You Cannot Serve Both

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us to ask ourselves whether we are serving God, or serving money/riches. Mammon, it is called in the Bible.

As I read the message, I recalled a conversation I had recently, about someone being refused a meal because they wouldn’t give up their personal information and register. They were told the reason was that if they didn’t register, the church couldn’t get paid for the meal by the government. Jesus tells us, in Matt. 6:24, that we cannot serve both God and money. Either we will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. This is very true. We prove it. I don’t think there’s a Christian that hasn’t experienced this conflict in one way or another. And, the love of money will definitely cause conflict in your life. With it comes debt, deceit, stress, all kinds of stumbling blocks.

Some of us who have held down two, and sometimes three jobs, just to make ends meet, know what a cruel Lord money can be. Work, work, work; and there’s still nothing left over, and still no chance of getting ahead. Some of us have fallen into the prestige and power trap. We sold ourselves to the “up and coming crowd;” the “Haves.” Some of us got caught up in the money trap because we tried to replace our self respect and/or dignity with stuff, stuff, and more stuff. We have to be very careful with our attitudes about money/mammon, because mammon is a very sneaky adversary. I say that, because the spirit behind it and the world’s ideas of wealth, are at work for the powers, principalities, and hosts of spiritual wickedness in the heavens. In reality, it is only sidewalk. It’s what the streets in Heaven are paved with.

Solomon said that money answers everything. It does. It pays the rent, puts food on the table, fills the car with gas, etc. But, money is to serve us; not vice versa. Keeping our attitudes about it in line with God’s Word, and practicing good stewardship/management, are the keys to staying free of bondage to it. There’s also that checklist of things like pride, fear, greed, and the like, to reckon with. We can easily fall into the money trap by way of these.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 8, 2020, 12:19 p.m.

Practicing The Presence Of It


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God is a good God.  He is also eager to share His Goodness, and all good things, with us.  We are bid to taste and trust that goodness, and to hold fast to it, even in times of trouble.

When I read about God sharing His Goodness with us, I think about things like the fruits of the Spirit-because God is Spirit.  I also think about His love for us.  He gave His only begotten Son to save us.  That’s a pretty extravagant gift; don’t you think?

So, in order for me to experience and grow in trust, or faith, and intimacy with God, I must practice the presence of His Goodness.  I must receive it within myself; cultivate it in my life, my home, my relationships, etc.

That means, first, I recognize that I am worth dying for.  I am worthy of the best.  That means I will make good choices for myself, I’ll go the extra mile-(put that vase of flowers on the dinner table, or light that candle, etc.).  I will also be deliberate about creating my spaces, my surroundings, when possible.  Look at the way God created the planet, the Garden of Eden, etc.  The Bible says God devises ways to restore us to Himself.  That’s a clue on how we ought to view our relationships with one another.  We’re also told that God blesses us richly, and adds no sorrow to it.  (Proverbs 10:22)  -“The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.”  I like the Berean Study Bible version; it says the blessing of the LORD “enriches…”

When we seek to enrich our daily living experiences, even something like just a meal, we can turn it into a feast for the soul.  God seeks those who worship Him to worship in spirit and in truth.  It stands to reason then, that God would love to enrich our soul, our spirit.  When we seek to do the same to others, life takes on a much more beautiful hue.  As we practice the goodness of God within, and bring it out around us, trust that God’s Goodness is always present becomes solidified.  Before you know it, nothing can shake it.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 19, 2019, 2:59 p.m.


Every Day Is A New One


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God does, indeed, make all things new.

That might not fully hit you until you take a minute to think about those days you finally got there, it finally all came together, it went right this time!  “Behold, I make all things new,” said the Lord.  When I thought about that, and all those times, I realized I’m a new me every day, too.

What I mean is that, even though I’m the same person, I’m growing and gaining strength, patience, wisdom, all kinds of stuff.  So, really, I’m not the same as I was yesterday.  Today, I’m even better than I was yesterday.  You might not notice it at first, but it’s true.

The message speaks of becoming free of poverty and worry/fear.  That makes me think of Jesus’ words about worshiping God in spirit and in truth.  I also think about His question: “If the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness?”  We are rich or poor in power, according to our poverty or wealth of spirit.  “As a man thinks, so is he,” is a very powerful truth.  If I’m new every day, even better than I was yesterday, perhaps I can do today, what I could not do yesterday.  Don’t give up!  Get a little newer, better-with your attitude, your patience, your perseverance, your love and joy of, and in life.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, August 20, 2019, 4:p.m.

An Attitude of Plentitude


I just did a short Bible study in Proverbs, then read today’s message from God Calling, and want to share this with you all.  Bonus day-Saturday Silly, plus a message.

Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, bids us not to become hoarders, to let money flow freely out as it comes in, and to develop an attitude of trust in God’s provision of all things for us.  We are to cultivate an attitude of plentitude/plenitude.  Yes, both spellings are correct.  The word means abundance.  Jesus said, “I’ve come that they might have life and have it abundantly.”

