Your Children Will Never Beg For Bread

25 Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
Psalm 37:25 (NLT)

This must be the second time I write on the above verse. I am reviewing this verse again because I believe this is relevant to current situation of the world. The world economy is in a mess. Many people have lost their jobs and even face the prospect of losing their houses. Even Christians are affected. If you are one of them, God wants to tell you not to give up hope. He can and he will deliver you. All you need to do is to keep believing and don’t give up hope. Then you will be in position to receive his abundance of wealth despite the recession.

The above verse is God’s words spoken through King David when he became old. In fact, King David was speaking from his life experience. He had a long history with God and he had observed the following:
1. God had never abandoned the godly.
2. Their children of the godly never had to beg for bread.

Let us begin with the first point. If you are godly (which basically a believer), God promised that he will never abandon you. Is that great? It depends which perspective you look at it. If you happen to be a doctrine worshipper living under the bondage of theology, this phrase means nothing to you.

Why? In the minds of theologians, you can still be poor, sick and live like a failure when God does not abandon you because sometimes God likes to do perverted things on you to show you his sufficient grace. Recently I have a doctrine worshipper trying to convert me to his bondage of theology. I entertained him for a while but I have made it clear that I will ex-communicate him in 1 week if he fails to come up with any engineering ideas.

The point he tried to present is, the fact that Jesus had suffered and died means all the promises on health and wealth in the Bible is no longer valid. The good and the bad had interchanged. The good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. Jesus promised us trials and sorrows in this world. This means there were never trials and sorrows in this world before Jesus came. In other words we are better off if Jesus never came. Do you think I am convinced by such stupidity? I consider this as an insult to my intelligence although I am not surprise if the theologians bought them.

I allowed those theological posts to remain in my blog for one week for you to see for yourself how idiotic those doctrine worshippers can be.

The truth is, God is not limited to empty talk. He is an action oriented. When he says he will not abandon us, what he means is he will help us to overcome all our troubles.

The second part of David’s observation gives us an example in how God is not abandoning us. Our children will never beg for bread. Please note that David did not specify any conditions to this promise. This verse will always work regardless of any external circumstances. In other words, our children will never beg for bread no matter how bad the economic, social or political situation has become. They will never go hungry nor will they be ever poor. This is the promise of God backed by his integrity.

At this point, I can predict some carnal Christians like the theologians and doctrine worshippers will point out some examples of Christian children living in poverty and hunger in this world today in their effort to prove that God is a liar.

In reply to such heresy, my answer is these poor Christians need hear and believe in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. If your light does not turn on when you flip the switch, it does not mean electricity does not exist. Likewise, if there are Christians fail to live up to the standard promised by God, it does not mean the Gospel of Jesus Christ is false.

If you lights fail to turn on, there can be many reasons like burnt light bulbs, bad circuits, or you have forgotten to pay your utility bills. Electricity still exists even if your lights fail to turn on.

In the same way, God’s promises in delivering us from all our troubles, blessing us in all things including health and wealth still stands even if there are many Christians living in poverty, sickness and sorrows. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than just believe in Jesus and you will go to heaven when you die. Most of the Bible speaks on what to do between the moment we believed until the time we step in heaven.

Being Christians is to live the life God wants us to live, which is prosperity in all areas in our lives like good health, abundant wealth, long life and success. When we live this way, we will become beacons of light shining in the midst of darkness. This is how we become good testimonies for our God.

Satan is afraid that we will fulfil our destiny. This is why he raised up theologians to persecute us with labels like “Prosperity Gospel” to make us feel ashamed of the Gospel. Does it work on you? As for me, he failed. I am not ashamed of the Gospel. I am committed to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of the lies theologians can create.

In the context of the above verse, I am committed to believe that my God will never abandon me no matter how bad the situation appears to be. He will help me and deliver me from all my troubles. He will turn my poverty into prosperity, my sickness into health and failure into success.

