“When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
“The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel. Deuteronomy 17:14-20
God’s requirement for Israel’s king
1-He must not multiply horses , He must not build up large stalls for his horses (NKJV, NLT)
How is this relevant today? Bentleys, yachts, planes….. There’s no excuses, it’s here in God’s word. When I think of the famous leaders today, they sit in such luxury. But wait! The leader is an example to each of us so we need to check our own life as well. The bible says that our hoarded riches will one day testify against us. Luxury purses, shoes, clothes – is this how God wants us to represent Him? If you know someone who needs help and you have the ability to help that person but don’t and he cries out to God, that is counted as sin against you. In fact, if you hurt someone – even emotionally, and they cry out to the Lord, it is counted as sin against you. Make things right before you meet your Creator, which reminds me of this verse –
“Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right? When you are on the way to court with your accuser, try to settle the matter before you get there. Otherwise, your accuser may drag you before the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, who will throw you into prison. And if that happens, you won’t be free again until you have paid the very last penny]” Luke 12:57-59
Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you. Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. Your gold and silver are corroded. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This corroded treasure you have hoarded will testify against you on the day of judgment James 5:1-3
2 He must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.
This one lines says so much! Many want to be great leaders in the church and make mega money but that’s not at all what should be happening. Just read the verse again, I hope you can hear the volume of wisdom it speaks. He must NOT accumulate or store up wealth – When a pastor is sitting comfortably on half a million a year salary plus car, house and benefits when 90% of his congregation makes less that 1/12 of his salary or less, but I’m sure they have their excuses……..
3-He must not send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.
Stay away from the sin that so easily trips you. Don’t go back, don’t go after things of this world. Follow the Spirit, not the flesh.
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.” Luke 11:26
4-He must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord.
May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. prov 5:18
13 Here is another thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. 14 You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows. Malachi 2:13-15
Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Eccl 9:9
Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. 2 The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord. In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been.5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech,[a]the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the Lord’s sight; he refused to follow the Lord completely, as his father, David, had done. 1 kings 11:3
5-He had to be a man whom the Lord appointed
6-He must not be a foreigner. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.
7-He Must Read God’s instructions and decrees DAILY to keep from being proud and acting as if he is above others
He must always keep that copy (of God’s commands) with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.
Horse stalls of preachers of 2015
Matthew 11;11″I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he is!
Let these words be for all who hear; that we would do what is right before God. You may point the finger at some but first let’s make sure we aren’t guilty of the same thing. Don’t seek riches, glory and fame from people, this is not from the Lord. Remember the first shall be last and the last will be first. You don’t need to be popular in your church in order to be first in God’s kingdom. I believe many who we don’t know, don’t recognize and those who are so often overlooked will be the first in the Kingdom. Don’t be discouraged if man doesn’t pat you on the back, in fact, I read this the other day:
Woe to you when all men speak well of you
What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets. luke 6:26
As I look at myself from this perspective, yikes! I wonder what the Lord would think of my name brand purse. I do like it and I love to wear it but I remember a time when I told myself I would never wear one. I need to rethink this and practice what I preach. Years ago I saw the preacher, in his 75k truck and his wife walking by. She had a gorgeous designer bag and I knew exactly what it was even though I was quite a distance away. Suddenly a demon came out from her bag, it flew out towards me and it spoke out to me as I was in service. It said in a taunting way” you’ll never have anything nice like this”. The taunt was so mean, full of hate and so wicked, I wanted to cry. This account is true, I was shocked and couldn’t believe what I just heard and wondered and almost believed that behind the major name brands like that was a demon. NOW I don’t know this for sure, but maybe you need to ask God about it if you are wondering, but I’m telling the truth of what I saw and heard – I could hear the words in the spirit and see the shape with my eyes.
I’ve seen wealthy mega churches and high society churches crying poor mouth because they only had half a million in savings for the first quarter . Really! Did ever consider the people who are giving? Many are poor, some are homeless, they don’t have cars, they are barely making it through this week, some are being evicted and others are working 2-3 jobs just to survive. Yet these big salary administrators are begging the poor to pay their salary the salary of the 20 plus 5 new pastors they just hired and the million dollar building that tells the world just how awesome they really are. Everything is about making money – no one ever stops to remember how Jesus threw everyone out of His Fathers House of Prayer. He threw them all out because they were there making money – off things relevant to the Temple. We make so many excuses today. That just can’t be right! Cut back, it’s just getting so ridiculous. It’s everywhere, it’s not like you can leave and try to find a perfect church. Hopefully you can be a remnant, a gatekeeper and an example of Christ – so please don’t leave the church, we need you.
and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
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