When you come to the end of your rope and you lose all hope, this is where the power of God kicks in.
It was with the money changers and in the treasury of the temple that Jesus Christ did combat with his enemies. For the same reason it was Judas that was a penny pincher and the keeper of the money among the disciples, showing what matter of seed he was.
You see Judas whose identity was with the money, but it was the disciples in the book of acts, after our Lord was taken up who said, silver and gold have I none but in the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk”. They knew what tools they were to use, and which account to make withdrawals from to do their tasks, and it wasn’t a bank.
The point of all this is to say that when all human efforts, endeavors and possibilities are rendered ineffective, that you feel empty and powerless, this is where faith kicks in. When you are at the end of yourself and things happen, this is for the Glory of God, because it couldn’t be you. God Glories in using this one, against all hope.
So you have to put off your dependancy and reliance on the things of this age, to experience God in this way and implement what God has given to you, so you can use them now. You see you cannot serve God and Mammon, and God doesn’t serve you until your reliance of Mammon is gone.
To pray for money is an insult to the living God. He doesn’t need the inventions of man, and neither does His Elect. Remember the fish with the coin in it for the temple tax?
Here is what Paul told Timothy,. “For the love of money is a root of all evil, for which some have strayed from the faith”.
And those in the book of Acts who thought they could buy the things of god, the disciples said “your money perishes with you” showing us two things, that if you hold on too tightly to what you have here, you will perish with it here, but if you hold on to the promises God has given us in scripture, you will have the thing that He said of something eternal. This involves faith and trust in the Almighty God.
And even as the Unction of God says to us in the book of the revelation, that “blessed are those who die from here on out in the Lord that they may cease from their deeds, and their works do follow”.
Now that has to strike your curiousity because how can your works follow when you cease from your deeds and die in the lord? The answer is you stop working off of your own energy grid and efforts and start working in faith at the behest of the Unction and the dunamis (power) of God. This is for His Glory. No human involvement. Flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom, nor can it participate for reward because “everything that can be burned will be burned for the Eternal to remain”. Not that the Eternal is later, but then it will be without competition.
Money is just stored up human labor anyway, and the reason humans are from the dust to the dust, and Satan eats dust. Dust is the spent human efforts, stored in the medium we call money. And who controls that? The god of this age, Mammon. This is what God meant when He told Satan “dust you shall eat all the days if your life”.
So when the things of this world cave in, and you lose what you have and what you’ve work for, don’t curse and blame God because he has something better for you, but “rejoice to the extent that as your partakers of the sufferings of Christ you also are partakers of the glory that follows”.
And that’s the purpose of the sufferings are for. When you are brought to the end of yourself and there is nothing left of you, there is God. This is to pass you through the other side undaunted.
For even Paul said of all he had before Christ “I count it all loss”, which means dung, or poop or crap from the Greek “that I may lay hold of the riches in Christ”. If you remember Paul being a Roman citezine was not a poor man.
Christ goes on to say “Those who seek to save their lives lose it, and those who lose their lives for My sake will gain eternal life.” So hold on loosely.
This is why John says ”
24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
(The corn are those who die in the Lord from here on out, that they may rest from their deeds and their works do follow, Rev 12) and
25 “ those that loveth this life shall lose it; and those that hate their life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” These all describe this same principle.
You sacrifice one lifestyle for the other without the physical death. You see the body itself becomes just a tool and a container, and we become something much greater. Even as Paul said “for we have this treasure in earthen vessels for the Glory and the Excellency to he of God and not ourselves”.
When you’ve put off your dependancy of the things of this age that made you feel safe and sound and secure and you feel naked and vulnerable… You are right where God wants you.
That is what Adam felt with Satans first encounter. This is your victory over this age in that you don’t rely on them anymore. You put off the wares and coverings of this age to feel naked and exposed. Now you are full time faith. Don’t worry tho, just be spiritually prepared to spring into action. Those who have this mindset are sanctified, preserved and protected “in Christ”.
For those who feel safe and secure by being covered in the safety nets of the gods of this age, don’t know the covering and protection of God. Like Adam and Eve felt after their encounter with the snake and why they put on the fig leaf. They felt naked and ashamed. They were exposed to another climate.
However we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, our comprehensive coverage God provides. It’s all inclusive.
Signed, Naked and Ashamed no more. At least from a humans point of view, because we are clothed in Christ. To others we may look exposed, but all of the things our God has for us are invisible.
This is why Peter said;
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the [c]corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Now let that sink in. In this way; The Kingdom of God is at hand. Amen!