Archive for the ‘prosperity’ Category

     Natural and spiritual death are topics today along with eternal life, resurrection, prosperity and destruction of fools. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “interesting” (Level 1 with 25 points, a member since September 23, 2012) posted the following:

If Jesus died so other people can live, isn’t being ressurected a deal-breaker?

THE BATTLE AXE: Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012)—As surely as the use of money is commonplace in our culture, complaining about bills, debts and money is so widespread that financial stability and contentment are often incorrectly thought to come only by operation of the Spirit of GOD in the life of believers. Many Christians now endorse the idea that prosperity is a condition of overall health for a person’s finances, mental state, physical body, social relationships and spiritual wellbeing. Believers regularly petition GOD in their prayers for increased prosperity as a legitimate entitlement in concurrence with their inheritance as children of GOD. Abundance and plenty routinely trigger feelings of safety, satisfaction, and strength. However, prosperity is said to be “ruin” where spiritual complacency and indifference appear, and where there is a false sense of security, overconfidence, or breakdowns in sacred discipline and vigilance. Because ostentation, showing-off, flamboyance, and making display of appetite, money and property (called “conspicuous consumption”) are downplayed as harmless competition or acceptable fun, rather than sin, those having great wealth often foster and are plagued by envy, covetousness, and thievery. Envy (a quiet, emotional form of violence) is malice directed against others to deny them pleasure in, or ownership of some object. Covetousness is exaggerated desire for objects others are seen with, ones own belongings, or the belongings and property of others. Thievery is stealing, and taking authority over the belongings of others without their approval, knowledge and permission. The poor are able to “live as kings,” because prosperity does not initiate, generate, and increase sin. Rightly understood, prosperity turns men to GOD and to one another in gratitude, humility and joy. One does not prosper on the basis of how much they have, by having more, or by having better. One prospers by enjoying what they have, however little it may be; and the key to their enjoyment is that, they continue in their integrity, and they unselfishly share with others (see Proverbs 22: 1 and Proverbs 19: 22, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. (2nd Corinthians 4: 5-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Chances for Change (09/15/2012); What He Died For (09/14/2012); The Old Testament and Parables (08/12/2012); The Divine Tool of Death (08/11/2012); Binder 21: Dead Indeed Unto Sin (10/18/2011); Work in Heaven? (11/22/2010); For Our Sins? (11/21/2010)

      Your question pertains to some of the most important and least publicly talked about truth from Christian belief. Be encouraged as you consider the following:

      Thinking and speaking of life and death as events within the natural world are very different from the understanding given Christian believers, who learn to see life and death as aspects of spiritual processes. Created beings and living creatures “die” as they complete, finish and fulfill mortality—a condition of existence and qualification for carrying out specific divine purposes. In addition to death, mortality is also completed through translation wherein one is caught up to GOD. The death of Jesus was not intended to continue the course of natural life and death for mankind that had been in place for thousands of years. By his death Jesus completes, prepares, and reveals various sacred processes including Creation, forgiveness, rebirth, repentance, salvation, sanctification, and judgment.

      Resurrection from the state of death is provided to establish the righteousness of judgment. In order that all may appear alive before the divine judge to hear and “answer” any charges, their mortality is restored. The first resurrection restores only the followers of Jesus at the time of his coming (called Advent, and Rapture). The second resurrection restores the wicked, and occurs after the destruction of Satan in the lake of fire. The wicked therefore appear in judgment with only the record of their own deeds as the “accuser.”

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, being cast into the lake of fire is the second death, and is reserved for unholy angels, unclean spirits and wicked men. Conclusion of the Great White Throne judgment will also be the finish of all mortality. Incorruptibility and immortality will be bestowed upon mankind, and those saved from the earth will continue their eternal life begun before their death. The holy angels and other living creatures of heaven will not be altered.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Poverty and prosperity are topics, today, along with more on aliens, and how believers are equipped by GOD for new experiences and strange encounters. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Pray for the world.” (Level 7 with 53,416 points, a member since April 15, 2011) posted the following:

How does the prosperity of fools destroy them? Is it better to be poor?

