Did God Really Say He Would Make Me Rich If I Obeyed Him?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say He Would Make Me Rich If I Obeyed Him?Did God really say He would make me rich if I obeyed him?

Yes … yes he did.

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Here is what God said: “When you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a] and have compassion on you. He will make you more prosperous. The Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 30: 1-10 (abbreviated)

Seems clear enough, right? Except we all know God-loving, church-going, on-their-knees-praying Christians who have lost homes, jobs, savings … everything. So what gives? Did God lie?

God cannot lie. (Numbers 23:19)

Which means His word is true.

But our understanding of what it means to  prosper is often much different than God’s. In His eyes success may mean that your faithfulness to him in tough times is a successful testimony that draws others to Him. Your prayers for financial relief may result in an abundance of His presence.

I know, I know. To some this sounds like a cop-out. But consider this: our greatest character growth does not come during times of prosperity but poverty. When drought comes, roots reach down deep. When hunger strikes, every crumb is treasured. When we are severely tested, our hearts reveal what we truly believe.

Which would you rather have? Wealth and ease? Or peace of mind knowing those you love are living with the Lord in good times and bad? Consider what you truly treasure. If your heart’s desire aligns with God’s, then you can expect him to prosper you in those areas.

Consider this: John Bunyan’s allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress was written during Bunyan’s twelve-year imprisonment for refusing to denounce Christ. Do you think Bunyan felt prosperous in prison?  The Pilgrim’s Progress remains the book for which Bunyan is best remembered.

So there’s that.

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Did God Really Say We Should Not Make Fun of Bald Headed Men?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say We Should Not Make Fun of Bald Headed Men?Did God really say we should not make fun of bald headed men?

Yes … yes he did.

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Here is what happened. “As Elisha was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. ‘Get out of here, baldy!’ they said. ‘Get out of here, baldy! Elisha turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.” 2 Kings 2:23-24

So let that be a lesson to all of us: God frowns on bullying. If you do not have anything nice to say about someone, keep quiet. Bear in mind, God is watching. He is always watching.

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Did God Really Say He Is Jesus?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say He and Jesus Christ Are the Same?Did God really say he is Jesus?

Yes … yes he did.

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What Jesus said was: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9 and “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

Then the Romans killed Jesus.

Who was God.

So is God dead?

Great question. Check back later to find out how and why the dead do not stay dead.

 

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Did God Really Say I Could Not Eat Shrimp?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say I Could Not Eat Shrimp?Did God really say I could not eat shrimp?

Yes … yes he did.

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What God said was: “Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales you are to regard as unclean. And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat. Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.” Leviticus 11:9-12

Shrimp, crab, lobster, oysters, clams, scallop  etc … these creatures are “bottom-dwellers” and the sea’s garbage collectors. God established dietary laws for the Israelites in part to separate his people and make them holy. Separate yourself to him. Invite his Holy Spirit to dwell within you. Become a fisher of men.

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Did God Really Say I Should Put My Porta Potty Off-Site ?

Yes ... yes he did

Did God Really Say I Should Put My Porta Potty Off-Site ?Did God really say I should put my porta potty off-site?

Yes … yes he did.

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What God said was: “Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself.” Deuteronomy 23:12

So boys, take it to the woods. Don’t simply step around the corner and go. Let’s keep our streets, sidewalks, and school grounds safe and clean. God thanks you and the rest of us thank you.

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Did God Really Say I Cannot Get a Tattoo ?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say I Cannot Get a Tattoo ?Did God really say I cannot get a tattoo?

Yes … yes he did.

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What God said was: “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28

Some argue that the word used in this verse cannot possibly mean the same as our current understanding of tattoo since that word did not enter into the English language until the late 1700s. Regardless of the subtleties of the translated word found in Leviticus, the principle remains the same: God created men and women in his image. And in his eyes you look fine, regardless of your shape, size, skin color, freckles, pimples, or scars. If you wish to make a mark, change what’s inside your heart. Do that and you will attract others – regardless of your outward appearance.

Did God Really Say We Should Not Have Sex With Sheep?

Yes ... yes he did.

Did God Really Say We Should Not Have Sex With Sheep?Did God Really Say We Should Not Have Sex With Sheep?

Yes … yes he did.

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What God said was: “‘If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he is to be put to death, and you must kill the animal. If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal.” Leviticus 20: 15-16

So please leave the sheep alone. God and his animals thank you.