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The way to Christ is exceedingly narrow and few will find it in this life. This is true for every topic in scripture. There are always two sides of the road and we only find the narrow way by falling off of both sides.

(Mat 7:13 NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
(Mat 7:14 NKJV) Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.


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The way to Christ is exceedingly narrow and few will find it in this life. This is true for every topic in scripture. There are always two sides of the road and we only find the narrow way by falling off of both sides.

(Mat 7:13 NKJV) “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
(Mat 7:14 NKJV) Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

One of these topics is how to conduct ourselves in a physical world that is growing worse by the day which we know will come to an end.

In June of 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples can now be legally married. ESPN (a large US sports cable and satellite company) gave their courage award to a man who is living his life as a woman. A growing number of children are being given hormone blockers to start their gender transition as young as nine years old.

On the financial front, there is more debt than ever before in the history of mankind and continues to grow at an alarming pace. Rather than living within their means, the leaders of countries all over the world spend more money than they make and go deeper and deeper into debt.

Terrorism, violence, and every manner of evil is plastered all over every news channel. It is now taboo to discipline your children, which leads to children essentially ruling over their parents. All of this has been prophesied in the scriptures.

(Isa 3:12 NKJV) As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.”

(2Ti 3:13 NKJV) But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

(2Ti 3:1 NKJV) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
(2Ti 3:2 NKJV) For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
(2Ti 3:3 NKJV) unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
(2Ti 3:4 NKJV) traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

All of this evil and corruption will continue to increase until God’s appointed time to turn the kingdoms of this world over to our Lord and his Christ. Mike Vinson has been doing a study on this very topic.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-kingdoms-of-this-world-are-become-the-kingdoms-of-our-lord-and-of-his-christ/

Seeing all of this evil and knowing that the end will come makes us see the vanity of it all.

(Ecc 1:13 NKJV) And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised.
(Ecc 1:14 NKJV) I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

It is all quite depressing and certainly does not motivate the carnal mind to cheerfully labor away to build anything on this earth that will only be destroyed in due time. God is well aware of the effect these truths will have on us; therefore, He gives us commands on the other side of the narrow way to balance our perspective.

At first we are blindly optimistic and labor with all of our heart to store up treasure on earth in many different ways. Whether it is riches, health, fitness, beauty, or fame, etc., it’s all vanity. In due time, God shows us the vanity of this and we fall off the other side of the road into lasciviousness, laziness, and apathy. Under the guise of being more spiritual, we actually become disobedient through our poor stewardship of physical things.

It does not matter how bad it may look, we do not know when the end will come. We know that the world will reap what is sowing, we just do not know when.

(Mat 24:36 NKJV) “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
(Mat 24:37 NKJV) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
(Mat 24:38 NKJV) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
(Mat 24:39 NKJV) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Knowing this, we should not store up our treasure on earth.

(Mat 6:19 NKJV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;
(Mat 6:20 NKJV) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
(Mat 6:21 NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Does that mean that we should never save any money, stop having children, give away all of our worldly possessions, and live a life of intentional poverty? In some way, we all go from loving the world to despising the things of the world and fall off of the other side of the road. We neglect physical matters and stop “doing business” until Christ returns. We are given the following parable as an admonition to be diligent regarding physical matters as well as spiritual matters. The physical always comes first and is used as a shadow to teach us about the spiritual.

(Rom 1:20 NKJV) For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

(1Co 15:46 NKJV) However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

Let us read the parable:

(Luk 19:12 NKJV) Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
(Luk 19:13 NKJV) So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’
(Luk 19:15 NKJV) “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
(Luk 19:16 NKJV) Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’
(Luk 19:17 NKJV) And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’
(Luk 19:18 NKJV) And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’
(Luk 19:19 NKJV) Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’
(Luk 19:20 NKJV) “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
(Luk 19:21 NKJV) For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’
(Luk 19:22 NKJV) And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
(Luk 19:23 NKJV) Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’
(Luk 19:24 NKJV) “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’
(Luk 19:25 NKJV) (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’)
(Luk 19:26 NKJV) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

Everything we have been given by the Lord is a stewardship: money, talents, family, health, etc. We must use whatever the Lord has given us or he will take it away and give it to someone else who is faithful.

