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Good videos. Glad you posted them here. I did already watch all but the Anonymous one. I read an article on the exact video by Anonymous, though, just yesterday. So we are all on the same page.
I know Robert writes on this topic. What is so amazing to me is that about a year ago, I became obsessed with this topic, found it so encouraging that all the supposed financial “wisdom” of this world is just a bunch of bunk. It seems like I am not alone in the interest. It’s unbelievable that I found Robert here, writing and speaking on these very things and tying them to prophecy in such a clear way.
I come from a very Laodicealike town. Statistically, the wealthiest state in the country. When my husband and I decided to simplify, we took great financial risks in doing so, leaving behind Satan’s “secure” system, steady well paying jobs and a very comfy home that was rising in value to pioneer in a tiny remote town in the 2nd poorest state in the country. It was a great leap of faith. It has been wickedly difficult to keep up this fight ever since.
As a young honest-hearted witness, I assumed others would be inspired by what we did and want to put more trust in Jehovah, joining the fight to obey Christ’s admonition to keep our eye simple and focus on the kingdom. Instead, we were met with opposition and indifference. One elder was particularly insidious in this efforts to undermine our resolve to turn our backs on the so-called “security” and “opportunities” that Satan’s world provides. He pointed out the real estate windfall we were giving up by selling our home. He enjoyed pointing out the million dollar homes rising and rising in value in the area, when we were out in service. He resented the fact that we put the question of what “keeping your eye simple” really means front and center. Of course, he’s proving to be a lovely landlord to the many brothers and sisters who happily pay exhorbitant rents for the small apartments and townhomes that he has collected during the real estate boom. He wasn’t the only one, just the most glaring example.
I have a point in telling this story. While this brother has enjoyed creature comforts and glory from men for a short time, Jehovah and Christ are not fools or misers for asking us to store up treasures in heaven not one earth. And why…because “moth and rust consume”.
Satan is not a trustworthy custodian of those things we spend storing up in his system. His banksters reflect his personality. He will dangle those carrots in front of us for the sole purpose of distracting us from putting any real effort into knowing our God. Then he will rip the carrot away, leaving us salivating over a reward that will never come, all the while “gnashing our teeth” that we were deceived. will it mean our life? ‘It is harder for a rich man to get into the kingdom than a camel through the eye of a needle.’ This IS a hyperbole, but Jesus said it for a reason.
We modern men believe that we are beyond the reach of “moth and rust”. We have our insurances, our financiers, our bank(st)ers, our ever burgeoning stock market and all our friends who tell us (CJB Is.56:12)
“Come, I’ll get some wine, we’ll fill up on good, strong liquor! Tomorrow will be like today; in fact, it will be even better!”.
For me, it is very gratifying to see Jehovah’s words and advice prove to be true ‘though every man be a liar'(Rom. 3:4). How many young people in the congregation have I seen who were misdirected to put their trust in the future of this world? How many have I seen who have fought and suffered to keep from falling prey to distraction, struggling and stumbling over the many stumbling blocks inside the congregation?
Jehovah is about to discredit Satan’s system as a ‘lying refuge’ (Is. 28:15) through this economic collapse. The energy, time, dedication and devotion that some have put into it’s furtherance will be proven to be the greatest folly in history. Satan will be shown to have been the most diabolical thief to have stolen our attention and time away from building up a fire resistant (1 Cor.3:12)spirituality and making a good name for ourselves with Jehovah by our willingness to put our full trust in him (Prov. 22:1, 2 Sam. 22:26).
Our real security is our relationship with Jehovah. Satan is a liar.
16And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”