One cliche in the Christian world is “I love you.” Cheap stuff. Leaders should not be naive enough to think that your co-workers/subordinates/flocks cannot see the hypocrisy. I have been recently subjected to a culture where everybody says “I love you.” The worst thing is that all those who are in the culture expect others love them and say “I love you” for nothing. I refuse to say “I love you.” Here are my reasons:
It is hypocritical to say something I don’t mean.
It cheapens love.
It fools people into thinking that love costs nothing.
Love (like friendship) needs to be earned.
no one has the right (audacity) to expect love from others.
What is the kind of love I respect and honor? Let us see how Jesus demonstrated love while on earth.
John 13:1 AMPC [Now] before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the…
Answering your many questions, to make wealth, let us put first thing first, starting with a right attitude towards wealth. Lacking the correct knowledge of God deprives Christians from having the abundant (SOZO) life that Jesus announced (John 10:10). Do meditate on the mind changing tools (right answers to your questions) as follows:
Does God prefer Christians to remain poor? Did Jesus say blessed are the poor? No. Jesus says, blessed are the poor in spirit. Poor in spirit doesn’t mean having no money. Matthew 5:3 talks about the right attitude when we seek God. The humble will be exalted. No, God does not have favoritism.
Not only Jesus received financial support from the rich believers, the apostles too.
Jesus Himself has promised His followers riches and wellbeing in our physical lives. John 10:10 (The SOZO —total wellness life: health, wealth and good relationship)
God promises the same riches and prosperity from the very beginning. Adam and Eve have a good life with no worry about material lack. God assures Abraham and indeed gives riches to him, his son Isaac and grand son Jacob. ” “I will bless you … and you shall be a blessing” Genesis 12:2. God promises the same blessings to all who are of faith (Galatian 3:9,29)
God’s grace is abounding toward you to prosper you 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 God promises supplies of capital (seed), multiplication of the capital (the seed you have sown) you have invested, and increase the returns (fruits). He is able to make all grace (favor) abound toward you, so that you have all sufficiency in all things.
Does the Bible say that money is evil? No. The money is not evil. The Bible says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Because greediness causes people to stray from faith and pierce themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10.
The Bible assures that God’s blessing (financial) makes a person rich and does not add any sorrow (burden) with it. Proverbs 10:22.
Are we to use money anyhow? No. Money comes with good stewardship. God expects good stewardship when He gives His people the ability to make wealth. In the promises of God’s grace to prosper you, there are expectations. God expects you to use the money wisely and righteously and the abundance of wealth will contribute to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:1-14.
God expects those who have to help feed the poorer Christians when disasters strike. The Gentiles Christians elsewhere donated large sums of money to help their Jewish brethren in Jerusalem church during famine in Jerusalem.
What does the Bible really teach about money? Many things. Here is a summary of the most important ones.
It teaches us not to try getting money by short cut because wealth can sprout wings and fly away. It is not a permanent thing . Proverbs 23:5
God prefers diligence in work. There are at least 31 Bible Verses about Reward For Works. e.g. Psalm 62:12 God recompenses a man according to his work. 1 Corinthians 3:8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be conceited and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of wealth, but in God, who richly provides all things for us to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17-18
The Bible says we are to be contented with what we have. (1 Timothy 6:6). Does that mean we are not to make more money? The answer is no. Read the verse in context. It refers to ungodly people who love money above God, thereby falling into temptation and a snare, many foolish and harmful lusts which will cause them to stray further away from God and into destruction and perdition. 1 Timothy 6:9-10. Paul teaches that we are to love God regardless of the physical condition and a consistent lifestyle of godliness will enable us to overcome circumstances. 1 Timothy 6:11-12
Why do some Christians fail in business? It is the same reason as why others fail. There are many factors and variables. I will discuss this subject later in a separate session. A key verse to remember: “Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.” Proverbs 23:4
Why do some churches/Christian preachers and teachers persecute those who preach/teach prosperity among Christians? I have pondered over this and asked the Lord. What I receive in my spirit is “look at the persecutors’ true motives/agenda”. The persecutors themselves live in material comforts and prosperity. Why do they prefer not to teach their own flocks this important principle? There can be a number of reasons/excuses which can be summarized into one word, “fear”. Fear of raising the hope of people and causing people to feel disappointed when failing to prosper, resulting that they leave the leader/preacher and go to another church/organization where there is power to make wealth!
Do all Christians have better “ability” to make wealth? lf people start at the same level (hierarchy), some will inevitably surpass their peers because of their natural abilities/endowments, diligence and commitment to work, strength in character to overcome obstacles, etc. Thus, those who are “naturals” and/or inclined to work would end up on the upper side of the hierarchy in a society that honors and rewards such abilities and characters, Christians or non-Christians. The Bible says God gives His people the ability to make wealth. How to reconcile this statement with the aforementioned? I will discuss this subject in more details in another session.
