Yesterday I received a notice and congratulations from WordPress that ten years ago I registered with them as a blogger.
Time really flies. 2009 July seems like just yesterday. But so soon the new born has grown into a ten year old.
Along the years there have been births of other children in a variety of genre as some of the visitors and Googlers on the blogger name Crosslife Spaces would have noticed.
Yes, there are several blogs in addition to the watchman’s blog authored by this blogger on subjects like divine healing, sound mind, women, millennial humor, photography, travel, poetry, finance and blogs in other languages.
I like to believe that somewhere someone has found something in one blog that speaks to the heart at certain point of time and space.
Blogging long term requires a will and a passion. I pray that I would not grow cold and indifferent.
Thank you for visiting no matter how and where you come across this blog and decide to click. Do stay awhile in these spaces.
What does the name “Crosslife Spaces” mean? The words “cross and life” is obvious. Each one carries a cross in life. “Spaces” means places where we exist and interact with other living beings. No matter where and how and how long we live on earth, there is always a space where we meet with others and somehow connect and communicate with them. I pray that we shall all meet in the brilliant and glorious eternity too.
I have a passion to create and use Bible diagrams to help Bible study. Bible study diagrams can be used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing Bible information, getting answers to problems, making decisions, and teaching small groups. Unlike other diagrams, Bible diagrams require the spirit to be involved. The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and contains spiritual truth. Only the author Himself (the Holy Spirit) can guide us into all truth and has the power to set captive free and transform lives. Knowledge and forms cannot substitute revelation from the Holy Spirit.
I use the term “Bible diagram” to describe the visual record I used to store and share the revealed knowledge I receive from reading the Bible, specifically, verse by verse or chapter by chapter.
Here is an illustration from reading the first four chapters of the Book of Hebrews, a less studied book compared to other New Testament’s books. I pray you are encouraged to do your own Bible reading in the visual way as a tool to memorize the revealed truth you receive. Believe me, it is a worthwhile challenge!
Today I cannot resist saying this. There is nothing your enemy can do to you if you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Righteousness is a gift. Jesus has paid for it. When you believe in Jesus, His death and resurrection for you, you receives this gift. The enemy cannot come in to steal, kill, and destroy anymore. You are set free from sickness, poverty, and any form of evil that the enemy tries to put on you and obstruct you from living the abundant life Jesus promises to every one who believes. Here are some of my favorite revealed verses (in NKJV) on the power of righteousness in Christ!
1 Corinthians 1:30 (NKJV) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Romans 5:17 For if by the one man’s [a]offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Footnotes: Romans 5:17trespass
Romans 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Thank God I am in Christ, a new creation, He is my Righteousness of God and I have every good thing God gives to the righteous (in Christ) by faith.
No matter how I want to remain positive, I cannot deny the above statement spoken by a teacher in a lesson on healing. But born again Christians are new creation and everything has become new according to 2 Corinthians 5:17! How can this be? As I continue to tend the remains of wound/operation effect below my left eye and at the side of its corner, I too, feel frustrated. How long? In my more ignorant days I would have cried, “how long, Lord?” But now I know better. The problem is not with the Lord. The problem is me.
By divine arrangement I opened the
book by Andrew Wommack on Spirit, Soul, and Body and read today. And the answer
is clear and simple.
What I feel and see in my body is not what is inside my spirit. I cannot see or feel…
2019 Yesterday I watched Barry Bennett’s lessons on Galatians and
learned that I need to get revelation knowledge for myself for healing and
financial matters. Today I read Mark 5 and Romans 8 together. I prayed for
revelation knowledge. Here is a summary of what I received after a morning of
reading and meditating on the words of God.
Three kinds of physical healings are recorded here: a man in mental agony and torment, a woman with chronic disease, and a dying girl (who died before Jesus could get there. Of course, Jesus raised her from the dead when He arrived).
The place: the man was isolated in a remote place (in the tombs); the woman was mingling in the crowd; the girl was very sick, lying in bed at home with her family and relatives.
No doubt I have some special talents and skills. Some accumulated with experience, study and practice. The disciples too. Jesus knew. Mark 9:33-34 recorded this realistic scene. Jesus knew they were disputing among themselves who would be the greatest. I can imagine the conversation among them:
Peter: I should be the
leader. I am always the leader and spokesman. I have the revelation knowledge.
I was the first to declare that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God,
and that Jesus has the words of eternal life. (John 6:68-69)
John: I am the chosen
one. I am the beloved of Jesus. Jesus let me lay on His bosom. I can accurately
conceptualize and summarize the essence of the words He has spoken. In fact, I
know Jesus best. I have a better and more complete in depth revelation
knowledge of God and Jesus, the Son of God. I even recorded down Who He said He
really is. I believe in every word He has spoken. I believe Jesus trusts me
most and will entrust His mother to my care if in need.
