Candlestick

Candlestick

In a recent blog, we discussed the Church at Laodicea. The Laodicean Church has sustained an adverse reputation throughout church history. I even heard a leading Pastor, call the Church of Laodicea, “a worthless Church.” The American Minister’s comments were severe, but were his criticisms Justified?
First of all,  even though the Lord Jesus Christ’s judgments are deserving, before judging anyone, Jesus still gives everyone a chance for escaping the judgment to come. The Lord says to the Churches in Revelation, repent, make a change for the better, and enjoy a victorious overcoming life, with the Lord’s help.
NLT  1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1Co 10:13 NLT)
If someone wants to the break the heart of God, all is needed is for one lost soul to be condemned to Hell.
NLT  Ezekiel 33:11 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die? (Eze 33:11 NLT)
 I am convinced that the minister’s remarks were based on the Lord’s ability to know what’s in the human heart. More frequent than they realize, the Ephesus and Laodicea Church may have failed those unassuming little test that eventually summed up to prove that they were a self-serving Church, lecturing on how blessed they were while believing God for the next great thing He will do for them.
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While the World is going to hell, some churches will lose their heart for evangelism, turning their resources on themselves.
Very similar, the Church at Ephesus and Laodicea both had problems recognizing, while having good Church service, the focus of their love had depreciated, instead of them becoming a victorious Soul winning Church,  their interest became self-centered. Where Laodicea and Ephesus once loved the Lord, they gradually became lovers of themselves.
Before defending the Laodiceans or the Church at Ephesus, we need to pull together some facts surrounding Hebraic antiquity.
In the Book of Revelation, each Church had an individual with whom The Lord spoke with, known as an Angel of the Church or Pastor. Jesus Christ didn’t speak to the Deacon board or the Churches Council, our Lord only spoke to that person who was responsible for the spiritual leadership of that assembly.  And further evidence indicates that the Laodicea and Ephesus Church’s judgment was the result of them building their own personal empires, rather than building a house where the Lord will heal, deliver and develop His people.
In the days of the writings of the Book of Revelations, John would have entirely understood Christ’s statement concerning the removal of the candle stands. Because of John’s Jewish knowledge of the covenant and its ordinances of divine service in the sanctuary, the removal of the Menorah would have proven to be disastrous. As for as the Ephesus assembly, John would have known that the Candlestick represented the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the Bread served as the Messiah, and the both always stood together in the Tabernacle.
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Even when the menorah is kindled for a Sabbath service, special prayers are prayed at the start of Sabbath and again at the Sabbath’s ending. These prayers are prayed before the candlestick with great reverence, because of this critical and Holy institution.
John would have been troubled at hearing about the removal of a candlestick, because of the special Holy circumstances throughout the priestly service done to the candlestick. Through John’s eyes,  the Messiah was the “Bread of Life or the bread from Heaven.” Moreover, the giving of the Bread was a season of testing or when the Messiah come He will judge His Church.
Complete Jewish Bible                                                                            Exodus 16:4 ADONAI said to Moshe, “Here, I will cause bread to rain down from heaven for you. The people are to go out and gather a day’s ration every day. By this I will test whether they will observe my Torah or not. (Exo 16:4 CJB)
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Hebrews 9:1 Now the first covenant had both regulations for worship and a Holy Place here on earth.
2 A tent was set up, the outer one, which was called the Holy Place; in it were the menorah, the table and the Bread of the Presence. (Heb 9:1-2 CJB)
In Biblical history, If the candlestick or the fire’s existence where anything other than kosher, they couldn’t be used in the ceremony. The removal of the Candlestick represented the contradiction of the order of the table in the Tabernacle. John would have been acutely aware of this problem, found in the records of Leviticus (Lev 10:1)
NLT  Leviticus 10:1 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded. (Lev 10:1 NLT)
Jesus told the Church at Ephesus that He noticed a change in their appearance.
Complete Jewish Bible
Revelation 2:5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place- if you don’t turn from your sin!
(Rev 2:5 CJB)
Likewise over with the Laodiceans
The Complete Jewish Bible says at Revelation 3:17;
17 For you keep saying, ‘I am rich, I have gotten rich, I don’t need a thing!’ You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked!
18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. (Rev 3:17-18 CJB)
Purchase Gold pounded in a fire.                                                                             There was a unique process performed on the gold that produced the candlestick, the menorah was made of one piece of gold. One piece of gold represents “God is One.” Likewise, cherubims represent the covering Angel (the Pastor or the protector), and the mercy seat represents the Messianic community (the Church).
Exodus 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy-seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. (Exo 25:20-22 KJV)

