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Get Rich Quick

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any man would have riches and prosperity, he only needs to say the word. For whoever wants to prosper in his life will find a way, but whoever sacrifices himself will just be miserable. It’s possible for a man to gain the whole world, if he’s truly spiritual. You don’t have to compromise a thing to get rich.”
Matthew 16:24-26, Reversed Fractured Version

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Matthew 16:24-26, NIV

Some people will tell you that perpetual prosperity, riches, health, and good times are your rightful heritage in this life. Do not believe them. If this is true, then why did Jesus die on the cross and not retire as a millionaire? If this is true, why did Paul live from hand to mouth as a tentmaker, and why was he beset with dangers all about? If this is true, then how can Hebrews chapter 11 be explained?

God has commissioned you as a steward of His bounty and as an agent of His providence, to bring many souls to glory. A cashier who dips into the till is not rewarded at payday. There is a penalty for early withdrawal.

Some people tell you to dread bad times, to deny that you have adversity, to ignore misfortune, as if you have the power to make things disappear by simply closing your eyes. I say that is a trap and if you follow their advice, you will be overwhelmed.