [on to you], lest our pride in you should be made an empty boast in this particular case, and so that you may be all ready, as I told them you would be;

Lest, if [any] Macedonians should come with me and find you unprepared [for this generosity], we, to say nothing of yourselves, be humiliated for our being so confident.

That is why I thought it necessary to urge these brethren to go to you before I do and make arrangements in advance for this bountiful, promised gift of yours, so that it may be ready, not as an extortion [wrung out of you] but as a generous and willing gift.

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings.

Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].

And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever!

And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].

Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God.

For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.

Because at [your] standing of the test of this ministry, they will glorify God for your loyalty and obedience to the Gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous-hearted liberality to them and to all [the other needy ones].

And they yearn for you while they pray for you, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace (His favor and mercy and spiritual blessing which is shown forth) in you.

Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]!' - 2 Corinthians 9 vs 15 {AMPLIFIED BIBLE TRANSLATION}


Having read through these passages, it is clear that the Apostle Paul never intended to depict to the Brethren a way to financial increase by giving! He simply reminded them that to every good work there's a reward, thereby urging the Brethren to walk in generosity, giving for the sustenance of other Brethren who were in need (which was the purpose for the contribution they were doing) - And this is purely an act of Love. You see, the Apostle Paul was persuading them to abound in their Love walk, letting them know that there's a reward for it, and GOD can make them to always have substance; He stated the purpose - it's not so that they can be lavish materially extravagant, but so that they can keep been generous towards the needy. It was a love talk just like we saw JESUS communicate to the people. It was a love talk and not a get rich scheme. - Selah

So it's safe to say that the Believer gives as a result of Love and not for the intent of getting rich. - Selah. GOD knows how He rewards a man. GOD rewards even sinners for their acts of kindness. Because the rewards of giving is for anybody who participates therein; it's not an exclusive reserve for the Believer in CHRIST only. Take note.

So we see that the context of 2 Corinthians 9 vs 6 as we have seen is simply "a urge/persuasion of the Brethren to uphold good works of generosity." - This is Love! It was a Love talk. Giving for the Believer is a Love thing. - Selah

Don't forget this comment I made earlier above;

"Becoming rich materially is an earthly vocation, it has no connection with the Gospel of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, because the message of the Gospel is all about the Salvation of GOD in CHRIST JESUS for men."

So you see, everywhere in the Bible where giving was mentioned, it was to unveil the love walk. Solomon has this to say;

'The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." - Proverbs 11 vs 25 {KJV}

You see, this statement is to show to us that there is a reward for being liberal. A liberal person is someone who extends generosities to others; and we are informed that such who are like that shall be made fat. He didn't intend to say that we should intentionally become liberal so that we can be made fat, no! He is simply letting us know that there is a reward for being liberal. In other words, walking in Love has benefits. So if a Brethren takes out money to give for the purpose of getting more in return, such a Brethren has done the right thing with a corrupt intention: the giving is right (giving is always right,) but the intention is corrupt and unacceptable! So you see, we don't intentionally walk in Love to reap the benefits of it; that will be selfishness and evil on display. But we walk in Love because we have being so nurtured by GOD and brought up in CHRIST through the Gospel. - Selah

'There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.' - Proverbs 11 vs 24 {KJV}

Like in a lecture room, the Preacher (Solomon) illustrates to the people of a category of men who scatter their resources by generosities, yet they increase; and there is another category of men who even withhold from giving more than necessary, and they head to poverty. By this illustration, He urged/encouraged the people to be liberal. The next verse;

'The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." - verse 25 {KJV}

It's simply an encouragement to be liberal by showing them the rewards of being liberal, and not a formular to get rich. Because the idea/notion for this communication was not to give us a formular to get rich, but to inspire the spirit of generosity and liberality in us. - Selah