Larry Groenewald did an excellent study on spiritual gifts that can be found here:

http://tryingthespirits.com/gifts-ministries-and-operations/

Any time the scriptures give us a command or admonition, it is because we are naturally inclined to do the opposite. The flesh and carnal mind are fearful and tend to take our God given stewardship and hide it away rather than use it properly.

Starting with the physical application to this principle, we look at all that is happening in the world and are tempted to just give up. Why labor for vanity? Why bring children into such an evil world?

Ecc 11:4 He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who
Regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecc 11:5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the
bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know
the works of God who makes everything.
Ecc 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not
withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.

Here in Ecclesiastes, wind and clouds are used in the negative sense to
symbolize the trials and troubles of this life. The worst thing for a farmer is terrible storms that destroy his crops. If he is always worried about storms and stops work every time the wind blows or a menacing cloud appears, he will never sow or reap. A storm may destroy your crops and lead to poverty, but not sowing or reaping will ensure you have no crops and come to poverty.

If we listen to the cries of the doomsayers, preppers, and
prognosticators, we will be paralyzed with fear and cease to do
business until Christ comes. We do not know what will prosper, so we
must not withhold our hand from sowing!

Pro 22:13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain
in the streets!”

Pro 26:13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion
is in the streets!”

This same spirit of fear manifests in spiritual matters as well. The
vast majority of people we talk to will reject the truth. This can be
quite discouraging and lead us to be lazy. We will also doubt that God
will prosper his word in our own life and we will fall into spiritual
laziness. If we do not use what we have been given, it will be taken from us.

We should not be naïve to the evils of this world and should recognize
that spiritual riches are more valuable than physical riches. It is an
exceedingly narrow way and we must continue to press on as if the
world will continue for the rest of our lifetime.

Pro 12:11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who
follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

Pro 28:19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who
follows frivolity will have poverty enough!

We must till the land God has given us, meaning that we must be
diligent in all matters, physical and spiritual.

(Pro 30:25 NKJV) The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

(Pro 6:6 NKJV) Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
(Pro 6:7 NKJV) Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler,
(Pro 6:8 NKJV) Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.
(Pro 6:9 NKJV) How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?

These verses have a physical and spiritual application. The harvest time physically is while we have youth and health to labor. It is good and wise to plan for our future knowing that we will not be able to work all of our lives. This is an important part of bearing our own burden.

(Lam 3:27 NKJV) It is good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth.

The same is true in a spiritual sense. We must study to show ourselves approved and store up spiritual riches while we can. There will be times of famine in our lives when we cannot spend a great deal of time in study and will rely upon what we have stored up over the years. We should serve others while we can because there will be times that we cannot serve others.

(Pro 6:10 NKJV) A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep—
(Pro 6:11 NKJV) So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man.

There is a difference between sleeping and ceasing to be diligent to watch and obey the Lord, and resting in the Lord and waiting on him.

(Psa 37:7 NKJV) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

This study explains in greater detail:

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-09/rest-in-the-lord/

This same spirit of laziness and apathy was present in the early Church that Paul ministered unto. Paul and those that labored at his side set a good example for the Thessalonians of diligent labor in physical matters as well as spiritual.

(2Th 3:7 NKJV) For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you;
(2Th 3:8 NKJV) nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,
(2Th 3:9 NKJV) not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
(2Th 3:10 NKJV) For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
(2Th 3:11 NKJV) For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.
(2Th 3:12 NKJV) Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
(2Th 3:13 NKJV) But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.

