I want to expound upon something from our last chapter, in connection to digging out and laying your foundation. Remember if you will the phrase “Don’t take or eat the Bribe” that the Lord spoke to me when giving me the instructions on building our Faith House.
This phrase is also a phrase that applies to every Christian out there wanting to build their Faith House. Each day we all face choices and have opportunities to compromise God’s Word based upon what others think that we should do or not do. The Word of God is very clear that compromise is not an option when laying the foundation to your Faith House. And just like an actual foundation that your house that you live in must have the exact ingredients in the cement that is poured to hold up your house, the same is true with the Foundation of your Faith House. If you “Take or Eat the bribe” in laying your foundation to your Faith House, you will end up with major cracks and weak points in your foundation where the enemy can come in and erode your Faith House.
When I shared with you in the last chapter about the Lord telling me not to take or eat the bribe, allow me to share with you in further detail what I learned about what the Lord was protecting our Faith House from.
Here are some examples of people who you may have heard of taking bribes and so-called “Campaign Gifts” in order to benefit their own agenda’s. First, The Politicians out there that allow lobbyists and special interest groups to determine what bills they want to introduce and have passed in our Government. Money given by these so called “Special Interest” groups are nothing more that bribes designed to pervert justice and create laws against the Righteous and the Innocent. The biggest culprits of this are the some of our Past and Current Presidents, Senators and Congressmen that have made it their careers to sit in their State or National Senate or Congressional Seats for many times their entire lives, all in the name of “Public Service”. All the while taking money and getting laws passed for the “Special Interest Groups”. Our Founding Fathers didn’t design our State and National Government to be run by Career Politicians, they designed it so that Come, Serve, and then go back after their elected terms and allow New Blood and New Ideas to come into the system after them. But unfortunately, it’s the one’s with the most money that gets the most votes, and you can see that in our current primaries and elections going on right now.
Another group of people that are taking bribes are a lot of Tax-Exempt Businesses and Non-Profit organizations that are solely set-up as NON-Profit organizations so that they don’t have to pay taxes on their Bazillion Dollar organizations, all under the guise of helping the poor, the needy, etc….. They are the ones screaming the loudest about “if we have to pay taxes on our incomes, then we won’t be helping as many people as we do.” Paying Taxes to assist our Government isn’t a bad thing folks, it’s all about your perspective. If God has blessed and prospered you to the point that you owe taxes on your Income, then I say PRAISE THE LORD! God has empowered you to prosper and bless others! And Folks the way I and many others of us see it that have received their instructions from God to build For-Profit Ministry/Businesses, and there are several of us out here, and if there were no tax-exempt or non-profit organization status bribes, our Government wouldn’t be in the budget deficit that we are currently in.
Now Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not trashing many large business and Ministries that have jets, large payrolls and lots of employees… just because they have been blessed. What I am saying is that consider if you will what amount of Tax Dollars would be made available to reduce our current budget crisis and monetary issues the Government has if everyone, would pay their share of taxes on their income that they received! Jesus and His disciples didn’t create Tax-Exempt or Non-profit organizations to avoid paying taxes on money that they earned. No far from it, in fact we have scripture that Jesus himself said:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
24When they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel?
25He answered, Yes. And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him [about it] first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute–from their own sons or from others [a]not of their own family?
26And when Peter said, From other people [b]not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.
27However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them [c]to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.
Jesus Also repeated this again in Matthew 22: 15…. As you can read in your own bibles.
With all that being said, this is why the Lord has called us to build Finally Free Ministries as a FOR-PROFIT MINISTRY/BUSINESS. We a called to be fishers of men and to Pay our “Temple / Government Tax” on our earnings. The Temple of Jesus’ Day was the Built by the Religious Rulers and the Government was Caesar. The Temple and Government of our Day is our State and National Governments, and our Mega Ministries and Non-Profit organization that have only a small portion or percentage of their revenue, usually only 10% of their funds going to help those in need. And this is also where some of our local Churches of our day have neglected its responsibilities and allowed the Government programs to provide for those that we “The Church” are responsible for but have allowed “Man’s Government Programs” to replace what God has called “The Church” to do without sharing in the cost of such programs. Regardless of what you call it, it is still our duty to God and our Country to pay unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s, and as Believers we are called to provide for the Poor, the Needy, The Homeless, and the Helpless and Not to leave it to the Government Welfare programs! I too would have been guilty of “taking or eating the bribe” if I hadn’t known what the Word of God had to say about Bribes, and hadn’t listened to my instruction very clearly. So I admonish each of you, listen to you Heavenly Father and His Word about your Faith House that you are to build, and build only according to His Word.
Now moving forward in building your Faith House, in this chapter we will begin to dig out and get ready to pour our Foundation to your Faith House. Just as every house must be built upon a foundation, so too your House that Faith Builds must have a foundation, and that foundation must be a firm and solid foundation to withstand the storms of life that are certain to come.
Jesus never promised that your life would be perfect, serene, and peaceful, He did promise to be with you always even to the end of the age. Now, if we are to build a House of Faith, what should our foundation be? How do we insure that our foundation is firm and solid enough for whatever storms beat upon it? The third and final question you should ask is how do I place my life within that solid foundation?
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