Too often we allow fear to hold us back. Too often the fears inside us become roadblocks hindering us from progressing. It is okay to have fears but we have to be brave enough to power through that fear and take that first step towards those dreams we seek to achieve. It will not be easy but we must try to develop enough courage to overcome our fears.
We are living in a world driven by money, greed, power and hate. These four things have become a growing epidemic which is threatening to take over the world and no sector off society is immune. The church which was once a place where people could find that inner peace, an avenue of escape from what is going on in the world is being infiltrated by people with an unhealthy quest for money, driven by greed and seeking power. The poor and need as usual are their victims.
The airways are now flooded by pastors who proclaim are teaching the word of God. Everyone wants to set up ministry and have people partner them. Some of them spend more time advertising their products rather than preaching the gospel. Everyone has a book to sell along with the books are CD’s and DVDs. Often times the books are over-priced. The gospel that they say they are teaching, the very gospel that they ask for donations for so they can remain on the air ways is not free. You make the contribution so they can stay on air and then they ask you to buy CD’s and DVDs in order to hear the full sermons. What can I say, the Church has become a big business and more and more are seeking to get a piece of the pie.
Some of these so-called ministers are very skilled at the tactics they use to convince people to send them money they most famous of which is the planting of seed faith. They try to impress on people that this is the way to get favor from God and they are not interested in small sums of money either so they tell people if you want supernatural blessing you have to sow seeds accordingly. They tell them they deserve to have wealth all of which is good but at the end of the day they are the ones who benefit the most from seeds you plant because they are getting your money.
I am all for people making donations to those who are genuinely interested in teaching the gospel but you have learn to distinguish them from those who are more interested in your wallet rather than you soul. Be careful of those who only focus on money and seek to preach to you only those scriptures that say you are required to sow seeds. Be wary of those who will tell you God tell them to tell you to sow seeds of exorbitant sums and you will receive miracles. When people become driven by greed they will use even the name of God to get to your wallet. There is one particular pastor who was advertising an eight minute miracle if you sent him a seed faith of $273 he said God told him that seven would be watching and that particular miracle was for those seven. This ad ran for some weeks and I was really interested to see what God would tell him next. Well he now has a new ad and this time he has a miracle for a thousand and this time the seed faith they have to plant is $1000. I suppose the next time he hears from God the money will go even higher. This is a perfect example of what happens when people become driven by greed, they are never satisfied and the more they get is the more they want.
Know that there are many things you can do that are pleasing in the eyes of God. The simple act of providing a warm meal or a blanket to your neighbor or someone less fortunate finds favor with God. Showing love to your fellow-man, giving a helping hand to those who need it, sharing words of hope to the hopeless, giving a word of comfort to someone who is grieving, just being there for someone who needs you, this is what God is asking of us. He will supply your needs and anything thing you asking of him believing you will receive whether or not you send money to these people who promise you miracles, The only payment God ask of us is that we obey and serve him and you need to trust Him enough to believe that!!
Power and hate are the two other things destroying our society and our world. Some people use their power to make life a living hell for others. In many work places you find that there is an abuse of power as people at the top look down at those at the bottom. Few seem to realize that the same way you go up you can come back down and the people you pass on the way up will be the same people you pass on your way back down.
There is a saying that the more things change the more they remain the same. This is so true in regards to racism. There are people intent on hating each other simply because their skin is of a different color. It is sheer stupidity but try telling that to these people. We are all made up the same there is so superiority in regards to the brain or any other part of the body for that matter in black or white folks the only thing that is different is the pigmentation of the skin. It is stupid to hate someone because their skin is a different color from yours. Blacks who hate whites and whites who hate blacks need to learn this; God is not going to have a separate heaven or hell for whites or blacks so you all better learn to get along here on earth. There is no room for haters in heaven so you will be spending eternity in hell.
Finally I must say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to God for all that he has done for us. Let us not lose focus and let Black Friday take precedence over Thanksgiving. Focus on giving God thanks first and do whatever else you have to do after. Again Happy Thanksgiving and if you can try to make a difference in someone’s life. One love and God bless!!
As the Bible tells us, in the last days the hearts of men will be desperately wicked. Some have lost all sense of what is right and wrong. Some seem to have sold their souls to the devil. They will do anything to rob the poor of the very little that they have. Some of these people will even try to use the name of God to seek wealth. They have no conscience. They target the poor, the disillusioned, those who are desperate for hope and do not understand that they should put their trust in God and not in man.
They say a drowning man will catch at a straw. When you are down and out and everything seem to come crashing down. When nothing is going well in your life, you are desperate for hope and someone says ” I can guarantee you an eight minute miracle” you might be tempted to stop and listen. When someone tells you plant a seed faith of two hundred five hundred or a thousand dollars and you will see an instant turn around in your life you might be so desperate for a change in your life that you do as you told without question.
No matter how desperate you are you need to ask yourself if this is how God operates. He said ask and it shall be given, seek and he shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Where did it say you have to pay in cash first to receive these favors? Some of them will tell you it is not for everyone, take a hint; the miracles they are promising are for only those who can afford to pay.
God wants us to give but not in the selfish manner that some of those who proclaim to teach in the name of the Lord want you to. When you feed the hungry, give to the poor, provide a home for the homeless and clothes the naked you are doing these things to the glory of God and as such you will receive his blessings because you are doing it out of love not because you expect to get something in return. Jesus said”‘ In so much as you do these things to the least of my brothers you do them unto me.”
These are the kind of seeds that God wants us to sow. He wants us to give of ourselves unselfishly expecting nothing in return from those for whom we do these good deeds. This is how we receive God’s blessings. This is how we see the miracles in our lives. No man on earth can guarantee you a miracle. If miracles were for sale what would happen to the poor?