Sure, there are many poor, sick and failing Christians in this world today. I want to help them to overcome their problems by showing them what the Bible truly says about their situation and how to use the Bible for their prosperity and success. The best way I can do that is for me to live the life that God wants, prosper in all things and be in health as my soul prosper. This is my commitment to God. I want to be rich, healthy and be successful not only for myself and my family, but also to present the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Will you do the same? When you adopt such commitment, you will have no time to feel discourage by the problems you are facing now. There is a greater level of prosperity out there and you are on your way to reach it. Do not let the present situation weigh you down. God has promised that he will not abandon you. Your children will never have to beg for bread.

He Is Your Fortress In Times Of Trouble

39 The Lord rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.
Psalm 37:39-40 (NLT)

Welcome to the 24th and the final installment on my study of Psalm 37. Psalm 37:39 tells us the Lord rescues the godly and he is their fortress in times of trouble. The bad news, we are not immune to troubles. No matter how much we tried to avoid them, we will still face troubles. So the right question we should ask ourselves is not how to avoid troubles but what to do when troubles come. This reminds me on a verse from Sun Tzu Art Of War.

VIII. Variation in Tactics
11. The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.

Likewise for Christians, we should not rely on the likelihood of having no troubles or attacks but we must prepare ourselves to be ready to overcome them. God has promised in Psalm 37:39-40 that he will rescue us and be our fortress when trouble comes. A fortress is designed to withstand attacks. So, when you are under attacks from the devil or people, fear not for God is your fortress. Run to him. Only he can protect you from harm and help you to defeat all your enemies.

Even if you find yourself trapped by the wicked, God is still with you and he promised to help you and rescue you from them. He will save you and you will find shelter in him. This tells me that as long as God is with me, I can overcome any troubles that Satan throws at me. I am forever victorious because he who is in me is greater than he who is in this world. No matter how difficult the situation looks like, I can look forward with joy and peace in my heart because I know the final outcome. I am called to battle and destined to win.

The above scenario can be a certainty for all of us if we choose to make God our fortress. Don’t avoid him when you face troubles. Run to him. He is your shelter and your fortress. He has all the answers and the resources you need to win. Pray, read the Bible and listen to faith messages. I have a few links to other faith websites that are designed to help you to be an overcomer. Click on them, read and listen to their messages. See if your life is not changed.

In conclusion, the entire message of Psalm 37 can be summarized into the following: God is on your side, protecting you from every harm and blessing you with prosperity in every area of your life. Do not be distracted when you see the outward prosperity of the wicked people. Their prosperity don’t last, yours do. The most important thing you should do is to trust in him. When you put your trust and hopes in him, you will be in position to experience success and prosperity that are exceedingly and abundantly above what you dare to hope and dream of.

A Wonderful Future Awaits Those Who Love Peace

37 Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed; they have no future.
Psalm 37:37-38 (NLT)

Welcome to the 23rd installment on my study of Psalm 37.
God wants us to look at those who are honest and good. They love peace. As a result, they have a wonderful future waiting for them. However the rebellious will suffer the opposite.

Psalm 37:37 gives us 3 criteria for a wonderful future. They are honesty, goodness and love peace. Let us go through them in detail.

Honest (source: dictionary.com)
noun, plural -ties.
1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.
2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
3. freedom from deceit or fraud.

There are basically 2 parts of being honest. The first is being truthful and the second is not deceitful. Some may ask, “Are they not the same?” When we are truthful, we only say things or make remarks that we believe is true. For example, when a religious man says Christians who do not obey God will go to hell and he believes in it, he is being truthful. He is truthful because he truly believes what he said.

However, when he promotes his religion to a non-believer by telling this person that salvation is by faith alone and intentionally leaving out the part that says Christians who do not obey God will go to hell, he is being deceitful. Why? He is intentionally leaving out material facts. Material facts are facts that will a difference on how the recipient makes decisions. In this example, the non-believer was lead to think that God loves him unconditionally and one does not have to do anything to earn it. He was attracted to the Gospel and become a Christian. However, after a few weeks, he was told that he must do certain things or God will send him to hell. The unconditional love has suddenly become conditional.

