Matthew 6:33 NKJV “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
We want our needs met and our fun toys. The only problem is we want them the wrong way. Our sin nature causes this. We think having a surplus will secure our future. How often have things been destroyed in tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, bankruptcy, thefts, etcetera?🤔 Piling up stuff is no guarantee we will have what we need down the road. But seeking FIRST God’s kingdom is. 😊 It is God who promises, “And all these things shall be added to you.”
Seeking FIRST the kingdom takes real faith. It means putting one’s personal pleasures, goals, and dreams aside to seek what God wants for us. You have to really love God to do this.😊 Seeking FIRST the kingdom is opposite this world’s thinking. The world says, “Live your best life now.” That doesn’t sound sinful, right? Wrong. What false prophets and others mean when they say this is build your own kingdom here on earth (now) and call it God’s kingdom. People are hoodwinked into believing they can follow their own desires and what God wants without sacrificing anything. (Luke 9:23) They’re in rebellion against God because they live selfishly. Getting wealth and more money is their #1 goal. (1 Timothy 6:9-10) Even if we succeed at obtaining worldly riches we still have a major problem: DEATH. None of us will elude death. Jesus spoke to the crowds concerning this:
Luke 12:16-21 NKJV “Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.””
The rich man died suddenly. Everything he owned and worked so hard for was worth nothing instantly. He thought he had years to kick back, relax, and enjoy his wealth. But God said, “Fool! This night your soul will be required of you.”😳 Worldly riches are so elusive.
THE AMERICAN DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?🤔
The so-called, “American Dream,” is nothing new. Jesus’ passage above shows people have always sought to accumulate wealth in the hopes that one day they can retire; kick back, relax and live in the lap of luxury. But there’s still that one major problem: DEATH. What happens when a person dies? Many rich people fear death. Of course they pretend not to when they are strong and healthy. God called the rich man a fool. Why? Because not only was he unable to enjoy his wealth for years like he thought he would (others would get it), he also was not rich toward God. His death would turn into his worse nightmare just like this next rich fool:
Luke 16:19-31 ERV “Jesus said, “There was a rich man who always dressed in the finest clothes. He was so rich that he was able to enjoy all the best things every day. There was also a very poor man named Lazarus. Lazarus’ body was covered with sores. He was often put by the rich man’s gate. Lazarus wanted only to eat the scraps of food left on the floor under the rich man’s table. And the dogs came and licked his sores. “Later, Lazarus died. The angels took him and placed him in the arms of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. He was sent to the place of death and was in great pain. He saw Abraham far away with Lazarus in his arms. He called, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me! Send Lazarus to me so that he can dip his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am suffering in this fire!’ “But Abraham said, ‘My child, remember when you lived? You had all the good things in life. But Lazarus had nothing but problems. Now he is comforted here, and you are suffering. Also, there is a big pit between you and us. No one can cross over to help you, and no one can come here from there.’ “The rich man said, ‘Then please, father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father’s house on earth. I have five brothers. He could warn my brothers so that they will not come to this place of pain.’ “But Abraham said, ‘They have the Law of Moses and the writings of the prophets to read; let them learn from that.’ “The rich man said, ‘No, father Abraham! But if someone came to them from the dead, then they would decide to change their lives.’ “But Abraham said to him, ‘If your brothers won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen to someone who comes back from the dead.’””
This rich guy too found out the hard way there is a severe price to pay for not being rich toward God. I encourage all my brethren, myself, and everyone to seek God’s kingdom FIRST, not worldly riches, not your own kingdom here on earth, and not the kingdoms of this world:
1 John 2:17 ERV “The world is passing away, and all the things that people want in the world are passing away. But whoever does what God wants will live forever.”
2 Peter 3:13 NLT “But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.”
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James 5:1-6 NLT “Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment. For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.”
Acts 16:16-18 KJV “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”
Paul was a man filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why he became grieved in his spirit by the woman who followed Him and Silas with flattery. Paul knew the scripture that says:
Proverbs 29:5 KJV “A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.”🕸
Paul perceived it wasn’t just the woman speaking to him but an evil spirit posing to love the truth. In the name of Jesus Paul got rid of that spirit. Through this witch the spirit seemed to be praising Paul’s and Silas’ ministry? For many days she followed them yelling, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” Sounds like someone who loves the truth, right? Wrong. She was just flattering Paul and Silas and spreading a net for their feet.🕸 Do you see how tricky demons and witches can be?😳
Just because someone praises you or appears to be on your side doesn’t mean they are. Often they are simply flattering you to get you to lower your guard. Again Proverbs 29:5 says, “A man [or woman] that FLATTERETH his neighbour SPREADETH A NET for his feet.” They are setting you up. It’s a trap!🕸
Just because someone gives you money or buys you nice things doesn’t mean they are your friend or even like you.
