The Spiritual Economy
This week's message is The Spiritual Economy. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
He Hasn't Forgotten
For so many of us, these are very frightening times. Most of us here today have felt the effects of today's economic condition in one way or another. Perhaps you've been laid off, or know someone who has. You might be in foreclosure, or be facing reposession or eviction. But God hasn't left you all alone. He hasn't forgotten about your needs. And he hasn't forgotten his promise to meet all your needs according to the measure of his endless riches in glory.
Today we explore the connection between earthly and spiritual prosperity and poverty, and hear a solemn challenge from the Word of God.
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True Riches and Poverty
While the Bible speaks of very troubling times, and while we watch the economies of the world sink into the depths of despair, the Bible also speaks of a great outpouring of the Spirit of God, a time of great spiritual blessings which will come at a time of great spiritual need.
In Matthew 5:3, Jesus says this: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Lord, teach us to be poor in spirit, so that we can obtain true and everlasting riches!
It's not when we feel comfortable and at ease that a great move of God comes, but when we realize that we are desperately needy, and we seek after the true riches: righteousness, Godliness, holiness, the presence and the kingdom of God.
The one who is rich in spirit is rich regardless of what he does or doesn't have; while the one who is impovrished in spirit must have earthly riches to conceal that poverty from human eyes.
And yet, you can't take anything from this earth with you when you die. Your few short years here in this mortal life are a passing mist, like the steam that rises from a cup of morning coffee. It is here but for an instant, then it vanishes away.
You can afford to lose every earthly posession you have. You're going to lose it all some day anyway. But you cannot afford to be spiritually naked and blind, because after a very short time, that's all you're going to have.
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