Witness Him Now
When the LORD gave me the message four years ago that judgment was coming and then He showed me in the scriptures what was about to happen, I said, "LORD, Your church is not ready. How are we going to make it?" He gave me four scriptures that day. I memorized them, and I tried to give this word to others, but I did not truly understand. It was not until this past year that God revealed to me the significance of those words. I will share with you those scriptures and and how we have to apply these words to our lives. With every point I make, I will come back to these words until this becomes our default response to every situation.
The first scripture God gave me was, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." Matthew 6:33. I thought, "OK, no matter what happens, we have to seek God's kingdom." What I did not understand until recently is that this whole passage, starting in verse 19 has to do with money and provision. So the first thing God wants us to know is what we do with our money.
The first thing He said was, "Do not store up your treasure on earth where moths eat it and rust destroys it, but store up your treasures in Heaven where moth and rust do not destroy it and thieves do not break in to steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. So I believe with all my heart that our savings account and 401K and all the things that we want to put our trust in are not going to be there, and if they are, we need to reevalualte what we do with them. Remember, our money and our heart are tied together, and if we choose to store our treasure, thieves will break in and take it...inflation, the collapse of the dollar, a collapse of the stock market...the list could go on and on. Take your pick. Right now we get to choose where our treasure goes. After the theives break in, we won't be able to do that.
Next it says that if your eye is good, your whole body is full of light. If your eye is bad, your whole body is full of darkness. And if the light you think you have is really darkness, how deep that darkness is! I really never understood this passage until I saw that it was sandwiched between scriptures on money. So what it is really talking about is...what are we looking at? If we are looking at Jesus, our whole body is full of light. We know where we are going and we know what to do, but if we are looking at money, we are full of darkness. We will not know where we are going or what to do. But listen to this, what if the light we think we have is really darkness...how deep that darkness is. What if we think we are looking at Jesus, but what we are really looking at is money. Oh my goodness! I have had to reevaluate everything I am doing. Is my work on the mission's committe really about money? What about all the fundraisers? Garage sales? Bake sales? What about concerts? What about Women's Conferences? What about camps? I am not going there anymore. I will fix my eyes on Jesus. I will give when He says give. That is God's way. God says He will give us bread to eat and seed to sow, but we have to plant that seed, we can't eat it. I think we have been eating a lot of our seed, but not anymore. It is not our money anyway, it is God's. All of it belongs to Him, and one day we are going to have to give an account for what we have done with His money.
Then it says...no one can serve two masters. You are going to hate one and love the other. You cannot serve God and money. We are going to have to choose. Wow! This is going to be hard. We have spent our entire life following after money and things, and now God is saying that we have to choose. We can't have them both. How do we do this? It reminded me of the story of the rich young ruler. He loved God, and he wanted to please Him. When He met Jesus, he said, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? Jesus said, "If you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments: you must not murder, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not lie, honor your father and mother, love your neighbor as yourself." "I've obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else must I do?" Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I'll say it again - it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
Because we live in America, we all fall into the category of the rich young man. This choice is going to be as hard on us as it was on him. I don't know what God is going to ask us to do in the coming days. In the early church, they sold all of their property and distributed the money to the churches. Will He ask us to do this? Is He asking us to do this now? What will we say? Will we have an excuse for this like we have had an excuse for the other things we have failed to do? This is the pearl of great price, but do we understand the value of the pearl that is in our hands? I can't choose for you and you can't choose for me, but we are each one going to have to choose. Do we go and sell all we have to buy the pearl? Or do we think the money in our hand is worth more? Who will we serve, the Creator of the Universe or money? I don't know how to get out of this point because it is so huge, but I will proceed as if we have chosen to give it all.
Then God said, "Don't worry about your everyday life, whether you have enough food or drink or enough clothes to wear. Life is more than food and your body is more than clothing. Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why do you worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for the wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will most certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don't worry about these things saying, "What will we eat?" "What will we drink?" "What will we wear?" These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.
There is so much in this passage. Don't worry. God knows what we need and He will take care of us. We don't have to worry about these things. God has our back. We pray it, and we expect it..."give us this day or daily bread". In the past I never thought this verse applied to the people in America because we have such abundance, but in the coming days, this verse is going to be very important. God will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. So we can't worry about what will happen tomorrow, we have to be thankful for today.
So how do I sum up this lesson on finances? Fix your eyes on Jesus. If our eyes are on money, we won't make it. Don't withhold any of your resources from God. It's all His anyway. And DON'T WORRY! God will take care of His people. It is written, and God cannot lie.
I just got back from working a "Walk to Emmaus". During that walk, I saw things happen that I have never seen before...not in that number. I saw a whole group of people...EVERYONE we prayed for...get delivered and healed. Now I don't know about you, but I have prayed a whole lot of prayers in the past years that God did not answer instantly. I saw it in the Word, but I could not access it. Is anyone picking up what I am putting down? Then two years ago God gave me the "Parable of the Raccoon". When I told the story of the raccoon, everyone who wanted it got delivered. For the first time I saw the word preached with power. Then this weekend a whole table of women came into the prayer room, a kind of impromptu thing. While passing through, they voiced that they wanted to be prayed for. Everyone who sat down in that chair received deliverance and healing. Wow! I didn't tell the raccoon story, but it happened anyway. God, what just happened?
Then I began to look back at what words were spoken. I wrapped my arms around the first lady and said, "Heart, open wide. Let the light of Jesus and the love of God permeate every broken place, every hidden chamber, every place that was rejected and trampled, abused and discarded. Go into every insecure place and heal this heart completely. You said that You have come to heal the broken-hearted and to set at liberty those who are bound, to open prison doors and set the captives free, so LORD of Heaven's Armies come with power. I ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN" OK, so as I thought back on what happened, I realized with both the "Parable of the Raccoon" and the prayer spoken over these women, the common factor is "Open up you gates, you everlasting doors and let the King of Glory come in. And who is the King of Glory? The LORD mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory!"
Wow! We spend our lifetime trying to shut the gates and guard our hearts so that we will not be hurt again, and God is saying, "I stand at the door and knock, and everyone who opens to Me I will come in and sup with him and he with me." Heart wide open! Wow! With the "Parable of the Raccoon", I always ask, "Do you have raccoons?" They say, "Yes." I then ask, "Do you want to get rid of those raccoons?" They say (most of the time), "Yes." I then pray over their heart, "Search their heart, O LORD, and know them. Try their anxious thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in them and lead them in paths of life everlasting." Then whatever God brings to their mind, I lead them to accept their guilt and confess their sin. God then forgives them and erases the consequences of that sin, and peace comes. This time I just prayed, "Heart, open wide to the light and the love of God!" I think in both cases the person stood in agreement with me that their heart's door could open. Once opened, the Prince of Peace can enter to save, deliver, and heal. Wow!!!!! The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!
Blessings, my friend. May you, too, find the peace that passes all understanding, and may you prosper and be in health...even as your soul prospers.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."