“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
What did JESUS mean when He spoke of the “life more abundantly”? (John 10:10) Read Hebrews 11:37-39 and check out the abundant life of some of God’s most heralded (by Him) heroes of “the faith.” If the abundant life means lavish riches in this fleeting world, why then did Jesus say what He warned us of in Luke 12:15? Why won’t the so-called “prosperity preacher” wolves ever mention this passage or 1 Timothy 6:6-12 which warn us of the soul-damning sins of greed and covetousness and hoarding? What is it that these wolves wish to keep their captive prey ignorant of?
Beware of the abundant life scam (concept) being peddled by word of faith wolves such as Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland and many other wood-be greed-driven glamor mongers. These vile wolves promise a crown without the daily cross and are the very “enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Philippians 3:18-19) Any leader in any capacity, who does not constantly preach the daily cross and holiness of God and all the other hard truths of Scripture, is a covetous beguiler who is leading his gullible prey to the lake of fire (2 Peter 2:1-3).
Just read and study diligently God’s Word daily and the whole of His plan and truth will be revealed to your heart (Acts 20:20-32; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17). By doing this you will be kept from the falsehoods of the false prophets who are deceiving many in this late hour.
The fate of true, God-fearing saints in this life could look like this below:
“They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute (not having basic necessities), afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise.” Hebrews 11:37-39
Compare these heroes of the faith – divinely heralded – to the scam jokers today whom the wicked, God-less hoards elevate and make rich today:
• Their clothing/wardrobe – “sheepskins and goatskins” (v37)
• The financial statement – “being destitute” (v37)
• Their comfort level/creature comforts – “afflicted, tormented” (v37)
• Their dwelling place/homestead – “they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” (v38)
And what is it that we have to complain about?
The next time you are tempted to unwisely condemn a believer who is actually obeying God by doing His Gospel work, you may wish to take this passage into accountability first. Otherwise, you may make a fool of yourself just as Job’s friends did by judging him as a sinful man due to his sufferings. To the contrary, the things Job suffered were not because he was sinful but rather the opposite.
Those who suppose that suffering (including lack due to the non-participation others) means that the LORD hasn’t called someone, err in their thinking. The fact that those obedient laborers suffer is only proof and validation of their authenticity before God.
How many times did He promise us that we will suffer and be hated if we truly know Him? How many passages can we recall where our LORD promised us beforehand that if we are obedient to His Great Commission call we will suffer in this fleeting life? Did Jesus not promise that “all manner of evil” would be spoke of us “falsely”? (Matthew 5:10-12) He also commanded us to “Rejoice.”
In light of this, those who aren’t suffering persecution are suspect.
If you haven’t yet been slandered and lies made up about you to this point …. get ready. The day is coming and what shall we do? “Rejoice”! Throw a celebration that He would even count you worthy to suffer for His holy name’s sake as you have communicate His Word to others. Satan is furious with you! You are on his top 10 list in hell! All glory to Jesus Christ! “Rejoice”!
“Itching Ears” or a Noble Truth-Seeker?
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”2 Timothy 4:3-4
Do you have “itching ears” that wish to be told sweet little fairy tales that will lead ultimately you to the eternal prison of fire? Or, have you chosen to be a truth seeker no matter the cost, wholly given over the the One who bled for your sins on the cross and told you He is “the truth”? (John 14:6)
No one is born a truth seeker. It’s a decision of the human will. The disciple is made through an initial and ongoing choice to follow Christ, no matter the cost.
Will you seek His holy face today?
***There’s a command from God to David here and an response/answer from David in this Verse:
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Psalms 27:8
What is your answer/response when God says to your heart “Seek ye my face”?
Might memorizing this verse be a good thing to do today? Also verse 4 in Psalms 27.
The Abundant Life God Offers includes Tests, Purgings, Strivings, Faith, and Chastening
Are we not going to be “tried with fire” if we have faith?
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7
Does God not chasten all those whom He loves in order to keep us in His kingdom so that we do not fall away before we are with Him?
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:5-11
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