Traditions Of Men Part 8

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9

Did you know that God is not willing that any person live a life filled with lack and poverty? Paul tells us that Jesus “became poor” to open the door for us to be rich. The Greek word translated “rich” means abundantly supplied. Paul is not saying that every person should be a millionaire.

Jesus died to enable us to walk in His blessings. God wills for every one of us to live a life that has an abundant supply for our every need.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2

God wants to bless us. People are still struggling. Religion tells them that their lack is God’s will.

Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Mark 7:13

Christians struggle today just like the unsaved. This is not God’s will. This happens though because of doctrines of men that hold Christians in bondage.

Religious tradition is able to blind people to the goodness of God.

“God took your baby because He needed her more than you.”

“God is working to teach you a lesson through your lack.”

I’ve heard ministers make ungodly statements like this. There are multitudes of people who used to be active in churches that today have no interest in this awful God they once served. They do not realize the God presented by ministers is often not the God of Scripture!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

Jesus did not become poor, allow His body to be broken, and die on the cross to open the door for us to live poor, sick, and in bondage!

God has a perfect plan for each of our lives. We must cooperate with Him to live in it though. Every believer is responsible to choose to walk in His plan.

We do live in a fallen world. I am not saying bad things will never happen.

There are some things that must be done collectively. I live in the United States. Our nation is in a downward spiral morally. One person is not going to turn things around by themselves. It will take a uniting of believers in prayer to make a difference.

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs14:34

If the Church does not rediscover God’s calling to walk in the power of the Spirit nothing will change. We have become very good at filling seats. Our services are designed to be seeker friendly. The goal is to make them as non confrontational as possible so that people will not be uncomfortable.

Christianity is meant to be confrontational! Jesus’ ministry was meant as a model for us to follow.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Matthew 23:13-39

Can you imagine a minister calling their denominational leaders hypocrites? This is exactly what Jesus did.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

We are called to be salt and light. This will sometimes require us to confront the sin that surrounds us.

Over the last year I’ve been disturbed by the lack of attention to the US election in our church. I’ve spent some time praying about this. While other ministers talk about it on an almost weekly basis, there is barely any mention where I attend.

The Lord dealt with me about this. He showed me that our leader has addressed the election in much greater detail than any other minister we follow. This began with a study on becoming much more spiritually aware that went on for weeks. We are now talking about recognizing Satan’s strategies and attacks.

What I’ve learned from this is that one problem is the politicization of the Church. We are not called to be politicians and we are not called to politics. The real power of the Church is not in politics.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16

We must vote as citizens but our power is in the gospel. Our vote is the way we express our voice in line what the Spirit of God is leading.

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