Table of Contents
The Relativity Of Success
- Planning and preparation are the footprints for success. Take that first step. If you fail to begin, nothing good will happen.
- For best results follow the prescribed plan meticulously, like a doctors prescription.
- Endure the school of hard knocks and setbacks until you overcome, and succeed with honors.
- Doing the things you don’t want to do, and at odd times, not doing what you suppose to do, equals the battle of good versus evil in the human heart of man.
- Patience prevails where the strength of man and horse is depleted.
- Excuses will cripple your walk. Throw away your crutches.
- In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. Six days of wonders and wisdom and on the seventh day He rested.
- Nurture your ideas, and pace yourself, for success seldom come by overnight express.
- Renowned men are known for their servant hood while ordinary men battle for front row seats.
- Let another man praise you, and not your own lips.
- Until opportunity knocks, be proactive in time management and quality control.
- Not everyone tracts the rat race. Some men committed themselves to the fight for an incorruptible crown.
- Encourage yourself and keep believing, for who knows your season for fruitfulness?
- Shape your body and sharpen your mind, but neglect your soul, and all be lost.
- No amount of failure could ever outweigh that moment of success, that brought light and hope to a world in darkness.
- The pursuit for success is not a goal, but a distraction.
- Seek expert help before giving up, and even then against all hope, in hope believe.
- Write down your vision and make it public, that whoever reads it, may run with it.
- Challenges are trivial, when your eyes are set on the prize, and the rewards are greater than giants.
- People who follow the horoscope are like shooting stars, but those who follow the Star of Bethlehem will shine forever. May you prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers, whether it is written in the stars or not.
- A meek and humble spirit with the lowly is better than sharing spoil with the proud.
- Settling for second best eliminates you from winning first prize.
- When you are faithful with a little, you will end up ruling over much.
- Finish those things you started, and receive the rewards God has for those who will.
- In the jungle, only the fittest survive. But in a world full of elevators, it becomes anyone’s game.
- “Why didn’t I think of that?” Maybe you did, but never did anything about it!
- Men of action always achieve more than their wiser critics.
- Partnership doesn’t add up, it multiplies.
- Love is superior to riches, power, beauty and success.
- Great achievements often come by purposeful persistence.
- To win, alter the game play that favors you best over your opponent.
- Men only pursue what they perceive to be possible, but visionaries dare to go beyond.
- When opportunities ain’t knocking, change your door. If the problem persists go outside, make a garden and prepare a table with signs that says free coffee.
- Red tape is for crime scenes, but a no problem T-shirt is a game changer.
- Attached to your God given talents are honor, wealth and power. Unzip, extract and activate it.
- Practice makes perfect and increases potential. Excellence is the signature of the perfect.
- So much advice so little action. Do what is required, and when possible do even more.
- Foresight propels men, but a lack of knowledge turns them backward, for where there is no vision the people perish.
- Read your bible - The book of truth, life and power.
- Conspiracy theories, containing truth or not, will corrupt the core of your heart drive.
- The buyer says it is nothing, but when the deal is sealed, he goes his way and boasts about the bargain he just got himself.
- All things done in secret will come to light, shouted from the rooftops on judgment day.
- To bear the crown of life, you will have to bear your cross daily.
- Accomplishment is often more rewarding than the reward itself.
- The law of attraction is useless without the law of action.
- Success opens many doors except Heaven’s Gates.
- There are things money can’t buy, and power cannot conquer.
- Success without God will take you to a fool’s paradise.
- Love not the world or the things in the world. For godliness with contentment is great gain. When you have food and clothes with this be content.
- Playing off-sides disqualifies anyone to strike at goal.
- Perform in such a way that it will cost your competition too much to compete with you at the same level.
- Seeing the big picture makes small sacrifices justifiable.
- What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet loses his soul? The pursuit of fame and fortune ends in a loss.
- To go anywhere, you have to start somewhere. Who knows how far you will go if you will just start to do something?
- The man who keeps walking always reaches his destination.
- The mystery hidden inside of you is the Masters key, which can open doors, shut to the masses.
- Great men and women, though dead still speaks. Not through mediums or fortune tellers, but by their legacy of faith.
- Failure is a temporary setback. To overcome you need to change direction, or go back and get help, or just quit.
- Against all odds, press on and finished better than expected.
- Established purpose by counsel. The wise has many advisers.
- When facing failure encourage yourself with hope.
- No matter what you do, it will not be without risk.
- Be successful in expressing your DNA and fingerprints on your style and performance of work.
- Go to the ant you sluggard, consider her ways and work.