Laodicea

Laodicea

Epaphras prays to Adonai (the God of the Jews) to strengthen the Churches at Colosse, Laodicea, and Hierapolis. Because of the dark pagan influence surrounding the Churches in Asia Minor (North East Turkey), Epaphras prays an intercessory prayer asking God to help their local assemblies to fight against the brainwashing technique of Satan. The Bible says that Epaphras prayed for strength. Whatever Epaphras saw coming represented some threat to the believing body of Christ. This threat was something more dangerous than the pagan religion surrounding Laodicea, Colosse, and Hierapolis. Whatever this plan of Satan was, the believing body wouldn’t be ready or able to recognize it.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. (Col 4:12 NLT)

At the same instant, Epaphras is praying for those Churches to remain “perfect.” in Colossians 4:12. This type of prayer indicates that there are levels of a Christian’s dedication, so levels seen to matters to Epaphras. Chances are, a spirit of neutrality or inactivity would hinder the growth of those Churches.
Today one may hear the words, “Grace” covers all, referring to cover all sins in a believer’s life, past, and future. But, this statement becomes “error” if it’s saying integrity is not an essential part of a Christian’s life or grace is a license to sin.
Notwithstanding, if the customary rules of interpretations were applied, a definition of a word has to follow its context!
The Strong’s Concordance defines the Greek word “charis” {khar’-ece} as “Grace.” The word “Grace” is interpreted into 7 different words or phrases in the old Testament and 33 different words or phrases in the New Testament and appear in 286 verses throughout the Bible.

The Strong’s Concordance word number 02580 ” chen” {khane}
Meaning: 1) favour, grace, charm 1a) favour, grace, elegance 1b) favour, acceptance
Translated grace 38, in the Old Testament

When people say that the word “Grace” or the discussion of mercy doesn’t appear in the Old Testament, this is not true.  As a fact, we can see Calvary more clearly and give God praise because Adonai plan for Grace to fall unto the house of David’s descendent Jesus. And whoever is moved by God’s peace offering can come under his Covenant. It was God’s plan that Now, Gentiles (nonJews) can be saved by this new Covenant.

NLT Zechariah 12:10 “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. (Zec 12:10 NLT)

The Hebrew word for “Grace” {chen} appears in the following book in the Old Testament: Gen 33:10; Exo 33:12; Num 32:12; Jdg 6:17; Rut 2:2; Isa 1:18; 2Sa 27:5; Ezr 9:8; Est 2:17; Pro 3:22; Jer 31:2; Zec 12:12.

There are more places in the Old Testament where “Grace” appears; we just used these particular verses.

Wherever one locates, the word “Grace” one must follow the context of the scripture to determine how its used. Each instance we see the word “Grace,” in the Bible, it does not mean the same thing every time.

For instance;
NLT Ephesians 1:7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (Eph 1:7 NLT)
or
NLT Ephesians 2:7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:7 NLT)

The context of these Scriptures is “rich in kindness,” or “wealth of his grace and kindness.” The following definitions from the Strong’s Concordance may apply here.
“Grace” Meaning: 1) grace 1a) that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech 2) good will, loving-kindness, favor.
However, when the context is referring to “Saving Grace” or “keeping Grace,” the following definition may best apply.
Strong’s Concordance New Testament word number “charis”    {khar’-ece}
2a) of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues 3) what is due to grace 3a) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace.
The two deferent authoritative definition reveals the significance of a contextual flow and which meaning, is meant to be likely used.

Always remember, Satan wants the World’s population’s condemned with him in Hell. According to Jesus Christ in the Book of Revelations, Satan will place in the hearts of men to preach a gospel focused on the freedom from all condemnation or judgment for sin.

light5The Bible is warning the believers to be careful how one hears the message surrounding “Grace.”
In the same manner, as the spirit of darkness tried to deceive the people of God and teach some strange doctrines. The Holy Spirit exposed Satan’s deception in the book of Acts, as he tries to bring his lies to the men of God.
NLT Acts 13:10 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? (Act 13:10 NLT)

The primary purpose of Satan is to cause God’s people to struggle with their commitment to Christ. But according to the strong’s Concordance the definitions of “Grace” that applies to this situation is the following;Fotolia_60557550_XS

where The Strong’s says; “Grace” exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.

