Do we seek things of God or this World?

God is blessing this ministry. Over the years we have been so blessed by God.  He promises to meet our needs.

In Matthew 4 we see Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit.  I feel like that sometimes.  I feel He has led us into a wilderness to permit us to be tempted to show our devotion to Him.

Jesus was tempted by Satan after He had fasted for 40 days and nights.  I’m sure Christ was hungry and thirsty.  He didn’t take a jug of water and a bag of food ‘just in case He got hungry’ He trust the Father totally!

Satan tempted Jesus with food first.  In verse 3 it says ‘And when the tempter came to him, he said ‘IF’ thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”  I think Satan was trying to make Jesus doubt his heritage.

Doesn’t he do the same to us today?  He tells us were not worth anything, not really saved, and so forth.

Then Satan tempts Jesus with showing His Sonship.  Verse 6 says “and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thy self down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thou foot against stone.”

Verse 8-9 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”

It is so easy to be tempted by Satan to do things in this world to experience more, to receive more material blessings, and gain much much more here on this earth!

Beth and I have constantly looked back to see the blessings of God as we stepped out to do His work and will for our lives.

Today, we live in a $60,000 home and satisfied with it; used car and Nissan pickup with no air conditioners and satisfied with them, but looking to God for our needs and ‘comforts’ not demanding them!  I am constantly amazed with ministers who have to have the best to show their prosperity in God.  Don’t they know God will prosper them as He leads them?  When Christ called the disciples He didn’t and never did promise great wealth except in their spiritual life.

I watch a lot of “Christian” TV.  I get frustrated seeing ministries spend 20 out of 30 minutes asking for our gifts while they live in million dollar homes.  I understand when you get to a certain level in this life your needs are greater.  Many evangelists DO need that jet we all gripe about.  Think about how much money they would spend shipping equipment, staff, products etc. to crusades overseas and around our nation.  I understand that ‘need’.

I don’t understand taking God’s money and buying $3,000 suits, $1,000+ a night hotel rooms etc.  I’m comfortable with $125 and under a night rooms.  I usually carry my own internet connection, so what I need is a clean bed.  Many wants the comforts of home at the expense of the Body of Christ.

As many of you know, Beth and I do travel, (never 1st class) across the US.  This ministry preaches the Word of God to around 500+ inmates each week, plus church services, some times several hundred students, 24 hour Internet radio network, newsletter, and Bible School.  All with the provision of God and His people.  We try hard not to ‘beg’ for money, but as most ministries, we can always use more money.  Not for our personal needs, but for the needs of the ministry.  This is truly a ‘faith’ ministry. We trust God with our faith for the needs of this work.

Over 30 years of ministry, we have found God provides in His time for the needs of His servants.  We miss the mark so many times, but God forgives and provides anyway.  God has opened doors for us, given us lands, and when looking back, we missed it.  As Christians, we can always look back and see the missed blessings God has tried to provide us.

As long as we never compromise the Word of God, never compromise our moral and Christian standards, we know God is with us.  He is better to us than we ever deserve.  He’s never late.  He’s always right on time!

Praise the Lord.

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