- The avoided staircase may be your peaceful alternative to elevator rat race.
- Small beginnings often include hidden promises of good fortune.
- By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.
- Daily disciplines are foundation steps on the ladder of success.
- Fools rush in and get to the top of the wrong ladder first.
- Failure is a spirit that will fail in the face of persistent faith.
- Whatever the matter, whoever the messenger, let God have the final say.
- Better to step down and keep your balance, than to step up and fall from a dizzy height.
- Boast not about tomorrow, for you know not what it will bring. But rather say God willing I will.
- When it feels as if a force is preventing you, then you need prayer, patience and perseverance to overcome that beast.
- Love not sleep, less poverty spoils your game. But open your eyes and you will eat the bread of your labor.
- The Eiffel tower in Paris once the scorn of men, but wise men turned it into an economic icon to city and to France.
A Mind Make-Over
- If it is all in the mind, then change your thinking.
- I can’t and it’s not possible limits creativity and progress, until someone thinks he can.
- Thoughts don’t attract material things, but action can.
- You will do nothing, until you admit that it is possible.
- Let the wicked forsake his own way, and the unrighteous his thoughts which is an abomination to the Lord.
- Better to be narrow-minded and go to heaven, than to be broad-minded and go through the wide gates of hell.
- A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
- Anyone who thinks uses more than 90% of their brain. 10% is reserved for pondering your Creator.
- Nurture your ideas to maturity until its appointed time.
- Everything noteworthy began with a simple idea, acted upon.
- The more you work your ideas, the better they turn out to be.
- Mental and physical strength comes from your thoughts. It may also affect your health. So mind your thoughts.
- Seeing and hearing anything repeatedly, significant influence and shapes your views and values.
- Everyone dream, but only a few believe enough to act.
- What you dream about today can be tomorrow’s reality.
- Dreams materialize make poor men free and the rich even richer.
- Dreams won’t pay the bills until hard work is rewarded. For in all labor there is profit.
- Dare to dream, dare to believe and dare to hope, for nothing shall be impossible to him who believe.
- Protect and nurture your ideas less it fades into obscurity.
- Mind the many detours, on your way to realizing your dream.
- Everything is possible, when nothing becomes impossible.
- Bury new ideas that ruin age-old foundations and virtues.
- Disregarded concepts of the past could be the celebrated solutions of the future.
- Imagination is free but materializing ideas has its price.
- Every plan has a purpose and every kingdom its round table.
- You may wish to get it right all the time, it is possible.
- One small insight into a mystery, one eternal leap into glory.
- Hidden from the naked eye, but not from the eyes of faith.
- Carve your own destiny, and you will succeed.
- Who lied to you and said it’s impossible? What’s not possible with men is with God and to him who believes.
- Seed of potential lay dormant in the infertile soil of excuses.
- Limitations are conditional and breaking them is imminent.
- Imagination gives wings to the impossible. And by understanding ideas are molded and motorized.
- Have courage to follow your heart and finish well.
- Time spend is never wasted when it’s invested in wisdom.
- The Wright brothers first cycled before their dream took to the air.
- Men of action often find amazing opportunities concealed from the casual seekers.
- Stick to your decision, and do not look back, for what is ahead of you is far better than what lies behind you.
- Repent is a U-turn to God, not the switching of lanes.
- People often change their mind, whether for good or for evil.
- When change violate ancient laws and values to the point of ruin, it becomes obligatory to actively take a stand.
- Not all change is necessary good or bad, but it is necessary.
- Mistakes are not fatal unless you refuse to change.
- Truth is a well of life in a turbulent world of change.
- Disregarded concepts of the past can be today’s solutions.
- The most vital change you will ever make is to change your ways and turn back to the living God.
- Challenges are hard, but not impossible.
- In the house of pain, men bow to slots and tables to strike it rich, on the itch of the palm. They play their cards and bet on horses, but fail to strike it lucky. Cry to God, whoever you are, for shame and misery will drive you to hell’s despair. Hope in God to overcome.
Don’t You Dare
- Don’t you dare giving up, not knowing how close you are.
- Don’t you dare let someone else’s opinion, decide your fate.
- Don’t you dare live life as if tomorrow doesn’t matter.
- Don’t you believe everything without careful examination.
- Don’t you dare get ripped off by giving money to get rich.
- Don’t you dare fall for claims of urgency or loss of opportunity, swindling you into buying or selling.
- Don’t be so materialistic that you end up spiritually bankrupt.
- Don’t you dare quit in difficulty on your way to victory.
- Don’t you dare endorsing lies by punishing the truth.