ALL FORETOLD BY GOD
Daniel 11:33-34 KJV “And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.  Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall CLEAVE TO THEM WITH FLATTERIES.”
God foretold in the last days some of us would experience the same kinds of persecutions and treachery as Paul and Silas. While experiencing such persecutions we will receive a little help. But not all who help us will be sincere. “Many shall cleave to them [cling to us] with flatteries,” God said. They will have all kinds of ulterior motives for helping us.
Daniel 11:33-34 is talking about those who are busy in the work of instructing many about God through Jesus Christ. This is the same work Paul and Silas was involved in. It is no wonder then that they are attacked by the same evil spirit; “a spirit of divination,” or witchcraft. This is a very tricky spirit. He operates in many like the woman who followed Paul and Silas. He knows how to sound religious just like the soothsaying witch. We must be on guard.
THE GIFT-GIVING WITCH/WIZARD
I once knew a woman who turned out to be a witch that bought me 2 laptops. One was a MacBook Pro. She also bought me an iPad and an iPhone, all of this in the span of about a month. These Apple products were the latest and greatest fresh out of the Apple store. I thought she loved me. Hah hah hah, no friends, she knew what I liked. When someone buys you nice things it’s easy to think they like you or even love you, right?🤔 No my dear brothers and sisters this is so wrong. Oftentimes they are simply gaining a foothold over our soul through flattery. They are spreading nets for our feet.🕸
Proverbs 20:21 KJV “An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.”
How often does receiving nice gifts end in heartache, or worse? The above scripture applies to me as the relationship I had with that woman turned out disastrous! It costed me more financially than the gifts she gave me in the beginning. And more importantly it hurt me spiritually which could have caused my ruin.😳 It was all flattery; a trap. Just like the soothsayer that followed Paul and Silas she knew how to sound religious, like she loved the Lord. And was only laying a noose for my feet.🕸 Thank God for rescuing me from that relationship!😊 Now I know I was really battling an evil spirit; a he, not a she.😳
I will say it again: just because someone gives you money or buys you nice things doesn’t mean they are your friend or even like you. Some will go to those lengths to ensnare you. They will spare no expense. You are an obsession to them, a challenge. Ensnaring your soul is a game and they will stop at nothing to win! I know, sometimes it’s hard to believe people can be that evil. Saddening it is.😪
Whenever someone flatters you an alarm clock should go off in our heads because of what Proverbs 29:5 says about it; it’s a trap. But if we are greedy for gifts, money, and desire praise from men we are cooked. Be careful of those who flatter you with their lips and give expensive gifts, even money. Ask God for discernment to see who the people really are that you’ve let into your life or are thinking about drawing close to. It may very well be that a trap is being laid for our feet as we speak. And remember, GOD SAYS have nothing to do with flatterers! Obey Him and be safe.😊 He is the one who truly provides our needs. Trust Him. Don’t depend on man (or woman).
If you come to find you are in such a trap pray to God to get set free. Confess to Him any sin He reveals you may have committed that contributed to your being ensnared, and repent. God will forgive a contrite, sincere, repentant heart. (Psalm 51:17)😊
Proverbs 20:19 KJV “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore MEDDLE NOT with him that flattereth with his lips.”
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James 3:14-16 NIV “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
“Bitter envy,” is a slow, silent, killer. A person can harbor resentment towards another for years without them knowing it. Then suddenly resentment springs up! It rears it’s ugly head through vicious attacks! Often the victims never saw it coming. But the persons displaying such hostility is even more of a victim. He/she has been overcome by the evil one. Repentance is a must.
“Bitter envy,” (resentment) the Bible says is demonic. To harbor this spirit is to harbor a demon.😳 This evil spirit has creeped up on and inside of many professing Christians. How? Because they refuse to obey one of Jesus’ basic commands:
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
When you refuse to forgive others the evil spirit of bitter envy takes over. The door is wide open to be possessed by this demon and others. Demons operate in gangs. (Luke 11:24-26) The sad thing is this happens to people without them realizing it. It can happen to any of us. Some have been deceived into thinking they have a good relationship with God while harboring resentment towards brothers and sisters. (Matthew 5:21-24) What a deception!
