Sunday, August 13, 2017

Consider My Sighing Part Two


Consider My Sighing Part Two

Psalm 5.1-3

Give ear to my words O LORD, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help my King and my God,
for to You I pray.
Morning by morning, O LORD, You hear my voice;morning by morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.  (vs.1-3)


Consider= to discern, understand, consider
to perceive
to understand, know (with the mind)
to give heed to
to have  insight
teach, instruct
attentive, consider diligently

Sighing = Hagah
to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak
to roar, groan, to utter
to meditate, devise, muse, imagine

Unutterable feelings and thoughts. Words are the clothes that carry our prayers but they originate in the heart. Sighs come right from the heart out... Ah! 

Sighing= emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, joy or a similar feeling.

synonyms: breathe out, exhale; groan, moan

meditation--moanings of that half-uttered form to which deep feeling gives rise--groanings, as in Romans 8:26-27

Haggadah= "Telling" ...Passover Book
Hagah= moans, unutterable feelings and thoughts, meditate


David is praying for the LORD to understand his moans. He was no stranger to grief in his life. Like us there were times when he didn't understand why his own family was against him. There was a whole decade of his life when he was a fugitive due to a jealous King Saul. He also became the world's greatest hymn writer and  comforter of human pain... because he understood suffering, not from a book or from others but from his own heart and life.

Consider my sighing...
1. We Sigh When We Lose A Loved One.

We cry. Tears... out of our eyes, We sigh... out of our hearts and lungs.

Greg Adams:
What is this all about—this sighing as part of grief? We sigh for lots of different reasons and in many different situations. There is the contented sigh at the end of the day or when relaxing. The “life is good” sigh. There is the sigh of relief that can come in a few varieties such as “thank goodness that is over” and “thank goodness that (bad thing) didn’t happen.” There is also the sigh that comes with disappointment, frustration or exasperation. The kind of situation where in emails we may actually write, “Heavy sigh,” in response to a particular or general wrongness in the world. Connected to this kind of sigh is the sigh of resignation—this is all there is, the best we’re gonna get, no need asking for more as no more will be provided. Submissive to the realities present, subdued, resigned, beaten. Sighs of sadness, of sorrow, sighs “too deep for words.”

2. We Sigh When Our We Encounter Deep Problems
I have to believe Jeremiah sighed a lot.

Jeremiah 45.3 You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'"

I have related to Jeremiah in recent days and years. Here was a man, a prophet of God who saw the deep sin and spiritual needs of the people of Jerusalem and Judah. They didn't listen. They berated him, told him and others, "The LORD didn't say that." Not one convert in 50 years of ministry but he was faithful.

Jesus sighed. 

Hebrews 5.7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.

Mark 9.14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. 15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.

16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.

17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. 22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.

Luke 12.49 “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed.

John 14.8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 

Mark 7.31-37 The Deaf Man Nearly Mute
v.34 He  looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, "Ephphata!" (which means, "Be opened!")

Mark 8.11-12 Feeding of the Four Thousand
The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test Him they askedHim for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth no sign will be given to it."

I believe there were many times when Jesus let out sighs. When we do so in reverent submission we are following Him.

3. We Sigh When We Feel The Pain In People's Lives
Been doing a lot of that lately

Bear one another's burdens
Galatians 6:2
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Weep with those who weep
Romans 12.15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

People's lives are very complicated today. Abusive relationships abound. Road rage is a sign of the times we are in. We look at the world, our poor nation and we sigh. 

There is hatred, passive aggressiveness, a sharp rise in internal medicine and much of this is due to stressful lifestyles, poor eating habits...

There is a great fight against disease today... whole organizations have been formed to seek to eradicate them from the human race.

There is much to sigh over. 

Why did our LORD sigh? The Deaf Mute
In that poor afflicted man He saw but one more sign of that vast crack and flaw which sin causes in everything which God has made. When God had finished His work, He saw that it was very good; but since then tares/ weeds have been sown amid His harvest; an alien element intruded into His world; a jangling discord clashed into His music. Earth is no longer Eden. Sin has put man and the creation in bondage. If this makes us sigh, with our limited knowledge we can only imagine how it breaks the heart of God. No wonder Jesus sighed. He saw what was, how good it was and what sin had done, not only to individuals but to the whole world.

There is this thing we all do when reality smacks up against our hopes. We sigh. We exhale a burst of air that may come from our lungs, but also comes from some angst-filled place in our heart.

The deeper the sigh, the greater the disconnect between the world we hope for, and the one we live in.