- Don’t be spoiled by philosophy and vain deceit after man’s traditions or worldly principles, and not after Christ.
Wealth, Riches And Prosperity
- You don’t go from rags to riches by crying over spilled milk.
- Self-made millionaires are like blockbuster without extras?
- Wealth-creating assets putting money into your hand is better than debt wrecking liabilities that drains your spirit.
- Forbes 500 list the names of the super rich, yet whose name among them, can be found written in the Lambs Book of Life?
- Jesus warned men about Lazarus and Rich Dad Poor Dad.
- Indecision like hasty decisions is both detrimental to success.
- Give more often from the heart, than from your purse.
- A little with the Lord’s fear is better than riches with trouble.
- Fortune 500 portfolios are worthless, worthless when you are spiritually bankrupt. Christ came as the Healer forgiving sins.
- The Swiss boast in their banks, gold and chocolates. But how hard it is for rich men to enter into heaven?
- The doctrine of contentment is despised by men of greed.
- Peace with God is worth more than an ounce of gold.
- Contentment with godliness is a sign of God’s blessing.
- God wants something from you, and it is not your wallet.
- Many makes themselves rich yet have nothing. But some make themselves poor and have eternal riches.
- The rich look down on the poor who looks up to the rich, but blessed are the men who ask God for their daily bread.
- Cash in a laborers hand is better than a pat on his back.
- Pursue wisdom above riches, for it has eternal value.
- Homemade ideas packaged for the market is rewarding.
- Talk is cheap but action is worth its weight in gold.
- God gives man the gift of riches, wealth and the power to eat thereof, to take his portion and to rejoice in his labor.
- Jesus came to make poor men rich, but many despise his truths, and wants money instead.
- In the house of the righteous is much treasure, but the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
- The borrower is subject to the lender. Free yourself.
- War is good business for those who love death, and their profits stained with blood.
- The law of sowing and reaping implies that the return harvest will always be greater than the initial seeds invested.
- The cost of pursuing fame and fortune is at your own soul’s risk.
- Open your heart towards your brother, the needy and the poor in your land. God demands justice and mercy for all.
- The smooth rides of the rich and famous have a bitter end.
- Wise investments often open doors to influence the world you desire.
- He who oppresses the poor despises His Maker, but in showing mercy and kindness God is honored.
- The Portfolios of the rich turns to liquid assets producing livable monthly income, without touching their savings.
- A rich man’s paradise is full of sinkholes, but I see the saints marching on streets of gold.
- Better to eat your bread in peace than to dine with dissension.
- Blessed are the generous seeking nothing in return.
- The deceitfulness of riches is that money is life.
- Wealthy men and generous givers have many friends.
- Your reaction to someone’s generosity only reveals what’s in your own heart.
- Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God. Pay your taxes and your vows. Rob not God.
- Watch what you eat when someone pays your meal. Though he says eat to your delight, he may be counting the bill.
- You will receive more from the generous poor than from the sparing rich.
- For in all labor there is profit, some just pay better.
- A God fearing man uses his labor to give life, but a scrooge makes himself richer at the expense of others.
- God loves a cheerful giver who gives wisely, unrestrained by obligation.
- Greed entices men to believe in prayer never made in faith.
- First deplete the resources on your own doorstep, before considering the fortune in someone else’s backyard.
- A man who keeps his word is worth more than pure gold.
- Desirable treasures and oil is the house of the wise, but the foolish spends it up.
- The wealth of the rich is their god, but a poor man’s trust is in the living God.
- The wise depends on diverse investment portfolios.
- Let the poor say I am rich, because of what God has done.
- The gift of God to man is to enjoy his riches and his inheritance, and to find contentment in his work.
- Wealth is a castle to the rich but poverty ruins the poor.
- Pay back with interest those you conned in getting rich.
- Ideas in your head are like dust to the wind, but put it to paper and to work, and it will ignite air into liquid asset.
- Blessed is the man who can count his blessings more than his pennies.
- There are those who give generously, yet increases in wealth, while some, by holding on too tightly, end up dying misers.
- Actions compliment ideas, but talk kisses the wind.
- Reward men who are instrumental in your financial success.
- Reproducing homemade ideas that worked for you are ideal product solutions for people just like you.
- Money adds value to one’s lifestyle but deceives your soul.
- There is something the poor has which the rich cannot buy.
- You say you are rich, needing nothing, and yet you realize not how wretched, poor, blind and naked you really are.
- The rich can do no wrong to those who are blinded by silver.
- Covet not after the vanity lifestyle of the rich and famous, but much rather be contend with what you have and fear God.
- No giving is in vain or goes unnoticed before the living God.
