STUFF Do We Have
"STUFF" or does "STUFF" Have Us?
Americans are in for a rude awakening! We've become
self-sufficient, and avid collectors of "STUFF," which has
made us intoxicated with greed and pride! It's a shame to have to
admit this... but the Holy Spirit is exposing truth to all who will
nation has been blessed with inventions, technology, and much
wealth. The majority population of this old world has never
experienced the kind of life we take for granted. Yes, our Christian
influence has brought many of these blessings to us, but... now,
even the Christian community has become addicted to the idea that we
are privileged to accumulate worldly goods to ourselves. Our focus
has shifted from GOD, to our STUFF!
Carma Grimes is a singer, songwriter, teacher & speaker at
Women's Seminars across the state of Colorado and around the
country. She has performed aboard Carnival Cruise Ships
and has been named Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of
the Year, Ministry of the Year and Encourager of the Year.
She is a writer, editor and graphic designer and has been a
contributing writer for the CCGNews for several years.
is worried about their possessions, investments, food, and currency.
Have we forgotten we serve Jehovah the Almighty? Do we not have
witness in the scriptures that He provides for His children? Where
is our HOPE? Where is our SECURITY? What is the focus of our FAITH?
before in the history of our country have we heard so much religious
teaching on surviving the hard times we are facing.Personally, I've become sickened by the constant bombarding
of "You need to do this... You need to buy that... You need to
prepare your stuff... You need to invest in... you need to blah,
blah, blah!" Are we blinded by this world's STUFF????? If we
think we can hide our STUFF and somehow survive by our own planning
and wisdom, we are fooling ourselves. The enemy always knows how to
steal, kill and destroy our STUFF!We can't HIDE it good enough.Our attempts are mere human effort and what we absolutely
must have... is DIVINE INTERVENTION!
WORLD'S goods, and financial structure is NOT, nor will it EVER BE
our SALVATION!There is
only ONE SAVIOR!
saith unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me."
do we really believe Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE?
Sadly, it seems easier for Christians to believe in the possibility
of windfall from their "wise" investments, than it is in
the daily MIRACLES from the hand of God. Why do Christians forget to
get down on their knees and pray about everything? Are we looking
for faster solutions?
night prayer meetings are much more dependable than attempting to
outsmart the government, or physically take back our country.There's only ONE who can bring the answers our country
how often do we share Him with those around us?I often wonder how many souls have I personally led to the
LORD in my lifetime?God
knows!Oh, LORD, help
us get our priorities right!
we stand firm on our FAITH in the face of persecution? One day soon,
JESUS will rule and reign the whole world... and EVERY knee will
bow, and every tongue confess that HE IS LORD! Will we be there to
rule and reign with Him?
we replaced our need for Bible Reading and Prayer with the practice
of listening to the NEWS report each day? No wonder people (even
Christians) are depressed and stressed! They have focused on the
WORLD to inform them of their future. God's already told us our
future... This is not our home... we are only passing through!Yet, we act like we're going to live here forever! NO! We're
we're entering the Holiday Season... Thanksgiving and Christmas are
at the door... and of course here come all the commercials
pressuring us to buy, buy, buy!If we don't have it to spend... why are we buying?Don't misunderstand me... I truly love to GIVE!
I can bless someone with something, I want to do it!It's my desire to do it!But to go into debt with the hope that I'll eventually have
the money is wrong!There
are ways to GIVE to others that don't even require money to be
spent!Our TIME is
priceless, especially when given away to someone else.
so thankful that the Lord has been speaking to my heart concerning
these matters. He always knows exactly how to bring comfort me when
I need it. Oh, Lord, "You know everything about me."
it's no surprise that my attention has once again been captured by
the Holy Spirit.Hidden
away in our rented log cabin, up in the mountains, we have the time
to spend with the LORD and He certainly has had a lot to talk with
us about.We need time
alone with the FATHER to discover the cleansing that is needed in
our hearts.It's an
ongoing process.... because He's making us ready for the soon
Rapture of the Church. It's time for our lamps to be full of the
Holy Spirit and ready!
we are busy about the Father's business, but at the same time we
must remind ourselves that Jesus is coming for those who are LOOKING
FOR HIS APPEARING!Most
Christians have it all figured out... His coming is still far off!
WHAT??? No one knows the exact time, NOT EVEN JESUS...ONLY the
FATHER!But this we've
been told.... "WATCH!"... and... "LOOK FOR HIM!"
I met with a longtime friend who I've hardly seen over the last 15
invitation we met in a neighboring town and spent some time walking
through the quaint little shops.As we visited and caught up with each other's lives, I found
myself feeling awkward in my surroundings.I was shocked to find myself uninterested in picking items up
to read their prices.We
weren't in expensive stores, in fact two were secondhand stores...
the kind I've become accustomed to over the years, and especially
now that we've entered into retirement age. But
for the first time in my life, I discovered the desire to SHOP is
about this new revelation, it came to me that the new financial
structure of our life has caused me to stay close to the house.Most of the time, my husband purchases the groceries at the
store, does the errands, pays the bills, etc., something he began to
do throughout my extensive health issues.
along the way, I've weaned myself from wanting to SPEND money,
especially money I don't have.If I don't see "stuff," I'm not tempted to buy
"stuff." We're becoming "home-bodies" --
something I never thought I could be.
you only knew... I was a "big bargain shopper"... I
loved finding "a deal" and it always brought me
great satisfaction knowing how much money I had saved on each
purchase. Well... now, I'm becoming a "non-shopper,"
which is really saving us money, because I rarely spend anything.Maybe it's because I no longer have a job or personal income,
or the children are now grown.
a huge treat to go out to dinner now, but we rarely do that anymore.We make all of our meals; we can, dry orfreeze everything we get our hands on, knowing it's much
healthier and less expensive. Some months we pinch every penny and
are amazed when all the outstanding bills are somehow paid. But we
live with constant THANKSGIVING in our hearts and we're content.
my heart was filled with thanksgiving as I reflected on the goodness
of the LORD.He has
certainly provided ALL of our NEEDS.In fact, I'm realizing it's a blessing to become unattached
from the world and her "STUFF" and increasingly dependent
met many people who seem to have an abundance of this world's
"STUFF" and I can honestly say they are not happy with
life.Many of our
long-time friends are cranky and disgruntled with their spouses and
children, even though they have houses paid for, several vehicles to
drive, motor homes, boats, expensive jewelry, investments, multiple
houses and yet.... no peace! Would I trade places with them?
16:26For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and
loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his
what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his
we enter into this Thanksgiving season, it should remind us to live
in a constant attitude of thankfulness.Let us never forget...ONLY Jesus can satisfy our souls.
the "STUFF" of this world has control of your life, it's
time to lay it down... give it away... or do whatever it takes to
turn your focus and attention back to GOD! Jesus warned us to not be
concerned about the "STUFF" of the world... we can't take
any of it with us:
17: 31-32 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his
stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he
that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.Remember Lot's wife.
look back... don't mourn your losses... don't live in fear of what
may or may not happen... Enjoy the moment of today.... and keep your
eyes looking upward to GOD!
TO THINK ABOUT:"Fear
is a darkroom where negatives develop." (Usman
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