What would you do?

Being in the Spirit of God is a state of being that a Christian is to ultimately strive for. People thought the apostles & Jesus to be drunk. They were drunk on the Spirit! They were striving for God. They were  praying, fasting, and worshipping God so wholly that they became filled with the Holy Spirit of God. When the Spirit would start to fleet, back to praying they would go. Always grasping, always thirsting for the Spirit.

How would people today respond to seeing someone in the Spirit? Picture: A poor looking man; a man who does not seem to ‘be from around here.’; a man who approaches you to talk about Jesus, to talk about God because he thirsts to spread the Truth – to find any Truth out there. A person who is not interested in talking about something that was seen on TV. A person who is not apart of this world & all the worldly things in it. How would you react? The world today is using mass media to present to people that this kind of person is to be distrusted. This is the type of person media would label as fanatical, crazy, a bum, homeless, definitely a person to be wary of. Correct this statement if it is not so: ‘Most people would just pass this person by, or not answer the door if he/she knocked’. Jesus has a few things to say about such persons who are labeled in such a way:

for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;  I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’  Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’  Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:42-46 NASB

Jesus Christ is our teacher. We know that God is greatly pleased with Jesus, His only begotten Son. Jesus tells us to strive to be perfect like our Father is perfect. We are to wear the armor of Christ, the spirit of God. We are to follow Jesus & his teachings. He tells us that he has no place to lay his head, no home. Jesus Christ teaches us that we are to sell our possessions. Possessing things creates worldliness and dependence on worldly things. How would society take this in modern times? A person who follows Christ – who believes in God – is not to be of this world. Maybe these people who are mislabeled have done something society believes is impossible. Maybe these people that have such labels are following Christ. Maybe society needs to turn down the noise & start listening and discerning. Society needs to wake-up and pay attention. 

And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?  Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? – Luke 12:54-57 KJV

Society – the world – needs to stop relying on TV and media to make discernment about what is right or what is wrong. God gives all the wisdom that one would need for living. God does not wish us to be rich with money. He wants us to rely on Him, wholly. He will provide. We are to be good stewards of our temples. He wishes us to be completely in Him, so that good works can be done. It is only God that does good works – not man alone, but in the spirit.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. – James 3:17-18 KJV

Selling all possessions to follow Jesus should not be hard to do. It is difficult not to become attached to worldly possessions, that is why Jesus warns us against having them. Jesus tells us to stay humble. We are to be humble.

Could you sell all of your possessions? Would you let a homeless person in your home & feed them? Would you help someone who is spiritually or physically imprisoned? Could you talk all day about God? Some insight would be a blessing.

IRS & Jesus… what?

Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s. Matthew 22:21

I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income.

I am self-employed. I enjoy working for myself so that I may set my hours, make things that bring people joy, and spend time with my family. I am able to freely speak of my concerns & beliefs in my workplace. I get to travel & I try to spread the light to others when I do. I do not seek to become rich, hence my self-employment, for it allows me to get by, fulfilling all of my needs without government assistance. As stated before, my abode is a small home that I love dearly, and I do not desire to keep up with the rat race that is taking place in society.

I can easily dismiss the distractions that are in the world; however, when the government is on you it is hard to overlook. Last year, I paid an accountant to do my taxes (the government should pay these people for the service of collecting their money). I owed $1600 on my $11,000 income. Let that sink in for a minute. This was indeed a very hard pill for me to swallow. I fretted needlessly. I worried continuously until I was finally able to pay-off my tax (debt) to the government. Of course, they charged interest along the way. The same circumstances have come around again this year. Making such a small income doesn’t really allow me wiggle-room to ‘put back’ the government’s portion of my income for the year to follow. I don’t even know if I will be alive the next year. This is not Big Brother’s concern; however, Healthcare is and now I am forced to have to pay monthly for it, but I digress. I find it ludacris that I am taxed in such a way on such a small amount of income. This, for me, is a stumbling block that I am trying earnestly to overcome. According to the government, I am living in what is known as ‘poverty’. The fact that my tax money goes to things that I do not support, instead of possibly helping other ‘impoverished’ peoples makes me a little upset. I’m in no way asking to be exempt from taxes, I’m just pleading “Why so much?” and “Why can’t I choose its destination?”.

If I were working for a company, and made this amount of income I wouldn’t even have to file taxes. If 22 different people paid me $500, I wouldn’t be taxed on it, I would have earned income credit. But, since I choose to be self-employed I must pay taxes on my meager earnings. Seems the government is confused. Seems the government is hungry for people who want to live outside of the ‘norm’ to have to pay exceedingly.

But again, I digress. I see Jesus’ words at the top of this blog, and I must remember to do just that: Render to the government what is the governments. No matter what happens, God will be with me so long as I have faith, even if it is a small as a mustard seed. God continues to take care of my family & me, and I will give every dollar I ever make if that is what is demanded of me. For worldly things are not my desire, but heavenly things are.

Yet again, Jesus is here to give me guidance that no man nor government can ever be wise enough to say or do on their own. Properly titled in my Bible ‘The cure for anxiety”.

And who by being worried can add a single hour to his life?  Matthew 25:27

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 25:34

I will continue my lifestyle of living in the Lord. I will not be overcome, but I have, and will continue to overcome the world by the grace of God. I pray that others do not let the small things that are in this lifetime distract and prevent them from living a godly life. Pray hard. Pray unceasingly. And know that by the blood of Christ we are bought, money cannot buy anything that our Father has for us.