- Acting on knowledge will make you healthier and wealthier than many who heard the same things repeatedly, and did nothing or little about it.
- They that will be rich fall into many temptations and snares, and into foolish and hurtful lusts, that drown men in destruction and perdition. Greed pierces men with many sorrows and for the love of money they stray from their faith.
- The house of the rising sun is the ruin of many a poor boy, but in God’s house the risen Son is found the riches for many lost souls.
- Gambling ruins. There is no winner to him who loses his soul.
- The greedy man troubles his own house, but he that hates gifts and covetousness will live and prolong his days.
- The blessings of God are not on or for sale in any retail store.
- Men give because they can but some give from their heart.
- Many Precious stones are found hidden among the poor.
- Life insurance expires but life assurance is forever.
- Get your house in order, on your way, to the top.
- Seek God not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
- The excuses of lazy men ends in poverty but the labor of the diligent is rewarded.
- Some men are content with the little they have and at peace, more than many who have everything and yet want more.
- Work your idea and it will work for your financial freedom.
- Riches are not forever and crowns are not to all generations.
- Be faithful with little, and you will be trusted with much.
- Shut your ears to the cry of the poor, and you yourself, will cry out for help and find none.
- Give in secret and God will reward you openly. But publicize you charity, and you forfeit your heavenly reward.
- The path to fame and fortune is riddled with traps and woes.
- Poverty can be a curse, but none a greater poverty it is, to stand before God empty-handed.
- Men’s souls are non-negotiable. Wealth and riches falls short to the foolishness of redemption on a wooden cross.
- The wages of sin are death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.
- Faith in God’s son is an eternal investment that never ends.
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous and the other things will be added to you.
- When you pity the poor, you give to the Lord, who will repay you for your kindness.
- Should I spend my time investing in the poor, I would be in the end far richer than the rich in all their wealth.
- What’s inside you is more valuable than the things you can buy. Christ in you the hope of glory.
- For a lack of judgment the much food in the field of the poor are destroyed.
- The gift of God is life, paid in full with blood of Christ on the cross. It is not for sale.
- A bribe masked as a gift blurs judgment, but the wise will escape the temptation.
- The law of prosperity belongs to all men according to each man’s ability and action.
- God’s invitation is this: Let the thirsty people come to the water and drink. And let him who has no money, come buy and eat. Yes come, buy milk and wine without money and without price.
- Though men are poor and needy, yet does the Lord think upon them.
- Faithful men will enjoy many blessings, but get-rich-quick schemes hide the curse.
- Giving a man hope can’t be measured in any currency.
- Contentment is life overcoming the money hungry beast.
- A fool with money, or a fool in power, both are like a runaway train.
- It is better to give than to receive. Both are blessed in the end.
- The unexpected gratitude of the poor is humbling, and refreshes the soul of the giver.
- The rich has no VIP treats with God. But God does care for the poor.
- Sow sparingly and reap in moderation, but a lavish harvest comes from sowing much.
- He fills the hungry with good but the rich he sent away empty.
- The children of this world are in their generation wiser with money, than the children of light.
- The Lord’s table is not contemptible. Bring your best.
- God said it, you shall not covet your neighbor’s house, his cars, his wife, position or stuff.
- Weep now you rich for the misery that is coming upon you.
- He was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.
- Why do you give ‘gifts’ you consider as a repayable debt?
- Riches profit not in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
- The giving of the generous are like the refreshing Ganges.
- The lord’s blessing makes rich and He adds no sorrow to it.
- Withhold corn from the people and they will curse you, but blessings shall be upon the head of him that sells it.
- A despised man with a servant is better than one that honors himself and lacks bread.
- The riches and wealth of God, is eternal and incorruptible.
- Blessed is the bountiful eye who gives his bread to the poor.
- A good name is better than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
- Getting riches by lying is vanity by them that seek death.
- God is not an accessory but a basic necessity to eternal life.
- The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination to God, much more so when he brings it with a wicked mind?
- Giving to the rich and oppressing the poor to get rich, only leads to want.
- God uses the generosity of man to provide for the poor.
- God takes care of the birds of the air likewise with you.
- Blessed is the generous in heart, giving bread to the poor.
- The demanding rich pride themselves in their riches, but the poor who only seeks justice considers the kindness of God.
- You cannot serve both God and mammon, for either you will hate and despise the one, or love and behold the other.
- Be faithful with unrighteous mammon and receive true riches.
- Beware of covetousness. Your life consists not in the abundance of your possessions.
- The poor in their uprightness is better than the perverse.
- The riches of God love is a lifeline for the poor.
