How we as a nation have decayed in our moral values, because of materialism and the god mammon have and still is supporting it.
Some years ago, a very popular R&B group wrote a song about money, and the things that people will do to get it. Men young and old will rob, steal, kill, even sell their souls to the devil to be rich in todays world. Women young and old will sell their precious bodies, lower their standards of what they will take or harsh treatment they will except from a man, even allowing their children to be subject to such treatment. What ever happen to men being true gentlemen, or women being true ladies? Have we become so blind to this world that we can NO longer see what's going on anymore or so numb spiritually that we no longer care. JESUS spoke concerning this in Matthews 6: 24 about you can NOT serve GOD and mammon. Mammon in that passage is spoken of as a deity(god) or evil spirit. I am not trying to say that it is evil to be rich nor am I saying that it is evil to earn money to support yourself and family, but, I am speaking about the love of money and the lust for excessive material we really don't need is the real sin here. So many people all over are falling by the way side trying to keep up with what is being advertised on T.V., radio, and internet everyday, and after so long, you are forced to get the newest brand, and on, and on, and on. Divorces is on a rise, there are more single parent households than ever before. It is impossible for the poor or middle class people to try to keep up with the demands of this world technology without getting into a lot of debt(which keep you in bondage to the creditor) which is NOT of GOD. Prosperity ministers lay snares for the spiritually blind, weak and lame in knowledge and wisdom of The True WORD of GOD to fill their own pockets and make merchandise out of them(2 Peter 2: 1-3) by having them to buy some books, C.D.'s, oil, water, or even some piece of cloth they would tell them how it will help them come out of debt or get rich over night, but, in reality it NEVER happens. This leaves the poor babe in CHRIST feeling even more wretched, miserable, and poor, not only in finances but in spirit. This children of GOD is NOT the riches that JESUS was speaking about in Matthews 6: 20, JESUS gave crystal clear instructions of what NOT to do, and WHAT TO DO, we will go over these scriptures in a minute, I just really need to point out somethings that is causing the children of GOD to be lead astray and becoming creatures that the CREATOR(GOD) DO NOT recognize(Matthew 7: 21-23).
These people(the merchants and prosperity ministers) use hard times to capitalize off the poor and rob them of their substance and if you DO NOT WATCH them, they will even rob you of your souls,(children of GOD) stay in The Word of GOD for yourselves. Just like you read, very carefully a insurance policy that you will sign to put away your earthly remains, please read The Scriptures and pray to THE LORD for understanding for yourselves, your very soul depend on it.
NOW LET US EXAMINE THE WORD OF GOD FOR OURSELVES:
(Matthews 6: 19-24)from the KJV THE TRUE RICHES OF CHRIST
Verse 19.) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do break through and steal:
Expound v19) Christ directly said WHAT NOT TO DO here. DO NOT lay up treasures on earth. People get so carried away with being rich and having so many new cars or so many BIG mansions to live in or even their own private jet, but, most people are struggling to try and keep up with their neighbors. That's laying up riches for yourself here, the total opposite of what CHRIST was speaking to them saying NOT to do. This is materialism:(preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values), and children are left at home alone, so drugs dealers, thieves, gangster rappers, the sexually perverted and ALL unholy beings are in charge of raising your children, and you wonder why your child have become someone that you no longer know anymore,(well how do you think GOD THE FATHER feel about those leaving HIM and HIS WORD to pursuit "mammon" to satisfy their lust for excessive amouts of material objects that is also worshipped).
Verse 20.) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Expound v20) Christ directly said WHAT TO DO here. DO lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, children of GOD we ALL know that flesh and blood CAN NOT enter into heaven(John 3: 3-7) heaven is a spiritual kingdom, with a Spiritual KING(JESUS CHRIST), and spiritual citizens(sons of GOD) that live there so your earthly riches is NO GOOD there. So, we need to find out where is these riches, so you can get them and store it up for yourself. These riches is spoken about in Ephesians 3: 15-19 by the apostle Paul who THE LORD JESUS made an apostle for us. The riches here is being filled with HIS(JESUS) SPIRIT to be strengthed with might by HIS SPIRIT in the inner man that CHRIST may dwell in our hearts by faith and we being rooted and grounded in love may be able to understand with ALL the saints and to know the love of CHRIST which pass all knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of GOD. That's the greatest riches of all, to be a son of The Living GOD and dwell with HIM(JESUS CHRIST) forever. You continue to store up more riches as you continue to study The WORD of GOD for yourself, and when you are so full, you will grow, and grow, and grow to a higher spiritual level until you come to the fullness of CHRIST, knowing THE WORD of GOD and the will of GOD for yourself and teaching others The WORD of SPIRIT and TRUTH to bring in fruit(children of GOD) for The Kingdom of Heaven.
