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Its Ok to Be Rich by MorganJamesPublisher

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An eye opening examination of the Christians dilemma, should I seek to be rich?

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									It’s Okay
to be Rich!
    but Seek Ye First
 the Kingdom of God




       a
Warren L. Adams

    Morgan James Publishing • New York
                It’s OK to be Rich
          but Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
                © 2007 Warren L. Adams. All rights reserved.



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           +DEDICATION∂
Since Jesus established the church over two thousand years
ago millions have been called to preach and teach God’s
word. Many of them suffered in many ways. Whether it was
persecution or prosecution, poverty or death, they stayed the
course to fulfill their calling.
    For reasons unknown to me there has been a belief that
preachers should not have many material things or the desire
to have them. I have heard many stories about preachers who
have gotten in trouble with the church over having or trying to
have nice things. One preacher’s church became angry because
his wife bought a grand piano with money her grandmother
had left her. Another church was upset because the preacher
bought an expensive car. One of my pastor friends had a lady
in his church who wanted to sell him her house. She made it
possible for him to purchase the house and one of the church
members became incensed and told the preacher that it was
not right for him to have a better house than his member’s. Just
recently a pastor told me he was dismissed from the church
because he was making money through a legitimate business
on the Internet.
    I dedicate this book to the memory of these men and their
families who sacrificed earthly riches for their heavenly reward.
Also to those who are diligently preaching and spreading the
Word today, I pray God’s blessing on you. May He bountifully
bless you spiritually, physically and materially. Remember I
Cor. 15:58: “ Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast,
unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
    I also want to thank God for my wonderful wife Gale. She
has been my faithful, loving, and supportive help mate for
almost 40 years. She has been my best friend and kept me on
the right course in life. God has blessed my life through her.
    A special thanks to Alex Mandossian for his support of and
encouragement given to this project.
    Most of all I want to dedicate this to my Lord Jesus Christ
who made it possible for me to receive His saving grace. Who
makes it possible for all who believe in His name and who will
open their heart to Him, to be saved, for them to have the
blessed assurance of an eternity in heaven, with Him.Who
gives all the chance to seek His Kingdom and one day rule and
reign with Him, when He returns in his glory.
+TABLE OF CONTENTS∂
    Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I

    Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III

1   Understanding Your Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

2   Being Rich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3   The Kingdom of GOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

4   Seeking the Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

5   Seeking Spiritual Riches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

6   Seeking Material Riches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

7   Seeking Physical Riches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

8   Fulfilling Your Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

    Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

    Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

    A Special Thank You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
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             +FOREWORD∂
Warren Adams is an ordained minister and has been a bi-
vocational preacher for over twenty years, serving three churches
in Florida and Georgia. During that time he has managed a
tree farm and been a salesman. His knowledge has been gained
through various studies, but mostly by searching the Scriptures
and letting Holy Spirit teach him. At the present time he
teaches a ladies’ Sunday school class of about 30, holds a Bible
study on Sunday night, and does supply preaching. He travels
the Southeast selling tack for Weaver Leather, boots for Rios of
Mercedes and Anderson Bean Boots. He sells other products
for the Western market made by Double Diamond Halters,
Geier Gloves, and K Bar J Leather.
     He resides with his wife of soon-to-be 40 years in
Clarkesville, Georgia
     He has a desire for all Christians to live a truly Spirit-lead
life. He has a desire for them to develop their god-given time,
talents and money to serve God, to be used to reach the lost
for the Lord Jesus Christ and meet the needs of others God
puts in their path.
     For more information go to www.WarrenLAdams.com
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                 +PREFACE∂
I, like many Christians, have struggled with the idea of being
rich. I was taught to be rich or to want material wealth was
wrong. The rich gained their wealth by being crooked,
immoral, or taking advantage of others. Being wealthy was
somehow going against God’s word. In other words, it was a
sin to have or seek material gain.
     Approaching the age of retirement without the necessary
funds to stop working, if so desired, I began to think about how
to provide them. Knowing I needed to change me to change my
situation, I started to read self-improvement and motivational
books. One of the principles that was repeated over and over was,
“If you want to be rich you have to believe it is ok to be rich.”
     Realizing there was a conflict in my thought processes and
wanting to stay within the teachings of the Bible, I began to search
the Scriptures about money and wealth. How could it be wrong
to want to provide a secure monetary life for my wife and me?
How could it be wrong to want to provide a trust fund for my
grandchildren? How could it be wrong to be able to provide funds
for missionary work? How could it be wrong to have the freedom
to serve God when and where He required? How could it be
wrong to want the time freedom to spend with family and friends?
     The results of my search I share with you. May God’s Holy
Spirit confirm within you what is right and true.
     May God’s richest blessings be on you and all your endeavors.
     Yours in Christ,
     Warren Adams
     P.S. I’ll see you here, there or in the air!
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                           I
               UNDERSTANDING
                YOUR PURPOSE
        What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the
          whole world and lose his own soul?
                       —Mark 8:36—