"When you study the Bible, seek the actual intention for which the speaker spoke, and don't assume an intention for the speaker for any given word. Stay with the context, stay with the mind of the speaker."
There are many persons who are still broke today even after their many givings. Because you see, such persons were misled by the erroneous teachings of "get rich by giving", they did nothing about their lives, they didn't give themselves to a business or pursue after a job or career, they stayed idle, and lo; poverty came knocking! On the other hand, there are others (who have been also misled by the get rich by giving teaching) who gave so much, and are rich today, some are very wealthy today. Now, if you check these Brethren, you will find out that they have a career they pursue, they have a job which they hold die-hardly, they have a business which has expanded massively. These ones, though they have being indeed misled by the get rich by giving teachings, yet they obeyed the principles for earthly success as I have shown you above, they diligently followed their career/profession/business/job, and it landed them in success. Their money seeds as they call it didn't make them rich, their diligence to business did! Just that when they are sharing their testimonies, they speak of how they gave so much and made sacrifices (seeds), and it produced riches for them, and by such hazardous words (which they call testimony), they mislead the simple and needy Believers in their midst to having the same corrupt thinking. - Selah

'Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.' - Genesis 26 vs 12 {KJV}

Now, this portion of the Bible cannot be used to preach that a Believer should sow seeds (money) to secure a wealthy life. The context of this passage is "crop seed" and not "money seed." If you really want to teach this to the Believers, then teach it well; ask them to sow maize, beans, rice into the ground and truly they will reap a hundred fold the same year. Lol. In other words, encourage them to go into farming, encourage them to become farmers, because that's what Isaac was, a farmer! - Selah

'For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.' - Hebrews 6 vs 10 {KJV}


It's called labour of love; because it's an act of generosity that doesn't seek to get back. GOD knows how to reward you. There's no promise of financial returns here! You leave the rewarding for GOD who is ever Faithful. Hallelujah!

'And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.' - 1 Corinthians 13 vs 3 {KJV}

Meaning there's a giving that's not after love, but it's selfish and self concentrating. Such giving is vain in the sight of GOD. A brethren who takes out money to give because He wants to reap back that money in a multiplied fold has not giving in love, but has only manifested self-conceit and selfishness. Such giving is unacceptable to GOD. The LORD always hammered on giving without any form expectation to get back;

'But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.' - Luke 14 vs 13 - 14 {KING JAMES VERSION}

Two points to take note of in these passages;

⦁    For they cannot recompense thee
⦁    thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just


The first shows again to us that giving for the Believer is a walk of love and not a scheme to get back in return. The second goes to show to us how far we shouldn't even think of getting returns in this world for our givings and generosities to men. - Selah


"Giving for the Believer is a Love walk."

'But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.' - Luke 6 vs 35 {KJV}

'I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.' - Acts 20 vs 35 {KJV}

Two points to also note here;

⦁    ye ought to support the weak
⦁    It is more blessed to give than to receive


The first shows again that giving for the Believer is a Love walk and not a get rich scheme. The second as well reaffirms the Love walk of the Believer.

GOD is with you, and grants you understanding of these things which I speak of. AMEN.

"So, having seen all these, we can safely conclude that the Believer gives without the intention of getting anything back in return; even though we know that there is a reward for giving, yet, the reward is not the inspiration for our giving, the Love of GOD is. - Selah"


I AM AS HOLY AS GOD

Ask yourself sincerely, are you as Holy as GOD? Take a good look at yourself, be sincere!

Boasting in the Grace of GOD is not the same thing as exaggeration with the WORD of GOD. To boast in the Grace of GOD is to acknowledge that HE qualified you, HE called you what you could never be, "Righteous," HE gave you Everlasting Salvation which you could never attain by yourself. When one boasts in the Grace of GOD, JESUS is seen, and JESUS is Glorified. If you are the one seen, if you are the one lifted up, then you're not boasting in GOD'S Grace, you're making exaggerations (though you do so with the WORD of GOD.) - Selah


"Exaggerations are unrealistic and fanatical boasting and confidence. They are unreal. They only make you feel high (when you're actually not.)"