Jesus seemed to live in this gap a lot. You could hear it in His testy responses to people.- Seth Barnes


Not all is lost. This is a time of great spiritual thirst, of deep spiritual hunger. Satan knows this as well and has offered up a smorgasbord of seducing spirits today. Yet the Word of God stands eternal in the heavens!  155 views on the first part of the message last week- people are hungry, spiritually hungry.


4. We Sigh When God Is At Work In Our Lives.

The sigh of happiness and joy.

Humbling.

Wonder Filled.

Amazed.

Sighing a lot as I see God provide for Haiti.

Pray for a spiritual awakening, a revival, a movement of God's Spirit in our country. We need a fresh baptism of His Spirit resulting in love for everyone!

LORD Jesus, open our ears to hear the cries of our neighbors.
Open our eyeszzd to see not only the hurt of the world but also the love that will eventually heal the world.


5. One Day Sighing Will Be Over!
One day, Not a shadow, not a sigh!

Genesis 46.29 As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.

We we stand in the Father's Presence it will be joy unspeakable!

Songs have been written about that meeting:
*O that will be glory for me
*Face to Face with my Savior
*Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim My God How Great Thou Art!

We are told about that time when we enter eternity:

Revelation 21.1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”









Monday, August 7, 2017

Consider My Sighs (Part One)

Consider My Sighing

Psalm 5.1-3

David 

Nanny

Charlie Brown

Mark

Me
*Bible College Safeway Store
*When my brother died
*In Haiti
*Pastoral Ministry
*Our Country as of late


Sunday- Monday of this past week...

After a full Sunday of services and ministry I made my way down on my bike to the town pool where I have been a member for over 30 years. I swam laps and took a break at the deep end and began speaking to a sweet couple whose names I would find out later are George and Eve. They are originally from El Salvador. I began to tell them about the work in Haiti. I could see the spiritual connection. It is my privilege to welcome then to our group.

Today I noticed them sharing posts from the group here then I received the following texts from Eve:

God bless you pastor I'm the girl u found at the pool with my husband. I'm trying to collect medicine close anything for the people of Haiti i would love if I can come over to your church in the middle of August to drop the box that I believe in my God I'm going to get for u mission.

I have been sharing your post because I make a video on Facebook and tag some of my friends in church and I'm explained how u work and how God used you to help all those people give me until August 15 and I know and I believe in God that I'm going to have a lot of boxes for you.


I was sighing as I left the pool today. I explained to some of the staff at the pool about this today as I was leaving, why I was sighing. They listened. Then I went outside and saw this license plate on a car! 

These verses in Psalm 5 came immediately to mind. 

Give ear to my words O LORD, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help my King and my God,
for to You I pray.
Morning by morning, O LORD, You hear my voice;morning by morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.  (vs.1-3)


Consider= to discern, understand, consider
to perceive
to understand, know (with the mind)
to give heed to
to have  insight
teach, instruct
attentive, consider diligently

Sighing = Hagah
to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak
to roar, groan, to utter
to meditate, devise, muse, imagine

Unutterable feelings and thoughts. Words are the clothes that carry our prayers but they originate in the heart. Sighs come right from the heart out... Ah! 

Sighing= emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling.

synonyms: breathe out, exhale; groan, moan

meditation--moanings of that half-uttered form to which deep feeling gives rise--groanings, as in Romans 8:26-27

Haggadah= "Telling" ...Passover Book
Hagah= moans, unutterable feelings and thoughts, meditate


We need to sigh... to groan in our prayers

Consider my sighing...
1. We Sigh When We Lose A Loved One.

We cry. Tears... out of our eyes, We sigh... out of our hearts and lungs.

Greg Adams:
What is this all about—this sighing as part of grief? We sigh for lots of different reasons and in many different situations. There is the contented sigh at the end of the day or when relaxing. The “life is good” sigh. There is the sigh of relief that can come in a few varieties such as “thank goodness that is over” and “thank goodness that (bad thing) didn’t happen.” There is also the sigh that comes with disappointment, frustration or exasperation. The kind of situation where in emails we may actually write, “Heavy sigh,” in response to a particular or general wrongness in the world. Connected to this kind of sigh is the sigh of resignation—this is all there is, the best we’re gonna get, no need asking for more as no more will be provided. Submissive to the realities present, subdued, resigned, beaten. Sighs of sadness, of sorrow, sighs “too deep for words.”

David is praying for the LORD to understand his moans. He was no stranger to grief in his life. Like us there were times when he didn't understand why his own family was against him.

I Samuel 17.…28Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle." 29But David said, "What have I done now? Was it not just a question?" 30Then he turned away from him to another and said the same thing;

Family can make us sigh
We love them.
They hurt us.