Verse 21.) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Expound v21.) This is a great TRUTH! If your treasure is The Spirit of GOD along with THE WORD of GOD dwelling in your heart, then HE will be in your heart by the faith that you have in our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. NO thieves can break in there to steal it, unless you allow yourself to become poisoned with the wrong doctrine(prosperity doctrine) which will take you away from The TRUE DOCTRINE that CHRIST gave to HIS apostles and prophets. Be very, very, very careful of who or what building, that these people call church, that you go into to worship. They will even use some scriptures to try and blind you. I always said,"A half truth, equals a whole lie." Please DON'T BE DECEIVED and lose what our LORD suffered going to the cross to give you, eternal life with HIM, which DO NOT cost you nothing but, you to give your whole life to HIM and believe on HIM(JESUS CHRIST).
Verse 22.) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Expound v22.) Christ is telling us children of GOD. We should keep our eyes focused on HIM and HIS WORD, single in this passage means good or seeing rightly. Keeping our eyes on HIM(JESUS) and HIS WORD will keep them out of the things in the world which is evil. We are in this world children of GOD, but, we are not of this world. You lost your citizenship here when you became a citizen of Heaven. You can't hold a citizenship to two countries. Don't do anything that can and will jeopardize your citizenship in heaven before your departure.
Verse 23.) But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Expound v23.) Christ is telling us here if your eye be evil, then you are truly full of darkness. He went on to state that if the light that is in that person be darkness, how great is that darkness. Look in 1 John 2: 15-16, The WORD of GOD speaks for us NOT to love this world neither the things that are in this world, and if we do then the love of The Father(GOD) is NOT in you . Now that is darkness with NO light in that individual that will do anything for money without a conscience, he/she will rob, cheat, steal, kill, sell drugs to children or anyone, he/she will sell their bodies to prostitute themselves even in pornography or sexual explicit videos that degrade women and girls to be just pieces of flesh to be used in any sexual degrading filthy way and they(the women and girls) would have it to be so, ALL for the love of "mammon" their (god), Let THE WORD of GOD minister to you in your heart and soul from Romans 1: 21-32. He who hath an ear, hear what The Spirit said unto the churches(the children of GOD).
Now we already know that the devil is the god of this world and he is full of darkness without the ability to love anything or anyone even his own. Let's not fall into all types of hurtful lust and a snare of the devil. Keep your eyes on THE LORD JESUS CHRIST(HE went to the cross for us ALL).
Verse 24.) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, Ye cannot serve GOD and mammon.
Expound v24.) Christ is telling us children of GOD we cannot serve our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST and serve or worship mammon(which is spoken of as it truly is to people that worship it, "a god"or an evil spirit). This takes us back to where we started from in the beginning of this message where mammon which is a (god) to some people is the major cause for lost souls to be connect with materialism which is: (A lost soul who is markedly more concern with material things than spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.) How many people do you personally know like this? Many never realized, even on the back of your money they(people of this world) have place who they truly trust(mammon) which is their god, never a name just a title. My GOD name is JESUS CHRIST and HIS(JESUS) name is NOWHERE on your money(mammon). I challenge ALL who have just read this message to be content in what you have as the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 6: 6-10 (read those encouraging WORDS of GOD). America have become the most consuming nation on earth, because of materialism which is supported by their god"mammon" that they(americans) have marked on their god "mammon" back, that they will trust it, and NOT trusting The TRUE LIVING GOD name JESUS CHRIST. Let he who have an ear, hear what The Spirit said unto the churches(the children of GOD all around the world).
I hope and pray that this message have shed some light in the reader.
Be blessed in our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST who is blessed forever. Amen.
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