How can a Christian Overcome the Love of Money and of Riches?


How can a Christian Overcome the Love of Money and of Riches?This is not a self-help article, neither is it something with “step one, step two”, etc. I recently enjoyed something recently based on the Lord’s word in the Gospels concerning, You cannot serve two masters.

As human beings and as Christians, we have something in us called, “the love of money”. If you don’t believe me, just ask yourself this: from how much the Lord blessed you with this past week (not month!), how much did you give back to Him – in a hidden way, so that only you and the Lord would know it? – I thought so!

We don’t have our priorities set straight. We treasure, love, pursue, and desire after things that “seem precious” and yet they entice us, lure us, drug us, and leave us with a bitter taste – they are nothing! These things are NOT real; rather, they drain us, consume us, and usurp us…

The Love of Money is in Each on of Us

Last week I was really touched with the matter of the pure commerce and the love of money – which both are in all of us.

We need to see further that commerce is not only something outside of us but it is part of our being – it is inside of us! We may not be outwardly involved in commerce in any way, but by our fallen human nature we have “a commercial mind”. God saved us by grace, and He gives us the kingdom of God as a reward. The kingdom of God is priceless, and we cannot buy it with anything. We cannot “buy our way into the kingdom”, nor can we get a higher reward than others by paying a higher price.

Read more via, Being Exposed of and Delivered from the Commercial Mind, “What’s In It For Me?” 

If we focus on riches, if we focus on getting more and more money, if we serve mammon, we are robbed of serving God. The Lord wants us to serve Him, that is, to love Him by giving our whole heart to Him, and cleave to Him by giving our whole being to Him (see Matt. 16:19-21). If we love the Lord and cleave to Him, we will be released from being occupied and usurped by mammon (Aramaic for wealth, riches) and we will serve the Lord wholly and fully (see Matt. 4:10). God is versus mammon, and loving God is versus loving riches – this is very serious in God’s sight.

Read more via, Being Saved from the Love of Money and Riches by Loving God and Serving Him Only.

How Can We Overcome the Love of Money?

How can we overcome the love of money and of riches?

What caused so many lovers of Christ to drop everything and go somewhere for the Lord and live the Christian life among unknown and even evil people? What caused Paul to go all around Asia Minor and even into Europe to speak to people about Christ? We have an urgent need of the revelation of Christ’s preciousness and His excellence. When Christ is recovered to us as the preeminent and excellent One, we will become one with Him and we will pay any price to speak Him forth, live Him, express Him, and do anything for Him.

Read more via, Knowing and Appreciating Christ in His Excellency and Supreme Preciousness. We need to love the Lord and treasure Him to the uttermost, and this is possible when we have a revelation of His person.

To God the church is precious, since He bought it through His own blood – but what about us? In our meeting with the other believers in the church, in our shepherding the new ones and the saints, do we consider the church as precious as God does? We need to have the same feeling about the church as God has. We need to see God’s precious love for the church; we need to see the preciousness and the exceeding worth of the church in the eyes of God. God’s valuation of the church is that He shed His blood for the church.

Read more via, Appreciating the Exceeding Worth of the Church, Obtained Through God’s Own Blood. We spontaneously give up everything for the church when we see a clear vision of the preciousness and exceeding worth of the church in God’s eyes.

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What Substitutes Christ in Our Life as Seeking Believers Today?


What Substitutes Christ in Our Life as Seeking Believers Today? [see John 5:39]God’s children have been very much distracted from Christ as the center and the focus of their life. There are many things – even spiritual and scriptural things – that rise up in our being to replace Christ as the Preeminent One. There are so many things and matters that want to rob us from seeing and enjoying Christ. Recently I was impressed with at least four things that can distract us from Christ as the preeminent One.

1. Concepts, Doctrines, and Teachings

Good teachings, excellent doctrines  and sound concepts – no matter how scriptural and spiritual they are, if they are without Christ they become a substitute for Christ. You can teach certain doctrines and yet you may not have a personal relationship with the Person who is the center of these doctrines and the subject of the teachings!

It is so easy to be familiar with the doctrines and teachings, and it is so quick that these can become substitutes for Christ. We don’t need to hate or despise teachings, doctrines, or concepts – we rather need to give Christ the first place, and pay much more attention to Christ than to these things.

2. Different Ways of Practice

There are so many different ways of practicing the Christian life and the church life, and many of them are spiritual and Scriptural. Practices like reading the Bible or prayer, if they are taken as activities, they replace the living Christ in us. We read the Bible because we love the Lord Jesus in our spirit! We pray because Christ is praying in us – we merely join Him in His prayer!

May we not become like those exposed by the Lord in John 5:39, who searched the Scriptures and yet totally missed Christ, who has the eternal life. If we read the Bible without enjoying Christ, we miss the point, we miss the mark, and Christ is substituted “with a good practice”!

3. Various Activities and Movements

Men like movements, and human beings love to be involved in a lot of activities. Even after becoming a Christian, we want to be in a “Christian movement” and do a lot of activities “for the Lord”. But movements are from man, and they come and go. The Lord’s recovery is NOT a movement.

