But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1 Timothy 6:9 KJV
Too much can not be said about the sin
Of seeking to be rich above all else,
For when the lust for gold within begin,
The love of God and Christ most surely melts.
A strong foundation builds a sturdy house,
So let the Rock of Ages cleft for you,
But if you build on greed you then espouse
The love for worldly things you should eschew.
A foolish man will do some hurtful things
In order to obtain abundant wealth.
It’s hard to stem the selfishness this brings
And easy to forget supernal health.
Put all your faith in Heaven’s Kingdom now
Don’t let the love of riches strike your brow.
REMEMBER: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation 21:4 KJV
You’re grieving now, I know. I’m grieving, too.
A soul we love so dearly’s passed away.
Our tears fall now and sadness pushes through.
We mourn our loss but know that one fine day
There will be no more death, no last embrace,
No sorrow, no more mourning, no more pain.
The love of Christ our Lord shall be in place,
The glory of His presence then shall reign,
And God shall wipe all tears from all our eyes;
Here crying is replaced with laughter’s song.
We’ll reunite with loved ones; joy will rise,
For we will all be where we should belong.
We’ve lost a friend and sister here today,
But soon these sort of things shall pass away.
REMEMBER: Let us celebrate in Christ, for we will one day be reunited.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV
You go to bed assured that you will wake;
A pregnant woman knows her child will come;
You drool just thinking of that chocolate cake;
Guitarists play the song before they strum.
Now, faith is not believing it will be,
It’s knowing that it is before it is.
I do not have to touch, don’t have to see
To know that Jesus lives; my heart is His.
It was by faith Christ calmed the tempest sea,
By faith He made the blind man see anew.
Within the grace of God you’ll find the key:
You live by faith in everything you do.
In faith you have the truth to set you free.
The tiny seed contains the mighty tree.
REMEMBER: Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. (D. Elton Trueblood)
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 19:20-23 KJV
If you’re a good soul, keeping every law,
You love your fellow man and God as well,
If you don’t follow Christ, this fateful flaw
Will drag you to the hoary gates of hell.
Don’t think if you’ve got money all is lost,
It’s where you place your trust and confidence.
Take up your cross like Him at any cost; *
Put all your hope in Christ at life’s expense.
The question’s this: what’s your priority?
What currency do you spend all your time?
It’s more than being willing that’s the key;
It’s what control your life’s the paradigm.
What drives your soul is what’s been sacrificed.
There’s power in the blood of Jesus Christ.
REMEMBER: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)
* Matthew 16:24
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Revelation 14:6-7 KJV
Behold! Those great and fearful days will come,
The tribulation of those left behind,
Without the Holy Ghost to then become
Convicted of the Truth as so defined.
The Gospel will be spread to everyone
In every tongue that dwells upon the earth,
Salvation by the blood of Christ the Son,
As God so loved the world to bring rebirth.
The choice must then be made to choose the Lord,
To worship Him that made the universe,
Or so remain among the heathen horde
And so be judged with death and even worse.
Fear God! The angel cried across the land,
Choose now behind which banner you shall stand!
REMEMBER: Come to the cross now without delay!
Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
Luke 8:18 KJV
This is a warning to you lukewarm soul
Who merely ponders Jesus on a whim:
You say you are a Christian, play the role.
You think you’ll skate on in; your chance is grim.
If you will truly give your life to Christ
And use with grace the gifts He gives to you,
The salt you are will then be double spiced;
The love you have, much more will you accrue.
If you believe that you have got it made,
Your show of knowledge now will disappear.
What little faith you claim will soon be swayed;
Your mediocre worship won’t cohere.
Be careful how you hear: from heart or head.
The one will find the Lord, the other’s dead.
REMEMBER: You cannot fake your way into the kingdom of heaven. If you don’t think you’re saved, you’re likely not. Go to the cross right now. You’ll gain a lot.
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: 14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
Isaiah 29:13-14 KJV
For well we ought look back upon the day
When Israel descended into bane.
The temple may have stood on grand display
But all the wise men thought with half their brain.
America was founded under God
And while our hearts inclined our works were great,
But now our worshiping is largely flawed
And all our understanding obfuscate.
The fall of this Republic’s drawing nigh
Unless there is revival in the land.
‘Turn back unto the Lord!’ should be our cry,
‘One nation under God!’ should be our brand.
We’ve fallen into ruin, we’re on the brink.
If we don’t turn to God we’ll surely sink.
REMEMBER: The Creator gave us our rights; apostasy will cause them to go away.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 KJV
Your brothers and your sisters found in Christ,
No matter race or place or sect or creed,
Deserve a higher love more than sufficed,
For you are one in spirit guaranteed.
Forgive immediate their sins invoked,
Let nothing get between your heart and theirs,
Don’t rake up things that God has long revoked,
Don’t gossip of their personal affairs.
We know that Christ alone can cover sins;
His blood and righteousness makes pure as snow,
And where your patience ends His just begins;
Let tolerance and love among you grow.
Love one another as the Lord loves you;
Let go transgressions – don’t let them accrue.
REMEMBER: Have a forgiving love especially to your brothers and sisters in Christ.