James: I should be the
commander in chief. I am fiery and unafraid of evil. I can call down fire to
burn those who oppose Jesus! I am in the Lord’s inner circle of three (Peter,
John and James) and saw Jesus’ glory on the mountain of transfiguration!
Philip: I managed to
convince the skeptical Nathanael to join us here! I am the first evangelist! I
am good in economics, market prices and figures too. I make sure I stay quite
close to Jesus so I can ask Him stuff and also serve Him. For example, Jesus
asked me where we shall buy bread. I am the one who knew how much it would cost
to feed five thousand. (John 6:5, 7) I am the first cross-cultured missionary.
The Greeks come to me so I can bring them to Jesus.
Andrew: I. I am the
first evangelist. I went and persuaded Peter to join. Remember? I am a
populist. The little boy came to me and offered his five barley loaves and two
small fish. See, how popular I am? The Greeks look for Philip but Philip still
has to find me to bring them together to Jesus. (John 12:20-22)
Matthew: Stop. I am the
most qualified and experienced in crucial departments: accounting, tax evasion
investigation, inland revenue and custom duties collection, reports writing
etc. I am also most well versed in Moses’ laws and Jewish tradition and
Thomas: I am the
realist. You need to be realistic and demand the specific practical evidence
and details. You must doubt and challenge everything before you can be an
effective leader. Never take things at face value. I make sure we clarify and
know what Jesus is talking about and the exact route we can use to go where He
is going. (John 14:5, 20:24-29) but I have loyalty. I am willing to die with
Jesus. (John 11:16)
Nathanael: I am the man
of integrity. Jesus said so!
Judas Iscariot: I am the
man of the highest integrity. See, you all entrusted me to keep your money box.
I even have the discretion to give to the poor, take and spend what I need to.
I also have friends in the high places, like the Chief Priests and the
James son of Alphaeus,
Thaddaeus, and Simon the Patriot: We are the true disciples. Action speaks
louder than mere words. The Master (Jesus) sent us out, gave us authority and
power to go preach the kingdom of God, heal the sick and cast out demons. We
did that faithfully. Leaders are action and performance-oriented, with evidence
In conclusion, I should not be thinking that Jesus is merely talking to His disciples. I too, like the disciples above, could make assumptions about my human abilities and qualifications when I lapse into self-engrossment and human efforts even though I do not vie for any leadership position. Jesus was not against His disciples performing well and becoming leaders. But at that time they missed the whole point about His life ministry, which is not a kingdom on earth. And His successors are to make disciples of all nations. This mission is to be fulfilled by His followers until He returns.
Definition of a disciple:
This is the definition of a disciple. A disciple is a person who continues in God’s Word until they experience freedom. Put together with John 15:8, where Jesus said a disciple is one who bears much fruit, we can say that a disciple is someone who continues in God’s Word until they are free and it can be witnessed in their lives as fruit. (Andrew Wommack)
“I am called to be a helper!” A successful professional communicator with over forty years of track-record in the field, declared. I was listening to the introductory lesson of a media class partial recording and heard this utterance by the instructor. This unexpected remark answered my earlier secret question, “Lord, where is my direction? I seem to have many gifts and yet no calling!” After being baptized with the Holy Spirit, I have been given some opportunities to be a “back-up” preacher, teacher and healer, manifesting the gifts of the Spirit and witnessing positive outcome. I have also enjoyed a variety of “chores”: from everything to do with writing, word processing and using a variety of media, to cooking and cleaning up for others in the ministry! What is my calling then? It never crossed my mind until now that there is an essential ministry called “Helps”!
The Holy Spirit –The Helper; God is a Helper
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
The disciples as helpers in the ministry of othersindividually and corporately
1 Corinthians 12:27-29 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
Romans 15:24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while.
2 Corinthians 1:15-16 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit— 16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea
Romans 16:1-3 (Sister Phoebe Commended by Apostle Paul as a very important helper) I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of manyand of myself also.
Philippians 4:2-4 Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Footnotes: Philippians 4:3 NU, M Yes
The power of helpers in unison with God
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (Helpers’ prayers in unison can effectively align with and supernaturally activate God’s will -Delivering others from suffering) 8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our [a]trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 10 who delivered us from so great a death, and [b]does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, 11 you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on [c]our behalf for the gift granted to us through many. Footnotes: a. 2 Corinthians 1:8 tribulation b. 2 Corinthians 1:10 NU shall c. 2 Corinthians 1:11 M your behalf
The Earth as a helperin a spiritual battle
Revelation 12:15-16 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
On 30th August 2013, while I was listening to the Spirit vs the flesh -the power of the Gospel, I encountered the spectacular shower of golden rays in my kitchen from the spiritual realm which manifested in the physical realm. It was not a vision. Because I used my mobile phone and video recorded the phenomena in visual and sound.