These are things that make us sigh.


2. We Sigh When Our We Encounter Deep Problems
I have to believe Jeremiah sighed a lot.

Jeremiah 45.3 You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'"

I have related to Jeremiah in recent days and years. Here was a man, a prophet of God who saw the deep sin and spiritual needs of the people of Jerusalem and Judah. They didn't listen. They berated him, told him and others, "The LORD didn't say that." Not one convert in 50 years of ministry but he was faithful.

Jesus sighed. 

Hebrews 5.7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of His reverent submission

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Confession of Sins

The Confession of Sins

Proverbs 28.13
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
    but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.


The parable of the publican and Pharisee...
Luke 18.9-14
13 But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

Repentance is rewarded. Godly sorrow is acknowledged by Almighty God.
Psalm 51.17 The  sacrifics, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    You, O God, will not despise.


The LORD's Prayer
Luke 11.3-4 Give us this day our daly bread. Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

Jesus taught the disciples to pray for daily bread and forgiveness when they fell short of the glory of God. Our lives are to reflect His Glory. When we fall short we need to confess it to Him and receive forgiveness.

He commends those who confess their sins, are genuinely sorry for them and call upon Him.

Our tendency is to conceal our sins, to cover them up. That has been so from the beginning.
Genesis 3.6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

Covering up their nakedness
Hiding from God.

Do not lie.
Do not seek to cover your own sin. Seek to cover your brother's sin and nakedness. In other words do not gossip about their failures, help them out of them.

Galatians 6.6 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

"Don't be too hard on yourself. We are all under God's Grace and we are doing the best we can." - Billy Graham to his daughter Ruth.


1. The Blessings Of  Confession 28.13

Mercy
to love deeply, be compassionate, have tender affection...
To have mercy on people...

Listen to their stories! 

Walk in their shoes

Pray for them

These are the things Jesus did for us!


Blessed are the merciful for they will obtain mercy. I want to grow in mercy. I want mercy.


2. A Benefit of Confession James 5.16

 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Healing
Lit. to make whole
*If you are are harboring envy or jealousy or covetousness confessing and renouncing that will make you feel better physically.
*Sins discourage spiritual growth, they tangle up our hearts... flowers with honeysuckle vines. Confession allows God to untangle our hearts!

Physical healing is connected to to confession and forgiveness!

Physical health is connected with spiritual health- not immune but definitely benefited .

Psalm 103.1 Praise the LORD O my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.
2 Praise the LORD,  O my soul,
    and forget not all His benefits—
3 Who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,

Proverbs 14.30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 17.22 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Take a spiritual selfie...
Psalm 139.23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my thoughts;
24 See if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Sunlight exposes dirt... this morning
The Son's Light of His Spirit exposes sin in our hearts.



3. A Further Blessing of Confession. I John 1.9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Forgiveness and Purification
1 out of 3 children in the United States live without their biological father. They need to be taught forgiveness and practice it to avoid many maladies. 

A guilt free conscience is a wonderful thing!

Find a person (who can keep their mouths shut) to confess your sins to, one who prays as well.

Seek purification from sins. Seek to grow spiritually.

If you fall, get up and walk with the LORD.

Confess your sins to God and trustworthy people. You will find mercy, healing and peace!









Sunday, July 23, 2017

How To Handle Riches Part Two



Proverbs 23.4-5

Saying 8

4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Jesus had a lot to say about money and riches in the Gospels and Revelation as does Solomon in Proverbs.
The main difference was that Jesus, God's Son, was a penniless Prophet and Solomon was the wealthiest man on earth.

Jesus lived out a life of poverty. It was not forced on Him. He chose it. I have often said when we get to heaven and see what He left to come down to this earth we will be amazed and grow immediately in our appreciation and admiration of Him Who gave up His life for us! It will be part of us knowing as we are known.

For you know the grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.  II Corinthians 8.9

It is hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God, Jesus said.
Riches make a person proud. They have many struggles along these lines. They have a tendency to look down on the poor. They build bigger houses. If you doubt what I am saying whenkk we run into a person who is rich yet pretends to be poor we are impressed. "With all that wealth they are very humble." It is an unusual thing. A rare thing to find a rich person who is humble. That is one of the reasons Jesus said that it is hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven because you have to humble yourself to enter. It is hard for a rich person to forgive because of pride. Jesus said we have to become like little children to enter. My daughter told me about my oldest grandson and a friend. He ran up to him recently and said, "I'm sorry about last year, Tristan." My grandson said, "That's alright." The kid ran off and my daughter asked him what happened. Tristan said, "I don't remember." He understands what forgiveness is. We must become like little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven! Humble, forgiving, loving, trusting in God.

