Building Spiritual Wealth

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Hi J____,

Wow, what an “open heavens” this is!
I have seen for some time that “man shall… live by every word of God,” but it is so exciting to see how this same truth is being revealed to others in the body of Christ.
I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to read this. I have often told the story of how the WWCG taught us that we were expected by God to leave an inheritance to our “children’s children.”

Pro 13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

For many long years, I just like you, saw only the letters in that verse. It appeared to be plainly saying that if I were a good man I would leave an inheritance for my children and grandchildren. Besides that I would also inherit the wealth of the sinners. How true the last part of this verse proved to be:

2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

It is good to be dying daily in Christ, but it is sad to be a walking dead man and be completely unaware that we are the walking dead.

Mat 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

It is only after we give up our lives that there is any hope of salvation. Christ was very clear on this subject.

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

So our physical lives are to be considered as being offered in sacrifice to God. Unlike all we have been taught while in Babylon, this does not necessarily result on physical blessings which inevitably steal away our hearts again. Just look at the context of “let the dead bury their dead.”

Mat 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
Mat 8:21 And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.
Mat 8:22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

That is very plain language coming from the man in whose steps we are to follow as we seek to “seek first the kingdom of God.”

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Even in Haggai the blessings are pronounced on their efforts to build God’s house first. Only then are any blessings promised:

Hag 1:9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

“God’s house” is the same thing as His kingdom, and both are within those with whom He is now working. We will all be struck down until everything we once valued, and the recognition of men which we have all coveted, is realized for the absolute dung that it is.

Php 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Don’t think for one moment that the revelation of these truths means this is now all behind you. As we weather one battle it is but a preparation for an even harder battle ahead. Just witness the life of our example, Christ and the life of the apostles Paul, Peter and John. Then look at the opening of the seven seals resulting in the blowing of the seven trumpets, which culminate in the seven last plagues of God’s wrath upon the ungodliness and unrighteousness which is in the flesh of every man who has ever lived. We are both Job and Christ. While we are the light of the world, we are also a spectacle to the world.

Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
1Co 4:9 For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

We really do “live by every word” and we “keep the things written therein”. Not just the good and positive, but “every word.”

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

The natural man universally considers “the things therein” to be cataclysmic and apocalyptic. Yet the spirit calls it all “The wonderful works of God to the children of men”, and we are admonished to be grateful for all these our trials.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

This experience is four times repeated under differing circumstances in this 107th chapter of Psalms, because it is common to all men.

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

For all who can receive it, the scriptures reveal that the “way of escape” is through the fiery sword that guards the way of the Tree Of Life. It is through the flood of Noah, through the Red Sea, through the Jordan, through Babylonian captivity, through the fiery furnace, through the lion’s den, and finally through the death of the cross. These are the “wonderful works of the Lord” of which King David declares, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” These are the very same works for which we are to rejoice.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

You remain in my prayers. You are beginning to lay up true treasures in heaven, which will be given to your children and your children’s children.
Thanks again for sharing your revelation with me. It is truly a blessing to me.

Your brother in Christ,
Mike

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