The following text is from the letter written by Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, writing to warn the Church about Satan’s plans to topple their faith by changing the meaning and purpose of God’s amazing “Grace.”
Jude 1:3-4 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.
4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jud 1:3-4 NLT)

As JesCalvary2us Christ of Nazareth, the risen King, dictates the Book of Revelations to John on the island of Patmos, the Messiah gives a clear warning to Laodicea. Laodicea was so in love with themselves, whereas there was no room for any devotion to God.
Laodicea thought that having a wonderful Church service was serving God, but an excellent service along, doesn’t necessarily turn Souls away from yielding their flesh unto Satan.
When a person sincerely repents, they will confess their mistakes while trusting God to deliver them from all of their shortcomings.

NLT 2 Corinthians 4:2 We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. (2Co 4:2 NLT)
But Jesus Christ rebukes Laodicea, not because they smoked Cigarettes or chewed Tabacco, but because of the awful sin of pride and arrogance plus their hearts were filled with indifference with a life of inconsistency.

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!
16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
18 So I advise you to buy gold from me– gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also, buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. (Rev 3:15-18 NLT)

Sexual Addiction

Sexual Addiction

When a person is believed to be a drug addict, the prevailing public opinion, is these individuals are lazy, needy, selfish and has chosen a criminal lifestyle, to support their habit. With sexual addiction, some might conclude that the sexual addiction is driven by a person’s urge to have as many sexual partners as possible.

Moreover, the worst crime of all is the sex predator because their crimes are selfish and self-serving. Since millions of sex crime go unreported every year, an unbelievable statistics appeared on the opening page of “AOL” 8/13/2016, where the report said that 1 out of every 5 female college students, becomes a victim of a sex crime. Even more shocking, in the same report, 1 out of every 16 male undergraduates are sexually assaulted within the same period. The problem with this story is that it only involved participating schools.

Where is the Church’s outcry or why do we sit, by but never prepare God’s people for the oncoming warfare? As the nations of the world continue to have an attitude of apathy toward the rise in the sexually explicit material in movies and television or do we even care about the subliminal messages pump through the headphones into the ears of our youth?

The Spirit of the living God is alerting HIS people to pray for a harvest, however, this time, the harvest is within the Church.   Deuteronomy 7:5 This is what you must do. You must break down their pagan altars and shatter their sacred pillars. Cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols. (Deu 7:5 NLT) 

If it is against the law to break down, pagan altars were you live, then break them down through intercessory prayer.

 Charles-Finney2

Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism.[1] Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan, an opponent of Old School Presbyterian theology, an advocate of Christian perfectionism, and a religious writer. The Presbyterian theologian taught, “If the morals of America go into moral decline, it is the fault of America’s Pulpit.”

The Book of Revelations says, the resurgence of the sexual culture will return, according to The Book of Revelation 2:14.  Jesus Christ will require His Church community to abolish this abomination with the power of the word of God. In the old Testament, Satan would fill the country sides with images of perpendicular male genitals in the worship groves of Asherah. Men were moves with lustful passions and the pagan religion exploded.

Asherah1This is when the people disregarded common decency and placed explicit images of male body parts throughout the hills on public display. As the children of God became apathetic about what was on display before their children, their communities, and their families, before they realized it, the sex culture’s had returned.

Adonia, the God of Israel, would call for HIS servant to destroy the pagan temples, their groves, and all of their images of the false god, Asherah. ( Isa 17:8 ) 

Psychologically, humans accept what they are familiar with. In other words, what people are exposed to for a long time, becomes their new norm. So there must be a call for teachings surrounding Christian involvement with the occult and things at is considered idolatry.

Finally, the body of Christ must be aware that the spirit of disinterest will come upon the Church, and there will be unconcern about what the Lord says to the Church in revelation.

