July 29, 2009
It was turning into another sleepless night for our oldest son, Matthew, and since I didn’t have to work the next day, I stayed up until he finally drifted off to the land of nod. Autistic children require an envirenment of structure; one that’s relatively free of alteration. One of Matthews expected consistancies is that he likes is to watch a station that plays old cartoons while going to sleep. (You know; the cartoons from my day and before, where someone may routinely get blown up and survive, but they don’t contain the occultic elements that permeate practically all of todays offerings in this venue) On the night of discussion, he was beginning to drift off and so I decided to check the weather and what have you.
It quickly became a vintage “why do I even bother” moment when I tuned over to a christian channel where a man was talking. Behind him, in large letters, was the word “PROSPERITY” and it became apparent that he was engaged in merchandising. He had the thousands in attendance eating out of his hand as he utilized a clever formula of scriptures to pander to the three lusts and convince them that God wanted them to heap to themselves the riches of this world. “After all” this line of thinking goes, “we’re children of the King. We should have the biggest house, the nicest car, the best career, the biggest this, the most expensive that, the choicest of those and blah blah blah.” While nothing in the presentation was new (although it’s astonishing that so many fail to see the true nature of this message) this exposure came on the heels of reading Franks post about tribulation saints.
I would seriously encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so, to to check out the following link. It was a catalyst in causing the ponderings of this post:
One thing that Frank discusses is the two groups of saints. One group seeks stuff at the expence of closeness to the Lord Jesus while the other strives to let go of anything that would separate from the Lord Jesus. Those of the second group have come to understand  what the apostle Paul meant with the statement “I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” Their affections are on things above; oftentimes to a level that most of the brethren don’t fully understand. The first group, however, trades in this intimacy with the Lord Jesus in exchange for a kingdom here. Ensnaring themselves with the cares of this world along with a lusting for its wares; they set themselves up as easy prey for the hirelings to make merchandise of.
Psalm 106:13-15 “They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.”
The words “lusted exceedingly in the wilderness” reveal the root cause whereby many unwittingly pierce themselves through with many sorrows. There are many familiar warnings in scripture concerning the dangers of loving this world or placing anything in higher esteem than the Lord. The tragedy is twofold. First of all, there’s the void that develops between one who engages in such pursuits and the Lord Jesus. If this distraction is consistantly entertained, it will grow and lead to a mechanical lukewarmness. Secondly, being overcharged by the frivillosities of this world allows the enemy incredible leverage. He is ever seeking to neutralize and shipwreck those who have made a profession of faith in Christ. If we’re lusting after the rudiments of this world; even the seemingly neutral things (these are actually the most dangerous in that “they don’t seem like a big deal”) we can be assured that the enemy will play to this weakness.
Psalm 62:10 “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”
The rich young ruler is a prime example of one who appeared to have an unshakable desire for the things of God; a quality which caused him to approach Jesus. Of all the things that he could have asked the Son of God, his question was “what good thing shall I do, that I may have etenal life?” When Jesus mentioned a listing of the commandments, the young man fervently “I’ve done that; what else is there?” Without a doubt, observers of this conversation would have made note that this was a “very spiritual guy who loves the Lord” and this was most likely a trait by which his contemporaries identified him. (That young man over there; he really loves God) But there was an idol in his heart that was standing between him and a relationship with God.
Matthew 19:21-22 “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
He owned a lot of stuff that chained him to the temporal world; not permitting him to abandon all and follow Jesus. We have to arrive in a place of following the Lord with “reckless abandon” for the life that we have here. A following of God that cannot be altered by anything or anyone; regardless of how dear it is to us. The rich young man “went away sorrowful” when called upon to abandon all that he had in this world. It appears that he didn’t even pursue the matter further and those who witnessed the exchange were astonished at the revelation that had just come forth. When things are running smooth and one is prospering much, they can make all kinds of grandiose statements. But when those trappings are suddenly up for negotiation, a person will find out what they are truly serving.
Matthew 19:23-24 “The said Jesus to his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
One cannot even begin to fathom how many souls have passed through life who allowed “stuff” to keep them from considering their eternal soul to the point of true conversion. Or how many abandoned the journey when called upon to release treasures in this world. The rich young ruler ernestly sought out the path to eternal life as through a series of works, but was not willing to forsake all and follow Jesus. Today there appears to be little preaching on counting the cost of true discipleship. This post is already getting long, but one more example is in need of a visit. It’s one of the more disturbing accounts in scripture and will cause any passerby to seriously examine themselves and what they’re holding in high esteem.
Acts 5:1-2 “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles feet.”
This account reveals that there are serious issues of the heart in play and it really has nothing to do with tithing. It was a time when the saints would bring everything that they owned as to have all things common. (How often does this transpire in 2009 AD?) Ananias and Sapphira were professing to be doing likewise, however, they gave a fabricated figure to the brethren and kept a portion for themselves. (Like a secret stash for a rainy day) In other words, they tried to keep some of the stuff while appearing as spiritual as the rest of the brethren.
Acts 5:3-5 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these words.”
It’s likely that this incident came as a complete surprise to the saints in attendance as they had no prior knowledge of the dishonest dealing. A love for things can be fatal.  Yet across the land today, certain men make millions by proclaiming a message of unlimited material gain, whereby they cause the undiscerning to follow after wood hay and stubble. All of the warnings in scripture are set aside in a relentless pursuit for atomic structures and financial gain.
Acts 5:7-8 “And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
This was an opportunity for Sapphira to come clean and give an honest report; repenting of the conspiracy to engage in deception. The “lusting exceedingly” for the worlds merchandise while putting on a religious show is a shipwreck waiting to happen; unless it’s acknowledged and repented of. But if allowed to linger within the depths of our heart, it can and will lead to some very bad choices in the times ahead.
Acts 5:9-10 “Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
Then she fell down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.”
Philippians 3:18-19 “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often,and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”
I apolagize for the long post, but this is an incredibly serious matter in an age when it seems honorable for saints to seek their best life now. Thanks to all who have been keeping Morgan and this household in prayer. It’s a situation in which souls are in jeopardy and I often wrestle with seeing past the physical circumstances. Sometimes in prayer I find myself asking the Lord “Do I even have a remote understanding of how serious these situations are?” I mean if we truly understood the full scope of friends and loved ones who are unsaved, we would be on our knees night and day interceeding for them. I pray that all of us would be atuned to the seriousness of the hour.
Blessings always in Jesus name.


