By: Rick L. King
April 24, 2012
I see often now that the Lord is raising up young Christians as singers. They profess Jesus as their Savior and are not shy about their trust and belief in Him. Yet I have one concern. This article will maybe put into perspective my thoughts.
Mr 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
People can have the right heart and motive. The devil on the other hand comes to kill steal and destroy. He wants to destroy your faith in Jesus. The devil is full of distractions that will take us off the true path if we allow him too. The above scripture talks of the deceitfulness of riches. In our flesh we find that we desire this or that. We feel that if we just have this or can do that, we will be a happy camper. This is a lie of the enemy. This is deception. The Bible says that it is the Spirit gives life (2 Cor 3:6).
Mt 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mr 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Lu 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
The devil is still speaking to mankind just as he did to Jesus saying in
5 And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
The devil makes the things of this world look so pleasing. He causes man to be drawn to the glitter of the lights, of stardom. of riches, and of material things. The problem is that this only will satisfy the flesh. We are more than flesh. We are a spirit. There is nothing wrong with having those things as long as the things don't have you. It is so easy to get into this trap of the enemy. Where at one time you had to trust God in faith for money or food, all the sudden you have more than you need. You can just write a check anytime you want so it is so easy to put asking God and having to stand by faith on the back burner. If you have learned that it is only the spirit that gives life to you won't be swayed as you will use this new prosperity for the kingdom. Yet if you have never really experienced the fullness that comes with being in Christ, you can be easily swayed.
Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Have you really tasted of the Lord? Have you ever experienced His presence and found that you are complete in Him alone? It doesn't take things that satisfy the flesh to make you happy and complete as you have learned that being in His presence is the greatest thing that you can ever do. Out of His presence comes healing, peace, joy, direction, fulfillment in every area of your life. If you have never experienced this then what I am saying is foreign to you. If you are a real Christian then you must know that:
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1Co 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Jesus paid a high price for you to come to God. You are no longer the owner of you if you have given your life to Jesus. The focus should have become to please Him and not yourself. When the Lord raises you up as a celebrity and gives to you great riches, be careful to not forget where you came from. Don't let the glitter of the lights change your focus and become full of pride. Don't allow your new surroundings to change you but instead change your surroundings. Be a light in the midst of darkness. Don't allow money and fame to become your God as you will suffer spiritually.
Ps 106:15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
Sometimes getting what we want comes with a great cost. Our soul becomes lean. Our relationship with Jesus seems to fade away. It doesn't just come all at once. It erodes little by little as our focus changes and we get so busy and caught up in this celebrity life.
I want to encourage those that have found new stardom and riches to not forget where they have come from. Don't trade your first love (Jesus) for the cares of this world. If God has allowed you to make millions, then seek Him as to what He would have you do with it. You have been given a great opportunity to bless many that are in need. If you are honest, you will know that having lots of money does not bring happiness in itself. What brings the greatest joy is having it to give it away. Be a blessing. Stay in His presence and be complete in Him and still just do what he asks you to do. Remember that it is the Spirit alone that gives life, nothing else. No externals of this world can come even close to what we have in Jesus. Be faithful to God and obey His voice. Don't get caught up in the glitter of the devil as he still is a liar. The cost is great. You can lose your soul.
I am a 63 year old Born-Again spirit filled Christian, that has been saved for 30 years. Jesus found me when I was suicidal. I learned real quickly that I was powerless to be in control of my life, so I let Jesus take over. He has chosen me to be a warrior for Him. WE win, if we fight His way.
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