How do you spend most of your waking hours? What are you
trying to accomplish with these activities? Most people are trying
to make money to support their family’s needs and wants. In
the majority of homes today both the husband and the wife are
working. Some individuals have more than one job just to
make ends meet. Others have the desire to gain riches that
would allow them to have financial freedom. Nothing is wrong
with either endeavor but is that your true purpose in life?
    Jesus taught a parable about a rich man. The rich man had
been very successful and filled his barns to overflowing. In
thinking about what to do with his surplus he decided he
would tear down the old barns and build new, bigger ones.
With this done he could “eat drink and by merry.” But God
said, “Thou fool this night your soul will be required of thee;
then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”
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The next verse, Luke 12:21 says, “So is he that layeth up treasure
for himself and is not rich toward God.”
     This life is temporary. Your goal should be to fulfill the
purpose God has made you for in preparation for eternity.
Whatever God’s plan for you might be, it not for this world only.
Holy Spirit that abides in each Christian will reveal to you what it
is you are to accomplish. This requires asking and listening to
Him. He will never force you to any service. You must want to be
obedient and follow His lead. You are instructed not to grieve
Him. You are to yield yourself to Him so you can do the good
works God has called you to. In so doing you are not only laying
up treasure for yourself but also laying up treasure in heaven.
     The apostle Paul uses the example of the physical body to
explain the spiritual body of Christ. Each Christian has a place
and function in that body. For the body to function at its
optimum all member of the body must be fulfilling the task it
was created for. In the body of Christ some are called to serve
and others are called to provide the resources for that service.
How do you know which one you are?
     When you follow Holy Spirit’s wooing and listen to that
still, small voice, you will begin to know what you are called
to. Most of the time you will not want to go in that direction,
or you will be unsure. But as you determine to be obedient and
start to do what you think is right, God will open and close
doors. Either you will be able to continue or things will come
apart and you must reconsider you actions.
     Most questions about God’s will for your life are answered in
the Bible. You are to love one another, keep His Commandments,
                    Understanding Your Purpose   3



give, pray, and follow all the other instructions He has given
you. Trying to answer the unknowns should be done with the
spiritual application considered first. Why are you going to do
this—for you or God?
     A test that has been used successfully to determine if you
are in His will, is first it must be scriptural. God will never call
you to a purpose that is contrary to his Word. If it is at odds with
the Word it is not of God. Second, it must be possible. God is
not going to call you to report as president of the United States
next week. Third, what is in it for God? Your motive should be
to bring glory to God and serve Him, not to fulfill some selfish
desire or want. Last, you should have peace about it—peace
that is deep and abiding that only God can give you. If you do
not have that peace you should continue to search for His will.
God is not a God of confusion. Where there is confusion and
uncertainty you have not determined His will.
     Countless men and women have answered the call to make
themselves available to meet the needs of others by giving of
themselves. George Muller was one such person. During the
1800s he built orphanages in England for thousands of boys
and girls. He built them and provided for the children through
prayer and faith. Often prayers would not be answered until
the last hour, but they were answered. Whether it was food and
clothing for the children or money to build other orphanages,
or money to meet his family’s needs, God provided. Muller
was determined not to ask any man to provide for his needs
but to tell God about them in prayer. God used men and
women to deliver the goods. They often told Muller God had
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laid it on their hearts to give the offering they brought. God still
needs both kinds those that will serve and those that will give.
    Mother Theresa, moved by the plight of the people in
India, dedicated her life to meeting their needs. She started her
own order and raised funds to carry out her mission.
    There are others—missionaries, preachers, doctors,
care-givers—people we will never hear about who have
answered the call to dedicate their lives to serve others.
    Today there are multitudes in the world standing in the
need for people to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
There are also an abundance of physical needs to be met. This
has always been true and will be until Jesus is on his throne.
Missionaries are called to serve and they must be funded in
their work. Africa has tremendous problems. Numerous
denominations and organizations like R.E.D. Ministries
(www.redminstries.com) are reaching out to that continent but
much more is required to meet the need. China, India, Russia,
and the list goes on. Even in America there are fields “white
onto harvest.” To meet these needs Christians will have to
answer the call to go or provide the money and resources for
others to go.
    You do not have to be super rich to help. It is said that
twenty percent, in a church or any organization, do most of
the work and provide most of the money. The excuse is often
used “I will give when I have more.” God does not reward that
kind of thinking. He holds you accountable for what you do
with what you have. That includes your time and material
blessings. You have to be willing to be used by God. Your
                    Understanding Your Purpose   5



