Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.Isaiah 51.2
Woe to those who join house to house; they add field to field, till there is no place where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land! Isaiah 5.8
The error of man today is threefold, as the Lord said in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13.1-23). Man is fascinated by the possibility of amassing riches, as if this will protect him from the evils of the world. He is like a field full of thorns, where the seed falls and produces little or nothing. This is bad, it does not come from God, and it only serves to show a proud, conceited and vain heart. Now, does it take so much to be happy? Be vigilant!
Many people also worry about what Christ called the cares of this world. This is demonic, as is the deceitfulness of riches. Now, whatever must happen to your life will happen, unless you are strong in faith and pray for God to protect you. Why so much worry, when the Lord has promised not to leave or forsake those who do His will? (Hebrews 13.5,6). It is best to walk hand in hand with the Most High, so never deviate from this.
Jesus also spoke of the covetousness for other things. Some may be normal, but there are evil ones, such as possessing someone’s spouse, taking someone’s farm, and other vanities. Now, we have to desire what God offers us, seeking what He shows us through His Word. To covet the good of our neighbor or what the Lord has not planned for us is a waste of time. Why do you want to know more than others?
Isaiah issued a rebuke to the covetous, saying: Woe to those who join house to house; (v. 8a). Is there any point in owning so many residences, if we only need one to live in? It is true that many people own real estate because they know how to save and trade, or do it to have an extra income in old age. But when the spirit of pride and vanity is behind this act, they must feel that the prophet’s warning refers to what they will suffer for yielding to the temptation.
Ambition for other things leads many to buy houses, estates, and other valuable items, as collectors of rarities do. They are satisfied with the possession of these goods, as if these will guarantee them happiness on Earth and then in eternity. Those who are God’s must pay heed to His command and fulfill it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The saved person must strive to please the Most High in everything. In the end, they will live next to Him in Heaven (Colossians 3.17,23).
The spirit of selfishness always finds an excuse – making up a fake story or using another plan whose teacher is the devil – to take what belongs to others. The Lord warned: their purpose is to be alone in the midst of the land! The goods can stay by their side, but not the people. Why don’t they do the opposite, taking Jesus into their hearts? The one who is rich towards God will discover that laying up treasure in heaven is much better (Matthew 6.20).
We cannot waste time, but rather employ all our efforts to give the world the Bread from Heaven, the only one capable of satisfying the hunger that everyone has for the Truth (John 6.33ff). In this way, they will be blessed, for they have left the comfort of their homes to go to several places in the world, taking the message that heals, frees and saves man from eternal damnation. Believe and live!
In Christ, with love,
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away justice from the righteous man! Isaiah 5.23
Bribery is present almost everywhere, even in the great nations. This proves that demons and their boss are at work in the world. The person who is blackmailed into cooperating with some scheme is deceived. When he finds himself in a position of authority, he lends himself to do what no one should ever do – bribery. At Jesus’ return, the corruptors and the corrupted will stand before God to be judged.
The Almighty sees everything and knows when someone receives something valuable on the sly, and the enforcer of the law finds “reasons” to frame the righteous and exonerate the criminal. How can one called to enforce the law become a bandit of the worst kind, acting according to the wishes of the corruptor? This will cost dearly to those who fail in their legal duty.
God’s justice is operative and to carry out the deserved punishment, it will not remain silent before the wickedness seen where decisions are distorted. The man who prepares for eternal life acts correctly everywhere, because he judges according to true justice. The Bible speaks of the saved as divine righteousness: For He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Lord is faithful!
During his days, Paul was handed over by the Jews to the Roman authorities, but the governor of Judea, Mark Antony Felix, asked that the apostle be brought to him many times, because he wanted to hear him, hoping that Paul would give him some money (Acts 24.25-27). The faithful servant of God will never corrupt himself to get out of prison. What a shame that governor will be at the Judgment! How many evil deeds, which harmed many people, did he commit?
Those who accept bribes set the wicked free and at the same time deny the innocent due justice. The saved cannot give in to the enemy’s talk. They need to take their stand in any situation. They need to condemn any violation and vigilantly, fulfill the work after the example of Jesus. Only the Gospel preached in the power of the Holy Spirit changes crooked lives!
The corrupt do so much evil against society, acting without any character and being tyrants all the time! Whether Felix or any other commanded by the devil and his demons, they will never get what they want against the Lord’s servants. Paul did not give him money, thus, he continued in prison, but he died free from any evil involvement. The governor, on the other hand, got a lot of money, but tasted eternal death!
The servants of King Jesus will never bow down to thugs in positions of authority who seek to take bribes to continue their filthy missions. Those who have this attitude do not know what they will suffer on the Last Judgment. They will walk into torment and lament forever. Who will help them? The devil? It is good not to get involved in filthy business, as the Most High says (1 Peter 4.15).
In Christ, with love,