Romans 16:17-18 (KJV) “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Rick’s parents were poor, his mother had died when he was only 10years old of a simple disease that over-the-counter medication would have handled. The only family that had a good life in his community was the Pastor of the only Pentecostal church, seeing this he decided as a 10year old boy to do whatever it takes to become a Pastor of a pentecostal church. True to his decision, he chose to serve under this Pastor and he soon became very familiar with the practical steps that make a Pentecostal Pastor. He served diligently, fasted and prayed a lot, and spent almost all he had on sowing seed; he got gifts for every single minister of God he met. These ministers kept praying for him and he soon began to see a level of God’s power manifest in his life. For a season he seemed genuine and committed to doing the work of God, but as he grew in influence and wealth, the original intent of his heart was made manifest, because he used every style and means possible to make members of his church give their resources to him; such means as teaching, payment of consultation fee, selling of anointing oil and mantles, etcetera.

According to Philippines 3:19, there are persons whose god is their belly, they mind earthly things. They come close to God pursuing their own ambition; they do all they know to get God’s power which once gotten is used to merchandise God’s people.

Balaam was a typical example; he placed price tags on the power of God and sold it to the highest bidder (See Numbers 22). These people like Balaam are perverse with corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness. God warns that you withdraw from such (1 Timothy 6:5) and also declared that their end is destruction.

Why are you pressing into God? Is it for your belly? Are you selling God’s power and gifts? Are you exploiting the people to enrich yourself? If your conscience condemns you, you have need for repentance so you don’t end in destruction.

Go into today knowing that if you serve God for the wrong purpose, he will not accept your service.

Prayer: Father, help me to serve you acceptably in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

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