There are some radically differing viewpoints on this.  Some take this to mean that they need not worry about anything at all-including gainful employment. After all, Jesus said not to worry about these things, but seek first the kingdom of Heaven, right?  Except that if you look at the kingdom of Heaven, it is not one of inaction.  There are specific jobs for specific people (angels, for one thing), and it is all about the progress toward God’s will being done.  The Proverbs are full of admonitions to work toward our well-being and satisfaction of our needs.  And in Genesis, God ordained Adam and Eve to keep the Garden and be stewards of the Earth and all the creatures on it.  Then, after the fall, He said that Adam would work, earning his keep by the “sweat of his brow.”  No, I don’t believe this was a curse God put on Adam.  I believe Adam did take that curse upon himself when he disobeyed God.  I believe those were the natural consequences of their actions in the natural.  At any rate, nothing gets done without effort being put forth and time being invested.

The attitude of plenitude, is one that comes from trusting God to provide for us.  He knows the rent needs to be paid, He knows the bills are due, and He knows the cupboard needs to be filled.  So, seeking first the kingdom of Heaven in regard to this thing, is trusting God’s Word and His promise to provide.  Then, it is acting according to His standard, which includes responsibility and integrity.  So, tithes are paid, rent, bills and groceries are taken care of, provision for future needs is made, etc.  No, saving is not hoarding.

Hoarding is refusing to part with anything, or even something in particular, for whatever reason, when we really don’t need it.  That reason is usually fear based; and always emotional in nature.  “I worked for this; why should I give it up to them?”  “They never even thank me for anything I do for them, or give them!”  Get the picture?  The Bible tells us, though, that love does not change based on someone else’s actions.  Love perseveres.  Seeking first the kingdom of Heaven, then, in this regard, is to grit your teeth and do what’s right; the kind thing, the loving thing, and give it-be it your time, your attention, your help, or some material thing that’s needed-anyway-because that’s what God says to do.  We aren’t moved by our personal feelings, or the local gossip, or by fear of what others will think or say of us if we do help that person.  We are love-God in action; His hands on and in the earth.  When we cultivate and maintain this attitude, blessing flows back onto us; especially spiritually.  And, spiritually is where we do want to prosper, because we prosper as our souls prosper.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, January 5, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

The Ever Emptying Vessel


Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing.  “Keep ever an empty vessel for me to fill,” bids the Lord.

Keeping in mind that God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth, I thought of Psalm 23:5 -“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil.  My cup overflows.”  There’s also Matthew 12:35, where Jesus teaches that, “the good man out of the good stored up in him, brings out good things.”  We are the vessels that God fills with His love, peace, joy, truth, and every other good thing, and through which His blessings flow out to others.

The message speaks specifically about money.  We’re cautioned against hording it, and told to use our wealth for Heaven’s sake.  We are to bless others with all we receive from God.  Wealth is not just money, though.  Wealth is every revelation God gives us.  It is the health we have, the lesson we’ve learned, the joy we experienced, all things that touch our hearts or stimulate our minds and bless us.  The new recipe I came up with is a form of wealth.  It’s something I can share with others.  The extra half day off I have is wealth; and I can use it to clean up the yard for the little elderly couple next door, or something like that.  And, yes, sometimes we do need to spend some of that wealth on ourselves as well.  An afternoon spa treatment, hair color and condition, facial, etc., is just what the doctor ordered sometimes-especially around the holidays.

The point is that we’re not to be afraid to give of what we have if it’s really needed.  God sees, and He has our backs.  We are to be good stewards, however.  Planning and saving for retirement, college funds for our children, and such things are good stewardship.  We are to manage our wealth in such a way that we don’t need to burden anyone.  But we must also keep in mind the parable about the rich farmer who died with storehouses full of food.  In the end, the wealth went to others anyway.  There is a difference between good stewardship and a miserly heart.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, November 2, 2018, 12:31 p.m.

Success and Money -Two Different Things


Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that success and money are two different things.  “Never count success as money gained,” the message reads.  Rather, we need to measure the amount of God’s will and purposes, for our lives, and for others, that we reveal to them.  God’s will and purposes are revealed both to us and through us.

We prosper as our souls prosper.  Of course, the more one’s soul prospers, the more wealth manifests in one’s life.  The problems come when we err in our definition of wealth.  When one gets saved, as you grow in the Lord, you begin to discover things within and in your life that are hindrances to your progress as a child of God, in your walk with the Lord.  You begin to see the things that are destroying your health (too much fast food, all that ice cream, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, whatever it may be), etc.  You begin to see things that aren’t great about you; things you can improve, things you need to stop.  So, you set your course, and by the power of God, you begin to overcome all these things.  That’s your soul prospering.  The wealth is your health gets better, you’re free from the bondage of addictions and dysfunctions, and your life begins to take better shape.  You become more confident, you gain stability, and you begin to grow in all kinds of directions.  The material stuff is not the wealth.  Wealth is the ability to enjoy and share the good things God blesses you with as your grow in Him.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, October 29, 2018, 12:22 p.m.

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