The big issue in today's society is our moral beliefs. We
have seemed to have gotten way off base where our morals
are concerned. First of all I have been noticing the
commercials for all the latest toys, gadgets, and vehicles.
For the most part, they have made people out to be
practically mindless. I think it's demeaning, but evidently
these commercials must be selling their products. It makes
people's mindless reactions acceptable as long as they can
afford to keep up with the Jone's. My question is, just who
are the Jone's and why are we so worried about impressing
them anyway? All this tells me is that we are out for no one
but ourselves. If we can purposely set out to make others
feel inferior or envious by our "things", then we need to take
a serious look at our lives and the morals we live by.
The Bible says that in the last days people will be lovers of
themselves and money more than they love God. This is
happening right now and we are shrugging our shoulder at
it. This is not a fad, it's not going to get any better, but we can
renew our mindset and gain life, not death. How does
owning material things lead to death? Think about it, the
more things we accumulate, the more bills and headaches
we also accumulate in order to keep this stuff. We then
begin the run on the never ending treadmill, going nowhere
but to hell.
You might think that's a little strong, but it's true because
Jesus even told us this would happen.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and
steal." Matt. 6:17 (KJV)
The reason this will be the death of us is because He went
on to say this;
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be."
Matt. 6:18 (KJV)
In other words, if your heart devises covetousness,
selfisheness, greed and wickedness then it will kill you one
day. It's our instructions to serve God, not the treasures in
this world. The things that own us will create issues in our
lives. It's a vicious cycle. Issues will always bring about
consequences, often life changing ones. They can never be
reversed. We end up biting off more than we can chew. Our
greedy behavior never ends up being the wisest choice and
we always learn that too late. Our lives will begin to spiral
out of control because we didn't stop to think rationally about
something. We never considered how much something
would cost, all we focused on was the "thing" we could call
our own. This mentality will ruin us, but there is a cure. The
world will never give you the right answers because it is set
up to get what they want first. But there are solutions to every
problem and they come from God. If you don't know Him
then of course you wouldn't know His promises either.
The Bible gives us an example of one woman's issues and
she was cured of them. It was all about her great faith in
God and not man. She suffered for twelve years with a blood
issue. There wasn't one doctor who could cure her of it and
before she was done, she had spent all her money. She
kept seeking the world system to cure her issues. This led
her to a dead end and financial exasperation. But
then...Jesus came through town one day. She knew that by
the renewing of her mind, she could receive her healing just
by her action of touching Him. She didn't need an audience,
she could keep it quiet and touch the hem of His garment
and be healed. This is the kind of faith that we still need
today. We need to reach out and touch Jesus! He told her
that by her faith she was healed. Our faith is the only thing
that will heal our issues today as well.
But notice, we have to do more than reach out, we have to
believe also, we have to renew our minds because the
world has taught us the opposite of what God wants us to
"And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2
Our renewing brings about a transformation in our spirit
given by the grace of God. We can't do it by ourselves. But,
since we are His child, He has made us to be like Him. He
expects us to be righteous and holy as well. Selfishness,
greed and lust have no place in our lives anymore.
"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on
the new man, which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness." Eph. 4:22-23 (KJV)
The only way we can walk away from our issues is to renew
our minds and set them on the things above.
"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there
be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8 (KJV)
God created us in His image and it makes sense that we
should be thinking like Him, not in the gutter where the
world wants us. So our past carnal way of thinking to make
others jealous and envious of our "things" just won't feel
right anymore. It will no longer be about owning more than
the next guy, but about the real things that God wants for us.
These aren't about material wealth.
Before we get anxious or worried about anything, we are to
first pray and make supplications and to praise God at all
times. This is not an option, whether you feel like it or not.
This is a command if you want God's help. This must be
God won't always give us the things we think we have to
have, but once you get to know the Father on a personal
level you will learn how to thank Him that He doesn't let you
have all these things. You will understand that it's for your
own good. And that in itself deserves our praises.
To sum this up is to simply say that by changing our
mindset from the world's system is to change our actions.
Our actions can never change our way of thinking though.
When we change the way we think of ourselves, then we will
begin to become who we know we are. Who we are is a
child of God! This will bring elevation and all you ever need
will stem from this mindset. Your actions will then develop
into ones of prosperity in all areas of your life!
So, instead of trying to hang onto money or things in hope to
gain more, God says give it away to those who truly need
them and He will supply you with whatever you need. That is
a promise! This is God's plan for prosperity. He says, the
less we have, the more we will have. Now doesn't that make
alot of sense?
Whatever you sacrifice for Jesus is nothing compared to
what He sacrificed for you. Be willing to give up the things
that keep you held in bondage.