|KHANDIE'S KORNER - April 18, 2004|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and sztrifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil, surmisings. Perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute to the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the Love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1st Tim 6:3-10)
There seems to be much said in the form of teachings these day within the church, on the subject of prosperity and the how, where and when to obtain such. In fact, there are more teachings on obtaining great wealth then there is on repentance, forgiving one another, walking in love, surrendering all to Christ, taking up ones cross and following Him and so on, which these things are far more valuable and spiritually edifying than wealth. Although Im not at all against the message of prosperity for I believe it is the Lords will that His children prosper and be in good health, I am however against believers becoming so caught up with the desire to be wealthy that they become the servants of such, rather than servants of God. For No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold on to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matt ) I also believe the Lord prospers His children that they may in turn be a blessing to others, as I personally know this pleases the Lord greatly when we bless one another in our giving and sharing the gifts HE gives to us. However, many have gravely misused this blessing of the Lord in that the more theyve received, the more theyve desired thus becoming self-centered, seeking to please the flesh rather than God. Such misinterpret having great wealth as being somehow more godly, while judging those who lack great possessions as being less. And yet, those who are RICH IN SPIRIT truly have the greater wealth for they possess that which can be carried with them throughout eternity, whereas tangible materialism will eventually fade away. For there are many who are wealthy and yet are spiritual fools for they place such great value on the things they cannot take into eternity with them, while treating those things that are eternal as having less worth. Therefore the Lord says: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matt 6:19-21) And again it is written: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. (1st Tim 6:17)
Herein is The Root of All Evil, the LOVE of money. Money in and of itself, sitting idle can do no harm. but when it is placed in the hands of one whose heart is consumed with LOVE for it, this can then do much spiritual damage. From it derives all manner of evil and wickedness, selfishness and greed, temptations and foolish lusts causing men and women to become heavy laden with sin and do the unthinkable simply to obtain more. Even to the point of placing a cost on ministering the gospel with denying the sheep adequate meat unless they pay a price. And turning the House of Worship into a marketplace while the sheep are spiritually starving as many are unable to purchase the meat you have offered, thus they are left to fend for themselves. Gimmicks, coercions, speaking untruths, implanting fears, defrauding and the like .my, what many wouldnt do for the LOVE of money! This is not at all pleasing to the Lord in fact it grieves him to see His sheep neglected of food. If a man were dying of hunger having no resources to buy food and you had the means to feed him, would you have compassion on him and give him meat? I believe that many would, however isnt spiritual death FAR WORSE? Thus, when a man is dying of SPIRITUAL hunger and you having the spiritual food to feed him, why then is the meat offered with a price? If he had not the wherewithal to purchase the meat, shall he then spiritually die of hunger? FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED, FREELY GIVE The gospel is not for sale! As you have so freely received, freely give it to others in return and trust the Lord (as the sheep are told by you) to provide for YOUR every need.
Yes, the LOVE of money (not money in itself) but the LOVE of it IS The ROOT of ALL Evil. Yet, a root cannot exist unless first a seed is planted, then nurtured, given nutrients, and watered. Do not nurture nor feed the seed of love for MONEY allowing it to take root in your heart where it will begin to cause spiritual decay, but command that it from this moment forward will dry up and wither away. It is NO sin to enjoy the things the Lord so freely give you, but DO NOT become a servant to such. There are greater treasures that wealth cannot even be compared to. Lets begin and end with the GREATEST most VALUABLE TREASURE LOVE! The ROOT of ALL GOOD!
I Love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Holy, Holy, Holy
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and alwaysKhandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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