This is deceit. I fell for that before when I was in my previous religious church. In fact, I believe religious churches are founded upon this deceit. If you are interested to attend church, make sure the church you attend preaches faith and not religion.

For this reason, I have greater respect for the Roman Catholic Church than those religious “Protestant” churches. The Catholics dare to be honest. They reject salvation by faith up-front and do not hide their beliefs. I may not agree with their beliefs but I admire their honesty. In contrast, the religious “Protestant” churches used salvation by faith as a marketing gimmick and once they could get people to join, they began to impose bondage. Salvation by faith has become salvation by doing what I tell you to do.

Therefore, being honest means more than telling the truth. It means telling the whole truth without hiding any relevant facts.

Good (source: dictionary.com)
interjection, adverb
–adjective
1. morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man.
2. satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: a good teacher; good health.
3. of high quality; excellent.
4. right; proper; fit: It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
5. well-behaved: a good child.
6. kind, beneficent, or friendly: to do a good deed.
7. honorable or worthy; in good standing: a good name.

There is a long list of definitions for this term. I think the first 7 are sufficient for this article. Another word for goodness is excellence. We are to excel morally and in areas God puts us in. We are to strive to do the best we can in our jobs, ministry and family. It does not matter what kind of job you are in, there is always opportunities to do better. How to do that? I don’t know. You have to seek God and ask for his direction to show you how to improve yourself. God wants us to be good and he means it.

Peace (source: dictionary.com)
–noun
1. the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
2. (often initial capital letter) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
3. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
4. the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
5. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
6. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
7. a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.

Based on the above definitions, loving peace means not to create or involve in strives or anything that creates bitterness and enmity. We don’t cause people to fight each other nor do we make people feel anxious or lose hope. Religious people may like to do that for the sake of defending their “True Religion” but we don’t. We are Christians. Christians do not resort to evil means to fight for our religion because we are not evil and we have no religion.

Psalm 37:37 tells us that when we are honest, good and love peace. We have a wonderful future. It does not say how wonderful it is. However I believe this future must be filled with prosperity in every area of our lives. So rejoice and be glad because we have a wonderful future waiting for us. It is a future of great prosperity. Let us look forward with joy in our hearts.

Psalm 37:38 tells us that the rebellious will be destroyed and they have no future. The rebellious are those who rebel against God. How do they rebel against God? They did it by doing opposite of God’s direction. Why do people destroyed by rebelling against God?

Let me put it this way. If you truly believe in God’s Word, then you must believe that the greatest wish of God for you is for you to prosper and be in health as your soul prospers. This means every thing that God tells you to do must lead to your prosperity. Obeying God will cause your to prosper. Guess what happen if you rebel, meaning you do opposite of what God tells you? The result must be the opposite of prosperity. There will be poverty instead of prosperity. This is why the rebellious will be destroyed and they have no future. God is not the one who destroyed them. Their result of their rebellion destroyed them.

The Futility Of The Wicked

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone! Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
Psalm 37:35-36 (NLT)

Welcome to the 22nd installment on my study of Psalm 37. This time, we are looking at the negative implications of being wicked and ruthless. Why does God bother to give us such negative results? I believe there are 2 reasons for him to do so:
1. He does not want us to be envious of their apparent prosperity.
2. He does not want us to stray and follow their paths.

Psalm 37:35 tells us that being wicked and ruthless can look rich and successful. God compares their success to a tree in its native soil. Trees that grow in their native soil will flourish because the native soil has all the nutrients with the right content and proportion they need to grow at optimum state. Wicked and ruthless people can look that way too. They can look like they have achieved the success and prosperity that we have been trusting God for.

