What Are Your Motives?

As mentioned in previous posts, I have been thinking a lot recently about ‘prosperity doctrine’ and those who teach it. The Bible tells us that we will know false teachers by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). Perhaps some or many of them really believe what they are peddling. It’s a little hard to justify some extremely rich T.V. evangelist’s extravagance with the message of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ, isn’t it? There is no doubt that Matthew 7:1-2 is there for a very good reason. The Bible clearly teaches us that He searches our hearts and, therefore, knows our motives for what we ask Him for:  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. -1 Thessalonians 2:4 

We know that we are stewards of the Earth and that what we see as our possessions belong to God. Psalm 24 reminds us that the Earth is the Lord’s. He owns it and everything in it– lock, stock and barrel.  That includes, of course, us.

Here’s another example of what I am writing about:

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. -Hebrews 4:11-13 

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