In the end, except there is a great revival for the body of Christ, we will allow or permit the teaching Balaam and Jezebel to come within the Church.  The doctrine of Balaam is “gain is Godliness,  while causing GOD’s people to sin against HIM.”  Jezebel ‘s doctrine is, It’s OK to continue having regular sex because God loves you so much that HE is OK with your naughty behavior.

NLT  Revelation 2:14 “But I have a few complaints against you. You tolerate some among you whose teaching is like that of Balaam, who showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. He taught them to sin by eating food offered to idols and by committing sexual sin. (Rev 2:14 NLT)    

NLT Revelation 2:20 “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman– that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet– to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.
(Rev 2:20 NLT)

Addictions

Addictions

 

The definition of the word “addiction” from the Word Book Dictionary says.
Under Roman Law- a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or a person (as the award of a debtor) a surrender to a master.
Under Roman Law “addiction” was the justification for slavery.

The English word, Gambling, is synonymous with terms such as Mafia, and syndicate.
The word “Gambling,” has its origin in the year of 1726 from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen meaning “to play.”
As ministers of the Gospel, our concern for the body of Christ is the reinforcement of positive Human behavior while developing spiritrually. The Bible is a collection of manuscripts that covers the total Human experience, from birth to our death. God gave humanity the Bible, with loving instructions including wisdom on avoiding destructive pitfalls.
These are pitfalls that may develop into the habitual negative behavior that is comprised in the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastics.

In the spirit of fairness, the term “casting lots” are found throughoutdice1 the Scriptures. When men, trying to make decisions regarding the presbytery or asking for divine wisdom, casting of lots was used. On the other hand, this was a ceremonial event with a high degree of respect for the Lord’s directions.

9 Instead, this is what we will do to Gibeah; we will draw lots to decide who will attack it. (Jdg 20:9 NLT)

41 Then Saul prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, please show us who is guilty and who is innocent.” Then they cast sacred lots, and Jonathan and Saul experiences as the guilty ones and the people were declared innocent. (1Sa 14:41 NLT)

BibleStudy.org: The tradition of casting lots is in the Bible several times. They are thought to have been used in 1Samuel 14:40 – 42. In this case, however, it is not the lots, but rather the Urim and Thummim used to render a decision. According to the first-century Jewish historian Josephus, the Urim was composed of two sardonyx stones, each one within a pouch in the Breastplate worn by the High Priest. This breastplate is known as the breastplate of judgment. That said, the practice of lots was used in ancient Israel.
The primary reason for casting lots was to render an impartial, unbiased decision on important matters. http://www.biblestudy.org/question/what-is-casting-lots.html

When God blesses someone with wealth, He doses it within His Divine Wisdom, but the danger come when men make wealth their priority without a relationship with God, that kind of lust for riches opens a door for other bondages.
While the word “gambling” doesn’t appear in the King James Version of the Bible, a later Translation, such as the New Living Translation uses the term in Matthew 27:35.
The King James Bible was published in the year 1611, so it wouldn’t include the English word “gamble, or gambling.” The word “gambling” doesn’t appear in its English form until 1726. However, the notion of “the love of money” or “instant wealth” was already addressed in the Old Testament writings, then and again in the New Testament.
Here are a few Bible Scriptures expressing both the positive and negative uses of the word “wealth” and the contrast of their use.

NLT Proverbs 8:21 Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries. (Pro 8:21 NLT)
NLT Proverbs 13:11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (Pro 13:11 NLT)

35 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (Mat 27:35 NLT)

NLT Ecclesiastes 5:10 Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
(Ecc 5:10 NLT)

NLT Ecclesiastes 5:19 And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life– this is indeed a gift from God. (Ecc 5:19 NLT)

John 19:24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.
The verse mentioned above from John’s Gospel is a quote Lifted from the old Testament Book of Psalms, where the Spirit of prophecy came upon the Psalmist where He was instructed by God to write down the detailed aspects of Jesus’ Crucifixion.

