Thursday, May 03, 2012


“You may lose every temporal comfort, including family and friends, but if your treasure is secure in Christ, you are a rich man still.
Earthly things are uninsurable. Though God may have blessed you with wealth, you could be rich today and poor tomorrow. You could be in good health when you go to bed, but seized by pangs of illness or death before morning. Can you take enough precautions to guarantee that nothing will happen to wipe out your fortune? Can you become rich enough to buy good health or add one day to the span of your years?
Scripture compares the world's population to a mighty ocean. Kings and rulers sit upon this ocean. As a ship floats upon the waves, so their lives float upon the favor of the multitude. And what kind of security is there in riding the waves? For a while they will be lifted up to the heavens, only to fall down again into the deep. David knew how fickle the world's preferments are: "We have ten parts in the king," said the men of Israel 2 Samuel 19:43; and in the very next verse the tide had already turned: "We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse" 2 Samuel 20:1-2. Thus was David tossed up and down, almost in the same breath.
But heaven is a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Christ is an abiding portion, which changes not. His graces and comforts are sure waters that spring up into eternal life. The quail that were food for the Israelites' greed soon ceased, but the rock that was drink for their faith followed them. This rock is Christ. You may lose every temporal comfort, including family and friends, but if your treasure is secure in Christ, you are a rich man still. Christ will come to you in your darkest hour with peace and a promise: "Fear not death nor devils. I will stay right here beside you until you breathe your last breath. My angels are waiting with Me. As soon as your soul is breathed out of your body, they will carry it to heaven and lay it in the bosom of My love. Then I will nourish you with those eternal joys that My blood has purchased and My love has perfected for you."
Prosperity is a relative measurement colored by our culture and upbringing. In this earthly life we are told by the world that the more things we posses, the more people we influence, the more control we have over the world and people around us the more prosperous we are. Jesus taught that it is not what we have but what we do with it as He taught in the parable of the sower.
God places a high priority on our stewardship or (what we do with what we have), than He does the mere accumulation of things, influence and power God is not against wealth, influence and power. He does not however make every Christian Greatly prosperous in these areas as the world measures them
Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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