OVERCOMING HARDSHIP #1: CHRISTIAN, FLEE “WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SURVIVE”!!
Glory to God, we begin a new series today titled, “Overcoming Hardship”! The series will present hope and encouragement for believers in these tough times as well as guidelines for pulling through and flourishing.
This post, the first in the series, will be followed by others on the dangers of Ponzi schemes, tips on how to survive the hard times and guidelines on how to bloom in spite of the drought.
CHRISTIAN, FLEE “WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SURVIVE”!!
I want to start by thanking God for His faithfulness upon my life and that of His children everywhere. It’s true that things are biting economically in most countries of the world but we can still see the Lord coming through for us even when it seems that all hope is lost.
When things get tough, the temptation to throw caution to the wind and do “whatever it takes to survive” swamps us. We hear stories of people who are doing things that are manifestly wrong and are “prospering” thereby. However, we should resist any pressure put on us to do likewise.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” – Psalm 37:7
Let me rephrase this for emphasis: As children of God, we should not subscribe to the notion of “whatever it takes to survive.” We can survive, praise God, and even thrive without hurting others and bringing a reproach to the name of the Lord. We can do well without adopting the ways of the world.Doing whatever it takes to survive can bury a believer deeper into hardship. Click To Tweet
On the other hand, we can bury ourselves deeper into hardship by playing “smart” and cheating others. Whatever is gained by fraud does not last, the Bible says.
“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” – Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)
“Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.” – Proverbs 20:17
This is why this is so: Conning people, being dishonest and generally dishonouring God to get by means we are depending on our own wisdom, rather than on providence. This will set God against us and at some point line us up for His punishment when we should be receiving His favour.
“He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.” – Job 5:12-13
“The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.” – Proverbs 21:6
It’s that serious! “Whatever it takes to survive” is a snare of the devil that could cost one his or her life. When it’s time to face the music, God will probably just watch you suffer.
But His faithfulness abounds to those who fear Him and depend on Him.
“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” – Psalm 24:3-5
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8Things can turn deadly when a Christian plays fast and loose to escape hardship. Click To Tweet
Examples of “Whatever It Takes To Survive” Endeavours
Watering down the gospel to maintain the patronage of evil doers
Fixing a price for praying and prophesying to people
Dealing in hard drugs, tobacco, liquor, etc. that destroy lives
Prostitution whether called by its name or not
Involvement in swindles, get-rich-quick plans, including Ponzi schemes, no matter how well advertised
Selling of fake products, including fake food/medication that are injurious to health
Repackaging products to reduce the quantity while retaining the original quantity measurements on the labels
Using good luck charms bought from astrologers, occultists spiritists, etc.
Involvement in demonic money-making rituals and sacrifices
Lying to obtain help
Stealing or taking what isn’t ours without permission
Demanding bribes as a condition for doing one’s job and other forms of official corruption
(Help me to list other examples in the comments.)Whatever-it-takes-to-survive is a snare of the devil that attracts ruin. Click To Tweet
God is not unmindful of our situation. He is our shepherd and provider. That is why we call Him Jehovah Jireh. What we need is patience and a willingness to do things His way, rather than heeding the counsel of the world to follow every available means to meet our needs.
If you are already caught up in any ungodly economic endearvour, ask God for forgiveness and get out without delay. Even if you have pledged allegiance to the devil or dangerous people in that enterprise, believe God to make a way of escape for you and He will. Bear in mind that you may need to make some restitution. You leave yourself open to attack when you say you’re quitting while hanging on to the proceeds from that wicked activity.
“Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.” – Psalm 37:3 (NLT)
Oh, Lord, You are my all in all. Give me the grace to resist every temptation to do wrong in order to survive the hard times upon the earth. Make me an example of honesty, integrity and diligence to the world and bless me abundantly according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The next topic in this series addresses Christians’ involvement in Ponzi schemes. You can click in the topic to read it:
Other topics in the series, by God’s grace, will focus on the DANGERS OF PONZI SCHEMES, guidelines for getting by and for prospering in spite of the hard times.
The scriptures used in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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