Many people of the world including religious people believe that the only way to be prosperous is to be crooked. I grew up with such beliefs. The adults around me gave me the impression that being honest and truthful will only result in poverty. You have to be cunning, wicked and ruthless if you want to attain success. I felt so despised and unloved because for some reasons I was unable to behave the way I was expected to. Now that I know the truth, I feel sorry for them instead. It seems that they were fooled by the devil. They could identify with Psalm 37:35 but they knew nothing about Psalm 37:36.

This could also be one of the reasons why the religious people are willing to sink to the level of spreading slanders and lies on Christians who choose to trust God for their prosperity. In their mind, to be rich is to be worldly and being worldly means being wicked. To them, Christians should focus on glorifying God and the only way to glorify God is to be poor. In their religious mind, wanting to be rich and generous are heresies while wanting to be poor and selfish are the attributes that glorify God. However the Bible said the opposite. The religious people can read Psalm 37:35 but not Psalm 37:36.

Psalm 37:35 only tells us half the truth. The other half is in Psalm 37:36. According to Psalm 37:36, the wicked and ruthless people that looked rich and successful will not last for long. Soon they will disappear. All their success and prosperity will be gone.

I believe God put up these 2 verses to encourage us to trust in him for our success and prosperity. We should not be distracted from the path of God just because there are wicked and ruthless people look outwardly rich and successful. Their riches and success are only an outward façade. They may be rich on the outside but they are poor in their souls. As such their outward façade will not last and soon it will crumble.

In contrast, if we continue to build up our faith we are getting richer in our souls. You may not be rich and successful on the outside but as long as you are rich in your soul, the outward manifestation of riches and success will manifest one day. As Christians, success and prosperity belong to us. All we need to do is to keep believing and not stray away from God’s path.

Put Your Hope In The Lord

34 Put your hope in the Lord. Travel steadily along his path. He will honor you by giving you the land. You will see the wicked destroyed.
Psalm 37:34 (NLT)

Welcome to the 21st installment on my study of Psalm 37. The above verse contains 4 sentences, which can be easily broken into 4 parts. I shall look into them in detail.

The first part tells us to put our hope in the Lord. What is hope? It gives us the reason to wake up and face tomorrow. When we have hopes in our hearts, we have the desire and good expectation to face tomorrow. Hope gives us the reason to wake up every morning with joy in our hearts. Do you have hope? One way to test it out is to find out what was in your mind when you woke up this morning. What did you think of when you woke up? Did you think, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. I look forward for good things to happen today!” or did you think, “Oh no! Another day of misery.”

As for me, I have it a habit of telling myself in the mind every morning that good things are going to happen to me today. My prosperity is going to manifest this day. Thinking such thoughts gives me the enthusiasm to face a new day with hope. Even if I do not see good things happening to me in certain days, it does not matter. I will think positive thoughts again the next day.

Even if no good things happened to me today, I still have tomorrow. I will still be hopeful for tomorrow. If nothing good happens tomorrow, there will still be another tomorrow. There is no end to the amount of tomorrows. Tomorrow is the day I will receive my billions of dollars. Tomorrow is the day I will have the capacity to provide food to millions of starving people in the world. Tomorrow is the day I will bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every household in the world. Tomorrow is the day I will turn the Sahara Dessert into the wheat basket of the world. Even if the situation does not turn out the way I want it to be, I will still have hope because there is still tomorrow.

God wants us to put our hopes in him. Why? He is the safest place to secure our hopes. There are people who put their hopes in their career achievements, education qualifications, business connections or any of other talents. God is not against us having talents, qualification and achievements but he does not want us to put our hopes on them because they are not secure.

A few days ago, I read that hundreds of lecturers in a local university in Singapore lost their jobs because the university had decided not to renew their tenure. They were disappointed because they assumed that they could have their jobs for life as long as they continue to do things they used to do. For some reasons, their employer had decided not to renew their contract. Based on the mood I read from the interviews, it seemed to me that these lecturers were not confident in getting new jobs despite the good job market in Singapore.

