It’s all about one thing

Trust.  It’s all about trusting God in all things.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us not to trust in our understanding.  It’s a trap to take what we see and understand a situation to be and use that as our basis for things.  We don’t know what’s around the corner, or just out of sight.  God does.  I think truly walking with God is a lesson in trusting in Him in spite of what we see and “know” to be real.  It’s a journey in learning to trust through the suffering and pain life throws our way.  If you loose focus on Him then you despair and everything Goes down hill. It’s far easier, and better for your personal state of mind, to just trust God in spite of what you see.   Trusting in spite of yourself however is sometimes a lesson only learned through trial and error.  And for this reason I would offer you Psalms and Proverbs.  Two excellent books that harbor a world of wisdom within them.

Psalms is just an awe inspiring way of getting some faith in trusting God.  Over and over themes of trust and praising God in all situations, especially the most desperate.  Proverbs is a beautiful collection of wisdom, and thoughts to train your mind into thinking more dependent on God, and trusting him (and why that’s a good idea).  I would suggest reading a chapter a day of both.  With Proverbs I long ago developed the mindset of reading a chapter for that day that corresponds with the date (it’s the 4th of November today so read chapter 4).  It’s just a good way to keep you focused on watching what your mind is thinking on.

In praying about the various trials that have come my way, God gave me this great picture of why I need to stay focused on Him and trusting Him.  Consider yourself a battlefront.  A fortification of walls and battlefronts.  Surrounding you is the enemy who seeks to kill steal and destroy.  Now you receive your strength from maintaining your focus on God.  Keeping Him first and trusting and having faith in Him that He will supply all your needs (note not your richest desires, just needs).  He attacks, let’s say your car is broken, it will cost $750 to fix.  Surprise once that is fixed it costs $1000 more.  What do you do?  Well In the spiritual realm satan is throwing things at you.  You take your trust off God, take your focus off Him and focus on the battle, you’ve already lost.  All satan needs to do is distract us from our true focus and he wins.  He just needs to keep us from looking to our source, God the father, and Jesus His son.  You take your focus off that, and your working under your own power.  It’s just a matter of time then till the walls fall, till fortifications break.

Ephesians 6 talks about preparing ourselves with the Armor of God.  Go through it and study it.  Each peace is a representation of something that will help us in the fight. I’m not going to tell you what they represent because the study of it is part of it strengthening who you are.  Just remember that each day something’s waiting to tear us down.  No satan isn’t behind every tree and not every time you stub your toe is it him hiding behind a tree tripping you.  But even your flesh wages war against your soul.  It’s a constant battle and surviving comes down to making these things a part of your life.  Learning to make them second nature.  A few pro tips as they say here, God’s word, prayer, and the praise and worship of our God is king hear.  Not just Praise and worship music, but in our thoughts, in our lives and how we live.  Psalms again is a great stepping stone for learning to praise and worship God.

I hope this helps someone.

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6 Responses to It’s all about one thing

  1. Randi says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!!

  2. Elshadi7 says:

    Dear Brother in Christ, thank you for your hard work in making these empowering thoughts available. I do, however, question your statement: “note not your richest desires, just needs.” I know that you did not mean it this way but consider this possibility: “this statement is self-centered and selfish.” If you are unwilling to sow seed and believe that the promise that God gives you the power to get wealth and the blessings of the Lord make you rich, how then can you be used by God to sow $10,000 – $50,000 – $100,000 – $1,000,000 into the Kingdom of God to empower the Body of Christ when the opportunity presents itself. If all you are focused on is your needs, you are not focused on others needs. One of the reasons Jesus gave for coming to Earth was to give us “abundant life.” It is the “goodness of God that leads man to repentance” Rom.2:4. Is in not a command of God to believe for a hundredfold return on that which is given for the gospel sake in this life? (Mark 10:29-30) Living a life of abundance draws men to you giving you a credible platform to witness to them of God’s goodness. Love you brother! God bless you!

  3. Bondservant says:

    I appreciate your sentiment but though i said “not your riches desires , just needs” doesn’t mean I am focused on my needs. In fact accepting That God has my needs, means I know that I will not worry for my day to day needs. And I don’t. I was without work for 6 months when I was diagnosed with this disease. My family had 0 income. I had no choice but to accept God at His words and indeed my needs were met. This frees me to worry about needs of others and this is how I pray. If I give, I do so to bless, If I pray for blessing, I do so for the needs of those God has put in my life. I no longer pray that God meets my needs, I don’t need to God gave that promise to me and all I must do is to trust in it with Faith and walk according to the spirit.

    Consider this. If I am focused on my richest desires, believing God for them, I would still not be focused on others but rather myself. That I might spend my money on myself. James 1:14 tells us that it is our own evil desires that drags us away and entices us. When that desire conceives it births sin and sin death. How much better for me not to desire anything of my own then but trust that God will meet my needs and I concentrate on Him.

