Witness Him Now
THE WEALTH OF THE NATIONS WILL TURN TO ASHES
At the beginning of this year, God told me that I do not have to say "Judgment is coming" anymore. What He wants me to do is to declare His promises so that we can see and hear and understand what is happening. We will be His witnesses. What I found this morning is this promise. "Has not the LORD of Heaven's Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain!" (Habakkuk 2:13)
He then goes on to say in Habakkuk that He is going to judge those who:
* trust in themselves
* the arrogant
* the greedy
* the crooked
"What sorrow awaits you who build big houses with money gained dishonestly! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your family's nest beyond the reach of danger. But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. The very stones in the walls cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint."
All money is about to disappear. I know this to be true because it is written. What is wealth right now? The dollar? Bit coin? Property? God says that all of it will turn to ashes. I can see it all burning as I am writing this. "Has not the LORD of Heaven's Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They all worked so hard, but all in vain! For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD." (Habakkuk 2:13-14) When we see this happen, we will see God's glory. We will understand that He does what He pleases.
So what do we do? God tells us what to do in Matthew 6. "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." (Matthew 6:19-21)
There are going to be many needs in the coming days. There are many needs right now. Help others. If someone is hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. If they are naked, cloth them. Whatever you do to the least of these people, you are doing for Jesus. In this way, we "lay up treasure" in heaven.
Then Matthew goes on to say, "Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 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! 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." (Matthew 6:22-24)
Back in 2009, God started to speak to me. When He showed me what was about to happen, I cried out, "LORD, how are we going to make it?" The very first scripture He gave me was Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you." That scripture is connected with money. When I understood this, I turned my back on money. I didn't look at it. I didn't plan what to do with it. I didn't try to get it or hoard or spend. I still worked, but my eyes were not on money. If our eye is good (fixed on Jesus), our body is full of light. If our eye is bad (fixed on money), our body is full of darkness. And what if we think we are looking at Jesus, but we are really looking at money? How deep is that darkness! We cannot serve both God and money.
So I turned my back on money. It is not mine. It is God's. Since I have done that, God has allowed me to enjoy what I have so much more. I don't have to have the biggest or the best. I just want to live and love and laugh, and I do.
"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body 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 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 dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will 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. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (Matthew 6:25-34)
The wealth of nations is about to disappear. It will happen. So what do we do? Fix our eyes on Jesus, guard our heart, and give thanks. God is always up to something good. He is going to take care of us. Trust Him. Don't worry! Rejoice. Again I say, "Rejoice!" This is all part of God's big, good plan to prosper and not to harm. It is part of God's plan to give hope and a future. This is a kingdom matter. We will serve God and not money. He will make sure this happens.
Blessings my friends. Don't worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for what He has done, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."