Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need, (Philippians 4:11-12)
An even more profound messages about what the Christian walk should really entail, is so convincingly stated by my good friend A. W. Tozer in his book, Men Who Have Met Good:
Elijah was like so many faithful preachers of the Word who are too true and too uncompromising for their congregations.
"We don't have to take that," the people protest. And they stop contributing to the church. More than one pastor knows the meaning of economic strangulation. Preach the truth, and the brook dries up! But the Lord knows how to deal with each of us in our humiliations. He takes us from truth to truth." Men Who Met God, pg 96, A.W. Tozer.
God does brings wise men and woman to these ministries and moves their hearts to support them with their finances, recognizing that while their bold statements from the Bible may sting even them, they know they are from God. Others, who provide funds to ministries that merely titillate them with soothing words and comfort, shower them with exciting entertainment and charismatic preachers and teachers, will in the end realize that while the truth may hurt, it definitely was sent to free them.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalms 118:8)
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