For The Love Of Money
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Many think that just because they do not have money this Scripture does not apply to them but God knows best. The above Scripture says that the love of money is a ROOT of all evil. First we need to understand that this evil root grows in the heart but it is not the only root as we can clearly see ( is a root). We need to know that there are many evil roots that can and have taken form over time.
We cannot assume that our hearts have been truly cleaned up because we took some deliverance classes, or because man told you so. I would hate to see many go to hell because they were told that they were right with Jesus or they were right with God but they never allowed the Holy Spirit to guide them to the truth through obedience to God’s voice. We need to want to know the truth about ourselves by God’s Spirit and not by some man who you truly do not know where he actually stands with God. This is why we cannot assume anything when it comes to God.
One of the biggest lies out there is that God wants us to have money and that is what His Son Jesus came to show us. We assume that Scriptures speak of us having the things of this world when it is an evil root that is in our heart (Mat 15:19-20, Mark 7:21, Proverbs 4:23) that causes us to be blinded by God’s truth. We also allow man to teach us the things of God when God clearly stated His Holy Spirit would teach you all things (John 14:26, John 16:13).
7 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches youconcerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
Here I have given you a few Scriptures that clearly show how the Holy Spirit is all we need to learn and understand the things of God but it has to be done through total obedience to God and this is what His Son Jesus came to demonstrate to us (John 5:19).
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15 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.”
16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 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. 19 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.”’ 20 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?’
21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
We need to see from this parable that God is not concerned about what we have in the bank stored up or in our house because that is a representation of what is in our hearts. Would you give even what you do not have to someone in need? Remember the women with two mites who gave out of what she had (Luke 21:1-4).
Do Not Worry
22 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. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 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? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 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. 28 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? 29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.33 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. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus did not say to store up your money for a rainy day but do not worry about anything, even your life. Your investment should be in Christ and not the world (Matthew 6: 19-21). Let us seek first the kingdom by being obedient to the Father as Christ was obedient to His Father and all His righteousness. Only in obedience to God can we become righteous and only in obedience to God can we become the image of His Son Jesus.
This promise that God only has to clothe us and feed us even though He does much, much more was a covenant made between Jacob and God in the book of Genesis 28:18-22.
The Faithful Servant and The Evil Servent
35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?”
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessedis that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appointhim his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
The wise servant is the one that is obedient to the voice of God and is doing the will of God. Verse 46 speaks to those that claimed to be servants in God but did wicked things… they will be cut off and receive the portion of the inheritance that an unbeliever will receive and he will be beaten with many stripes. In other words they never did believe otherwise they would of been doing His will through total obedience.
Verse 48 speaks to the one who did not know but yet did things that were not of God, will be beaten with few stripes. The last part of verse 48 has been misinterpreted by many.
For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required
God is Spirit and we have to look at this Scripture from a spiritual standpoint. This last part is speaking about the enemy and what you allow him to give you or should I say what you will take. In Matthew 4:8 Jesus was led to a high mountain and the devil offered Him the world but Jesus did not fall into the temptation. How many times has the enemy through other people tempted you with the things of this world such as money and you decided to take it because you did not listen to the Holy Spirit? Know that it will cost you more (your life) in the end.
and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.
This is saying basically the same thing as the first part of the scripture. If we make spiritual ungodly commitments, they will ask more of you and will get in deeper and deeper. God speaks clearly about ungodly covenants that entangled his people (2 Corithians 6:14-17, Numbers 30:2).
We have to be led by God in all things and in all areas of our lives. Only through His leading can we be truly be delivered from the evil in our heart, ungodly covenants, and all the things that God sees with us that have to be broken by Him. We need to understand that we cannot be truly free unless it is done by Him and Him alone (Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25). No man can teach you about God, no man can get you into His kingdom, no man can take you to heaven and no man can take you down the narrow path; only God’s Holy Spirit can do this and only God can reveal Himself but this will only be done through your total obedience to Him.
Hear what the spirit is saying….