- Riches gained by dishonesty will fail, but lasting riches increases by good investments.
- Pure religion is this, that you remember the orphans and widows, and keep yourself unspotted from this world.
- The Lord makes poor, and makes rich.
- By wisdom a house is build. By understanding it is established. And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all kinds of precious and pleasant riches.
- The rich who is wise in their own deceit is searched out by the poor who has understanding.
- The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much. But the abundance of the rich causes insomnia.
- It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
- God chose the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he promised to them, that love him?
- Charity is an act of faith, not a social stepping stone.
- Giving is limited to one’s resources, but giving life is endless.
- It is so amazing to watch the poor do so much with so little.
- Whatever consumes your space and time is an investment into or a robbery of your future.
- Quick to get rich men has an evil eye and considers not that poverty is lurking.
- The love of money is the root of all evil. Love God.
- The drunkard and the glutton come to poverty, and lethargy clothes men with rags.
- Labor not to be rich and cease from your own wisdom, for riches makes themselves wings and disappears.
- The thoughts of the diligent tend only to abundance, but the desire of the slothful kills him, for his hands refuse to work, yet he covets greedily all day long.
- Do good by lending hoping for nothing in return, and great will be your reward.
- Rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of both.
- Rob not the poor because he is poor, nor oppress those who suffer, for the Lord will plead their cause and spoil the spoiler’s soul.
- Wealth makes friends, but the brothers of the poor hates him, even his friends and neighbors hide from him.
- Happy is he who has mercy on the poor but whoever despises his neighbor, sins.
- God’s not after your money. He is after your heart. God loves cheerful givers.
- For a dream comes through the multitude of business and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.
Warning To The Rich
When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland. Financiers are without patriotism and without decency, their sole object is gain. Napoleon Bonaparte. Thirty pieces of silver and a friend’s kiss was all it took to betray God’s only son.
Investors, Corporations and Employers
Go now you rich men, howl and weep for your miseries that will come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered and the rust of them will be a witness against you, and will eat your flesh as if it were fire. You have heaped up treasure together for the last days. Behold the wages of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cries and entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have been wanton and lived in pleasure on the earth and you nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter.
The Rich Fool
Master, speak to my brother that he divide the inheritance with me. But Jesus said to him, who made me a judge or divider over you? Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things he possesses. And he spoke a parable to them saying: The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentiful. And he thought to himself saying, what will I do? I have no room where to store my fruits. Yes, I will break down my barns and rebuild it bigger to store all my fruits and goods. Then will I boast saying, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years: retire, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, you fool, this night your soul will be required of you. Then whose will those things be which you have provided? So is it to him that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Be careful not to do your alms before men to be seen of them, otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. But when you do your alms, sound not a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do, that they may have glory of men. Truly they received their reward. But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does, that your alms may be in secret and your Father which sees in secret, himself will reward you openly.
Lazarus And The Rich Man
There was a certain rich man clothed in purple and designers outfits, who enjoyed a lavished lifestyle. And there was Lazarus a beggar full of sores, whose sores the dogs came and licked who laid at the rich man’s gate desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from his table. And it came to pass that he died and was carried away by angels into Abraham’s bosom.
The rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell he opened his eyes being in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, son remember that you received good things in your life, but Lazarus got evil things. Now he is comforted but you are in torment.
Besides, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that they which want to pass from here to you cannot. Neither can they come from there to here. Then he said, I pray you then father, send him to my father’s house for I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torment. And Abraham replied, they have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them. And he said, no father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said to him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.
Wealth Is Not A Sign
Perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness - from such withdraw yourself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothes with that, you be content. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
But whosoever has this world’s good, and sees his brother have need, but shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwell the love of God in him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed, and in truth. Give me neither poverty nor riches, but feed me with food convenient for me, lest I be full and deny you saying, who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal and take the name of my God in vain. But now you say, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing, but know not how wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked you are. Because you say in your heart, that it is by my power and the might of my hand that I have gotten me this wealth.
The Love Of Money
But whoever wants to be rich fall into many temptations, foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil, which some coveted after have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. And the cares, riches and pleasures of this life chokes them and ends up failing to bring fruit to perfection. But take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consist not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. Be content with what you have, when what you have is sufficient.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust corrupt and where thieves break in and steals. But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts, and where thieves cannot break in to steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be as well. The light of the body is the eye and if therefore your eye be single, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye be evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great is that darkness? No man can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one despising the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
A Final Word
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives you richly all things to enjoy and that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
You say that you are rich, and have increased with goods, and have need of nothing, but you know not how wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked you are. I advise you to come and buy from me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothed yourself that the shame of your nakedness do not show, and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you may see.