There are a lot of evangelical movements, Pentecostal movements, etc. but the local churches are NOT another kind of movement. We are here in the move of the Triune God Himself, the move of the wonderful One who lives inside of us and becomes one with us day by day!

The local churches are NOT “Watchman Nee and Witness Lee’s movement”. The local churches are in God’s move today, and they are not man’s work or doing. Stay away from movements and activities, and give Christ the preeminence, the first place!

4. Organization can Replace Christ

We don’t hate being organized, and we don’t despise order. But organization is hated by God. The Roman Catholic Church is a big organization, where everything is well arranged and organized, and there are specific layers of leaders appointed by men – whether you’ve been called by God or not, this is secondary.

Our God is a God of order, and we want to have order, but we are absolutely NOT for organization, a human system of organizing things and services in the church. We are not in an organization – we are members of the organism of God, the Body of Christ, something organic, something of the divine life.

Christ Needs to be Preeminent!

We need to see the subtlety of the enemy, who uses many things to take us away from Christ and distract us from taking Christ as our centrality and universality. Christ must fill our personal universe in every detail of our daily life! Is Christ involved in all your services and in all you do for Him? Is Christ your supply, your source, and your goal?

God’s final work today is that Christ’s preeminence would be restored among God’s people so that His corporate dwelling place may be rebuilt among men. He wants to build His church, His house, His temple, where He can dwell. We want that this Christ would fill our heart, our spirit, our daily life, and everything we do! When the day comes that Christ is our all in all, that will be the completion of God’s eternal purpose! God is working towards that purpose today – He desires to make Christ the preeminent One in us, and all in all to us!

Note: Picture credit: John 5:39. This portion is inspired from a recent sharing on, Christ as Everything for the Building of the Temple of God. Read the continuation of this article,

God’s Goal in His Eternal Economy is the Temple of God, His Corporate Building

Christ is the Excellent and Precious One in His many Wonderful Aspects!


Seeing a Vision of the Excellent Christ in His Preciousness in Daniel 10

In both Daniel 10:4-9 and Revelation 1:13-16 we see a particular vision concerning Christ as the Precious One in His humanity, with many wonderful characteristics.

Personally, I read the portion in Daniel 10 many times, but it was not until I read brother Lee’s exposition on it in the life-study that I actually got to appreciate how excellent Christ is. Christ as the centrality and universality of God’s economy is the precious and preeminent One in God’s move.

Have you ever wondered, How excellent is my Christ? How precious is He to me? How valuable is my Christ? We all need to open to the Lord and ask Him to unveil us that we may see Christ in His preciousness, His value, His utmost worth, and in His excellency.

Such a vision of Christ will capture us, govern us, and keep us in the central lane of God’s economy, one with Christ. This vision of Christ will also cherish us, nourish us, supply us with life, and encourage us.

When we see the excellency of Christ, we will be exposed, judged, shined on, and we will confess anything impure in us that stands between us and Him. Continue reading this portion via today’s blog post at agodman.com,

Seeing a Vision of the Excellent Christ in His Preciousness in Daniel 10

the aspiration to be revived and renewed is in all the genuine believers


the aspiration to be revived and renewed is in all the genuine believers

All throughout the Bible and in our experience also we see that the people of God have a deep desire to be revived, to have a revival.

Ever since the fall of man, since Adam’s fall which brought in corruption, slavery, and death, there has been an aspiration in the whole creation for revival (see Rom. 8:19-23).

In Habakkuk 3:2 we see the prophet’s prayer which resounds throughout the ages, O Jehovah, revive Your work in the midst of the years; in the midst of the years make it known… This is our prayer also today, Lord, revive us!

We All Aspire to Be Revived and Renewed!

This means that every morning we need to take Christ as our burnt offering for our consecration and as the peace offering for our fellowship with Him. Our first duty early in the morning is not to brush our teeth, take a shower, or wash our face – it is to have a morning revival every morning!

Just call on the name of the Lord to be revived! Take the Word of God in by means of all prayers and petitions to be renewed in the Word! We need to personalize the Word of God, use the word to pray and talk to the Lord with, so that the Lord may speak to us in His word! Read more via,

Revival: Every Believer has a Deep Desire and Aspiration to be Revived!

Christ as the stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner


Christ is the cornerstone building us up as living stones in God's building

The Jewish leaders were building something – God calls them “builders” – but in whatever they were building Christ was not fitting! If Christ doesn’t fit in what we are building – whatever we are doing, whether it is for God or for ourselves – we are rejecting Christ! This is a very sobering word – Lord Jesus, what about my job, my family, my career, my studies, and my personal life? Do I take Christ as the foundation stone and the cornerstone? Does Christ fit into what I am building?

God has chosen Christ as the precious One and He has set Him as the cornerstone to join the Gentile believers with the Jewish believers, making peace in Christ. Today in the Body of Christ we can have peace and we are joined together in Christ as the cornerstone. It is not because “we like one another” or “we adhere to the same doctrines” that we are one with one another, but it is of Christ and in Christ that we are joined and built up together! Christ is our foundation stone, and He is the cornerstone for God’s building! Read more on this topic via,

Christ is the cornerstone building us up as living stones in God’s building