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Ramadan Violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque: Palestinian Riots & the Israeli Response

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As Muslims around the world begin to observe the holy month of Ramadan, many media outlets have been particularly focused on connecting Ramadan to the ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza as well as the possibility of rising tensions surrounding prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Some outlets have referenced incidents of violence between Israeli police and Palestinian rioters that have occurred in the mosque and its environs during Ramadan over the past few years.

However, these reports fail to properly convey what led to these disturbances, either leaving out who started the melee or placing the blame solely on Israeli security forces.

For example, The Washington Post described the 2021 violence as “fighting between police and Palestinians” and the 2023 disturbances as “an Israeli police raid last spring to clear protesters who had locked themselves inside.”

Contrary to The Post’s description, the Israeli police were not simply fighting “Palestinians” or mere “protesters.”

Similarly, The Guardian referred to the 2022 and 2023 eruptions of violence simply as “police raids on the mosque,” while The New York Times has described them as “raids into the Aqsa compound by baton-wielding police forces firing tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets who have clashed with Palestinians throwing stones and setting off fireworks.”

As will be seen below, in the violent eruptions that occurred on the Temple Mount during Ramadan in recent years, each incident was initiated by Palestinian rioters and instigators and was responded to with force by the Israeli police, working to protect innocent worshipers, fellow security officers, and innocent bystanders outside the holy compound.

Related Reading: ‘Al-Aqsa Is in Danger’: The Anatomy of a Lie

Although there had been violent disturbances between Palestinian rioters and the Israeli police throughout Ramadan in 2021, the violence peaked in the last weekend of the holy month (May 7 to 10).

On the night of May 7, following the last Friday prayers of Ramadan, Israeli police were compelled to respond with force after officers stationed on the Temple Mount were attacked with stone slabs, rocks, bottles, and firecrackers. In order to stem the violence and disrupt the rioters, Israeli security forces were forced to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque itself.

According to Israeli authorities, these projectiles had been stockpiled in previous days throughout the holy complex in anticipation of that Friday’s disturbances and were reportedly meant to be used against Israeli security forces as well as against Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall below.

Following that Friday’s violence, intermittent disturbances continued throughout the weekend and into Monday, May 10 at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and the surrounding area.

That rioting included the barricading of the mosque as well as attacks against Israeli security forces with rocks, firecrackers, and other projectiles. It was only on that Monday that Israeli police were finally able to restore peace and order to the Temple Mount compound.

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In 2022, Ramadan violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque was once again instigated by a minority of Palestinian rioters and hooligans.

On Fridays April 15, April 22, and April 29, Israeli police were forced to enter the compound in order to disrupt riots that included the throwing of rocks, firecrackers, and other projectiles at security forces and toward the rear of the Western Wall, as well as the barricading of rioters within the mosque, preventing proper access to worshipers.

On April 29 (the last Friday of Ramadan that year), the rioting in the morning was so bad that at least one projectile landed in the Western Wall compound below. However, by that afternoon, order was restored and Ramadan prayers were able to end relatively peacefully.

Related Reading: Ramadan in Israel: There’s More Than Meets the Eye

In 2023, violence was instigated at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the night of April 4/early morning of April 5, when rioters barricaded themselves within the mosque and attacked Israeli security forces with explosive devices, fireworks, and rocks.

In order to quell the disturbances, Israeli police were forced to enter the mosque and use riot dispersal methods while arresting those responsible for the violence.

During the melee that unfolded following the entry of Israeli forces into the Muslim holy site, social media erupted with context-free videos of Israeli police using violence against Palestinian agitators, inciting violence within the region and driving a false narrative of Israeli aggression around the world.

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Every year, before Ramadan, the Israeli police undertake intensive preparations to “enable the freedom of worship while maintaining security and public order.”

So, too, this year, the Israeli police have released guidelines for the upcoming month of Ramadan, detailing the traffic changes, regulating of crowds, reinforcement of security forces, and restrictions that are in place (which are similar to past years’ guidelines).

However, despite all the police preparations, there is the possibility this year that some Palestinians will seek to take advantage of the large crowds at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the tense atmosphere due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas War in order to disrupt prayers and instigate violence against Israeli security forces.

If disturbances do erupt at Al-Aqsa Mosque during this year’s Ramadan, will the media report correctly on how the violence erupted, or will they only start the story with Israel’s response?

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A Note On Sexless Marriages

 

I want to speak to Christians that are married about their
sex life. It’s possible to be given to extremes and distortions that erode your
fidelity.

 

One extreme is to view sexual acts in marriage as dirty, a
necessary evil or unspiritual. The opposite extreme is to view sexual activity
as the primary purpose of marriage and elevate sex to a godlike status.

 

I know of couples that have not had sexual activity for
years. We understand that sex drives can increase and diminish and that two
people can have very different states of readiness. While there may be physical
and health reasons that a couple cannot have intercourse, there should be an
openness and willingness to please each other in intimate ways.

 

All of us grew up in the age of birth control, so sexual
intercourse has been increasingly separated from making babies. We need to
understand how revolutionary this is in light of history. Sexual pleasure has
been seen as being separable from impregnation.

 

For most of history, pregnancy was high risk to the child
and to the mother. Infant mortality rates and mothers dying in childbirth were
grave concerns that have dramatically diminished with birth control. In spite
of the risk to mother and child, the majority of history has shown that couples
believed it was a worthwhile risk.

 

With a high-resolution reading of our Scripture, we see some
detail on what sex in a Christian marriage is like. Couples are supposed to
have sexual intimacy in a way that expresses mutual respect and concern for the
other.

 

 

1 Corinthians 7:

Now concerning the matters about which
you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But
because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own
wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give
to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For
the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does.
Likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife
does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement
for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come
together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of
self-control.

 

 

The high-resolution place for sex is found in the disciple’s
bedroom. It is here that each relinquishes their conjugal rights to the other.
It is here where a man gives up the authority over his own body in order to
learn consideration for her.

 

The woman also gives up her conjugal rights to her husband.
She relinquishes the authority over her own body to him. There is a mutuality
in the Christian bedroom that makes allowances, learns patience, and honours
the other.

 

There is no place for angry demands or using sex as a weapon
against your spouse. There is always an environment of kindness and
understanding for each other.

 

There may be times when you need to abstain from each other
and focus instead on prayer and fasting. That is a resetting of your highest
love with God and the need to sometimes press in on some matter before God. But
this should not be a permanent replacement for the needs in your marriage.

 

There is not to be sexual deprivation. If you think that
your spouse should be deprived of your affections, you leave them unprotected
against Satan’s strategy to turn them into an infidel. Yes, there are times of
physical limitation, sickness, and low desire. But two people that respect each
other and can talk it through can identify what each need and find healthy ways
to unite.

 

Do not put your spouse at risk of losing their self-control
because you think they don’t deserve your attention and your surrender. That’s
true for men and women.

 

 

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SEX LOVE MARRIAGE, Sexuality

Gender Identity And Redemption

I don’t identify in any way as homosexual, trans-sexual, gender-fluid or any other thing than heterosexual. I’m happily married. And I can be honest enough to admit I don’t understand much, either of the identity or of the issues that go along with the trans-sexual- or homosexual-identifying members of our world.

I speak of “gender identity and redemption” in this article as a total outsider to the mindset, the struggle, the feelings, the hurts and the understandings of people that feel this way. I am a total outsider to being able to speak to how the people who identify in any of these ways understand themselves, or the way they feel so badly misunderstood by so very, very many in the heterosexual community.

Everybody Has An Opinion

Since so many others are weighing in on this issue these days, due to the supreme court ruling, it seemed best (perhaps by way of an analogy to which a good number in the heterosexual world can relate) to speak a word of understanding to others like me. It’s the best one I’m capable of offering with feeling and compassion, and without judgement; at least, without judgement as far as I can tell. And my heart, as I speak, is directed to others, like me, who have never struggled with these issues. Those of you who have, please be patient with me for what I am trying to say.

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Creating Healthy Ecosystems || How to Minister to the Body, Soul and Spirit

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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Has life ever presented you with challenges that seem to knock you out, drag you down and bring you to your breaking point?  I know I have been there a few different times in my life. In 2008, my family went through a terrible crisis that lasted more than two years. In the midst of trying to help my family weather the storm, I found myself in my own personal battle for survival.

What began as a few months of sleepless nights soon became a full-on emotional breakdown.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been the only one in my family to experience the devastating reality of depression. And maybe you have experienced an emotional breakdown yourself or at least know someone that has. 


Several years ago my daughter found herself in a depressive state that would break any father’s heart. Married, with two young children and leading a church, she found herself in an emotionally and mentally challenging space that left her laid out in bed for days on end. We did everything we knew to help her get back on her feet again. But, it seemed no matter how many times or who prayed for her, her soul remained depleted and downtrodden. 


We often talk about the spirit, soul and body as if they live in separate boxes, but the reality is that life is not designed in that way.

In my own season of fighting in the literal trenches of  hell, enduring demonic attacks every night and day, I learned that our spirit, soul and body are so intricately intertwined that it’s impossible to affect one part without influencing the other two parts. Problems can originate in one dimension of our being, but before long, we experience resulting symptoms in all three realms of our personhood. As counterintuitive as it might sound, your prayer closet isn’t always the solution. 


In a recent conversation I had with my daughter and son-in-law Jaime and Marty Pronovost, Jaime shared a nugget of wisdom she learned from her own season battling depression; “Pray for a miracle, live with a plan.” This is so important in the life of a Believer – sometimes hyper spiritualized living is at our detriment. Now, let me be clear, I am not saying that prayer is not worth pursuing when believing for a miracle, but sometimes we need the wisdom of God to lead us to a plan for our physical body. Jaime and Marty lead


Bethel School of Supernatural Discipleship
and after victoriously walking through a season of deep depression, now help disciple others in their healing journeys with the tools they gained.

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Christmas 1984


For you older folks, do you remember where you were in 1984?
I was a college student in Belleville, Ontario. I had a band, was writing songs
and becoming more aware of world events. It was that year that MTV and radio
featured a song by Band-Aid entitled ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.

 

Bob Geldolf from The Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure from
Ultravox wrote the song in response to the incredible famine that was ravaging
Ethiopia between 1983-85. With an all-star cast of 80’s superstars from the
British Isles, they wrote a song to inspire the world to respond to the
devastation.

 

 

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

 

It’s Christmas time
There’s no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and we banish shade

And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Christmas time
It’s hard, but when you’re having fun

There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well, tonight thank God it’s them
Instead of you

And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows, no rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

(Here’s to you) Raise a glass for everyone
(Here’s to them) Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmas time again
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In so many ways, that song captures the spirit of Christmas
in responding to human suffering. Are you aware of the plight of others? Are
you finding a way to respond to their dark suffering? Isn’t this intimately
tied to why Jesus was born in the first place?

 

How are we to respond to the world’s troubles heading into
2024? What is the place of God’s people in the healing of the world?

 

 

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Become a Heavenly Ambassador Who Carries Kingdom Solutions

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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Now, you might be wondering what does it practically look like to be an ambassador of Heaven in a world desperate for Jesus? Well, I used to have the same question. I didn’t always work in the Church; for over 20 years I was in the automotive business and dreamed of working in “ministry”….But, one day in particular I realized God didn’t see the divide between “work” and “ministry” the same way I did at the time. 


Many many years ago when Kathy and I opened an auto part shop we bought an old computer and a generic retail program to do our invoicing that had three price levels: cost, retail and a discounted price. The only problem is that auto parts had five price levels. We went along for six months with these three price levels and the program was working okay for us, but we started to get repair shops stocking our parts. This was a problem because the system didn’t have a price level for this.

Every time the part went out the door my guys had to remember to override the system to fix the pricing. Of course, they often forgot because it was often one part out of five hundred of them.This resulted in customers thinking we were stealing from them. Six months had passed and several times a week our main customers were screaming at us.

I was really bothered one night and right before I went to bed I prayed and asked God for an answer. You have to understand that I knew nothing about computers. I went to bed after praying and had a dream. In the dream I saw four or five lines of letters (which I now know is program code.) I woke up and it was burned in my memory. I grabbed my journal and wrote it down.

I woke Kathy up (it was 3am) because I knew she knew how to turn the computer on, and I told her the Lord gave me the code to fix the computer. We went to the shop, she turned on the computer, and I gave her the code. We went to build out a part in the system and it had 5 price levels,

which was exactly what we needed!

I realized, God cared about my auto parts store and He provided me the solution for it!

I want to encourage you today, He cares about the job, task, circumstance you are in. Every aspect of your life is important in carrying the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth and He wants to colabor with you in the process. 

My good friend, Dr. John Jackson stated in our recent conversation “There are no spare parts in the Body of Christ – nobody is a benchwarmer.” If that doesn’t stir your spirit and excite your soul to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth in every sphere I am not sure what will. You have been chosen to royally rule from Heaven to earth, to shift atmospheres and transform the world around you.

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Come Thou Long Expected Jesus


The prophet Haggai foretold
the coming glory of the temple that God would inhabit. Through Jesus, we have
become the temple of the living God.

 

Haggai 2:

For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I
will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And
I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in,
and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The
silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The
latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of
hosts. And in this place, I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”

 

 

In 1744, Charles Wesley
considered Haggai 2:7 and looked at the situation of orphans in the areas
around him. He also looked at the class divide in Great Britain. Through this
train of thought, he wrote “Come, Thou long expected Jesus” based upon
Haggai 2:7 and a published prayer at the time which had the words:

 

“Born Your people to
deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now Your
gracious kingdom bring. By Your own eternal Spirit, rule in all our hearts
alone; by Your all-sufficient merit, raise us to Your glorious throne.
Amen.”

 

Wesley adapted this prayer
into a hymn in 1744 and published it in his “Hymns for the Nativity of
our Lord
” hymnal. Wesley wrote “Come, Thou Long Expected
Jesus” with the intent for people to remember Advent and Christmas as
commemorating the Nativity of Jesus and preparing for the Second Coming.
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BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE CHURCH

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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PERFORMING FROM IDENTITY V.S. FOR IDENTITY

Throughout history, the arts have wielded immense power in shaping and transforming culture—from the Psalms of King David to the plays of Shakespeare and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien; the impact of these artists is undeniable! Over the centuries, cities such as Rome, Istanbul, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles have emerged as influential hubs for actors, painters, writers, and musicians not only to hone their craft but also to fulfill their dream of making a name for themselves. Many are drawn to these influential cities with underlying motivations, seeking to escape their pasts, reinvent their identities, or obtain the affirmation they may have never received, especially from paternal figures.

This insatiable hunger for affirmation and identity has plagued humanity from the beginning of time. Even more so now, there exists a generation of creatives performing
for identity rather than
from identity because true identity can only come from a personal relationship with our Creator. From this place of identity flows inspired works like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Mozart’s symphonies, and even the recent TV series, “The Chosen.”

Now, you may be wondering: Why do we see many influential creatives who don’t know Jesus, yet they have a great impact? I propose it’s because the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), meaning believers and unbelievers alike have the capacity for creativity. We were all created in the image of God, and therefore, we all have the ability to tap into the divine. However, the evidence of our relationship with Jesus and where we find our identity will be seen in the fruit of our lives. It’s no wonder then that we often see darkness and evil being released through the entertainment industry. The created work is simply a reflection of the heart condition of the creators.

Consider, for a moment, the transformative potential strategic prayer and an intentional community of believers could have in a place like Hollywood! I recently sat down for a conversation with Karen Covell, the founding director of the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) in Los Angeles, CA to discuss exactly this – God’s heart for the entertainment industry and the mission field that Hollywood represents. When sharing about the importance of Believers coming to Hollywood, Karen made a profound statement, “Hollywood is not Sodom and Gomorrah, it’s Nineveh. It’s not some evil place where Believers are going to fall apart. It can be redeemed! We have to remember that places are dark when there is no light but wherever a Christian shows up, there’s light!” 

Many Christians view Hollywood as an influential industry with a destructive agenda, permeating our daily lives with toxic content often laden with immorality and violence. Our reaction is to point accusing fingers at creatives and industry leaders who may have never experienced the love of Jesus, cautioning our loved ones to stay away. However, when we look at the life of Jesus, we find a starkly different example – He frequently shared meals with tax collectors and sinners. During our interview, Karen offered a refreshing perspective: “Content won’t change until the hearts of the people creating it change.” Rather than resorting to accusations, it is incumbent on us to identify the true source of such depravity and evil.

The truth is that there is a spiritual battle at hand and the roots of our struggle is not against Hollywood but against a realm that most people cannot see. The apostle Paul gave us insight into this battle in Ephesians, where he wrote, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).

The word ruler in this passage is the Greek word
arche, which means beginnings or origins, principalities and rulers. There is a principality named
arche that is in charge of redefining the foundations of all truth. It is trying to redefine the origin of life saying that we came from apes, it questions whether a fetus is a human being and even causes people to question their gender. These lies have permeated the entertainment industry and require a prayer strategy to combat them. Yet we serve a God that is bigger than any principality or ruler and if it’s not good, then it’s not the end! 

With all this in mind, here are 5 ways to pray for Hollywood and see the light of Jesus shine through the darkness:

  1. Adopt an artist/creative/producer: Begin to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you specific things to pray and prophesy over this individual. If you’d like to take it a step further, the Hollywood Prayer Network has an intercessor’s network where you can apply to pray for an entertainment professional. Follow this link to apply:
    https://hollywoodprayernetwork.org/prayer.
  2. Pray for the truth of God to be released through the Holy Spirit, and that angels reinforce this truth to set them free.
  3. Pray for creatives everywhere to have supernatural encounters, and especially pray for entertainment leaders.
  4. Pray that evil agendas would be thwarted and that the Lord would confuse the plans of the enemy.
  5. Pray that God would raise up believers of strong moral character and faith throughout all corners of the entertainment industry. 

Share in the comments the name of a creative that the Lord has put on your heart to begin praying for. I’d love to agree with you in prayer.

This post, "BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD AND THE CHURCH." is an excerpt (part or whole) from Kris Vallotton's website, "https://www.krisvallotton.com/."

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UNLOCKING THE SECRET TO LASTING TRANSFORMATION

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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By Kris Vallotton

15 Nov, 2023

Do you trust your government to always or at least sometimes act in the best interests of the people?

In a 2023 study by Pew Research Center, public trust in government in the United States has reached an all-time low of 20%, a significant drop from the 80% it used to be in the 1960s.

These statistics are unsurprising, given the current governmental and political landscape we traverse on a daily basis. It’s not uncommon to witness news stories with headlines accusing leaders of moral failings, embezzlement, or dishonesty. Leaders and politicians often say one thing but do another, leaving us questioning the integrity of our systems.

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THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF HAVING A WEALTH MENTALITY

NOTE: This is a reprint of a post from the Kris Vallotton's website. Kris is a member on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. I share his posts here because I am always amazed at the insights the Lord gives him.

 

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I recently hosted a LIVE Q&A on the topic of financial stewardship on my social accounts. The synergy and curiosity on the subject of wealth specifically prompted me to share this blog post originally written on March 9, 2016. I hope this blog encourages and inspires you!

Have you ever found yourself staring at your financial situation, yearning for a change? You crave a different reality but feel ensnared by a repeating pattern. You may even have the tools and knowledge to improve your finances, yet you find yourself stuck in a relentless cycle.


I’m not here to discuss uncontrollable financial crises or the devastation caused by others’ mistakes. I’ve weathered those storms myself. What I’m here to explore is a transformation of your mindset—a journey to cultivate a wealth mentality, a new belief system that will reshape the way you approach your life and finances. 