Listen, and open your ears to hear, you people all over the world, both low and high, rich and poor. My mouth will speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart will be understanding. Incline your ear to a parable and to my dark sayings. They trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the abundance of their riches. None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him. For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceases forever, that he should live forever and not see corruption?
For wise men die, the fool and the brutish person also, and leave their wealth to others. Their inward thoughts are, that their houses will continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations. They call their lands after their own names. But men held in honor abide not, but perishes like the beast. This is their folly yet their posterity approves their sayings. Like sheep they are laid in the grave and death will feed on them. But the upright will have dominion over them in the morning. Their beauty will consume in the grave from their dwelling. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for he will receive me.
Be not you afraid when one become rich, when the glory of his house is increased, for when he dies he will carry nothing away. His glory will not descend after him, though while he lived, he blessed his soul. Men will praise you when you do well to yourself. He will go to the generation of his fathers never to see light. Man that is in honor and understands not, is like the beasts that perish.
And he humbled you and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers knew, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceed out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live. Your clothes waxed not old on you, neither did your feet swell these forty years. Also consider in your heart that as a parent chastens his child, so the Lord your God chastens you.
So keep his commandments and walk in his ways, and fear him. For the Lord God will bring you into a good land, a land of wells and fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills. A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates, a land of oil olive and honey. A land wherein you will eat bread without scarceness and not lack anything in it. A land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig brass. When you have eaten and are full, then will you bless the Lord your God for the good land which he has given you.
But beware that you forget not the Lord God, to keep his commands, judgments and his statutes, which I command you this day. Lest when you have eaten and are full, and live in beautiful houses and your goods, your silver and your gold also multiply, that then your heart be lifted up and you forget the Lord your God. And you say in your heart, my power and the might of mine hand have gotten me this wealth. Remember the Lord your God. For it is he who gives you power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant. And it will be that if you forget God and walk after other gods to serve and worship them, I testify against you this day that you will surely perish.
Then will He say to those on his left, depart from me you cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food. I was thirsty and you gave me no drink. I was a stranger and you didn’t take me in. I was naked, and you clothed me not. I was sick and in prison, but you visited me not. And then will they answer him, saying, Lord, when did we saw you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto you? Then will he answer them, saying, truly I say to you, as much as you have not done to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.
Blessed is the Poor
Then Jesus said to them: Go your way, and tell John the things you have seen and heard. How the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, deaf men hear, the dead are raised to life, and to the poor the gospel is preached. Blessed is anyone who is not offended in me.
And then turning to the rich young man whom Jesus loved said to him: There is one thing you lack one. Go your way and sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and take up the cross and follow me. But as soon as the rich kid heard this he became sad at that saying, and went away depressed for he had great possessions.
Often men say that the good news of the gospel of Jesus to the poor is that they too can become rich. For a poor boy from the Slums, the Bronx, India or elsewhere it is indeed good news. Everyone wants to be rich. How can anyone dispute that this is not God’s will for the poor?
For the poor will never cease out of the land therefore I command you by saying, you will open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor, and to your needy in your land. Give to him that ask from you, and from him that wants to borrow from you turn not you away. Lazarus the beggar laid at a rich man’s gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. But the rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day miss out on eternal life.
Though I am poor and needy, yet does the Lord think upon me. Has He not chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith, yet are they despised? When a poor man come into your church he is seated in the back, but the rich man dressed in a designers outfit is given front row seats. Do you not sin by showing favoritism despising the poor?
Scripture references often have nothing or little to do with the pursuit of riches and happiness in this life. Thoughts on Money and Success is about the pursued of godliness and contentment that you may see God, and receive the true riches laid up for the righteous who love Him. This is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so you through His poverty might become rich.
If Jesus Christ was a homeless would you invite him to your home and make room for him? A simple question that has and will determine the fate of many professing to know God yet failing to recognize God’s only beloved son. He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill. Blessed is he who considers the poor. The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
For then will the King say to them on his right hand: Come you blessed of my Father and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came unto me. Then will the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we saw you hungry and fed thee? And when did we gave you drink to quench your thirst? When were you a stranger and we invited you in? And when were you naked and we clothed you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you? And the King will answer them saying, Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.
Then he said: When you prepare a dinner, call not your friend or brothers, nor your family, neither your rich neighbors, lest they do the same and invite you in return, and repay your kindness. But when you throw a party call the poor, the broken, the lame, and the blind, then will you be blessed, for they cannot recompense you. So will you be rewarded at the resurrection of the just.
