May you have a hunger and thirst for the wisdom that comes from the Lord as you ask Him for it and prosper in all of your ways. James 1:5
Be blessed as you look into God’s Word in this teaching today and apply it to your life.
The Book of James includes instructions of wisdom for your everyday Christian life.
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“Look here, you rich people: weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible trouble ahead of you.” James 5:1 NLT
The Lord is not against the rich in fact His Word tells us that He wants us to prosper in our finances. Please see Malachi 3: 1-12 and 3 John 1:2
However as this verse tells you in the Book of James when the rich or anyone for that matter trusts in their wealth and possessions they have become a god to you and it is a form of idolatry.
The Word of God declares that we are not to have any gods before the Lord. “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
God means those words today just as much as He did when He originally spoke them.
God hates idolatry.
A god in your life is anything or anyone who is more important to you than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
A god in your life can be your home, your car, your power over others, possessions, money, relationships such as your husband or wife, your children or anything or anyone who is more important in your eyes than the Lord Himself.
This is what the Book of James is talking about in James 5:1-5
The ultimate end of a rich person who love their possessions and wealth more than the Lord and refuse to receive Him as their Savior is like the rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16: 19-31
Lazarus was a poor man and a beggar and the rich man had all of the material things of this world. At first it looked like the rich man was so much better off than the beggar but the day came that both died and the rich man was in hell tormented and wanting help from Lazarus. Lazarus was in Abraham’s bosom (paradise) which was a temporary holding place at that time for those who died until Jesus rose from the dead and took those in Abraham’s bosom with Him to heaven. Now there is no one in Abraham’s bosom it had been emptied by Jesus Christ. Luke 16:19-31, Ephesians 4:7-10.
The Lord has rich men and women of God who help support His Gospel not only in their regular tithes and offerings but have a ministry of giving into the work of the Lord.
So the Lord is not against the rich who don’t trust in their riches and things they have or relationships or power but instead realize that the Lord is their God and ultimately trust in Him.
I could put it this way, the Lord is not against you having money He is against money having you or anything or anyone for that matter.
It is a matter of having your priorities right in the Lord’s sight.
“Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and your silver have become worthless. The very wealth you are counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment.” Please see scriptures in James 5: 2-3 NLT
This is not only a picture of the physical realm for those people but more importantly it is a picture of their spiritual condition as far as the Lord is concerned.
In these verses James gives the final picture of the life of a person who trusts in possessions rather than the Lord and does not have room for Him in their life. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
Wealth in this world can be very deceiving if it is not handled wisely.
Some people cannot handle wealth, it completely changes that person for the worse and it is not worth missing out on being with the Lord in heaven for eternity.
“For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you have held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. James 5:4 NLT
Wealth brings a certain amount of power in a person’s life but if handled in the wrong way it can destroy them.
God expects employers to pay their help a fair wage and not to hold back money that is due them for the work they have done. James points out that it is such a big thing to the Lord that He sees those cases and judgment will come to those that have taken advantage of others.
“You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned the killed the innocent people, who do not resist you.” James 5: 5-6 NLT
Here is a person who was so wrapped up in “getting all the toys he could accumulate” he did not care about anyone else. This person was responsible for condemning and killing innocent people.
This is the picture of a person who is so callous in their heart that they are beyond feelings. They took advantage of people who could not defend themselves.
This is a sad perverted picture of a person who got lost in materialism and would end up in judgment that would send them to hell for eternity.
This is a very sobering section of the Book of James.
It is warning people whose wealth and possessions have taken deceived them and they are headed for a great fall, it will come sooner or later.
James wants to share the wisdom of God with these people so they won’t miss out with the Lord for eternity.
I don’t want you to just read this teaching of the Word of God today and say, “well the Book of James is not talking about me because I am not wealthy.”
If you think that you have missed the whole point of this ministry today.
You can be absolutely poor even a beggar or anyone between being poor and wealthy and lust for wealth so much that you are blinded to your obsession. That obsession is pulling you into a wrong course in your life because even though you don’t have much your priorities are wrong.
You are seeking “THINGS OR PEOPLE” and not the Lord.
