Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (Philippians 4:11, ESV)
Be alert for false Prophets and Teachers
2 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3 (ESV)
“False teachings and teachers lead people toward disillusion” Ron Moore Also, they teach us “To get rich or die trying” and “Keeping up with the Jones”.
Serving Two Masters Will Cost us
God’s word tells us “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 12:13 (ESV) The bible also says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Prosperity Gospel teachers promise health, wealth, happy and peaceful life. They use many out of context scriptures and adopt small parts of the sacred Bible messages to falsely present them in ways that will only serve the benefits of their entrepreneur and exalt their self-image, not only that but also they use them to manipulate people, by targeting the poor in spirit and the ones who are struggling financially promising that God will provide and God will only heal if they just strengthen their Faith and donate to support what happens to be called “God’s ministry”. We do not see this present in the Bible anywhere. For Jesus said “13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13 (ESV)
Prosperity Gospel doctrine masks the truth, hiding the true message of the gospel and these teachers do this intentionally and do not care about correcting it. We do live in a sinful world even through strong and well founded Faith we will face hardships, suffer facing tribulation, Jesus said “33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. He never once said this life is going to be simple and relaxing like a walk in the park.. We can confirm this truth by using the many testimonies that Jesus, His disciples and the early Church followers went through..
We are commanded to live a Holy life founded on His Word (in this world but not from it) and the fulfilling to His purpose not ours and to write and share “His Life Story” and be His instruments and His hands and feet, not to write our own worldly story. This Holy life must be lived through full obedience living as “Holy followers”, literally the most basic meaning of the word “Holy” is to be “set apart” or “dedicated” to God—to belong to God. The Father said “12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” Leviticus 26:12 (ESV). This is must be the centerpiece of the Church’s main teaching.
The Whole Armor of God
One must wait and remember that the Father gave us His whole armor for a reason, to fight using the sword (His word) and the other parts of this armor to protect us from the attacks, lies and schemes of the common enemy, satan the ruler of this “cosmos”.
We are called to teach and preach the Bible and make disciples of all nations – “21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch,” ACT 14:21 (ESV). We are commanded to know, live and only share His true and Holy words and to GO be productive vassals preparing the way for His second Kingdom not harvesting for our own worldly benefits, rather “Occupy until He comes“. Jesus last commandment on earth to His disciples and us is “18 Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Paul said “20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. We live only for Him and to serve Him as our King and the Lord of our lives, without Him we are nothing, weak and needy (He is in need of NOTHING) with Him we can conquer and overcome this world and have eternal life and have it abundantly. As someone once said “This life is a spiritual battlefield not a playground”.
How we define ourselves dictates our identity, if we believe in our true identity, only then this true identity becomes reflection of the way we live during the ups and downs of this life. We are commanded to worship the Father in Spirit and Truth have faith like children, deny ourselves and carry our cross daily and follow Him. Being rich financially over spiritually does not defile a person the purity of our hearts does -it is always the heart- and our lifestyle or how we live matters much more, do we live to store up and prosper for this life, and to promote this doctrine and justify the Bible of accommodation.
Call to action: Fight the good fight of the faith
11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”
The Love of this world over God
“15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
In conclusion, will we be content
8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Timothy 6:8-16 (ESV)
We live for the purpose of constantly pursuing hard God’s heart, and this is designed by the Father to only build and mold our character. We are already saved by grace through faith, but this faith cant be put to use with the wrong motives in mind and this faith is all what we need to use to live and survive this spiritual warfare not to falsely use it to prosper and store the riches of this world up, instead of investing it back according to His will by expanding God’s kingdom on this earth..trust, whoever has more money is hold to a much higher standards and is under greater obligation before the Father to share these God’s given gifts wisely. This is “Why the Father doesn’t trust many with too much money”.