Behold, this was the sins of your sister Sodom: Pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters. She also did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me. Therefore, did I took them away as I saw good.
You will not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he is a brother or a stranger in your land within your gates. On the day of his labor you will give him his pay, and not another day for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it, lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it becomes a sin unto you.
Poverty is a curse they say, and indeed the poor has many sorrows. But scripture says that Christ became a curse, that the blessings of Abraham may come upon the gentiles. It is not that the heathen was poor in goods but much rather that their riches without the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob they were poor towards God and the riches of His glory. Jesus did not endure the shame and sorrow of a cursed cross for financial gain. Stop turning God’s precious promises and love towards sinners, into a money making machine. God forbid. And Jesus said to him: Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has no place where to lay his head. Jesus traveled a lot during his three years from town to town doing good and healing the sick, but it was never a breeze in the wind. His poverty made men rich towards God. You no longer have to poor in your life again.
I count all things as dung that I may win Christ. Can a man serve God and mammon? He will hate one and love the other, or he will serve the other while despising the first. It’s not possible to please two masters at once. Again He said: Labor not for this world’s riches nor store it up. God never promise riches to everyone, but a wise man will increase in strength and riches added without sorrow.
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went early in the morning to hire workers to come work in his vineyard. After he agreed to pay the workers a dollar a day, he sent them forth into his vineyard. Later he went out about again and saw others standing idle on the corner. So he offered them an opportunity as well to work in his field, and agreed to pay them a fair pay that is right. And so they went to work. This he did again about the 6th and the 9th hour. And about the 11th hour he went out once more, and found others standing idle, and asked them, Why do you stand here idle all the day long? Because no one has hired us, they responded. Come he said, and go work in my vineyard and whatever is right, that will you receive.
So when night came the lord of the vineyard spoke to his steward and said, Call the workers and give them their hire. Begin first with them who started at the 11th hour he started to pay each one a dollar. But when the workers who started first came, they supposed that they should have received more, but they like the men before them received each man a dollar. And when they had received it, they murmured against the Goodman of the house saying, ‘the last workers worked but one hour, and you have made them equal to us which have borne the burden and heat of the day’.
But he answered one of them, Friend, I did you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a dollar? Take your pay and go your way. I will give to this last the same as I gave you. Is it not my right to do what I will with my own money? Is your eye evil, because I am good? So the last will be first, and the first last, for many be called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20)
My brothers inheritance
Master, tell my brother to share his inheritance with me. But Jesus responded, sir, who made me a judge and lawyer over you? Then turning to the crowd he said: Be careful and watch out for covetousness. For your life does not consist in the abundance of the things you own. And he spoke a parable saying, A business of a certain rich man did very well. And he thought to himself how to solve the lack of storage because he had no more room where to store up his produce? So he devised an action plan to pull down his barns, and go bigger and better, and to keep all his fruits and goods fresh and safe.
Then he said to himself: Soul, you have plenty of goods laid up for many years. Relax, be happy, and spend more quality time with your friends and family. But God spoke and said to him: You fool, this night your soul will be required, and to whom will all your business wealth and investments go?
So is it to him who lay up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said to his disciples: I tell you, take no thought for your life, what you will eat, neither for the body, or what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body is more than clothes. Look at the birds. They don’t sow or reap and have no storehouses to store up, and yet God feeds them every day. How much more valuable are you than these birds?
And who of you by worrying about these things can add to his length one inch? If you then are not able to do that, why then do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow. They neither toil nor spin and yet I say to you, that Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these flowers. If God then so clothe the grass which is to day in the field, and tomorrow burns by fire, how much more will He not clothe you, O you of little faith?
The good and bad workers
Fear not, little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have, and give alms. Provide for yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fails not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupts. For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning. And you yourselves like men that waits for their lord, when he will return from the wedding that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes will find watching. Verily I say unto you, that he will gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he will come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And this know, that if the Goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speak thou this parable unto us, or even to all? And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes will find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delay his coming; and will begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken. The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did do according to his will, will be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. For to whoever much is given, of him will be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Money in the Bank
Money in the Bank has every ones interest. But what caught my eye was the words of a famous preacher. You cannot serve two gods, he said. Either you will love the first and despise the other or you visa verse. Money is and has always been an inferior master to the One who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills.
In truth money is a poor god to serve. It promises you the world but takes your soul in fine print. It is an unreliable god. It has an impressive show of power and will take you many places. It promises safety and security to whoever holds it, but is so easily, gone with the wind, down with the Titanic, and ashes to the fire.
