Monday, July 20, 2009

In Service to God

Be faithful to the truth of God's Word and Socialism will leave; the two are NOT compatible in serving God

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth."
Luke 16:13.

“You cannot serve God and wealth.” Simply stated in Psalm 62:5-10,

My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than breath. Do not trust in oppression and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.

”If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.” The wealthy want more, and the poor want more. The wealthier most people become, the more they desire and it does not matter how much or how little one has, mankind has always been desirous of more. Normally, wealth is always associated with POWER and those who have want more, and those who have little want it, too. This is called sin because God is left out of this particular equation.

King Solomon is one of the few in Scripture who was able to remove himself from the greed that wealth usually brings. We know that his prayer to God reflects this truth,

Then Solomon said, "You have shown great loving kindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great loving kindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. "Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. "Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. "So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.”I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. "If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days." Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream and he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants. 1 Kings 3:6-15.

Unfortunately, folks who would like to be Christian attempt to weave power and financial achievement and service to God. This simply cannot be done for they cannot be conjoined. Service to God must always preempt power and financial gain.

What is taking place in the United States, both on the political and economic scenes is an attempt to make these compatible with God’s Word. The two are not compatible with God’s Truth. God’s Truth must always super cede the former.

We, as God’s people must rise to the occasion, not politically per say, but we must become the spiritual force in our Nation that will give guidance at every level of society. Certainly, economic and political power is implied in this, but can only be achieved if those who are given the task are able, as Solomon did, to strictly follow the directives of God alone.

Let us be reminded that Jesus tells us, “You cannot serve God and wealth.”

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