    James 1:9-11 says “9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.” How much more so then that I do not seek riches for as Jesus himself said, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then a rich man to enter heaven. I don’t need riches to serve God’s will. I don’t need recognition for it or fame in any sense. I need only to serve and that is all I desire. That I may be used by God for His will, this is the only reward I seek.

    James 4:2-3 says “2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. ” So we see believing God for wealth that we might spend it on our pleasures is not truly in God’s will. This is not to say that we cannot be rich and serve God. But truly many who are rich and try to follow God see money as their service to Him. Faith must be completed by action. This also is in James. Money can be a way to provide that action, but all too often it is used as a means to avoid direct action. My heart is to serve God as a bondservant. I don’t require wealth and I don’t seek it. I would rather serve God as I am and leave the decisions of money and wealth to God. If he sees me as faithful and good then he may choose to give me it. This is up to him.

    Many people think giving to God and claiming a reward is the way to go. I think this in itself is selfishness. We are telling God we shall give to Him and we are telling Him what our reward to him should be. Is not the God who spoke a word and created light, the one who separated the heavens from the earth able to determine what he should give as a reward to His own children. And how much better could He choose then I for He is all knowing and knows how best I can serve him. God doesn’t need my money or anyone’s for that matter for His kingdom to flourish. In fact if we are silent the rocks themselves would declare God’s name. He desires my faith and walk according to His spirit. I do not worry that God’s word will return void if I don’t give enough. Rather I give as God tells me in His word and as He impresses upon me in my daily walk. I don’t seek reward. I give to God because He has given so much to me. I give from love and friendship, I don’t require a reward.

    The point for me is this, so many Christians think the true path of the righteous revolves around health and wealth. Truth is as Psalms 34:19 says “19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. ” So many believe that God needs great sums of giving to be shown faithful. For us to be found gracious and full of faith. But Jesus when he spoke about the woman who gave very little, cents in our terms, said that she gave more then the one who gave a great sum. Because she did so out of faith. The sum you give is not what matters, it is the giving in faith that does. I’ve never understood the give to get/wealth doctrine for one fact alone. It teaches that we need to give and claim our reward. To claim a profit back. The theology of God blesses those who gives is solidly founded enough however the health and wealth doctrine has encouraged greed and claiming a reward for the giving. There is no where in scripture that truly says we are to claim our reward for giving. It says that we should give to God His tithe, we should be a cheerful giver, we should give to those in need. We should remember the orphans, widows in their distress. We should remember the poor. But 90% of the time in practical life those who I see believe in this doctrine, they forget these basic tenants. They don’t give money freely to the brother in their own church who may loose his home because he lost his job do to no part of his own. They don’t remember the sick, or even visit them. They don’t feed the poor or watch over the orphans and widows. They give to get and buy large houses and expensive cars. They have received their reward in full. I have no desire to become this. If God sees me as a good vessel for this, then he will in the right time bring me this blessing that I might touch people’s lives. Until He sees me as ready for this, I don’t want or need it. And it may be I never see it because I’m more useful elsewhere. This is my opinion through years of study on this topic. It is my faith. I did not learn this from a preacher or teacher I did so through years of prayer and study. And it may be that God will correct me, I’m not past accepting His teachings in this. Even if he does, I will never give to get. I will never “claim my seed” or “return” or “harvest”. I will always trust God for He is more wise and knows more then I.

    I serve because I love God. I would serve yet still if there were no eternal reward. I don’t care if I were to cease to exist upon my death. I would still serve out of the love I have for the one who’s saved me so many times in so many ways. Don’t take my word for this. Don’t take your pastor’s or the evangelists who preach it. Take out the bible and pray and study this for yourself. It is the only true way you will gain ownership of the lesson for yourself, one way or the other.

    Please note however this article has never been about health/wealth teachings. It was about the importance of staying focused on God in all things. It was a teaching to show how Satan tries to distract us. We loose our focus on God and we focus on the circumstances, then Satan wins. Our strength comes from focusing On the Prize as Paul says. Focusing on Jesus, God, our salvation. We maintain that supply line and reject the focus on the problem then we can over come. Where you focus in your life, is where you will walk towards. Focus on God and we walk toward Him, we walk in the spirit. We focus on the problem and we walk toward it and we walk in the problem. We can not overcome the world, or Satan, by our own power. We must stay centered. Our weapons are not carnal but Mighty in God. They are spiritual. And we as Christians get all to focused on the material ways of solving problems neglecting the true power of Christ in us. That is to walk in the Spirit, in faith and obedience, and prayer.

  4. Bruce says:

    Heb.11:6 – He who comes to God must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Matt.6 – Reward for giving, reward for praying, reward for fasting; establish treasure in Heaven so that your heart is focused on Heaven. Matt.25:14-30 – He who did not take risks and release his faith for monetary gain was cast into outer darkness.

    I appreciate your passion and the depth of your commitment to your position. When I first accepted Jesus as Lord over 20 years ago, the first words that the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart was “Deuteronomy 8:18.” It took me as few moments to comprehend this phrase. It took me a few moments before it dawned on me that it was a Bible reference. I was that green in the things of God, I had never heard the voice of God before and the Bible was quite foreign to me.