Why is that so? They may have good education like Masters and PhDs but they placed their all hopes in their employer’s faithfulness in renewing their contract as long as they continue to do what they used to do. As a result, they had never bothered to prepare themselves for jobs outside the institution or to build other streams of income. As the world become more globalize, the university has to change or risks being left behind. They have to come up with new standards and drop employees that do not meet them. Ironically, the students that were taught by these ex-lecturers may have better career prospects than these ex-lecturers themselves.

What went wrong? It seems that these lecturers, despite their education achievements had placed their hopes at the wrong place. They thought the world is still the same as when they first start working. They were in for a rude shock.

This episode tells us that nothing in this world is reliable for us to put our hopes in. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that education is not important. What I am saying is, we should not put our hopes in it. Our hopes should be with God because he alone is reliable and not affected by the events of this world. Only when we put our hopes on him, we can have good future because he who is in us is greater than he who is in this world. No matter how the world changes, our God is more than able to guide us to prosper in everything we put our hands to do.

How do we put our hopes in God? The second part of Psalm 37:34 tells us to travel steadily along his path. God has a path for us and it is written in the Bible. This means we are to read the Bible and listen to faith messages to learn more about it. We are to travel steadily. To be steady is to be consistent. Why do we need to be reminded to be consistent? I don’t think anyone will feel surprise that life is not bed of roses every day. Sometimes, obeying God may not look rewarding. Sometimes, you can get more money if you sacrifice your integrity like breaking your promise, changing some numbers or pretend not to see certain things. However, we need to remind ourselves that our long-term prosperity will be adversely affected should we choose to go opposite God’s way.

I am facing similar situation myself. I have shared this in the previous article but I believe this is worth repeating. When I first interviewed for this job, my employer agreed to pay me my expected salary and I promised to stay with him until the end of this project. However, in less than one month, I realize that I can get significantly more money if I resign and apply for new jobs. It is quite tempting for me but I choose to follow God’s way because he is able to give me exceedingly and abundantly more than I can ever hope or dream of. I believe that God will honor my desire to stay in his path and he will prosper me even more than the amount I could have receive if I broke my promise.

The third part of Psalm 37:34 tells us what will happen if we travel steadily in God’s path. He will honor us by giving us the land. Land in those days symbolized continuous flow of prosperity. If you have money, you can use it up. However if you have land, especially a fertile land, you can repeatedly plant crops and reap the harvest. If you don’t want to do farming, you can always rent out the land to other farmers and collect rents. Whichever way you choose, you will have unending flow of prosperity into your life. This is the will of God for all of us, believers. He wants us to have unending flow of prosperity into our lives and the only way it can happen is for us to put out trust in him and travel steadily in his path.

The last part of Psalm 37:34 tells us what will happen to the wicked. You will see the wicked destroyed. God has promised us that the wicked people who have been making lives difficult for us will be destroyed. So, don’t waste time being resentful and in bitterness. God has made his promise and our job is just to believe. God wants us to focus in putting our trust in him and travel steadily in his path.

The Wicked Wants To Kill The Godly

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly, looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
Psalm 37:32-33 (NLT)

Welcome to the 20th installment on my study of Psalm 37. Psalm 37:32 speaks of the hatred of the wicked has for the godly. The moment you have decided to obey God and believed in his words, you will be marked as a target by the wicked. Try to do searches on famous preachers like Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Ceflo Dollar, Joel Osteen and other preachers that preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You will find many websites spreading lies and slanders on these preachers of the Gospel.

Who are these slanderers and liars? They are the religious people who call themselves Christians but they choose to believe in their religious doctrines instead of the Bible. God calls them the wicked and their obsession is to ambush and to look for excuses to kill the godly.

