“Health, Wealth, Happiness”

Posted: June 2, 2012 in 1 Corinthians, Bible Prophecy, Christian Life, Dispensations, Government, Money, Salvation, Security

  Who wouldn’t be attracted to such an offer?  After all, most of us have health challenges. Perhaps we are not as rich as we’d like to be, and we all have our share of sorrows in life.  Could this be the reason why so many people flock to the “Health, Wealth, And Happiness Preachers” who are so popular today?  They promise a lot but deliver very little.  They tell people what they want to hear and tickle their ears just as the Scriptures predicted they would.  Some of them are getting very rich as they exploit hurting people (1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 4:3-5). 

  King Jesus.  After Jesus healed the sick and fed a huge crowd, the Jews wanted to make Him their King (John 6:15).  But strangely, Jesus refused their offer and departed from them to a mountain by Himself.  Yes, He came to offer Himself as the rightful King of the Jews, but His becoming their King would be determined, not by the popular vote of the people, but by the predetermined “Decree” and God the Father’s timing (Psalm 2:7; Ephesians 1:11). 

  Timing.  We believe that this will happen when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth after the “Seven Years Of  Tribulation” (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7). This momentous event may be much closer than most people realize (Matthew 24:29ff; Revelation 19:16ff).  There are plenty of indicators that seem to be pointing in this direction.  Where will you be when it happens?  Do you know the order of things to come?  If not, ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.”  Read our (Blogs) on our web site that deal with Bible prophecy.  You can also go to our “Bible Basics” section for concise information.

  Sickness.  Believe it or not, sometimes sickness comes even to righteous people because of Satanic affliction.  It happened to Job (Job 1:6-2:10).  Strangely, this resulted in God’s glory when Job maintained his loyalty to God.  The Apostle Paul had to endure a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him humble (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).  Timothy, his missionary companion, had a constitutional weakness that was corrected by his drinking wine (1 Timothy 5:23), not by Paul’s healing him miraculously.  (Don’t use this verse as an excuse to get drunk. –Ephesians 5:18)  The Apostle Paul, who performed unusual miracles (Acts 19:11), didn’t use this power to heal his friends Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27) or Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20).  Do you know why he didn’t heal them? 

  Suffering.  Unlike these men, many Christians today suffer physically, emotionally, and mentally because of their disobedience to God their Father who chastens and scourges them because He loves them (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:5-11).  Are you being afflicted by the “torturers” at this time (Matthew 18:34)?  Do you know what you’re supposed to do when this happens (2 Timothy 2:24-26; James 5:13-16; 1 John 1:9)?

  Poverty.  Sometimes this is the result of poor planning or laziness.  Consider the ant (Proverbs 6:6-11).  Rather than trusting God to get a job and do it well so they can earn a living (Proverbs 3:5, 6), many people rely on themselves (James 4:13-17; Deuteronomy 8:17, 18) or on government officials to rob from the producers to give to the lazy.  The Bible has something to say about this (2 Thessalonians 3:10).  This, if practiced, would relieve a great tax burden.  

  Ineptocracy.  Have you heard of it?  It has been defined as “a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.”

  Government.  Capitalism, which the Scriptures allow, has been abused by dishonest men (Ephesians 4:28; James 4:1-4; 5:1-6).  The “Red Letter Christians” pick and choose what they want from the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) and then try to force socialism and communism on others.  When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule as the King of Kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16),  the sin nature of man (1 John 1:8; Jeremiah 17:9) will be curbed because all his needs will be met (Isaiah 35:1ff; Ezekiel 36:26), the devil will be bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7), and the diabolical world system will have been abolished (Daniel 2:44, 45; 1 John 2:15-17).  Finally, there will be peace on earth (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7).

  Rules.  If you’re a Christian, by which set of rules are you living: the Mosaic Law, Grace, or Kingdom rules?  Yes, they are noticeably different.  You won’t mature spiritually, or live victoriously over your three spiritual enemies, and be rewarded fully by the Lord unless you live according to “Grace Principles” (Romans 6:14; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Galatians 5:1; 2 Peter 3:18).  While everything in the Bible is “for” Christians, not all of it is addressed “to” them.  Don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Jews.

  Sadness.  Everlasting suffering and sadness await those who aren’t fit for heaven.  Without Christ’s righteousness imputed to your account, you can’t enter heaven (John 16:10; Romans 4:5).  But when you place your faith in Him alone as your personal Savior, by believing that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, you will be saved from an everlasting hell and enter heaven (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 14:3).  Have you done this yet?  Do you have assurance of salvation?  Why should God let you into His heaven?  Do you think that there is anything you could do for fail to do as a Christian that would cause you to lose your salvation?

  Joy.  Everlasting joy awaits those who enter heaven (Psalm16:11; Revelation 21:4).  But in the meantime, Christians can/should experience and display God’s love, joy, and peace as they find their delight in the Lord (Philippians 4:4; Galatians 5:22, 23).  Joyful Christians are good advertising for God.  Are you displaying the “Fruit of the Spirit” so others can see Christ living through you (Galatians 2:20)? 

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