Friday, February 24, 2017

The Rich - The Danger Of Pride (LG54)

1 Tim 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

The great danger for successful rich man is the silent development of pride which accumulates slowly by the continuous successes. Slowly and unconsciously, he will excluded God out of his successes thereby stealing His glory.

Dan 3:28-29 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this."

After God's deliverance of the 3 Israeli youth, King Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself before his subjects and proclaimed the faithfulness of the Almighty God.

Dan 4:11, 22, 25, 27 The tree grew and became strong; Its height reached to the heavens, And it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.... it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.... They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.... Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity."

Though his mouth praised and thanked God, his heart slowly began to glorify his own abilities. To help him overcome pride, Prophet Daniel advised King Nebuchadnezzar to repent of his sins by righteous works and his iniquities by being merciful the poor.

Brethren, this is a good advice to everyone of us, for faith without works is dead.

Dan 4:30-31 The king spoke, saying, "Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?" While the word was still in the king's mouth, a voice fell from heaven: "King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!"

The pride of Nebuchadnezzar was revealed when he claimed his greatness by his own ability and God reduced him to be like a cow eating grass. Today, many of our rich brethren may be tempted to steal the glory from God. God will humble them by sending them into bankruptcy, jail term for corruption, theft, money laundering, sexual crimes, etc., lost of precious ones, removal from practice (lawyers, doctors, etc.)

1Tim 6:3-4 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions.

It is always wrong doctrines and heresies that destroy Christian's faith and love of God, causing them to stray and become proud, haughty, selfish, covetous, wicked, worldly, etc.