After that I let my house group and my family members watch it and confirmed.
Today I came across the teaching below: “Basics of Righteousness 8 of 8: Spirit vs. Flesh” on YouTube, which is the same as what I have recorded in my CD in 2013 and was listening to when the supernatural encounter happened –Spirit vs the flesh -the power of the Gospel. I would like to share with you this truth which set me and many others on the right track.
If you ask me to use one phrase to describe the most important thing in my life, I will say this without hesitation, “Our God is real and the Bible is real!”
Watch “Basics of Righteousness 8 of 8: Spirit vs. Flesh. Chinese subtitles.” on YouTube
Whilst no one can turn back the time for the dead, for those who are still alive and perhaps grieving, you may want to know more about resurrection. Resurrection from the dead is part of the doctrine of the first principles of Christ. It is an essential foundational truth of Christianity. The teaching of the resurrection is the one essential truth that separates Christianity from all other religions of the world. (Hebrews 6:1-3) Every man will live forever.
will live with God; some will live apart from God, but all will
The Bible records ten supernatural resurrections that returned the dead to human life. In addition to Jesus’ own resurrection, and “many bodies of the saints (believers) who had died were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:51-52). The remaining eight resurrections are recorded in
1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:32-37; 13:20-21; Luke 8:49–56; Luke 7:11-17; John 11:1-44; Acts 9:36-42; 20:7-12.
Jesus predicted his own resurrection: Matthew 17:22-23, “The Son of
Man is going to be handed over to the power of men, and they will kill him. And
on the third day he will be raised to life again.” This greatly distressed the
Jesus resurrected just as He said. (Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-52; John 20:1-21:25)
Jesus Himself raised people from the dead: e.g. Lazarus (John 11:1-44),
Jairus’ Daughter (Luke 8:49–56) and Widow of Nain’s Son (Luke 7:11–17).
truth concerning Jesus’ resurrection:
Paul says that
the fact that Jesus was resurrected is the proof that He is the Son of God. Romans
1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead…” (KJV)
And the fact
that Jesus was raised from the dead is our guarantee that we have eternal life
through Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:14 And God both raised up the Lord and
will also raise us up by His power. (NKJV)
also said that the Holy Spirit was given to us as a deposit to guarantee our
eternal life. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 It is
God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has
commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy
Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has
promised us. (NLT)
Jesus’ teaching on the facts of resurrection: Luke 20:34-38 (NKJV)
34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and
are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age,
and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36
nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God,
being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush
passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 For He is not the God of the dead
but of the living, for all live to Him.”
The apostles also raised people from the dead:
Acts 9:36-42 (NLT) Apostle Peter resurrected Tabitha (Dorcas).
Acts 20:7-12 Apostle Paul resurrected Eutychus.
Old Testament Prophets raised people from the dead:
Widow of Zarephath’s Son raised by the prophet Elijah (1 King 17:17-24);
Shunammite Woman’s Son raised by the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:18-37); an
Israelite dead man’s body resurrected by touching prophet Elisha’s bones (2
Finally, there is hope for us as declared by the Apostle Paul in the
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT) 51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
1 Thessalonians 5:10 (NLT) Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
Many tragedies occurred lately this 2019 Easter and Passover. I now recall reading this, “The big tragedy in the church today is that for the most part Christians major on and build their lives upon truths that are non-foundational or non-essentials.” The Bible teacher continued to state that “from the beginning it’s always been God’s intention that we be stable and well-balanced beings. It is not God’s will that we live unstable and unbalanced lives. This is not the quality of life that Jesus died to give us.” He said.
How may Christians live a balanced and stable quality life? Jesus came to give us truths (words) as our foundation to build our lives upon and not be shaken and fall. What are those word foundations? The teacher taught, “Righteousness by faith (Faith-Righteousness) is the cornerstone (or capstone) of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Why did God call Abraham righteous? Because he believed God. Likewise, we believe in Jesus whom God gave us through sacrificing His life for us and made us righteous before God by grace through faith. The teacher described the foundation truths as the vital signs of a person.
Daily we return to bed knowing how miraculous it has been that a day has passed and we are still alive. This is how many acknowledge these days.
What does Jesus say about living a good life with the right focus on earth? Let us read some of His words lest we forget.
Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” (Luke 6:9)
Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor.” (Luke 7:22)
“If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36)
Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15)
[ Teaching about Money and Possessions ] Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Luke 12:22-23,25)
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,” (Luke 21:34)
The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. (John 1:4)
For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! ” The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 5:21,39; 6:63)
[ Jesus, the Light of the World ] Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, ” (John 10:10,11,15,17-18,28)
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25)
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:6,20)
I just listened to an excellent teaching on “the power in time” by my favorite Bible teacher, considered one of the premium Bible teachers today. The subject is based on Ephesians 5:15-17, about how to walk as wise, redeeming the time. He teaches that time is a resource that impacts eternity. We can take from the eternal and sow into this temporal life, and from the temporal and sow into eternity. Some go through time, never redeeming one minute. How to redeem time? 1. Have the right attitude. Hebrews 11:1 (faith). 2. Do not look at the temporal. 2 Corinthians 4:18. We have spiritual eyeballs to choose to see through God’s words, our default, and expect God’s promises to be fully realized. 3. Perseverance. Galatians 6:9. Do not grow weary doing good, for in due season (time) we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
The above encouragement is timely as I am pondering on making a choice in what to major in third year. I just watched the presentation of the seven faculties to choose from. It is hard to make a decision at this moment. I have narrowed down the options to three. But it appears that all three are relevant to my future direction: ministry, business, and media school.
My mentor advises me to be patient and continue to finish my present year’s course and the Holy Spirit will guide me on the right choice. Has my fasting worked in terms of sharpening my spiritual hearing ability? I seem out of practice after having been so engrossed in busyness in chores, what with sudden landing of a young ward to serve for a season (time)… Alas. But I am determined to redeem time and sow into eternity come what may.
My generic guide: Bible verses from Luke 4:18
Luke 4:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;
I am fasting from the service of money. Lately I find that my increased focus on money has caused thorns and thistles to grow and choke the words in the soft garden of my heart. Thus, I have found an additional purpose to fast. I am fasting from the most prevalent worry of this world, the fear of a lack of money (Actually not for myself, ironically.) Like the Apostle Paul advised, “I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control.” What has money got to do with subduing the body (physical)? For me and many other born again believers, we believe we need to hear God and receive wisdom to manage our lives on earth. God actually speaks through His revelation words and many other ways. When we are tied down in our physical needs and worrying and occupied mind we just cannot hear Him clearly and align with His plan accurately. Fasting is always accompanied with reading His words and praying. I pray this sharing of my experience encourages you to ponder over how you may hear God too.
Three types of fasting: Normal- Abstaining from food, solids, liquids except for water. Absolute – Abstaining from everything. (Not more than three days.) Partial (Daniel 10:3) Restricted Diet. Jesus fasted and taught it as a part of the Christian discipline.
You may choose from a long list of choices: 1. the number of days (1, 3, 7, 14, 21, 40) 2. the number of meals to abstain (1, 2, all ) 3. eat vegetables/fruits only 4. no solid intake, drink water/liquid only.
This time I decided to have plain water with no food and solid intake for three days. Prior to this, I did a full 24 hours’ fast as a preliminary trial, followed by a break of taking one light meal a day for two days. I would urge you to follow the prompting you receive from the Lord. How is the fast so far? It is showing positive effect after getting through the tough second day. For new comers, yes, you may feel physically uncomfortable initially. But you can overcome it by focusing on the right source of your strength and purpose. Throughout the Bible God tells us that He is our strength and focus.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Paul’s Disciplined Lifestyle
24 Isn’t it obvious that all runners on the racetrack[a] keep on running to win, but only one receives the victor’s prize? Yet each one of you must run the race to be victorious. 25 A true athlete will be disciplined in every respect, practicing constant self-control in order to win a laurel wreath that quickly withers. But we run our race to win a victor’s crown that will last forever. 26 For that reason, I don’t run just for exercise[b] or box like one throwing aimless punches, 27 but I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body[c] and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Or “the runners in a stadium.” This refers to the Pan-Hellenic stadium near Corinth where the Isthmian games were held.
1 Corinthians 9:26 Or “I don’t run aimlessly.” That is, Paul ran with his eyes on the goal of ending well.
1 Corinthians 9:27 Or “I beat my body black and blue.” This is an obvious metaphor of placing the desires of one’s body as second place to the desires of the Holy Spirit. See Rom. 8:13.
Money Matters: To SERVE money means to place such a high value on it that we develop a wrong priority compared with our relationship with God and others. Here are some symptoms: Place our trust and faith in it. Look to it for our security and happiness. Expect that it will guarantee our future. Desire it more than we desire God (as evidenced by the time we spend with whom). Our life is then spent in the pursuit of it rather than God.
Jesus spoke about money through these Bible verses:
Matthew 6:19-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
Teaching about Money and Possessions
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.