Do you have idols of riches, authority and power, relationships and other obsessions in your life that you know are not pleasing to the Lord and may even be keeping you out of eternity with Jesus Christ?
“But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all of these THINGS shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
In the example of the rich man that we looked at today in James 5:1-6 if he had done what the verses above states and sought the Lord and His righteousness first you would have been reading about a godly rich man instead of one possessed by materialism and power and his life crashing down upon him.
As I stated in my opening the Lord wants you to prosper financially and in every realm but satan will try to deceive you and get you obsessed with a spirit of lust and greed that will destroy your life if you do not use the wisdom that only the Lord can bring into your life.
That is why James says this: ‘If any of you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5 NLT
I encourage you today to ask the Lord for His wisdom regarding money and your finances, your relationships or anything or anyone who is a god unto you. He will help you beyond your comprehension and deliver you from allowing these things or people from holding a place in your life that is against God’s will.
He will give you a plan to get out of debt if you are in that problem right now. He will then give you wisdom of how to invest your money and save it and also how and when and where to spend your money to give you the best deal.
That’s our Great, Almighty God always working in your life as you ALLOW HIM TO DO SO.
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We are involved in our ministry on an international level and also will be continuing to minister at churches as we are led to go to these churches in the United States.
On Tuesday October 27, 2015 the Spirit of God gave me a dream about a very large amount of people that I was ministering to. It seemed they were from different parts of the world. As I ministered to them I told them that WORLD WIDE REVIVAL was coming and that it would touch everyone on the face of the earth.
Every time I would say something to this huge crowd of people there would come a shout of excitement from them. But as I looked over to my right there was a man who I got eye contact with and I said this to him as we looked at each other. I told that man, whoever he was, that it was even going to affect him even though he would try to resist it.
And then I woke up.
Nita and I knew then and now that it was a dream from the Spirit of God and that He had called Nita and me to be part of this END TIME WORLD WIDE REVIVAL.
Since then I have ministered on revival in meetings and conversations I have had with other churches around the world.
JESUS SAID, “SAY NOT YE, THERE ARE YET FOUR MONTHS, AND THEM COMETH HARVEST? BEHOLD, I SAY UNTO YOU, LIFT UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK ON THE FIELDS; FOR THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST.” JOHN 4:35
Mankind has a tendency to push revival back to sometime in the future.
REVIVAL, REVIVAL, REVIVAL. (NOW, NOW, NOW).
“AS GOD’S PARTNERS, WE BEG YOU NOT TO ACCEPT THIS MARVELOUS GIFT OF GOD’S KINDNESS AND THEN IGNORE IT. FOR GOD SAYS, AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, I HEARD YOU. ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, NEW LIVING TRANSLATION. INDEED THE “RIGHT TIME” IS NOW. TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.”
We are spreading the Word of God around the world as the Holy Spirit leads us to new areas in an ever increasing amount.
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If you have come to this ministry website today and have never asked Jesus Christ to come into your life and be born again, you are not here by accident, the Spirit of the Living God drew you here.
If you do not have the assurance of where you would spend eternity if you died right now please go to the top of this website and it will have a tab for “SALVATION.” In that tab will be what is required by God to be right with Him. When you pray that prayer and accept the Lord please send us a Gmail to our website at: email@example.com and let us know that you accepted the Lord as your Savior and Lord and were born again. We want to rejoice with you and pray for you. Thank you (Please look up these scriptures: John 3:3 and also Romans 10:9-10 (These verses talk about the new birth).
Surely you know people who are going through hell and high water with real battles in their life both Christians and those that are not born again Christians. The Word of God that is presented each week will help turn their situation around if they do the Word of God and instead of the anguish and tears will bring a smile and victory to their life, isn’t that worth you sharing this website with others?
This includes the ones that not able to go to church because of disabilities and sickness or for one reason or another can’t attend church. Can you imagine how this Word of God would bless and comfort them? Please share this website with these folks also.
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Nita and I hope that you will join us next Monday and every Monday
In the service of the King, Jesus Christ
Conrad and Nita Freiholtz
Conrad Freiholtz Ministries.