These systems rely for their financial resources upon public treasuries which are fed out of the taxation of the people. The donor thus becomes not a voluntary giver but a compelled giver. Between him and the beneficiaries of his contribution there is no bond, hence the character building value which attends voluntary responses to the cry of need is lost. He has paid his taxes and is through, experiencing none of the exhilaration of spirit which floods the being of the voluntary donor to the relief of distress.
On the other side the beneficiary of aid paid under the mandate of law is all too likely to forget the sense of gratitude which should well up in the heart of one who receives voluntarily rendered succor. Instead he is all too apt to fall into the habit of thinking that he is getting only what is of personal right his and in that spirit to become demanding and grasping for more and greater bestowals at the expense of a proper sense of thankfulness.
Albert E. Bowen — The Church Welfare Plan, p. 16, 1946
If Jesus is knocking…
Let Him in.
College Conservatism 2018: Charlie Kirk & Turning Point USA
Debt makes cowards of all nations.
Inheritances aside, the real reason why few people are rich and most are not, is because those few who are rich use their money to make more money.
Everyone else uses their money to buy beers and Xboxes.
The rich grow their money, everybody else spends their money.
Far more often than many will admit, a rich man is a man who sacrifices his comforts in the present for comforts in the future.
He understands money can be used as a seed.
The rich man eats the apple, saves the seeds, plants them, and has apple trees later on in the year.
The poor man eats the apple and throws away the core, seeds and all.
The Parable of the Sower
On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Gospel of Matthew 13:1-9
Now, if that was all Jesus said about it, we might be confused, but our Lord explains this parable just a few verses later.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the Wicked One [Satan] comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart; this is he who received seed by the wayside.
But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Gospel of Matthew 13: 18-23
Here’s a hint: receive the seed with good ground, and your harvest shall be great.
There is nothing natural about what is happening to you.
Everything was either sent for you or against you.
There is no neutral ground.
You are in a fight…
for your soul, your mind, your body, your family, your children, your career, your dreams, your fellowships, your wealth, your name, your reputation, your legacy…
and if you let “the world” fight your battles for you, you are going to be devoured because this world serves a beautiful, beaming psychopath and he has warped this place into a killing jar.
Your rights do not come from the United States government, or from any other human government.
Your rights come from your heavenly Father.
All existence belongs to the Son (Hebrews 1:2) because the entire universe was created by Jesus, through Jesus, and for Jesus (Gospel of John 1:3, Colossians 1:16). All power and authority was/is given by the Father to the Son (Matthew 28:18). Jesus’ inheritance is the entire material universe. This includes healing the mind and the body, deliverance from poverty and disease, dismissal of syndromes, emotions, thoughts, dreams, wealth and finances, the material realm, even weather. The Son gives all these things (culminating in Salvation) to anyone who asks.
It is a gift to Mankind, free to all.
So, when you “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) you are grafted into the Son: you become a “joint-heir with Christ” (Romans 8:17).
No, you are not the Messiah.
You are family of the Messiah, his brothers and sisters. Jesus shares everything with his family: His Name, His Blood, His Spirit, His Father, His Words, His Assets.
We are talking about an entirely different order of technology.
It would be like you marrying a billionaire. Suddenly, you have access, by marriage, to everything that billionaire has: vast wealth, real estate, houses, clothes, cars, NBA teams, yachts, investments, jewelry, vacations, whatever.
Same concept. Anyone who is “born again” (John 3:3) is adopted into the Divine Family and has access to all the power and authority of the Son.
[Don’t get a big head! Keep reading.]
You can do anything Jesus can do (Gospel of John 14:12) if you do it in the same Spirit Jesus did it.
Jesus didn’t do his own miracles — yes, I know that is a shock to many of you. Jesus said God the Father did the miracles (Gospel of John 14:10). So, how will you do the miracles of Jesus? The same way: letting the Father do them through you.
You must be saved through the God the Son and aligned to the God the Father. Then can the God the Spirit can move through you unimpeded, at full force and full speed.
Well, as long as you stay focused on the Father.
Don’t worry, the world will have none of it (Gospel of John 15:20) because they cannot receive the Holy Spirit (Gospel of John 14:17) because “they cannot see him with their eyes”.
If you ever wondered why Darwinists, evolutionists, atheists, anti-thiests, atheopaths, naturalists, and others despise the Father so violently? It is because of two reasons:
Jesus said to them, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me.” (Gospel of John 8:44-45)
You will be persecuted by the world and sadly that includes your friends, family, and associates. Entire political parties have risen up to destroy the church, both in the past and present.
In the matter of personal relationships, turn the other cheek.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the secret kingdom Christ alludes to through many of his parables. He administrates it.
Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets and mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Gospel of Matthew 13:11)
It is a private club, a hidden system nested inside the world and operates under totally different rules than the world does. Inside the kingdom is an entirely unique economy based on entirely more reliable rules of wealth-building than any Wall Street ever came up with, for it comes without sorrow (Proverbs 10:22).
In this system is healing; knowledge; networking; creativity; music; more healing; foreknowledge; even a private communication system, etc.
But you won’t hear about it in any church — well, maybe one church in ten thousand know anything about the Kingdom.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Gospel of Matthew 22:14).
Go to the Son.
Go through the Son.