The next question, why are they so full of bitterness and hatred on us? Why can’t they just continue with their own religion and let us believe God in peace? The reason lies in the power behind them. Satan is the one influencing and directing the wicked people to attack us. Satan has no problem if we are under the bondage of religion but the moment we are in faith, he is terrified because through faith, we are able to take back everything he has stolen from us. Through faith, we are able to invade his territories and throw him out.

Satan is so afraid of the Gospel that he has mobilized his army of religious to spread lies and accusations like “Prosperity Gospel” and “Health And Wealth Gospel” in order to discredit the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. This tells me that when the wicked spread lies to persecute a preacher, this preacher must be a great threat to Satan. So if you are a preacher and the wicked do not accuse you as a “Prosperity Preacher”, Satan does not see you as a threat. You will need to spend more time with God and seek his direction. You can’t possibly be preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and not be a threat to the Kingdom of Darkness. When the wicked start to call you a “Prosperity Preacher”, you can be sure that Satan is beginning to see you as a threat. You have made it.

Psalm 37:33 tells us that just because the wicked have the desire to harm us, it does not mean that they will succeed. God will not allow them to succeed. We need to understand and believe that our God is far greater than Stan plus all his devils plus all the religious people. We do not have to fear because God had guaranteed our victory.

16 “I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy.
17 But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice
raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Isaiah 54:16-17 (NLT)

Do you notice the similarities between Psalm 37:32-33 and Isaiah 54:16-17. Both tell us that we have enemies wanting to destroy us but our God promised us that they would never succeed. No matter what accusations they throw at us, we will never be condemned because our vindication comes from God himself.

So, rejoice and be glad. We are called to battle and destined to win. Victory is ours as long as we do not give up. One day, I will also be accused to be a “Prosperity Preacher” because that will be a clear sign that Satan has began to see me as a threat.

Make God’s Law Your Own

31 They have made God’s law their own, so they will never slip from his path.
Psalm 37:31 (NLT)

Welcome to the 19th installment on my study of Psalm 37. The term “they” refers to godly people based on the context set by the previous verse. This means godly people have made God’s law their own.

Religious people had used this verse to oppress their people. The greatest talent of the religious people is to pass off their own religious doctrines as God’s law and used them to steal, kill and destroy. I can still remember when I was in my previous religious church. The pastors there were very talented in perverting every Bible verse into God’s instruction for the members of the church to give money to the church building fund. At that time, in every Sunday Service, “God” was always there to ask us for money. It was the time I lost respect for God because I believed he was corrupt. I believed God was corrupt because the pastors were corrupt.

Thank God for he has revealed the truth to me and leads me to another church that preaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, when God says they godly have made his law our own, he does not mean the law that is to be imposed from outside us. It means we are to arrive at the state where his law is indistinguishable from ours. What is the difference?

Think of your own national law. It is imposed from outside. For example, we have to pay our taxes whether we like it or not. Religious doctrines work the same way. Religious people will tell us that God wants us to give him money and we are to obey whether we like it or not.

However, this is not God’s way. God wants us to obey him willingly. He wants us to make his law ours. This means we obey God willingly, as though it is our own wish to do what he wants us to do. This is the true obedience that God wants. When we have made God’s law our own, God promised us that we will never slip from his path. What is so great about his path? The path of God always leads to prosperity. The greatest wish of God is for us, his people to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper.

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.
Isaiah 43:16 (NLT)

The path of God can cross through every trouble and difficulty we face. The Israelites used it to cross the Red Sea and turn a seemingly impossible situation into a great victory. Today, this path is available to every believer of Jesus Christ. Will you choose to get on it? Will you choose to make God’s law your own?

How shall we do that? We need to read the Bible and listen to faith messages to find out how much our God loves us. Go to churches that preach faith and not religion. The more you are aware and believe how much God loves you, the more his law become your law. His desires will become your desires. At that time, there is no limit on how much prosperity, success and victory that you can have. There is no limit on how much you can achieve as long as you are on his path.