This is an evil generation

This is an evil generation

Why, what evil have we done?

Solomon says, “There are three things that are never satisfied, yea , four things say not, It is enough” Proverbs 30:15

Do you know what that is?

“The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.” Proverbs 30:16

There is the fifth one though, false prophets; “Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” (Isaiah 56:11). Their obsession is seeing signs.

Hosea says concerning them;

[6] My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. [7] As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. [8] They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. [9] And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. [10] For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the Lord . Hosea 4:6-10 KJV

  • they eat, and not have enough….because they have left off to take heed to the Lord.

I’m not against the people of God getting rich, yet alone God’s servants prospering. I would to God that you want nothing, and that you did reign, and that you become rich that we also might reign with you. But what’s worrisome is the gap between prophet and sheep; “who maketh thee to differ from another?” (ref. 1 Cor 4:7).

What evil has false prophets done?

  • they set their heart on their iniquity, and their iniquity is
  • they eat, and not have enough – they keep craving for some more.

Acts 4:32-35 says,

[32] And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. [33] And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. [34] Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, [35] And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

Really, did this actually happen? Why not now where we’ve supper rich pastors? Just not acceptable that believers are of ‘one heart and of one soul’ spirituality but not also materially. But how come when it comes to material wealth there is that noticeable difference between Pastor and sheep? In the first church they had all things in common; “neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own.” There was fair distribution, every man getting what he had need.
In no way I will understand a preacher who owns a private jet, or can afford a million dollar car in Africa, out of all places.

This comes out of evil;

  • excessive luxury and wantonness, (Rev 18:3). God is not an author of confusion, who instructed us to live one day at a time.

False prophets train themselves to be greedy. 2 Peter 2:14

“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” 2 Peter 2:18

I grew up in a church where nearly every deacon was greedy of filthy lucre. But 1 Timothy 3:8 says

“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.”

Physical appetites

If we are unable to control our eating habits, we are probably also unable to control other habits, such as those of the mind; greediness, lust, covetousness, anger, etc. We are not to let our appetites control us, but we are to have control over our appetites, whether it’s for money.

Eating too much every once in a while is normal but is a sin when it becomes the norms.

This is an evil generation in which we have seen a rise of false prophets who keep want more – the point is they overeat and never say it’s enough. People who compulsively overeat, may use food or their wealth as a way of coping with their negative emotions. I’ll talk about food but this applies to all sorts of appetites because people whose desire is to get rich, prosperity gospel is their obsession, and the problem could be emotional reasons.

Sometimes people who overeat or overown things have a clinical disorder, same to  prosperity or fortune hinders, mostly they do it when they’re  feeling stressed, lonely, or upset. I observed my pastor, he would preach more on prosperity especially when he was kind of stressed.

How does it start?

In some cases, people simply overdo things out of mindless habit, in the case of hearing a motivational speaker. But oftentimes, it’s the result of underlying emotional problems. However having a negative personality or body image can play a big role. It makes you have a tickling ear that wants you to hear or do just about everything.

For many people, compulsive overdoing is part of a cycle of hear, repent, repeat.

Can people really be “addicted” to excessive habits?

Just as some foods are addictive, so are false prophets and what they cook for you, unaware you’ll notice there is change in the brain similar to those made by drugs. And evil workers themselves; with all the cheers, preaching another gospel is addictive too.

How can I control compulsive overdoing?

Galatians 5:22-24: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. This means that all believers possess it, and should like Paul, actively, presently, and actually practice it by making their body a slave.

Seek help

It can be hard to stop overeating, overdoing or overhearing on your own, particularly if there are deep-rooted emotional problems involved, — like a negative body image — that may be driving your behaviour.

Compulsive Overdoing and How to Stop It

“And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.” Genesis 33:9

“And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.” Exodus 36:5

Just come to a time where you say that’s enough.

Avoid labels

Understand that you’re not a bad person doing bad things – the devil is. Labelling yourself can become a self-fulfilling prophecy in terms of continuing the cycle.

Take a pause

When you feel like eating or doing things pause for a moment and ask yourself: Am I hungry? Do I need to hear this? Do I need this wealth? Sometimes people get so focused on what they want to do that they don’t stop and ask themselves why they want to do it. If you use food as a coping tool, you may be out of touch with the cues that signal hunger or fullness, and it’s important to bring your awareness back to your body. You don’t want to hear or preach that junk gospel anymore.

Give up on cravings

Paul say to Timothy

[6] But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. [8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. [9] But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. [10] For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. [11] But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:6-11

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