We all have some foolishness in us, right? Just wondering what you think. Thanks for responding.

Proverbs 1:32 (KJV)

32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Also, not saying it’s okay to be foolish either, but you see a rich person and do they spend money in all the right ways? Not the way you would do it for sure, but people are people and like to think for themselves and do it their own way.


THE BATTLE AXE: Aliens? (09/24/2012)—The benefit Christian believers desire will not come by magic, science or space exploration. Eternal life comes by covenant, divine grace, and love. Some of the clearest demonstrations of human need for divine guidance regarding the things of life are repeatedly seen in the way many seek authority over the truth, and through the truth. Rightly understood, truth is the master and exists having its own excellence, fullness, and integrity. For Christian believers, the imparted Spirit of GOD (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the Spirit of Truth) establishes a comprehensive description of reality for the mind of man. Men and women in the earth must come to know the eternal being and existence of Almighty GOD through consciousness of their own being as well as through the existence of others like themselves. More than this, mankind must prepare for and receive with balance a divine revelation that necessarily includes what men account as astounding, evil, impossible, impractical, intimidating, miraculous, shocking, and wonderful.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things. Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. (Proverbs 28: 5-7, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spiritual Needs? (01/27/2011); Finders, Keepers? (01/26/2011); Things? (11/13/2010); Rich Yet Saved (11/11/2010); Divine Blessing (10/22/2010)

    
     Be encouraged as you consider the following. It is better to be unafraid, and to have the sense that there are alternatives and godly possibilities (some say “freedom”) for addressing ones needs:

      Christians who embrace poverty as an important aspect of spiritual life often do so with the understanding that the activity, and concerns associated with money and wealth are obstacles and stumbling blocks to becoming mature believers. Money is seen as a tool of the flesh (appetite—such as hunger, thirst, sexual craving; sensation—such as hearing, seeing, touching; and mind—such as dream, fantasy, imagination, recall), and does not directly and immediately build up or convey the content of ones spirit. Similarly, money is understood as simply another tool supplied by the world (i.e., the system created by mankind to facilitate survival through sharing and exchange of resources). Like language, a butter knife, or a monkey wrench, money does not operate as a living entity; money is subject to “human error;” money has no power of “self-will;” and money is understood as an expression or symbol of such carnal features as human desire, emotion, lust, motivation, passion, pride and self-centeredness.

      Affluence and wealth are accounted as “deceitful” in that getting and keeping riches routinely entail hidden risks, and are temporal (last only a short time). As such money and lucre are unpredictable, unreliable, and unstable as platforms for fulfillment of both ones human and divine potential. More than this, many mature Christians regard the greatest “danger” of wealth as centering in how money may determine a person’s self-awareness, and their estimations of others (we say, money “warps a person’s judgment”). While we generally agree, Money can’t buy you love, many withhold affection, respect and trust on the basis of the material goods and property amassed, controlled and owned by themselves as compared to others.

      In our present culture, all learn to manage money, and it is common for everyone to have skill with money from children to the oldest seniors. Even so, many are intimidated by money; and are afraid of the important duties, obligations, privileges, responsibilities, and hard work (e.g., accounting, investing, saving, tithing) that accompany having lots of money. Afraid to be labeled as indebted, lazy, proud, selfish, snobbish, or wasteful, there are those who feel money will separate them from loved ones, and that, were they to have money, they would be ashamed, and condemned by GOD. Others mistakenly hold that money should be rejected because it is the source of all sin, and the troubles of mankind. Declaring that money brings out the worst in people—and brings the worst people out—they fail to correctly recognize how the potential for good works is increased exponentially through money. Money is not automatically and necessarily a tool of sin and sinners.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the Scriptures teach that, where the love of money dominates human awareness in place of the Holy Spirit from GOD, that love (not money itself) is the root of all evil—the foundation and underlying cause of upheaval, calamity and disaster (not wickedness). The exaggerated fear of money is no different than the exaggerated love of money. Thus, fear also can be the root of all evil; and where money is feared, loved or held in awe, money is then exalted and worshiped as the false god, Mammon.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC