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09
September
2013

God's word choked?

Most believers would assert that in their life God's word is a lamp to their feet and a light on their path as Psalm 119 says. Life without his word is an impossibility to believers.

But, what if …

… God's word doesn't really get through?

You might say that is impossible. The Torah, Tanak and the Bible have been with us for many centuries. And they have been published and sold by the millions in different world languages. In our modern day it's more than plenty on the world wide web, the inter net that is. God's word has been studied all over the world, while it has been red on Sabbaths and in Christian sermons week after week for ages. So if God's word is available in such abundance, what could possibly be wrong?

Well this isn't about all that. It's about what do we do with God's word. Putting what we have bean learning and understanding to practice day by day. It's getting so far as to get what we believe in out in personal actions. As James once said, faith without deeds is death, James 2:14-26. And biblical scripture makes clear that obedience to God's commandments is a blessing not a curse.

So, what could possibly keep us from doing this?

... 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth  c h o k e  the word, making it unfruitful. ... Matthews 13:1-9, 18-23 (NIV)

Its clear that besides the worries of day to day life, especially the love for riches, for money chokes God's massage. So seeking riches is the biggest problem, not being poor. This is a personal thing, a personal choice! When God's word gets choked in people, I believe so does the blessings and talents he gives.

The phrase that greed is the root of all evil is widely known, but that the love of wealth chokes God's message clearly isn't. Judging by the so many for example Christian preachers that developed and endorses teachings - gospel of wealth - on how to get rich and even abuses God's word to give it a false truthfulness. Would you want to be part of this circle of rich friends? No wonder Christianity is for a great part in disarray. Greed and occultism is booming. All in order to help 'the faithful' to secure a few dollars more. Plenty of Christian books and programs on how to get rich and famous. Please don't start with King Salomon. One of the things he didn't do, but his father King David did, was to act in accordance to God's user manual for kings written down in Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

Is there there a book or any one telling us how to prevent God's word, his message from getting choked by thorn bushes? Even if there was, would anyone be inclined to listen? There are so many excuses as to how to spend the money as the charity culture has been teaching us. Tell me this, if all the income-riches of the more fortunate were actually purred out to help and give opportunities to the poor and less fortunate, would there be any of these people left to pity and be charitable to? In this case there wouldn't be anything left to boost ones image and ego. 

Does it say anywhere in God's word that being rich is a requirement to enter his Kingdom, the New Jerusalem? On the contrary God's word warns us in many ways for the problem riches presents to people when it comes to his unshakable Kingdom.
24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthews 19:24 (NIV)

Whom do people with love for riches kneel for? 
8 Again, the  d e v i l  took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” ...
His answer,
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[a]” 11 Then the devil  l e f t  him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:8-11 (NIV) [a: Deuteronomy 6:13]

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion