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The Sabbath Test

God said the seventh day (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) is the Sabbath. He said to keep it holy.

For a time, the LAW added to the Commandments, and made things much stricter (the Israelites could do no work, could not light a fire in the home, etc., or incur the death penalty). We are not under the LAW now, but we are still supposed to keep the Commandments. So, that means we focus on God from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.

We don’t work (for wages) then, or participate in activities that oblige others to have to work then (in other words, we don’t shop or go to restaurants etc. then either). We also prepare the day before the Sabbath, so as not to do housekeeping or yardwork then. It is possible to prepare most meals in advance.

Some people believe we can just pick a day to call our Sabbath. No!! We do not just pick a day–GOD defined the Sabbath. (So many people lack reverence (‘fear’) for/of God!)

The reason many people are told they must work on Saturday is the same reason Friday night is the biggest ‘party night’: Satan seeks to cause people to profane the Sabbath, in order to upset God, because it brings him (Satan) pleasure to see God upset.

As I often say, this is our ‘test life’. This life is filled with many trials and events that are meant to test us, and to prove our commitment. God is sifting those who DO love Him from those who only pay Him lip service.

What did Jesus say about serving God or money? Did He say ‘surely God understands that you must earn a living’? No! Basically He told us we had to make a choice:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ [money] (Matt. 6:24)

How true it is. To serve God often means that we will have to lose out on monetary opportunities–but God’s kingdom operates on a whole different economy!

‘For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ (Ps. 50:10)

‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’ (Matt. 6:31-33)

‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’ (Luke 6:38)

When we are told that we must work during the Sabbath, that is a test of our faith. We must remain faithful.

Some people literally behave as though they are SLAVES to mammon/money. It seems not to have occurred to them that they are EMPLOYEES, not slaves. Employees are employed (used) by their employer (user), and employees USE money. An employer–employee relationship is NEGOTIATED to be acceptable to both parties.

This is a very different mindset to have, than the person who puts their FAITH/trust in money and will do whatever their employer demands in order to obtain it! A person who consents to this is in the bondage of slavery to mammon.

As an employee, you have the right to set some limits on your time, and to say that you are not available to work during the Sabbath. (Ideally you discuss this at your job interview.) If your employer is amenable to it, then all is well. If not, then you must choose whether to look for a better work arrangement elsewhere, or to submit to a slave–master relationship with your employer.

Yes, it may mean taking lower pay or a less glamorous job elsewhere . . . or not putting your college degree or training to use (usually temporarily) . . . but would you disobey God for an extra $20,000 a year? $10,000? $5,000? What is your price? Do you HAVE a price? Because if you are willing to disobey God for ANY amount of money, then you are a slave to mammon and NOT a servant of God!

‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.’ (1 John 2:4)

Which do you choose . . . to put your faith in God, or to put your faith in mammon? . . . to obey God, or to obey men? Who answers your prayers, your employer, or God? Who will care for you, your employer, or God?

Those who do not sincerely wish to obey God will always try to justify their disobedience. Yes, Jesus is our Sabbath rest. He is also the Bread of Life, but who among us has stopped eating? Stop making excuses and put Jesus first.

 

(NO!!!  I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist–that is a cult.)

 

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‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. . . ‘  (Matthew 7:15-16)

(Fame and fortune are not fruits of the Spirit of God!!)

Many people believe that if a person, who says they are a Christian, is rich and famous, that is the mark of God’s approval and blessing. While it is true that God may bless some people with wealth, riches and honor, the devil sometimes does the same.

‘Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.’ (Matthew 4:8-9)

But Jesus repeatedly warned us of the effect that riches can have on us:

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.’ (Matthew 6:24)

‘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.’

(Mark 10:25)

‘And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.’ (Mark 4:19)

King Solomon warned us too:

‘ . . . give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? . . . ‘ (Proverbs 30:8-9)

The devil knows the intoxicating effect of riches. Just as a drug dealer may give out free samples, knowing the person who samples may become addicted, so Satan also knows that money is often a snare. It is the bait that he has used to ensnare the souls of many men.

SPIRITUAL FRUITS are intangible things that result from either doing the will of God, or doing according to our own will.

‘I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.’ (John 15:5)

Good fruit is the result of the Holy Spirit living in us.

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance . . . ‘ (Galatians 5:22-23)

The fruit of living according to our own will and sinful nature are

‘ . . . Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like . . . ‘ (Galatians 5:19-21)

These are the fruits that people will produce. If a man calls himself a prophet, we will know whether or not he is a false prophet by the fruit that is manifest in his life. Which fruit has he produced: ‘love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, and temperance’ or ‘Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,’ etc.?

‘Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.’ (John 7:24)

‘And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.’ (Luke 16:14-15)

We must judge as God judges, according to His word, not according to what is esteemed by men.

‘And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and WHOSOEVER RECEIVETH THE MARK of his name.’ (Revelation 14:9-11)

No matter how loving, understanding, gracious, tolerant, and forgiving you believe God to be–this one is NON-NEGOTIABLE! There is NO forgiveness, EVER, for those who take The Mark of the Beast. It doesn’t matter how good your reasons are. There is NO excuse that will get you off the hook if you take The Mark.

This is what God says is coming:

‘And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.’ (Revelation 13:16-17)

(The Bible doesn’t specify that it’s FOR buying and selling . . . it merely says you will not be allowed to buy or sell unless you have it. This may be added incentive, for people who are unwilling to take The Mark, for whatever its purpose is supposed to be. [A national healthcare i.d. maybe?])

‘ . . . In the world ye shall have tribulation . . . ‘ (John 16:33)

This is how Christians are expected to deal with the choice:

‘Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’ (Revelation 14:12)

‘But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.’ (Matthew 24:13)

We must continue to trust God, and obey Him. We must put our faith in God, and not sell out for money–no matter what. If you put your faith in money, don’t be surprised when God doesn’t come through for you.

‘No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. YE CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON. (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)

It’s one thing for Jesus to say that. It sounds good. We hear it and agree. But it goes in one ear and out the other!! Most people these days will not do, or say, what’s right if it endangers their job. Others do things that they KNOW are wrong because ‘I’ve got to make a living’.

Start practicing NOW to put God before money. IF you do–and ONLY IF you do–He promises to provide for all your needs.

‘But SEEK YE FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; AND ALL THESE THINGS shall be added unto you.’ (Matthew 6:33)

Have patience and faith, and be obedient. Put Him first, and God will provide all your needs, and comfort you in tribulation.

‘Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation . . . For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

‘For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. . . ‘  (2 Chronicles 16:9)