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Rich Man, Poor Man.

James 1:9-11 looks at the perspective of rich and poor. 

 The Word states, 9 "Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade awayin his pursuits." NKJV

 Both poverty and prosperity are concrete examples of trials that test our faith.  Either may result in spiritual disaster.  The Believer who is poor materially can rejoice in his spiritual position as a child of God, while the rich person can rejoice in new values, realizing the temporal nature of earthly wealth as opposed to the eternal benefits of spiritual possessions.

- 'Fade Away' - refers to the certain destruction of people who are rich only in temporal things.

 I like how The Message states this:

  - 10-14 I'm glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess-happy that you're again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don't mean that your help didn't mean a lot to me-it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles.

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Express contentment in every condition of life.

 It is both honorable and kind to help a good minister in trouble. True Believers by nature will feel concern for their friends in their difficulties and to do what they can to help them. The apostle Paul was content in all of his trials as well as in the process.  He made the best of it.  When man chooses to take any wrong course for their own supply [pride, unbeielf, desiring of present things] the result is oftentimes a loss of contentment.  As Paul did, choose humility and keep your mind focused on God as our Provider when we are abased.  His providence never fails and His comfort in time of need is more than enough.

GBY!  Barbara :) 


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Comment balloon 8 commentsBARBARA RIES • July 11 2008 11:14AM

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Barbara...it is surprising even with our faith, how material things still creep into our lives.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 9 years ago

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain." And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that thou would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested...

What is your request today, B? Mine is that you pray the prayer of Jabez with me. If the two of us agree, then we get to get our Angels off the unemployment line and give them some work to do. One can put one thousand in flight, two, ten thousand. What do you say, Barbara? Will you agree in Christ Jesus name with me?

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Hi William:  The fous is to learn to be content in whatever state one is in and to keep our mind set on eternity not on things of this world.  God bless you and thank you for your post.  Enjoy your day.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Carol:  The last time I embraced 1 Chronicles 4:10, He granted it.  My request was to 'enlarge my territory' in evangelizing my neighborhhod.  

The majority of people living there (and their children) came to Christ.  We began meeting on the driveway in front of our apartments, have circle prayer time with the kids and taking all of them to church.  But it wasn't just my immediate neighborhood.  It spread to the places where I worked, corner mini markets and so forth.... anywhere I previously planted a seed.  I depleted my church's bible supply.  Praise the Lord! 

So when you pray this prayer get ready. God loves to answer it.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

Oooo, that sounds really cool! I've got to get to Lancaster. I'm ready to do the Jabez thing, Barbara. I hope He does answer my prayer very, very soon.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Carol:  You pray it and He will.  I can vividly remember going to my Pastor's wife (at the time) about this who told me, "When you pray 1 Chronicles 4:10 make sure you're ready."  It wasn't until after I sought the Lord and petitioned God that I then realized what she meant.  Ask me about it.  I will stand in agreement with you. Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

Good Morning Babara....Thank you for sharing God's Word this morning......oh so true.....and the Prayer of Jabez (comment by C tan-starr) really is true.....really really really......I read it about one and a half years ago (the book) and nothing but wonderful things start to happen.....it is so awesome ....I also have read many books by Joyce Meyer and read her daily devotions (Starting your day right)...she gives scriptures and then comments on them and allows the reader to have insight into the Lord's Word.....and I really enjoy reading sciptures--especially having someone there to "explain" things.....

And I try to say the prayer of Jabez everyday........and He is amazing....recently i RESTED in the Lord for almost 24 hours. Just to listen to Him because i had been praying and of course, He answered my requests....but I had to be 'still"......i was freaking out because i needed an income  SOON ....i was really going nuts applying for employment everyday, emailing my resume, faxing my resume....and I have received  no replies....so after days of major upsetness, i just prayed and then rested......anyway....i feel much better....p.s there is a second book to "the prayer of Jabez" called Secrets of the Vine.....about how Jesus took his diciples out to the vineyard....its a LOVELY book.....

have an awesome day!!!!! and you are right....when you pray the prayer of Jabez--watch out cuz God does answer you right away.....TRUE!!!!!! It was unbelievable......it happened so fast.....

Posted by Lisa Edwards (Aloha Coast Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Dear Lisa:  Thank you so much for the beautiful testimony.  I know it will speak to many people.  You are doing right in your spirit by resting.  To 'be still' and wait upon Him in order to allow God to do His will and to have His way -- good girl!!

The book, "The Secrets of The Vine"  was given to me by my ex-husband in November 2001.  I read it but you know what, I'm going to read it again.  When you mentioned it I grabbed it off my bookshelf and opened to page 103 where it talks about "The Person Of Abiding."

This is exactly what the ministry teaches --> the more we abide in God, the more of Him we get in our everyday activities or thoughts and our desires.  But people don't actually believe God wants to abide with us.  There are assumptions made that He does not want to spend time with a person who has done "bad things." (pg 104)

I say, 'checkmate, God!!' When we finally get it that we have to submit and yield our whole lives and agendas to Christ, then He is free to move in, change us and abide fully with us by our side -- 24/7!!  He wants us more than we could ever even try in our humaness to want Him.

You and Carol and your families should join me in ministry. I am praying that God sends women who aren't afraid to wear combat boots for Jesus!  Abding in His love... there's no greater felling, comfort, safety or relationship like it!!

Here's a BIG, smackin' kiss coming your way.

Barbara :)

 

 

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 9 years ago

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