False Prosperity

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul. In today’s society everything is about fame, fortune and prestige. Very few people stop and sit back and think about the God of Heaven. The Creator who woke them up to see another day, or His Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross so that our sins might be forgiven.

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We live in a time when our phones, television and social media have become more important than the Bible or Christ himself. As we look around in many of our churches today, the number of people carrying their physical Bibles are significantly decreasing compared to those who are carrying their phones to replace their Bibles.

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We live in a society where we want everything quick and in a hurry. We want to get rich quick and in a hurry. We want to get a house and a car quick and in a hurry. We want to get married quick and in a hurry. The same way we want to get out of church, prayer and bible study quick and in a hurry.

Rather than depending and trusting the Lord for what we need. Many people today are taking things into their own hands by using ulterior sources in order to gain success or the materials of life. Many are taking their “Own Destiny’s” into their own hands. A lot of us are not waiting upon the Lord as the bible instructs us to do.

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Most people are not even thinking about the Lord unless we come up against some great life-threatening situation or experience. The bible tells us to seek the Lord while he can still be found. There is a set of people who do not even believe in God, much less His Son Jesus Christ. Waiting upon the Lord is definitely not in their vocabulary.

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We have so many people who are easily and rapidly falling for the enemy’s schemes and lies, only to later come up burnt and empty if they happen to survive. Many do not realize that neither fame, fortune or prestige cannot save us. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with being wealthy or successful. However, if one is not using God-given methods, it’s clearly a waste of time.

The enemy never does anything for free. It is going to cost you something. The question is…What or who? There is always an exchange. Like it or not, One day is payday. However, there is a gift that has been given to us free of charge. That gift is salvation. Jesus died for our sins. Our sin-debts have been paid in full by His sacrifice made on our behalves. it doesn’t us cost anything. All you have to do is just accept and receive it freely through Christ Jesus.

What greater gift is there than one that has been fully paid. Won’t you receive Him. There is no greater gift than the gift of life that comes from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God’s Wonderful Creation

 

This morning I had the wonderful privilege of recording a couple of episodes for two of my podcasts in one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. Normally, I record my podcasts indoors behind closed doors. However, due to circumstances I wasn’t able to do so.

I have been working on a recent series based on Psalm 37. I needed to record and upload a new episode. I had been praying and asking God to show me a place where I could go to record my episode. Yesterday as I was walking with a sister in Christ. She wanted to show me a shortcut how to get to the library from where we were both staying.

She took me to this beautiful park. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I’m a huge lover of parks, especially when I’m in the US. Normally, when I am New York City during my days off in the Spring or the Summer I enjoy spending time in the park. My favorite park in New York City is Silver Lake Park in Staten Island, New York. I also spend a lot of time in Battery Park in New York, New York.

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Silver Lake Park in Staten Island, New York

It was so beautiful I thought that I had stepped into the Garden of Eden. I was so grateful for the Lord allowing her to show me this beautiful hidden little place. God had answered my prayer through my sister in Christ. I’ve spent many days in the park during the Spring and Summer seasons just talking with and praying to the Lord. Some of my greatest ideas where birth right in those parks while speaking to the Lord.┬áIt’s a place where I can sit still and communicate with Him and hear His voice when I seek Him for direction and for the decisions of life.

So this morning I stepped out on faith and did what I had never done before, I recorded a couple of episodes in the park that were just so fascinating. The sounds of the birds chirping in the background where just so heavenly. I’m actually thinking of doing a whole lot more episodes in that park. I just wanted to post a few pictures for some of my readers and listeners to see the true Beauty of God’s Creation.

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Fourth Ward Park

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The Little Free Library in the Park.

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