Jesus said that it easier  for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter Heaven. So many rich people trust in their riches. They think they get things from their riches that only God can give.

You have to wonder the thoughts of those who wanted "In God We Trust" on our coins and currency. It first appeared on coins in 1864. It is a reminder of what Paul said about riches- they are so uncertain, what Solomon said about them quickly flying away.

Paul gave Timothy strong words concerning those who are rich which go right along with these words in Proverbs.
I Timothy 6.17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.



1. The Pathway To Becoming Rich- v.4

Wear yourself out
Become weary from labor and toil to get rich.

Trust your own cleverness
Don't trust your own observations!
Line it up with God's Word! Go into His sanctuary.

Psalm 73.2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.

There are those God makes rich!
Abraham was one of those.
It is God's intent for those He has made rich to be faithful.

Most of us need to pray this prayer from Proverbs 30.7-9
“Two things I ask of You, LORD;
    do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.

Sometimes God makes a person rich on this earth in things of this world:
Proverbs 10.22 The blessings of the LORD makes one rich and He adds no sorrow to it.
Try to get rich quick, buy into to schemes, set your heart on money and you will be filled with all kinds of pain and sorrow and regret.
We all can become spiritually rich.
Some, like Abraham, God sees He can trust with wealth and He blesses them.

I Timothy 6.17 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

If you are rich:
*Do not be haughty.
*Do not trust in your riches 
*Trust in God
*Do good
*Be rich in good works
*Be ready to give (Keep some cash on you for that purpose)
*Be willing to share

The blessings-
Store up treasure in heaven 
to put away, lay by in store, to treasure away
to store up abundance for future use
Laying hold of eternal life.


Abraham was richly blessed monetarily. 


2. Cast But A Glance At Riches

A Glance= fly away, light upon with your eyes.

Let your eyes fly around and light upon riches for they will soon fly away from you.

Think about the way we save money (and there is nothing wrong with that, in fact we are encouraged to save) but to pull our bank statement out, to mull over in our mind out savings balance is not good for our souls. It is bad to look at those who are rich because the riches can get our attention. Then  we see that these people have no place for God in their lives and we begin to question our own commitment to Christ. It is a slippery slope.

[holding up a FedEx package to the Russian employees]
Chuck Noland: You all recognize this, don’t you? I took the liberty of sending this to myself. I FedExed it before I left Memphis. I wonder what could be in here? What could it possibly be? Is it architectural plans? Maybe technical drawings? Is this a new wallpaper for the…for the bathroom.
[takes a digital clock out of the package] 
Chuck Noland: It is a clock, which I started at absolute zero and it’s now at eighty seven hours, twenty two minutes and seventeen seconds. From Memphis, America to Nikolia in Russia eighty seven hours. Eight seven hours is a shameful outrage. This is just an egg timer! What if it had been something else, like your paycheck, or poison berries, or adoption papers? 

Eight seven hours is an eternity, the cosmos was created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled in eighty seven hours! Fortune made and squandered.

Yes that quick!

Proverbs 27.23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
    give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
    and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
    and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
    and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
    and to nourish your female servants.

May God give you insight into these words and may you apply them to your heart today!


The Bible says, "If riches increase... " Now it says, "Labor not." Don't let that be a goal of life. But, "If riches increase, set not your heart upon them" (Psalm 62:10). God may see fit to increase riches. Just don't let your heart get set on them.

Our attachment to the things of this earth ought to be diminishing as we grow in the Word of God and mature and as we get closer to heaven.


3. The Truth About Riches

They are gone quickly, very quickly.

They will sprout wings.

They will fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Jesus' words about Solomon's wealth: 
Matthew 6.28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

False Things About Riches:
Interesting how the Truth exposes the false, not so with the false it blinds you! The Truth sets you free to see the false. The false does not let you see the truth! Obviously God does not want everyone to be rich. Rich people will come t Christ but it is hard and many will not.
* Riches will bring happiness. 
* Riches will set you free.
* Riches will bring you to enjoy life.
* Riches will make life stress free.
* Riches will make others jealous.
* Riches will get you good friends, cool people.
* Riches will endure.


A further truth...
We are in this world.
In this world, in comparison, to many nations, we are rich. Conversation recently with B&N Guys.

We are rich compared with the rest of the world!

As citizens of this world we need to realize our standing.

Don't seek to become rich.
If you have some wealth it will soon disappear.
Trust in the LORD.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
Give generously and cheerfully.

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