But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8:18 (NASB)
Woken by the Spirit at 1am. I realize that I need to write a new series about God’s economics and finance and how to leverage our talents and time in these strange days. The last time I wrote on this subject was in 2016 before and after the Brexit, and the American presidential election. I have received accurate download from the Lord twice, prior Brexit, and then prior Trump’s success in terms of economics and finance. I would like to continue what I had left off.
There are two prerequisites: You must have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. You must have the words of God because it is the spiritual building materials that the Holy Spirit uses. It is the main channels/media of communication between God and you. The Holy Spirit is the power that moves the building blocks.
In this introduction, I would use the Bible principles to set the foundation, on which I have built and prospered for nearly four decades after my first encounter with the Holy Spirit.
The principle: This is of utmost importance because in the spiritual realm only God’s words count. The physical manifestation of wealth comes from spiritual wisdom downloaded when you practice the principle.
The book of Ephesians is a heavenly book. It is a supernatural conquest handbook. (In the Old Testament you can find a semblance of it in the book of Joshua). We shall read and be guided by 5:1-20.
Things not to do 1-14: Don’t copy what the world does. What the world is doing is simplistic. AI (artificial intelligence) and algorithm can do the job. How do you know/discern what are worthless and even evil so that you can avoid them? To sum up, the verses clearly contrast what God’s way is like and we are required to emulate Him. God is light and those who walk closely with God would receive revelation to expose darkness. One detecting pointer is see their motives/intentions. Two main things to avoid: greed and immorality. Don’t go there. Don’t even talk their talk. Words have power!
Things to do 15-20: This is the important positive action part on the what and how. I will discuss in details, verse by verse: The Holy Spirit (through the pen of Paul) always shows two scenarios/options, a wrong way and a right way. The good news is He will also advise you to choose the right way for your own good! The Bible calls one the godless fool’s way. And the right way is the godly wise way.
Live the right lifestyle of a wise person: Verse 15 says we have to be careful how we live. Carefully observe and copy the godly and wise, who are already successful. List out the characteristics of a godly and wise man in the Bible, ask the Lord to bring you to such a person(s).
Make the best use of your asset —time: verse 16 says make the most of every opportunity. This verse warns that evil days do come to the rest of the world. And you are in the midst of it. The key is to identify the good opportunity because it comes too.
Thinking is just as important as acting: verse 17 says you can find out and understand through thinking (meditating on the words of God) the best strategies for acting on the opportunity. As you think, talk to the Lord and ask Him. Listen to Him. He will always answer when you ask. God answers through an inner voice (not necessary audible), His words, and/or other confirmations (e.g. a godly trustworthy person’s advice). Read His words and pray over them usually help me to hear Him accurately.
Follow/act on what you have downloaded from God through the above action of meditating on His words. The most important thing is know it is His will for you. What He really wants you to do. Should you buy or sell that particular stock? Should you invest in that business? When you are sure you have the correct will of God, go ahead and finish the deal. One key is to check your motive. If your motive is not aligned with the words of God, leave the deal alone. Don’t go there!
Use His supernatural communication channel/media: The Holy Spirit is the God’s direct way of communicating to us. Verse 18. We need the Holy Spirit working in us, to download the knowledge and wisdom that only God knows, about what is ahead and what to buy or sell at what time and what price. The Holy Spirit helps us to check our motive and alerts us when we are motivated by greed and pride and other “evil motives”. The Holy Spirit gives us sensitivity and practically draws us into the spiritual realm and see the unseen future.
The tools that you can use to increase your sensitivity to what God is revealing to you about what you intend to do (e.g. your intention to buy or sell a stock, invest in an asset etc): verse 19 says you are to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts! Yes, I haven’t quoted wrongly. The Bible really says so. It is actually one of the most effective weapons for conquest! The Bible recorded at least two historical incidents whereby this worked mightily and His people successfully conquered the enemies and made great exploits just by singing and making music to the Lord! (Read Joshua’s victory in the book of Joshua 6 and 2 Chronicles 20 on king Jehoshaphat’s victory). Yes, business transactions are another form of conquest. There are spiritual movements involved.
Always have the right attitude: verse 20 says, give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Giving thanks means acknowledging that what we have achieved (including worldly wealth) is all because of God’s grace, free gift to us from God. Mean it!
There are two words which we must understand in this conquest:
The word “thanks” in Ephesians 5:20 is defined as follows in HELPS Word-studies as : 2168euxaristéō (from 2095/eú, “good” and 5485/xaris, “grace”) – properly, acknowledging that “God’s grace works well,” i.e. for our eternal gain and His glory; to give thanks – literally, “thankful for God’s good grace.”
The word “economy/economy (as used in 1 Timothy 1:4) is defined in Strong’s Concordance as 3622oikonomía (from 3621/oikonoméō, “a steward, managing a household“) – properly, a stewardship, management (administration), i.e. where a person looks after another’s affairs (resources).
Keys to acquiring and sustaining economic/financial success in God’s way:
Acknowledge that it is God’s grace that gives us wealth.
