ASK NOT FOR THE RICHES OF THIS WORLD by Michael

O LORD, the God of hope, let your wisdom resonate with those who read this. In Jesus name. Amen.

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest I be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain (Proverbs 30:8 – 9).

Those who stand in error and proclaim destruction before men are lacking wisdom. They say, God wants you to desire riches and that it is a sin to be poor. What god do they serve that they bring before men corruption that may turn them away from God? Did not David said, Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preverse my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee (Psalm 86:1 – 2). It is well to be poor and holy. How then they call it a sin to be poor? They shall be punished because they lead the innocent to the slaughter. The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools (Proverbs 3:35). O LORD, open the eyes of those who dwell without hope, who sit in darkness and call it light, who rejoice after destruction and not know the errors of their ways. Open their eyes that they may flee from wicked men who say they are for you but they are not. The riches of this world are not to be desire. But the kingdom of God and the riches of eternal glory which is more profitable. Rejoice if the LORD has denied you riches; for it may be that he desires your souls. Let it be pleasing in your hearts to come before God, not seeking riches but just enough to dwell in hope. For if man will not hope in this God and delight in the good things of God, unto salvation, what good is his riches? Desire neither poverty nor riches but that the LORD feed you with food convenient to you, lest you be full and deny him and say, Who is the LORD? Or lest you be poor and steal, and take the name of God in vain (Proverbs 30:8 – 9).

Let every man endure with the wisdom of God, that he will seek not the riches of this world, but the delights of the LORD. If we shall aspire to do well, then let us aspire to please God, to live and hope in his beauty of holiness, to dine under his wings where there is safety, the assurance of everlasting faithfulness of our God the LORD, who is blessed forever. If you shall live to please God, then ask not for riches that we may turn away from God. But ask that the LORD give you enough that you will not be burden with corruption, nor despise the goodness of God. Desire need and not want; for it is written: The wicked suffer want. But the righteous shall not lack any good thing. It shall be given to them by the LORD.

The righteous eat to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want (Proverbs 13:25).

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee (Psalm 84:11 – 12).

Let us therefore be wise to seek the things that are profitable unto God. If riches increase do not dwell on them. As it is written: Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them (Psalm 62:10). Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

Remember, that to be poor in spirit is to be rich in Christ our God. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). Let us then be eager to be poor in spirit before God. This is the riches we must seek. We must humble ourselves before God, being remorseful when we sin, repenting with sorrows that we may rejoice in the goodness of God. More than anything, we must keep Christ close to our hearts, and turn to him for guidance in all things which benefit us. As children of God, we need our Father, now, even more than ever, seeking his word, adhering to his truth; for his truth is life, in Christ Jesus. And every word that cometh out of the mouth of God shall come to pass. Let it be then that you hold dear to his words, keeping every bit close to your hearts, to call on the word of God, now, and in the days to come. Let us praise the LORD, who is infinite in glory and wisdom, who watches over us, and guide our paths, that we may rejoice with hope in a God who is forever faithful. Let us give thanks to the LORD, who open our eyes, that in foolishness we may be wise, desiring what is acceptable before God.

There is one who pretends to be rich but has nothing; Another pretends to the poor, but has great wealth ( Proverbs 13:7).

Can a man put a price on salvation, which is a free gift from God, ordained before the beginning of the earth? All the riches in the world will not be enough. Eternal life is great wealth. But he who says that he is rich and knows not God, he is poor. So it is well to be content with the blessings of God. For how blessed is he who the LORD called unto eternal righteousness, in Christ Jesus? The love of God surpasses all understanding. If God is keeping you away from chasing after riches of this world, that may actually be a good thing. Seek God, who is rich in all things eternal, even the everlasting kingdom of God. Let us repent from the lust of this world, and bring praises to a God who has bring us into the light, into his wisdom, in what is good and profitable to our souls.

O Father, I thank you for the word which giveth hope to a man who pretends to be poor yet he is rich and has great wealth. Let us all then, O LORD, pretend to be poor but have great wealth. Amen.

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