One of the three main missions of the Holy Spirit in the earth, as described by Christ before His ascension, is to expose the condemnation that has been decreed upon the ruler of this present world system that men might separate themselves and not be condemned through adulteration with it. The Holy Spirit has shown us that the root of all evil is man’s desire to be his own GOD. In this world, that equates to purchase power. The thinking is that if one owns the power to buy whatever they need, they can control their life. The error in this thinking is rooted in man’s ignorance of life itself. Satan exploit’s this ignorance by deceiving men on what it means to live and the purpose for their lives. This deception is so ancient it is not a matter of if you have been deceived but rather if your mind has been renewed by the Light of Christ. Christ taught that the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of worldly wealth, choke the truth thereby disabling it from establishing righteous values in the heart of man.
Purpose is what gives things meaning. Dr. Myles Munroe once said that the most important thing about “what” is “why”. “Why” gives “what” its relevance. The Creator holds all purpose and so He has the answer to every “Why” of things that are. Wise, humble, and righteous people seek the Creator for “Why”, to find purpose in their life. The foolish, prideful, and wicked presume to establish their lust as the only “Why” they need. So, for the lost, purpose becomes, because I want it, and since I want it, then I need it. Without the light of GOD’s counsel, men are in darkness, and this lust is the motivation and impetus for their life.
“8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.”
(Psalm 33:8-11 NKJV)
“9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Lust and selfishness have created inequalities and hardships in society that has produced hardened hearts in the masses that have proven to be susceptible to evil and resistant to love. The lack of compassion and empathy for others characteristic in hardened hearts promotes division and reinforces selfishness.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Satan has created the perfect monetary system to keep man perpetually lost and disconnected from GOD. The love of money stems from the black hole of lust in the heart of the lost. Always wanting and getting but never reaching peace and satisfaction. The soul disconnected from the purposes of GOD cannot rest. The pursuit of lust does not lead to the fulfillment of creation. The Word of GOD is the life of man and the power which sustains all things. Money gives the living opportunity to pursue their lust, which to the lost is their purpose. So, money makes them feel alive because it brings the things they lust for within reach. We live in a world that profits from making things to lust after, so the souls of men are made merchandise of.
People say they just want a good living but what defines that; what quantities and brands determine a good life? These particulars are being constantly dictated to us by those who would control our time and judgement for their purposes instead of the Creator’s.
“31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” (John 8:31-34 NKJV)
All rebellion against GOD is sin. An unwillingness to surrender your lust to GOD in order to see His purposes fulfilled is rebellion and sin. The wages of sin is death because only fulfilling the purposes of GOD brings life. So, “Why” are you doing the things you are doing, and living the way you are living? Are you living captive to your own lust or are you living in the greater purpose of GOD’s calling to real life? There is time and judgement for every purpose, including the purpose we were given to live. There is an appointed time for us to do what we were created to do, then we will face judgement for how we have handled this great opportunity.
“5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment. 6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. 7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?” (Ecclesiastes 8:5-7)
I will leave you with the counsel of the Savior, YESHUA HAMASHIACH.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. 23 But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. (Matthew 6:19-24 Amplified)