Faith, The Currency of Heaven (Part Two)
I said in part one of this blog entry that the biblical definition of faith as described in Hebrews 11:1 is “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” And I said the natural equivalency of our heavenly faith is the purchasing power of our money. To receive anything from God’s heavenly storehouses we use faith to get them; and in the natural world money is used to purchase the items we desire. Though these two operate on the same basic principles in that we must possess something to get something, that’s where the similarities end. In God’s heavenly economy there is no credit. We either have faith to receive the things we desire from His heavenly storehouses, or we go away empty-handed. That is not so in our natural world. If we don’t have enough money to make our purchases; we simply apply for credit, and if we are credit worthy, we walk out of the store with our desires in hand. And herein lies God’s problem with the world’s credit structure. When we buy on credit we are spending money we don’t have but are promising our future wages which may or may not come for something we want right now. This is dangerous to our family’s future well-being, and a spot God will not put us in. We are not promised we will have a job tomorrow. And if we don’t have a job and we get behind in our payments for those things purchased on credit, those items can be repossessed, or we can be taken to court and forced to pay the company from which we purchased those items. So purchasing items against our future wages is not a good idea.
God tells us in Romans 13:8 “Owe no man anything except to love him.” This line of thinking is completely foreign to the worldly person. And they say, “How do I purchase big-ticket items such as a car or a house without borrowing money to purchase them?” The credit companies say you can’t, but God knows differently. God knows we have need of homes and cars and if we will employ His methods to obtain those things, they will come forth sooner than we think and they will be mortgage free. God is not broke. He is not poor. And He is more than able to meet every need we have including those big-ticket items we can’t live without. The world tells you to spend your way into prosperity, but God’s way is to give. There is a big difference between spending and giving. Most people think once you give something away, it is gone forever. It isn’t. God has good accountants who keep track of every penny you give away. Spending what you don’t have will sure enough get rid of everything you possess and tarnish your reputation in the process. Trying to beg, borrow and spend your way into prosperity is not prosperity; it is debt. When you borrow to buy, the loan agent owns the property, and lets you use it while he makes a fortune off of the interest. He will even let you think it belongs to you, but you miss a payment or two and you will soon learn who the real property owner is, and it isn’t you.
The bible tells us in Matthew 6:24, “No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” In other words our confidence is either in the money we earn or the faith we acquire from the study of God Word. We will either pursue one or the other. Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters.” Meaning we are either pursuing material items purchased with the money we earn, or we are pursuing the Lord and His heavenly blessings. And I think it is noteworthy; a person doesn’t have to be rich to be pursuing material possessions. They just have to love the things they can see more than they love the One to whom they belong. We cannot exercise faith in God and receive what He has for us in His heavenly storehouses until we believe God will do for us what He did for those listed in the bible in Hebrews chapter 11 the modern-day church calls,”God’s Hall of Fame.”
Cashing in our faith in God’s heavenly storehouses does not mean we will be without tribulation. And it does not mean we will not be tried, tested, and tormented, or suffer persecution because we have learned how the kingdom of God works. This world is filled with jealousy and the have-nots want what those who have possess. God’s Hall of Fame faith heroes suffered at the hands of such people, and we can expect the same. But, that doesn’t change the fact that faith is the currency of Heaven and “without using our faith to obtain the things we need in this life, it is impossible to please God.” [Hebrews 11:6] God’s desire is that we would all be rich in faith and use our heavenly currency to help meet the needs of everyone who can’t help themselves. DThrash
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