1 John 2:9-11 KJV “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
Forgiveness is at the heart of the teachings of Jesus Christ. How can you be a Christian and be unforgiving? If this is you, if this is me, we need to repent, and get this demon out of our lives. Then we will experience the refreshing joy of forgiveness in Jesus Christ.😊 The same joy and forgiveness He wants us to extend to others.
Obeying Jesus’ teaching to forgive keeps us free from the influence of the wicked one. Satan will try to get us to hold grudges. But consider this; no matter what anyone does to us, is it worth losing our souls?🤔 There’s no need to harm ourselves by inviting the evil spirit of, “bitter envy,” into our lives. Forgive as Jesus commands. Don’t fall for the Devil’s trick.
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Romans 10:3-4 NLT “For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.”
There are many who say they have a close relationship with God. They testify to how good God has been to them and how He has helped them on many occasions. But are we so close to God that we don’t have to study His word? (2 Timothy 2:15) Some think so. I just spoke with a man who claimed to have a close relationship with God and says the Bible was written by men. “You can take the Bible and make it say whatever you want it to,” he said with a smug face. If this man really had a close relationship with God he would agree with this next passage:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT “ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD,” and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
“All Scripture is inspired by God,” from Genesis to Revelation. Scripture is used to show us what is true and what is wrong in our lives so we can repent. Scripture is also used by God to prepare His children for every good work. Many like the man I mentioned who refuse to study the Bible cannot reap these benefits since they don’t trust God’s word.
The man also boasted to me about the good things he does and put others down in the same breath. He also said people who have done good and made the right decisions all their lives deserve to go to heaven more than others. Do you see what’s wrong with this man?🤔 He is self-righteous. He is puffed up with pride. He has established a righteousness of his own based on good works, not the righteousness God requires. MANY think this way. They erroneously believe their good deeds will earn them heaven. (Matthew 7:21-23) The Bible says being made right with God and inheriting eternal life are FREE GIFTS from God. And God doesn’t owe this to anyone. (Romans 6:23)
Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Anyone who believes that heaven or a right standing with God can be earned by how good they are is in error. Every time I hear this I’m reminded of this next passage:
Luke 18:9-14 NLT “Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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1 John 5:19 NLT “We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”
With it you can sell anything. With it you can rule nations. You can influence masses all over the world to believe any lie. Just repeat anything on TV and people will assume it’s true. Quite powerful hypnosis it is, nearly irresistible. I wonder what would happen if all the TVs in the world were turned off?😳 Would people start thinking for themselves and figure out all the lies they’ve been told?🤔
What else can perform such powerful magic? What else can bring evil spirits right into your home regularly, undetected? What else can make you see visions (motion pictures), hear words and music that induce you into a trance, at will? No wonder television networks are called, “Channels,” as they are mediums for channeling. No wonder TV shows are called, “Programs,” as they are programming you.
If I was the Devil I would control every TV station in the world. How would I do it? By directly controlling a few major media companies who in turn control all the others. Hence I could fill the whole world with my propaganda. Interestingly there’s only 6 major media companies that control ALL American media.😳 In the 1980s that number was around 50. You think the Devil hasn’t thought of this brilliant idea?🤔
Television programs folks to commit murder, fornication, hatred, bigotry, lust, adultery, pride, war, callousness, divorce, selfishness, disrespect for parents, neglect of children, etcetera, all the evil stuff the Devil likes. If you want a plate of fear all you have to do is turn on the news. If you want a dose of adultery and fornication just turn on the TV period. Wonna know how to murder someone and get away with it? TV teaches you that too. You can definitely get your fill of evil by just turning on the tube. I bet Satan was so happy when television was created.
“Television,” what an interesting name that is (Tell-a-vision), hmmmmm.🤔 Is Satan, “Telling us visions,” through TV? Are Satan’s minions (TV Producers and creators) filling our hearts and minds with visions from the Devil? “Tell-a-vision,” wow! What an appropriate name for this dark, twisted medium that tells visions from Satan.🤔 TV is the ultimate sorcerer’s tool. Better than a ouija board.
When it comes to TV channels and programs I believe the below scriptures apply:
Amos 5:14 KJV “Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.”
Psalm 101:3 KJV “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
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