Money has proven itself to be an unfaithful lover that makes men look and feel good but often changes hands accompanied with mixed emotions of greed, envy and a sense of loss. It has no conscious nor commitment and looses interest very quickly.
The worlds your oyster and then without warning inflates and looses its value. It like a bullet train that unrails and crashes into a pile of debt covered with misery and unemployment.
But the uncertain master has a very good public over a diversity of channels and billboards. It motivates and can get you going again when you follow it’s principals steps with passion and determination.
Son you find yourself on the top of your game and everybody loves you. The best money can buy. Money plays you well and keeps you hooked, wanting more and more like a junkie on coke and acid-rain. You follow the lights and neglect the star of Bethlehem, to the house of the rising sun, but neglects to see the Star of Bethlehem shining in the night. Some prefer the easy path set with many traps that lures the weak down the path of pain and self-destruction.
But you wisely avoid easy money and happily follow the proven paths up the ladder. Your prosperity knows no end, its like caviar and champagne, you drink your wine and enjoy exquisite dining.
You are covered with policies, assets and portfolios all listed on the top Fortune 500. Your paper is 9 caret gold and your signature someone else’s stamp collection. Finally, you find your name listed and accepted on the VIP guest list. Yet you take no account whether it be found in the Lambs book of life. The carpets change color and the fans keep you cool in the Midwest summer. You walk on icloud 9 and your Apple mobile has no windows. Your a shooting star and if you burn long enough you are upgraded to Meteor status.
Life’s a party and you never have to work another day in your life again. Your now a master printer with a license to print. Your an opportunity magnet, with a star wars shield. That’s how you live and die. You have no care, no worry and no fear. But with all this media publicity and hype, you still cannot escape the moth in your bedroom and the thief in the night.
Money has the answer and that wicked power. It makes you Bold Italic that sets you a few one step ahead, and yet you still a mere breath away like everyone else. Botox, pills and plastic surgery makes you look like a model of the day, but not even the most preserved mummy, can escape the coffin and the worm.
With money you keep buying more time but death seems to be knocking on random doors. Sooner or later you going to slip and slide, and your envied wealth will be contested and divided. You believe yourself and the web of lies money spins to the masses, that money and success now in this life is all that matters.
So you kept your cool and clothed yourself with the fattest of the land, while milking the poor and needy the more for their pocket change. You got away with murder, theft and invasion, not to mention adultery, fornication and greed. With a conscience burned with a hot iron, you continue to play in the den of the rich and famous, where sin is pleasure and truth be forbidden.
O you fool have you not read your life’s story once foretold by the Master Teacher. How the rich man died after the beggar at his gate. In an unmarked grave they left him dry, while the crowds went to water the rich man’s garden. The funeral was packed and a great success. They came to lie and gave their respects. He was a good man and a good friend they said. Few were the true. But the dead await the rich man’s arrival, while the mourners sang his goodbye’s. He like so many before and after him, praised and respected, now bankrupt and out of breath. While his bank accounts now frozen always loaded, his ends up like the poor naked and in want.
How he was so wise on earth to earthly wealth yet he never considered his account in heaven laid dormant for all his years. Now in your poverty and nakedness he opened his eyes so far divided from the beggar at his gate. Lazarus found rest in the bosom of Abraham, but the rich man in his death a place of constant hell and fire. How he wished for the poor man to come over and give him but a drop of water. Not so Abraham replied. You had it all in your life but even if he wants, the gap is to broad and wide, no one can breach. Nor can a medium of communication be utilized to send to friends and loved ones, to warn them of your misery and shame. For they have preachers and priest to warn the crowds, and if they will not hear them, nor will they hear any dreamer or dead men raised to life. For money is a fools man’s god sometimes paper, sometimes gold, blinding the eyes and setting traps.
Your to blame, you only cared for your own. God’s love meant nothing to you. Strangers came knocking at your door but you left them out in the cold. Beggars pleaded for pennies and pity, but you gave them that look and a hard shoulder. Empty handed they left and wondered the streets at night. And while you were online surfing the wave of prosperity, the poor were Googled through rubbish and bins. Poor and naked, locked up in prison, sick and dying in hospitals without medical aid or comfort.
But now down under you are awakened with the screams of the dead, helpless without a Savior. This is your destiny you paved with silver and gold. For the money you served is a fools man god, sometimes paper, sometimes gold. But a poor man’s hope is found in the riches of the cross of Christ which paves the streets with gold for whoever wants to come and receive a crown of life. The wise will hear and in their obedience will lay up for themselves treasures in heaven above, where Christ now is seated at the right hand of God Almighty.