I grew up American poor (not African poor), so I understand how poor people think. Our people despised wealthy folks; we voted democrat, railed against big business, and blamed Uncle Sam for our condition.


We were little, powerless people, lost in the sea of humanity; paddling hard, but getting nowhere. The winds of financial adversity pounded our tiny boat. If that wasn’t bad enough, cruise ships passed us in haste, leaving us to contend with their wake, further reminding us of the inconsiderate ways of the wealthy.

ROYAL FAMILY

I got saved at 18 and became a part of a glorious church. I was a prince in a royal family – at least that’s what I thought we were. I was even taught that the Son of God became the Son of Man so that the sons of men could become sons of God!

Yet I soon discovered that God’s noble people also despised wealth. Despite the fact that we all yearned for a heavenly kingdom with gold streets and pearl gates, and we knew our Heavenly Father was rich beyond comprehension, still we gravitated towards poverty like a tick on a dogs be-hind!

We created doctrines to enshrine poverty as if it were the pinnacle of spiritual enlightenment, the Mount Rushmore of Christianity. We made Jesus poor, forgetting that He was the architect of heaven and Creator of the earth. He isn’t just wealthy, He is all powerful! He demonstrated control over the weather, the sea, and over all creation. Fish, trees, and angels obey Him. Demons fear Him, and kings can’t control Him.

MORE THAN ENOUGH

That’s right – Jesus is/was neither poor nor powerless. If He needs money, fish bring it to Him, and if He needs a room to have dinner with His guys, it is prepared for Him supernaturally. If He needs to feed thousands of people at a moment’s notice, He simply multiplies a boy’s lunch – and He always makes more than enough, not because He is wasteful, but because He is extravagant! He is also famous for His wine making. If fact He only needs water to instantly distill the most expensive wine on the planet.

Question: How did Mary know that Jesus could make wine unless they were enjoying it at home?

Man, I’ve heard so many sermons about money being THE root of ALL evil. It seems funny now, but it took me thirty years to actually read what the verse really said: “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

Wow! The “LOVE” of money is actually “A” root, not “THE” root, of “ALL SORTS,” not “EVERY” sort of evil.

GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS

So you may ask, “What did God instruct these rich people to do?” Good question. What do you think? Sell everything you have and give it to the poor? No! Give all your money away and live in poverty? No! Don’t have any extra money in savings or else you are not trusting God? No!

Are you ready? Here it is: “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Did you get that? God supplies us with things not just so we will survive, but to “enjoy.”

4 THINGS PAUL TEACHES RICH PEOPLE

Here are 4 things Paul teaches rich people:

  1. Rich people must not trust their money, but trust in God.
  2. They mustn’t think they are better than everyone else because they are wealthy.
  3. They have to be generous and share.
  4. They are to store up treasure in heaven, which is where true wealth flows from.

“Wealth is not a sign of your relationship with God!” you shout insistently. Well that’s true…unless it isn’t! Wait – think about it, God made Abraham rich, so his wealth was definitely a sign of his friendship with God. Oh, there was also Isaac, Jacob, David, Esther, and especially Solomon (and many more).

Yeah, but it gets even better. Moses wrote; “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” Deuteronomy 8:18

CONFIRMING THE COVENANT

God said He was giving His people “power to make wealth” for the purpose of “confirming His covenant” with them!

Therefore, it is true that sometimes God makes people wealthy to confirm His relationship with them. So not all wealthy people know God, but the ones He made wealthy know Him. Of course, being broke doesn’t get you a place in heaven either. But being poor usually means that many are working for someone who probably doesn’t think like them, borrowing from some institution that has money (to which they become their slave), and/or praying for God to have some rich person help them (who they have a case against)!

Personally, I have 4 kids and 10 grandkids, so I am praying the Deuteronomy 8 prayer over my family! You can join me in praying this over your family too: “God bless my family with the power to make the kind of wealth that adds no sorrow to it, and confirms Your covenant with us! Amen.”

This post, "THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF HAVING A WEALTH MENTALITY." is an excerpt (part or whole) from Kris Vallotton's website, "https://www.krisvallotton.com/."

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