When people say Jesus was poor so we must be poor they clearly have not studied the scriptures. If they choose to be ignorant, as Paul says, let them be ignorant.
In our post Warnings Before Blessings we posted the full scripture of Deuteronomy 8:11 – 20. Notice in those verses, God knows what we do with wealth as human beings. When God gives us wealth he knows we are going to use that wealth to buy plenty of food, build houses ( more than one), increase our holdings ( herds & flocks), obtain more wealth ( gold & silver ), increase our possessions.
This shows us that God knows how we define wealth. Now look at Revelation 3:17 KJV “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
God is not talking to unbelievers here. He is speaking to the church of the Laodiceans. This is Jesus speaking after his death, burial and resurrection and Jesus is speaking to believers with wealth, hello. These believers are rich, increased with goods and have need of nothing. Sure sounds like Deuteronomy 8’s description of wealth.
But notice what Jesus tells these wealthy believers? They are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. Wait a minute. How can wealthy believers be poor, naked, wretched, blind and miserable? Remember, these are believers Jesus is speaking too. I can not emphasize this enough. So why did Jesus say this to believers about believers?
I need to go on a bunny trail for a minute. I promise to get back to the wealth issue. The only way to understand why Jesus told wealthy believers they were poor, wretched, naked and so forth is to define the words Jesus said.
Believers – are rich, increased with goods and have need of nothing. ( If you are not here yet, that is what this series is about. Showing you how to get there). Believers are those who by faith have believed on the blood of Jesus Christ to make full payment for all their sin and believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and have received him into their heart for salvation of their soul. They are born again believers.
Wretched – very miserable, deep affliction or distress from want, anxiety, grief, worthless, hateful. (Christians get anxious over terror attacks, loosing a job, hateful.)
Miserable – very unhappy from grief, pain, anxiety, poverty, apprehension of evil. How many Christians get mad at God and walk away? Too many. Apprehension of evil is thinking on without affirming or denying or passing judgment. Another words, because this evil is not affecting me or my family, I am not going to worry about it, say anything or do anything because it does not affect me.
Poor – lacking or not having sufficient substance, needy.
How can these rich believers who are increased with goods and have need of nothing be lacking in substance? Substance is not just food or clothing, it is “ substance “. How many times believers go to church and hear messages that lack substance. Some pastors try to beat their flock into submission. Others put their flock on a guilt trip. Others preach the milk of the word because they do not know or want to offend others. Some even preach for money.
Blind – this is understandable, they can not see, either literally, figuratively or spiritually. They just don’t get it, they can not see where something is going if not stopped. Believers just don’t see.
Naked – we think clothes but naked means exposed, unarmed, defenseless, open to view.
So when Adam told God he was naked, it was not only regarding his clothes but Adam spiritually changed, he was defenseless, unarmed, exposed to evil. An interesting study itself.
But naked also means open to view. An example. God hates sodomy and God destroyed people participating in sodomy, Sodom and Gomorrha, as an example to us. Paul warns in Romans 1 God hates sodomy. Why? Because it is evil and wicked and that is not the way God made his creation to be.
This LGBT movement is promoting wickedness. And! The news media and even some churches are helping promote this wicked movement. Even a president who says he is a Christian but has no Christian fruit, is promoting this wickedness. If 75% of Americans are “Christians”, that is about 263 million Christian people, where is the outrage? Now we have businesses promoting this wickedness. Companies like PayPal and Target and Christians go on their merry way. God says these Christians make him sick in Revelation 3:14 – 18.
For years, the church has hidden behind the four walls of their buildings. Fear has crept in to the church. Fear of loosing their job, loosing their wealth, loosing their goods. At least Kim Davis took a stand against issuing marriage licenses for the LGBT crowd.
Since the 1960s the church has hidden themselves while murder through abortion was made legal, sodomy a wicked sin made legal, witchcraft and the occult glamorized and the church hides in its walls.
2 Peter 1:1-10 KJV “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
2 Peter 2:1-8 KJV “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person , a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
It is not that God hates people, God hates sin and wickedness. So turn from wickedness and turn to Jesus. Repent. Turn back to God.
Back in the 70s I think it was, one of the peanut butter makers was changing a policy and Americans were very upset with their ungodly act. Believers and unbelievers teamed up to boycott the peanut butter maker and Americans mailed their open peanut butter jars to the CEO with a letter explaining they were no longer going to buy their products unless they changed course. It worked. The company backed down.
Later, when butter prices spiked, Americans stopped buying butter and that worked. Just recently the American Family Association put out a boycott for PayPal and for Target Department Stores because these businesses decided to let sex perverts go into the ladies bathrooms. The ladies bathrooms were now no longer for just ladies, but every sex pervert around. The American Family Association struggled to get 2 million signatures out of 263 million alleged Christians. Some Christians that signed the boycott pledge have gone back to shopping at Target. The AFA failed to engage the Christians they only requested a signature and a phone call. To have successful boycotts, you need to engage the people.
We see a Methodist Church is allowing an open sodomite to “pastor” a church?
Why hasn’t the church leadership removed the sodomite or the Christians leave the church and mail their membership to the Methodist Church headquarters? Christian – wake up.
Remember when Hillary Clinton made fun of stay at home moms and Hillary said they want to bake cookies and raise their children? She was promoting her ‘it takes a village’ government takeover programs. God says it takes a mom and dad not a village. Anyway, Hillary upset so many Christian moms they started mailing Hillary boxes of cookies. Hillary got the message.
Revelation 3:17 KJV
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
So as we travel God’s path for increasing our wealth, let us reexamine our walk with Jesus Christ. Examine your motives and your heart. Above all, examine that you are really ” in Christ ” the way God says. Click How To Get Saved from our Menu above.
Now let us delve into how to increase our wealth, God’s way. Until next time.