A Closer Look @ The Love of Money- part 1

1. The love of money or of what money can do is a knowledge that came from a tree. The reward for being perfectly liberated from that love or from all evil, also comes from a tree; from the tree of life that we can only partake of after being fully healed by teachings from the doctrine of Christ (i.e. life) and of perfection (i.e. life everlasting) (Gen. 3:6, Rev. 2:7, Heb. 6:1a-b).

2. The love of money can be traced to the love of a civilized life (sin) that became virile after the fall of man (Rom. 5:12); a life that continues to compete with the 0true civilization (for the soul) called the faith and love in Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 1:14). Those who get successfully wooed by it always end up building all sorts without, without being spiritually built in their soul (Psa. 49, Acts 20:32). Those who constantly resist its pull, end up withstanding the gates of hell (Matt. 16:18).

3. A believer who has acquired a nature in Christ that helps him to delight in the act and art of selflessly giving his time and resources to another, or to a cause that furthers the gospel, is more saved in his soul than a believer who struggles to naturally do so (1 Cor. 13:5; Philip. 2:4/20-21).

4. A believer who is naturally or always more excited when giving than receiving, is more blessed or selfless than a believer who isn’t. His attachment to things that can perish with the use and his previous love of material things has lost its grip on his soul (Acts 20:35, 1 Cor. 6:12, 1 Tim. 6:10a).

5. The love of money or the quiet love of what it can do can be expressed in worldly ways through anyone who isn’t in possession of gospel of Christ, or in a more evil manner through those who either disagree with the gospel, or who want to make it (or make a name for themselves) by all means (1 Tim. 6:9-10, 1 Jn. 2:15-16, Gen. 11:4).

6. The love of money or of what money or mammon can offer, is a temptation that is best handled by not just the enlightenment in Christ but by the enlightenment in the son of (the living) God. (Matt. 4: 1-10, 16:16). Handling the tendency to fall for such a temptation or evil, requires not just priestly judgements (for thoughts) that stream from the word of Christ, but those that stream from the high priestly judgements of God the Father (Heb. 4:12, Jn. 5:30).

7. Nothing has robbed generations of believers from accessing the riches of Christ or the true riches of the Father—like the love of money or of what money can do. Nothing reinforces our confidence in the flesh like the world that it creates (Lk. 16:11/18:25; 1 Jn. 2:15-17; Jer. 17:5-6).

8. A believer who has journeyed through the faith in Christ to a place where he has peace with God is a man of God with a formation called Christ that should still flee from the tendency to love money. He must take his portion in all things everlasting to do this; lest he slips back into the corruption of this world that he previously escaped (1Pet. 5:1, 1Tim. 6:11-12, 2Pet. 1:3-4).

9. Money drives the Kingdoms of this world; it answers to everything there, and the actual season when the love of it would be overcome is after a believer has been empowered through the Feast of Charity (Christ) to seek first the everlasting Kingdom of God and its righteousness (Eccl. 10:19, 1Tim. 1:5, Matt. 6:33).

10. The world has said, “time is money”, but the gospel is still saying “time is life”! It is a gift to enable us fetch the life in Christ and in the Father (Jn. 9:4). The world has since created a money-based value system that ensures that men don’t use their time the same way that Jesus or other overcomers once did, but a generation is arising, whose value system would be faith and love based; whose consciousness and devotion would revolve around their use of God’s power—like it previously was around money (Matt. 6:21, 24).

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