Be a good and faithful steward over the wealth you have received.
Does God call specific persons for ministry? Are you called by God? How do you know you are called? These are some important questions Christians often ask. We can learn from famous Bible characters and contemporary “ministers” (servers). In a post I just published in 50% perspective blog I have explored one famous example. Here is an excerpt:
The Samaritan woman is a good example. Don’t be surprised. She was called by Jesus personally at a divine appointment and she responded and became the first woman evangelist during the ministry of Jesus on earth.
Here is a brief summary of the points I discussed in greater details in the following post:
God always provides an appointed time to let you know; you will hear/discern and respond; God will start the initiative of the call. You will take the opportunity to explore the specific; God will give you proofs; God makes sure that you will respond and act upon it; God ensures that there will be results; you will be healed (including inner healing) (the woman is healed of her inner hurt); your life will be transformed (the woman’s life is obviously transformed); God gives you grace to complete the call.
What kind of love that seems tragic to the human heart, and yet is not really so. Yes, it happens and is duly recorded in the lives of two hall of fame great prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Let us investigate the prophet Jeremiah in this blog (Part One). He comes from a prestigious priestly family and has a great future if he follows the rest of the family. But he chooses a narrow path after he hears God and preaches a true message from God. He became the most unpopular prophet and priest of the nation. Imagine a bright young man with good family background, great future in social economic status, professional achievement, and human relationship, in the eyes of the world, chooses to forego all just because he hears and obeys God! Not only he has no friend, lost his family’s love and support, he gave up his fiancée, likely a girl he has known since very young and in love with deeply…
On September 11, 2016, I heard the Lord call me to be His “Ghost Writer”. I have written the following nearly four years ago! After that I became distracted in many thousand other things. (click the link at the end of this blog)
Now I am back and re-think my ministry direction. I have a writing ministry and I have been prompted to learn to use various media modes and techniques to communicate. But I know deep down in my heart that it is the content that counts.
For the last two days I pondered on my ministry direction. Yesterday I asked the Lord the name of my ministry and I was given a name I never knew but have actually started using in my latest blogging in the AAAA Watchman and other blog sites, whenever I signed off at the end of a more serious discourse about the matters of God. When I looked up the original Greek meanings in the Strong’s Concordance and Bible references I realized it is not by chance at all. My spirit already received the message but my mind has been very stubborn and distracted (often excusing myself with my hyperactive gene). I now wake up on this third day and know I just have to take this ministry of writing for God seriously and be persistent.
I will write another blog for the Copy Writer for God Blog site with more details about the revelation of Kainotes ministry*. For my readers at the AAAA Watchman’s blog site, I would renew the watchman site to focus on visions and revelations for “watchman for God”.
Kai from *Kainotes Ministry, Tuesday August 4, 2020
Vine’s Greek New Testment Dictionary:
*KAINOTES=Newness kainotes akin to kainos, is used in the phrases (a) “newness of life,” Rom 6:4, i.e., life of a new quality (see kainos under NEW); the believer, being a new creation (2 Cor 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life; (b) “newness of the spirit,” RV, Rom 7:6, said of the believer’s manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.
Jesus’ name has invincible power —the power of God’s name. His name protects and guards us from all harms. He asks us to use His name. Use His name with this perspective —His name is invincible.
John 16:24 You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
Bible verses in NKJV
John 12:28 Father, glorify Yourname.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” John 17:6 [ Jesus Prays for His Disciples ] “I have manifested Yourname to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. John 17:11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Yourname those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Yourname. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. John 17:26 And I have declared to them Yourname, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Bible verses in NLT
John 12:2828 Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” John 17:66 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. (17:6 Greek have revealed your name) John 17:11-1211 Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect themby the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.12 During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded themso that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold. (17:11 Some manuscripts read you have given me these [disciples]. 17:12 Some manuscripts read I protected those you gave me, by the power of your name.) John 17:2626 I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” (17:26 Greek have revealed your name)
Unless one is obedient follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, one cannot be a watchman.
The Lord said, do not use your flesh to discern. Use your spirit man, watchman!
Here is a list of recent spiritual events: On Saturday evening prayer meeting he was led in the spirit to take note of Haggai 2:21-22
“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying: ‘I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots And those who ride in them; The horses and their riders shall come down, Every one by the sword of his brother.”The next day, during the Sunday morning worship meeting, the watchman saw a clear picture (vision) of an earth quake. On Monday he had to drive a close one down south to see an elderly couple. When reaching there, he saw a newspaper and noted the front page that a foreign country had just had a massive earthquake! Read on by clicking the following link:
God feels sorry. Surprised? Jonah is not surprised. God is not afraid to say He is sorry. He is not afraid to say His love is so big and encompasses all mankind, throughout man’s history, past, present and future.
I ask God, “Is Jonah a fool?” The answer is, “Have I ever used a foolish man?”
So I search the Scriptures to find a great man of God who is a fool.
My searching is in vain. There is none.
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