thinking should be spiritual and not selfish. Thinking, how
can I serve God, and not what can God do for me?
     Begin today to be willing to give your tithe of money,
time, and talents to help others. It is not how much you give
but why and how you give. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give
abundantly and cheerfully?
     Stop reading and take time to consider where you are in
your walk with God. Are you where you should be, spiritually?
Do your plans put God first? Do you know what God’s purpose
is for you life? Have you determined your talents? Have you
prayerfully sought the answers to these questions?
     Use your journal, or some other way to capture your
thoughts, as you answer these questions. Be honest: this is
between you and God. You may fool yourself and others, but
you certainly cannot fool him. Let Holy Spirit speak to you
and lead you to the answers. When you have finished take time
to ponder your response. On a scale from one to ten where are
you? What will it take to get you to a ten?
     No one will be in His perfect will, but all should want to be.
That requires knowing where you are, where you want to be,
and having a plan to get there. Having a plan is the beginning;
you have to put action to the plan to complete it. This is true in
your spiritual life and your secular life.
     Your life and reason for being are unique. No one but you
can do what you are called to do. If you do not answer the calling
someone or something will go lacking. You have a responsibility
to find your talents and then use them to accomplish your
unique purpose. If you do not manifest your mission the world
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will not be as blessed as God wants it to be. Most of all you will
miss out on the blessings and victories God has prepared for
you. You will miss the rewards that are waiting for you in the
coming kingdom.
    The truth is everyone will make a difference. Everyone has
a center of influence. Your effect, whether good or bad, positive
or negative, depends upon you. Romans chapter 12:1–2
instructs you to make your body a living sacrifice to God.
Renewing your mind through the Word of God, so you will
know what is His perfect will for your life.
    As you will see there is no doubt God wants to use you
in a unique way. It is your task to find that place and bring it
to fruition.
    The joy that comes when you know you are on the right
path is like none other. Your purpose will eventually consume
you. You will be compelled to accomplish it. Not for money or
fame, although that might come, but because you know it is
God’s will.
    Jesus said in Revelation 22:12, “I come quickly, and my
reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall
be.” What will be your works? Will you strive to accomplish the
works God wants or will you live your life for this world?
    What joy, excitement, contentment and rejoicing there
will be when you hear Jesus say to you on that judgment day,
“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful
over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.
Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:23
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                            I
                     BEING RICH

      Every man also to whom God hath given riches
  and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof,
   and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor;
                 this is the gift of God.”
                    —Ecclesiastes 5:19—


“What is rich? The old saying is “everything is relative.” To a
small homeless child with no parents and no place to live, a
person with a house and food to eat is rich. To a person with
just a house and something to eat, someone with a house, job,
car and other material things is rich. To that person a millionaire
is rich. To a millionaire a multi-millionaire is rich. To a multi-
millionaire a billionaire is rich.
     You may not think of yourself as rich but if you have a
home, own a car, and have a job, you are materially rich.
Compared to the rest of the world you are very rich. For most
that is not enough. They desire to have all that the world has
to offer. Most seek for the biggest home, best car, and money
to burn.
     So as Christians what should be our approach to riches?
     There are many warnings in the Scriptures about riches.
Beginning in Deuteronomy 8:11–14, the nation of Israel was
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warned not to get full and satisfied with silver and gold and
forget what God did for them. Solomon, in the book of
Ecclesiastes, laments about riches... how they do not satisfy;
how they bring on problems.
     Jesus in Matthew teaches about the deceitfulness of riches.
He also states “a rich man shall with difficulty enter the kingdom
of heaven. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to
go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter
into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23–24. This eye of the
needle is not a sewing needle that would make it impossible, as
some think. Jesus is referring to a particular gate in the city’s
wall that was left open at night but was very short and narrow,
therefore making it very difficult for a camel to enter through it.
     In I Timothy 6:10, Paul writes, “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.” Herein we see the problem.
     The problem is not in the riches themselves; it is in your
attitude toward them. Why do you desire riches? How much
will it take to satisfy your desire? What are you willing to
compromise for your desire? Will you get so busy seeking riches
you forget God?
     Why do you desire riches? That should be your first ques-
tion. Do you have a specific need or project you would like to
fund or do you just want to have “things”? The compelling
purpose that is going to encourage you to seek riches should be
something God has laid on your heart. James warns you can
“ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your own lusts.”
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Riches for riches’ sake can be detrimental to you. They or the
pursuit of them can consume you. Thus you are of no use to
God because you are too busy seeking to please yourself.
    You should desire riches to do God’s work.
    How much will it take to satisfy your desire? It has been
established that riches are relative. What would be enough for
you? The question was asked of a very rich man, “How much
is enough?” His reply was, “Just one more dollar.” Money and
material things do not satisfy. What was the last thing you just
had to have and when you got it the possession was hollow?
Solomon, thought to be the richest man to ever live, determined
everything he had and every pleasure he was able to try,
because he was rich, was “vanity of vanities.”
    Many people have ruined their lives in the pursuit of riches.
They are willing to compromise the things they had learned
from God’s Word to gain riches. If you are willing to cheat,
steal, defraud others, or do anything illegal or immoral to gain
riches you are on the wrong path. Remind yourself material
things are temporal. They will pass away. You m
								
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