KJV Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. (Mat 27:35 KJV)

Jesus Garment18 They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. (Psa 22:18 NLT)

Notwithstanding, while one crowd was seeking the will of God by “lot casting” the second group had an entirely different reason for casting lots, unlike the first group, the second group was looking for a means to instant profit. That thought of winning big is enough to stimulate the specific areas of the brain that releases hormones known to lead to addictions. This hormone is known as Dopamine, and this hormone causes the firing of synapses, tiny gaps across a nerve cell causing the brain to focus on the anticipation of an expected event.
https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/synapse

Two Phases of Motivated Behavior
Motivated behavior refers to behavior related
to receiving a reward or reaching a goal. There
are two phases of motivated behavior.
One is called the appetitive phase that include
behaviors of approaching or seeking the
reward. The other is called the consummatory
phase and represents when the reward is
received. http://www.mind.ilstu.edu/curriculum/virtual_cocaine_lab/student_cocaine_dopamine_script.pdf

The reason that the hormone “Dopamine” is partly blamed for some addictions is that the “Motivated Behavior” that causes the cocaine user to get a cocaine fix has the same motivation that drives the gambler to seek a Dopamine fix in the pleasure regions of the Human Brain.
Gambling Addiction is so strong that it overrides a person’s personality, bringing them into a life of shame and secrecy. So, what is the attraction for the gambler? It is the fixation for the rush they receive at the point of risk and reward.

WhiIe, pulling together resources for my book entitled “Doors of the Mind,” a book that aids Christians in understanding habitual negative behaviors. In my research, I discovered the change of opinion about the effects of Dopamine on the Human Brain. Where once believed, Dopamine, a naturally occurring Brain chemical was thought to be the pleasure hormone. Recently, researchers have discovered that Dopamine, actually responds to the thought of the act or the anticipation of the outcome of the experience.

Let us take for an instant a newly wed couple who are together on their wedding night.
According to Science, Dopamine stimulates the brain in the pleasure region, which causes elevated anticipation. Researchers say, it’s not the act of having sex along that causes a flow of Dopamine in the Brain, it’s the anticipation of the total experience. In other words, the thought of the act produces more Dopamine than the act itself. Furthermore, if one of the couple’s past involves pornography, that partner’s experience could result in dissatisfaction and a lack of interest because the pleasure region of the Brain was never activated.
For those with drug addictions, drug users are chasing the rush they felt the first time they used drugs. Even though the drug user takes more and more drugs, unfortunately, the rush they felt the first time their brain was exposed that drug, will never reproduce itself or be the same.
For the person involve in the pornography, their real stimulation is not their partner, but the images found in books or videos.

Unfortunate, the same applies to the gambler; the financial reward is only a part of his or her addiction,
Addiction2A gambler can win big at the table, only refuses to walk away, because of the powerful stimulation of the Dopamine Hormones when faced with reward or ruins.

Historically, State that adopted lotteries to help them finance their schools had mixed results. Where those communities, once filled with happy families, later become a community with foreclosures, loss of property, creating an industry of addiction counseling.

Stop Predatory Gambling
Lotteries Have Failed as a Funding Source for Education and Other Public Services
When its meager revenue stream is considered in the context of the central role the lottery plays in our debt culture and its responsibility for creating hundreds of thousands of addicted gamblers across the nation, it is irrefutable that lotteries have failed as public policy. addiction1supporters:http://stoppredatorygambling.org/blog/category/research-center/lotteries-a-failed-public-policy/

The following scriptures speak to the subject of instant wealth or the preoccupation of being wealthy. Even Jesus Christ warns His disciples about the focus of the Gospel message, which is the Salvation of man and not get lured away into focusing on wealth and worldly things.

18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word,
19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.
(Mar 4:18-19 NLT)
James says the wealth that you anticipated to accumulate will be a witness against you.
3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. (Jam 5:3 NLT)

6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.
7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. (1Ti 6:5-11 NLT)

NLT Proverbs 13:11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (Pro 13:11 NLT)

At the end of the conversation surrounding addictions, there is the reminder that the Gospels illustrates that Heaven accompanies those who believes, (Mark 16:17)
I am one of those preachers who didn’t become a Christian to escape Hell. I needed something that was stronger than my drug and alcohol addiction. One Sunday morning service, I followed the group that was going up for prayer and the power of God met me there. Today, I can say that the Church is where I found out that my addiction was Idol worship. Furthermore, when you worship something, you support it financially, you give a major part of your time to it, then it regulates your life.
People who were blessed to overcome any addiction knows that all addictions start out as harmless social fun before it morphs into the monster that destroys family, careers, someone’s aspirations, then their lives.

Sexual addictions on our next blog

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