Paul, as a minister of the Gospel, had the right to receive support from those he taught. However, he did not utilize this right with babes in Christ, because he needed to first set an example to them of diligent labor. He did receive support from the mature brethren, such as the Philippians, who had learned how to properly conduct themselves in this physical life. This study covers this topic in greater detail.

http://tryingthespirits.com/tithing/

This is the life we are to live as a good example to others:

1Th 4:11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own
business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded
you,
1Th 4:12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside,
and that you may lack nothing.

“To do work with your own hands” is the same thing as bearing your
own burden.

(Gal 6:4 NKJV) But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
(Gal 6:5 NKJV) For each one shall bear his own load.

It is good to be diligent in study of the scriptures and fellowship, but
we cannot do this so much that we cease to bear our own physical
burden.

1Ti 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for
those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an
unbeliever.

There are a few people in the Body like Paul that have the right to be supported by the flock they feed. The majority of members in the Body
are to quietly bear their own burden and share as they have the
ability. The good works we are commanded to do are often quiet and
unseen. Often times it is simply enduring the evil around us and
not getting involved in the affairs of this world.

While we are supposed to be diligent in physical matters, we must
never place our faith and trust in anything physical for our security.
Having money or health is not a bad thing, we just cannot trust in it to
deliver us from trouble.

(Isa 31:1 NKJV) Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!

(Isa 31:3 NKJV) Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish together.

(Pro 11:28 NKJV) He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.

Having riches, chariots, and horses, does not necessarily mean that you trust in them. The admonitions in scripture are to not trust in riches or the flesh and not to make our whole life about seeking possessions of this world. Having those in this life is not evil in and of itself; loving and trusting these possessions is the trap.

(1Jn 2:15 NKJV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(1Jn 2:16 NKJV) For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
(1Jn 2:17 NKJV) And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

When we love and trust in riches, it will choke out the word and cause us to be unfruitful.

(Mat 13:22 NKJV) Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.

It is VERY important to stay on the narrow way here and not condemn possessions, savings, health, family, or anything else in this life. God wants us to have a proper perspective on what we are given in this life and to be good stewards physically and spiritually.

This is what we will pray when our heart is in the right place.

(Pro 30:8 NKJV) Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me;
(Pro 30:9 NKJV) Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

In Luke 12, Christ gives us clear commands about how we are to think about our lives.

(Luk 12:13 NKJV) Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
(Luk 12:14 NKJV) But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?”
(Luk 12:15 NKJV) And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
(Luk 12:16 NKJV) Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
(Luk 12:17 NKJV) And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’
(Luk 12:18 NKJV) 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.
(Luk 12:19 NKJV) 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.” ‘
(Luk 12:20 NKJV) 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?’
(Luk 12:21 NKJV) “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
(Luk 12:22 NKJV) Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
(Luk 12:23 NKJV) Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
(Luk 12:24 NKJV) Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
(Luk 12:25 NKJV) And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
(Luk 12:26 NKJV) If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
(Luk 12:27 NKJV) Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
(Luk 12:28 NKJV) If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
(Luk 12:29 NKJV) “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.
(Luk 12:30 NKJV) For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
(Luk 12:31 NKJV) But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
(Luk 12:32 NKJV) “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
(Luk 12:33 NKJV) Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
(Luk 12:34 NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

In order to “do business until I come”, we must not labor to be rich in this life while at the same time working with our whole heart at whatever the Lord gives us to do.

(Col 3:23 NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,
(Col 3:24 NKJV) knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
(Col 3:25 NKJV) But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

We know that all will come to an end one day, but we must not fear this. We have to labor with our whole heart because we do not know when the Lord will return nor do we know what he will prosper. He is glorified when we are good stewards. The value is not in the wealth we accumulate, but the attitude we have in being good servants. This is an impossible perspective for the carnal mind to have. When the old man labors, he loves his wages and wealth. When the new man labors, he loves working for God, serving others, and being a good steward. If God decides to take our physical possessions and our health, the new man praises the Lord in the trial because his treasure was his service to God, not the possessions he accumulated.