By discernment, the difference between boasting in GOD'S Grace and Exaggeration is seen. By discernment!

When GOD spoke concerning the red sea, HE said to Moses, "Divide it."

'But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.' - Exodus 14 vs 16 {KJV}

GOD gave Moses the credit, HE didn't say "I will divide it when you stretch forth your Rod" (though that was what happened,) HE said to Moses, Divide it. Should Moses then go ahead and boast about it that He (Moses) divided the red sea? Definitely not! Else, that would be exaggeration (unrealistic boasting and pride.) But see Moses' attitude;

'And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.' - Exodus 15 vs 8 {KJV}

Now this is boasting in GOD'S Grace, Moses acknowledged GOD as the One who divided the red sea, He acknowledged GOD as the doer of the Wondrous works! - Selah

'To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever...' - Psalms 136 vs 13 {KJV}

GOD divided the red sea, not Moses!

If we must boast of anything, let it be the pointing out of what GOD has accomplished for us, acknowledging that we are only that because of HIM and we could never attain such state by ourselves. - Selah. Now this is boasting in the Grace of GOD. When you declare righteousness, be careful not to be loosed about it by saying words like "I am righteous" "I am holy"! Instead say, I Am the Righteousness of GOD in CHRIST JESUS. "In CHRIST JESUS" makes the difference; it points to JESUS and gives Glory to GOD.


I CANNOT BE SICK

No! You can be sick beloved. Lolz. In-fact, you have being sick at certain points! I guess you have had stomach upset (what is referred to as "purging"?) That's a sickness. What about headaches? That's sickness too, and these are minute sicknesses. You see, your exaggerations couldn't keep the minutest of sicknesses from getting to you! You see... Stop your vain boasting today. Now let's look at the Bible on this;

'Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.' - 1 Timothy 5 vs 23 {KJV}

Two points to note in this passage;

⦁    But use a little wine
⦁    often infirmities


It is clear that Timothy the Pastor fell sick often, as the word "infirmities" as used there is rendered in the Greek as "astheneia," which speaks of "sickness." The Pastor was sick! And He was often sick! And the Great Apostle Paul prescribed a cure (earthly cure) for Him, by asking Him to take little wine in the place of water. Seeing this, it is safe to say that a Believer can be sick, but He has an advantage over the one who is not a Believer in CHRIST; and this advantage is the SPIRIT of GOD in the Believer who gives life to the mortal body of the Believer through the instrument of Prayer! - Selah

'And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.' - James 5 vs 15 {KJV}

The unbeliever doesn't have this. This is the Believer's advantage over the unbeliever in the area of health. So instead of exaggerating that you cannot be sick, it's safe to say, "I have the surety of Divine Health in CHRIST." In CHRIST! - That makes the difference between exaggerations and boasting in the Grace of GOD. - Selah

WHEN YOU ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR WEAKNESSES
When you acknowledge your weaknesses, you are able to thank GOD well in all sincerity and truth. Because your acknowledging your weakness makes the works of GOD for you through CHRIST clear and visible. FATHER thank you for Saving me who was once a sinner! FATHER thank you for healing me who was sick! FATHER thank you for saving a sinner like me and calling me your righteousness! You see... not, FATHER thank you I am as you are! FATHER thank you I cannot be sick! What's even wrong with such Believer? What do you make yourself before GOD? How does such ill confessions even make sense? "FATHER thank you I am as you are!" This is not thanksgiving, this is pride! - Selah. Such words does not make the Gracious work of GOD for that Believer visible. But when you say, FATHER thank you for making me as you are! You see, here the Graciousness of GOD is seen and visible, in that you acknowledge that HE made you what you are in CHRIST. - Selah

So you see, by discernment you get to know the difference between "boasting in the Grace of GOD" and "unrealistic new creation exaggerations".

I do hope that this Blessed you, and that it indeed addressed the issues properly for you. AMEN.

GOD'S Grace be with your Spirit.
- Jenning U. Angel

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