Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. â€” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Paul doesnâ€™t rebuke Christians who are rich. Itâ€™s a matter of motivation and intention. Who is your master? Mammon or God? I believe I heard it said that JC Penney the founder of the franchise was a Christian and lived on 5% of his earnings. He gave 95% away. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true but itâ€™s a beautiful story.
Thank you both. My wifeâ€™s cousin overdosed. She was lost. We went to her funeral and it just opened wounds from the past. I really miss my mom. I strive to be this strong Christian man but in the end I am just fallen corrupt dust. I have always struggled with assurance. Just gotten real bad. I feel like I walked away from Christ. I really hope I donâ€™t become a castaway. Demas walked away and that has always scared me.
I will be honest with everyone here. I have been struggling like crazy. I take my eyes off Christ and it drives me to a cigarette or another fleshly lust. If anyone is unprepared for persecution itâ€™s me. In the end I will stand before the Lamb. Whether He declares me lawless or justified is up to Him. My fruit lately has not been particularly good. Just thought I would be honest on a Christian forum. Hope everyone has a blessed Lords day tomorrow.
Brothers, we know God is Holy. Our nation is wicked. We are promised persecution as Christians. Let us live Psalm 1 in these dark days. Looking to our King as the Standard with our lights shining in the darkness.
I also find it hard to vote watcher. The loud support for sodomy by Trump. His socialist stimulus packages and the fact that planned parenthood has thrived under him makes it seem pointless. The whole country is careening off a cliff it just depends on how fast you want it to happen. Without Gods supernatural act of revival and repentance America is done for. Marxism will emerge and real persecution will come to Christians. My one hope is that my life glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. Brothers from America we must not forget that God is holy. The child sacrifice, sexual deviancy, idolatry, gluttony, etc must be judged and the land will vomit us out. I say this with love. Stand fast in Gods Holy Word. Letâ€™s pray for righteous leaders and for repentance on a national level.
I agree herbalmama this all seems like part of a plan. The timing for all of our â€˜American realityâ€™ seems to play more like a TV show. I would recommend the YouTube channel two preachers that play the actual reality of Gods decrees on earth. The amount of destruction taking place on earth is far more frightening then this virus ever has been. The fire, water, and earth simply crumbling are very alarming. He is holy. May He be glorified.
I am a 33 year old millennial and I canâ€™t explain the joy and awe that I go through thinking about the fact that God called me through His mercy and grace. If not for His Grace I would be part of that dark dead mass. May we all remember to die to self and live whatâ€™s left of this vapor to bring glory to our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.