It is easy to praise God when things are going well. The Lord uses Satan to bring tremendous trials upon Job, and Job did contend with God, but he did not rejoice in his trials.

Job started off doing pretty well, but as time wore on, his carnal nature was manifest.

(Job 1:21 NKJV) And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
(Job 1:22 NKJV) In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

(Job 23:1 NKJV) Then Job answered and said:
(Job 23:2 NKJV) “Even today my complaint is bitter; My hand is listless because of my groaning.
(Job 23:3 NKJV) Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, That I might come to His seat!
(Job 23:4 NKJV) I would present my case before Him, And fill my mouth with arguments.
(Job 23:5 NKJV) I would know the words which He would answer me, And understand what He would say to me.
(Job 23:6 NKJV) Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me.
(Job 23:7 NKJV) There the upright could reason with Him, And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.

God tolerates Job for a while, and then finally speaks to him in chapter 40.

(Job 40:1 NKJV) Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said:
(Job 40:2 NKJV) “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.”
(Job 40:3 NKJV) Then Job answered the LORD and said:
(Job 40:4 NKJV) “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.

All of us are Job in our own time. We question God’s ways and murmur about the suffering he causes in our lives. Then once we have been humbled and learn our lessons, God restores to us exactly what we need in the flesh to endure this life and be of service to him.

(Job 42:10 NKJV) And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Job was given back twice as much in the physical, but we are given 100 fold in the spirit.

(Mar 10:28 NKJV) Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
(Mar 10:29 NKJV) So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,
(Mar 10:30 NKJV) who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
(Mar 10:31 NKJV) But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

2 Peter chapter 3 is a reminder that this world will end and that the spiritual is more valuable than the physical.

(2Pe 3:1 NKJV) Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder),
(2Pe 3:2 NKJV) that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
(2Pe 3:3 NKJV) knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
(2Pe 3:4 NKJV) and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
(2Pe 3:5 NKJV) For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,
(2Pe 3:6 NKJV) by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.
(2Pe 3:7 NKJV) But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
(2Pe 3:8 NKJV) But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
(2Pe 3:9 NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
(2Pe 3:10 NKJV) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
(2Pe 3:11 NKJV) Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
(2Pe 3:12 NKJV) looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
(2Pe 3:13 NKJV) Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
(2Pe 3:14 NKJV) Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;
(2Pe 3:15 NKJV) and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,
(2Pe 3:16 NKJV) as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
(2Pe 3:17 NKJV) You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;
(2Pe 3:18 NKJV) but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Here is how Paul tells the Romans to conduct themselves.

(Rom 12:10 NKJV) Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
(Rom 12:11 NKJV) not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
(Rom 12:12 NKJV) rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
(Rom 12:13 NKJV) distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
(Rom 12:14 NKJV) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
(Rom 12:15 NKJV) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

And here are Paul’s words to Timothy:

(1Ti 6:17 NKJV) Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Diligence is inclusive of all things, physically and spiritually.

(Pro 18:9 NKJV) He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.

Being diligent does not mean that we have to spend every ounce of energy we have to gain physical wealth. We must count the cost and always keep in mind that our true mission is to serve God and his people. When our heart is in the right place, we will be able to make plans that are pleasing to God and walk the narrow way.

Sharpen your axe physically and spiritually. You must study to show yourself approved in all matters, not just spiritually.

(Ecc 10:10 NKJV) If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.

(Pro 22:29 NKJV) Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.

Be good at whatever your hand finds to do. Don’t over commit to things of this world and sell your birth right for riches that will only fade away. This is about much more than just money. We can seek to be rich in many ways in this life.

May God bless you and prosper you in the spirit and give you neither riches nor poverty.

