Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Choose Life (Part Eight): God Wants You, Rich.

He Maketh Rich
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:5-6, NKJV)
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15].

There Will Be No Poor:

There are yet a few who would quote Deuteronomy 15:11, stating. “For the poor will never cease from the land….” The problem is those who make this their main message do not choose to be poor. Nor do they see it as their God-given lot. Yet, they waste no time in seeing it possible for others. They quote this to justify why others are poor and should be satisfied with their fate. 

How so, heartless? How so, loveless? How so, callous? What a false balance (scale)? What a half-hearted message? Such fail to read the full chapter and understand what is being said. Earlier in the same chapter, verses 4-6, God says,
“But there will be no poor among you, for the Lord will surely bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, if only you carefully listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to do watchfully all these commandments which I command you this day. When the Lord your God blesses you as He promised you, then you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall rule over many nations, but they shall not rule over you.” (Amplified)
Being poor is not in God’s perfect will. 

His will is that we all be wealthy, prosperous. He wants to bless us beyond our wildest imagination. However, He is not going to force this on us. Whether we walk in it or not, it is ours to choose. We don’t have to be poor. We can be rich. We don’t have to be sick. We can enjoy perfect health. We don’t have to lack wisdom. We have the mind of Christ. We have all available. 

Whether we walk in them or not is up to each of us. "Life better, more abundant, and fulfilling is the promise we have under the grace God has given." (Tudor Bismarck) God has done His part. The ball is in our court. The next move is ours. How are we going to play?

© 2014 Akin Akinbodunse.

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