To My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Some of us are sick. Spiritually sick. A sickness that may be unto spiritual death for some.
2 Peter 2:20-22
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
We have allowed a plague to infest the body. Slow moving in some, over a period of time, and very quick for others.
We claim to have a spiritually understood book, filled with the Spirit, walking in/by The Spirit. Yet we are filled with hatred, greed, anger, malice, jealousy, racism, prejudice, backbiting, gossiping, adultery, lust, hypocrisy and just and overall meanness! All of the things that are not the fruit of the Spirit, but rather of the flesh.
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Their are physical blessings to serving Yahoshua (Jesus) but the only guarantees are spiritual ones. The disciples did not live rich lives (in spite of what those who love to fleece the flock claim). They got sick, ran for their lives, and all but John were martyred.
The word says they had everything in common.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, as every man had need.
Yahovah is not saying we should sell everything and live communal style. There is a SPIRITUAL principle here, that is there was a commonality amongst the believers. They strove to fill others needs. The Spirit doesn't bring a mindset/heart filled with "I got mine, if you got faith you can get yours too".
In other words, the more stuff you have, the closer you are too God. These are signs of a sick heart and sick mind set. These are signs that those who hold on to this spirit of materialism, is not walking according to the Spirit but the flesh.
We need to turn our gaze inward and focus on purging our hearts and minds of the ways of the world. We need to strive for our spiritual healing and ensuring our eternal home.