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  • Abe Ramos

    Wonderful study Mitchell. The wisdom of God’s Word is well presented. I often prefer to not get involved with people and their problems for fear of “their gain, my loss”. I have read these verses many times but as I said, the way these verses are presented bring much more comfort in that it is the Lord who has blessed me what I have and it is the Lord Who will dictate the use of what He has given, material and spiritual. It is all about stewardship for His increase (my decrease) and His glory.
    Thank you,
    Abe

  • MitchellKuhn

    Amen brother! Thank you

    Mitch Kuhn
    214-676-0933

  • Doug

    This has been helpful but I think I am in the ditch somewhere…I look at various institutions and systems of this world and consider their chief ends with all the infrastructure they build and the things they put into our childrens heads for most of their lives until they enter the workplace. I see these as Caesar’s domain and the lofty thoughts of men thinking they can, by their “knowledge,” become as God and that to work for such seems contrary to contending for the faith. What can we do? Can we be teachers pressing children into the the eventual service of Caesar and corrupt commerce, or as government officials doing the open work of Caesar, or perhaps as even churchmen of the Babylonian church, when they are run by and overseen by many members of secret societies…clearly what they do in secret and who they worship in secret and in plain sight with their occult symbols, is an abomination…Did not Stephen at his defense, rail against the Jews for bringing along “the tabernacle of Moloch and star of the god Rompha, the images of which you made to worship” (Acts 7:43; Amos 5:26)? If I am in the ditch here, just how far in the ditch am I? Thanks, with much appreciation in advance for your consideration to this reply. In service to the risen Christ…

  • MitchellKuhn

    Hi Doug,

    It is certainly a Godly thing to be righteously angry and to call evil evil when we see it. Christ rebuked the pharisees calling them “a brood of vipers” and called Herod “that fox”.

    (Luk 13:31 NKJV) On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”
    (Luk 13:32 NKJV) And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third *day* I shall be perfected.’

    When confronted with this evil world, there is a time to speak up. However, our focus should be on judging those within the household of God who are seeking to keep his commands. If such abominations are present within the holy Church, action is needed indeed.

    (1Co 5:12 NKJV) For what *have* I *to do* with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
    (1Co 5:13 NKJV) But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “PUT AWAY FROM YOURSELVES THE EVIL PERSON.”

    We should seek to live righteous lives and not resist the evil that is going on in this world. God has a purpose for it and we need not try and resist his will. We should raise our children up in the truth and teach one another in the Body of Christ to keep Christ’s commands and be spotless in this present evil world.

    If you want to stay out of the ditch, don’t concern yourself with the world. God is not working with them right now. Focus on being holy and pure yourself and fellowship with those that God is calling to do the same.
    (2Ti 2:3 NKJV) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
    (2Ti 2:4 NKJV) No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of *this* life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

    I suggest you go through the studies on this page if you have not done so already. It will help you get your focus on the battle within yourself and lead you to fellowship with likeminded brothers.

    http://tryingthespirits.com/start-here/
    ~ Mitch

  • Doug

    Mitch…

    Thanks so much for the reply and it confirms in my spirit the answer I found last night in scripture;
    Titus 2:11-3:11 esp. 3:1-2).

    (Tit 3:1 KJV) Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
    (Tit 3:2 KJV) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

    Please let me know if a treatment of this passage applies in this case (I believe it does). I can assure you it lifted this burden from me once I read that passage.

    On a side note, I live in rural ND, near Fargo, and find fellowship hard to come by in these parts. Any resource directing my family and I to a fellowship would be greatly appreciated. I also would be open to hosting an ongoing fellowship in my home or help coordinate a mini-conference of some kind in my area to help establish a local fellowship. Your input here would be very welcome.

    Doug

  • MitchellKuhn

    Hi Doug,

    That verse certainly does apply. We are to obey the rulers of this world that God has placed in control for the time being, as long as they don’t ask us to obey Christ. (Romans 13)

    We have many weekly bible studies that you can join for fellowship. See the link below.

    http://tryingthespirits.com/weekly-bible-studies/

    I suggest you start there and God will make an opportunity for local fellowship.

    You can e-mail me directly or call anytime you like:

    mitchkuhn@gmail.com
    214-676-0933

    ~ Mitch