    When I discovered what it said, it all came to life for me and after 20+ year of fervently seeking God and diligently studying His word, He has made it clear to me that this passage of scripture is the foundation of His calling on me. In light of the rock solid scriptural validity of this calling, I am undeterred. I have found, however, that, like speaking in tongues, many of my brethren in the Body of Christ find it offensive. Never the less, to be true to what God has called me to, I press on. I have seen the fruits of a faithful God (Gal.6:7) and am extremely excited about the future. It has been and continues to be an adventure in faith.

    God bless!!

  5. Bondservant says:

    Bruce I don’t, nor ever have, deny the power of those scriptures. In fact I said that the theology behind it is sound. And it is. Give unto God the tithes and he will open the storehouses of blessing Malachi 3:8-11. It should be noted it does not state what this blessing is specifically. Going through the original word for blessing in this scripture shows us that prosperity is one of a few possible options for the meaning.

    In fact I live these principals every day. Though my income has reduced since my getting diagnosed, my money goes further. I have more that I can give to God. Logically I should have less, but I do not. To me this is God’s word in action.

    Their is an inherit error in standard health/wealth theology, and it is not the scriptures. It is the broad strokes they wield with it. It falsely encourages the belief that God is an ATM. Ask for whatever you want and it shall be yours, as long as you give God a small amount. A type of kick back payment. Truth be told as the scripture I linked in previous comment (James 4:2-3) states “you ask and do not receive because you ask amiss that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Truth be told God blesses with wealth to those who show themselves faithful with what they have, this is true. But paying toward a ministry that promises a 100 fold return so they can teach more people to be rich with the power of God is not a worthy investment. Orphans, widows, the poor, those in need, and the like are the worthy investment. To give to get is always an unworthy motivation. The point of this site has always been about being a bondservant. To me that is to seek a higher walk with God. Giving to get is inherently self focused. I rather Trust God for my needs and seek to focus outside of me and want need. If one comes up where I have a need then I give it to God and prayer and trust that He comes through. And He always does, yet not always how I would think He would. God is Good.

    When was the last time you saw a member sell land, or property of some kind to bless those in their own church who are in dire straights? Instead its I’ll pray for you and with you and go about their business. James tells us this is not good. James 2:14-17 “14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

    To me this is an issue that is a choice one must make themselves. Study to show yourself approved (2 Tim 2:15). This site will not focus on this, there are plenty of resources out their for people to use to make their own decisions on this issue.

    As to the scriptures you linked:

    Heb 11:6 – I truly believe this. I know it’s true it states it in more then this scripture and in more ways then this throughout God Word. But it does not specify wealth as the reward. And why should it. God’s kingdom isn’t flesh and blood. God is not restricted to reward with wealth. In fact I can think of a dozen things I’d like more.

    Matt 6:19-20- I hardly think that the wealth we are laying up in heaven is restricted to Gold, silver, and the like. What use has God with these things or will we when we get there?

    Matt 25:14-30 – In deed the Master did cast them into outer darkness. But this is a parable and doesn’t mean it refers strictly to money, even you say faith. Faith has little to do with money. If you look at this scripture closely it addresses my issue of motivation. When the master came back the faithful servants rendered their increase to their master. Their motivation was to bring increase to the master, not for themselves. They were not self focused (this is at the heart of what a bondservant is, to be God focused). This parable can draw parallels to other facets of our faith as well. As in the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us, like teaching, or faith even. It is not something that is held only to wealth.

    Deuteronomy 8:18 “”And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

    I agree whole heartily with this scripture, but again the wealth of God is not restricted toward money or physical belongings. And there is the stipulations in other scriptures like the one I’ve linked twice now, James 4:2-3. I don’t think that God gives us the power to get wealth to our own ends but to further God’s will, and bless those who need. Jesus’ motivation in ministry was always love, always. How much more so that we His servants have the same. The servant is not above the master.

    To me it would be important to note that God’s Word does not say that we will not face suffering or trials. In many instances Health/wealth seems to preach a suffering free walk in some aim to tantalize the lost with a way to gain wealth/health/happiness. In truth the Word of God says the opposite in many places.

    2 Corinthians 1:7 “And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.”

    Philipians 3:10-11 “10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”

    And most of all,
    James 1:2-4 “2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”

    Sufferings, trials, and tribulations have a serious work in our lives. They are a “perfect work”. A refiners fire. The fire can be tough, painful, but it purifies that which is precious.

    2 Tim 2:3-4 “3You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

    2 Tim 2:3-4 is my point to it all. I don’t worry for my needs, I won’t focus on them. I will focus on God and His kingdom and take God at His word when he states “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
    28″So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
    31″Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?’ or “What shall we drink?’ or “What shall we wear?’ 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Mathew 6:25-34

  6. Bethany says:

    Bondservant – congrats on possibly the best, most well thought-out, Scriptural responses of all times. Seriously, that’s the be all end all.

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