  1. Thanks for this post, Timbob.

    It’s oil we’ll be needing–in our lamps–not the latest and best of everything the next door neighbor has. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. He who has died to this world and the life he now lives, he lives by faith in the Son of God is the winner–thanks not to our own righteousness, but rather to our champion, Jesus.

  2. Hi Cindy. We’re in an age of incredible distraction it seems from the temporal offerings of the day. Yet for those who truly arrive at a place where they can count it all as loss that they may win Christ, such liberty, peace, and fellowship in the Lord awaits.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s always encouraging to hear from, and visit the writings of, other saints in the blogosphere. Being on first shift limits the amount of time that I can be here, but It’s always awesome to hear from others.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  3. It is absolutely refreshing to hear the truth so eloquently written. It must have been by “His” grace that I was lead to your site. Thank you!

  4. Hi Darksculptures. Thanks so muc for taking time to stop by. Sorry for taking so long to reply. Things have been crazy around here. And yet the Lord is doing a work in which we only can see a portion. I’l swing by your site when time permits. Thanks again.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  5. Praying always and striving in the LORD to be among those with lamps filled with oil ENOUGH FOR THE NIGHT and letting go of this world. Tribulation is that through which the Bride makes herself ready, coming out of “her” (Babylon, Rev 18:4), looking unto Jesus and hasting the day. Come, Lord Jesus!

    Thanks for your words here.

  6. Hi Pastor Scott. Great to hear from you. These days I’m not sure who’se still in this venue and who has moved on. Indeed trials and tribulation have an important role to play. They purge out the superfiscial and refine us into the image of Christ.

    Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

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