Water And Wine

Anthony Smith
 


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Is there unrighteousness with God? No.

The Bible tells us that God will, bless whom He will Bless, and Curse, whom He shall Curse. All being within His will, and His plan for each and every, man, woman and Child upon this earth. Those that are poor in this life, fearing God, shall be rich in the next, for eternity. Those that are rich in this life, without the fear of God, shall be brought low, and humbled in the next, for eternity. Why are there poor and rich, why are there those, that drink wine, while others drink water? We see the answer to this in Romans 9:13-6; As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Many ask the question that appears in Romans 19:21; “Why hast thou made me thus?” Why do I drink water, while my fellow brothers and sisters, in far away lands, drink wine, and eat of the fat of the field, and have no want. I wear rags, while others wear robes of silk. I eat glean from the field, while others, eat of the fatted calf, Why? Why am I poor, destitute and impoverished? Why am I always struggling each day, to glean out a living? The answer to these questions are simple.

1. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

2. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Gods mercy and compassion upon all believers, is based upon, Gods will for that individual. Will a poor man listen to the rich concerning salvation, or would the rich listen to the poor concerning these same things? Greek to Greek, Jew to Jew, strong to strong, and the weak to the weak. All men have a ministry to some one or to some area of mankind, and whom is to say where we minister?

I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. These words from God are strong words. He is stating that, His power comes from no one. His ability and eternal Godhead is His own, and He owes no allegiance to no man. His compassion is His to give or contain. His mercy is open to those, whom He wills and is hidden from those that He is teaching and trying.

Look at it this way. Take a tube of clay and make something, it doesn't matter what, just the first thing that comes into your mind. Now that you have made it, is it what you wanted to make? Did someone force you to make what you made? Can you not take that same thing, that you have made, and reshape it into something else? Or can you just put it back in the tube, and work with it later?

So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Have you formed God, or has God formed you, and place you into a situation of wealth, or poverty? Has He not shaped, and formed you into His likeness, and being conformed into His will, you are, who you are? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (Rom 9:20-21. )

Am I ashamed of where God has placed me, or has formed me? By no means, for I am, who I am, by the will of God. I offer no apology for who I am, or for what I possess. For all things come to us in due time. My brothers and sister, are better off than I, but do I look at what they have and compare it to what I possess? By no means, each has a ministry to fulfill. They meet people, that I do not know, and preach to members of society, where I have yet to reach. Just as the Apostle Paul stated, Greek to Greek, Jew to Jew, strong to strong, and the weak to the weak. Am I then considered poor? Yes, according to the society that I live among. Am I also considered rich? Yes. According to those that have less. Then am I rich or poor? I am neither, for I am but a servant to all men, I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Which brings us back to the same question; “Why are there poor and rich, why are there those, that drink wine, while others drink water?” The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. Are we to tell the potter, whom to make good and to whom to make evil, rich or poor, strong or weak? He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S, and he hath set the world upon them. (1Sa 2:7)(1Sa 2:8) When the word of the Lord is delivered unto you poor and rich, do you stop and take note of what He is saying? Do you ignore the word and call upon man for your deliverance? If this is so, then where has your faith gone? Do you, being Sons of the most High still feel sorry for yourself?

Remember the man who complained that he had no shoes, and the Lord replied, ” You have no shoes, but what about the man, that has no feet? Do you have a shirt, shoes, clothing for today? Do you have a piece of bread, and a glass of water for today? Is there breath within your body, and does your heart beat, today? Have you seen anyone saved, because of your testimony of Christ? Do you not know that, God is a whisper in the wind, the shadow on the ground, the roar of the oceans, and in the wings of the eagle? Do you not know that God is in the highest mountain, and within the deepest valley? Do you not know that God can reach up to the highest pinnacle in Heaven, and to the deepest recesses of Hell?

Who then is to say, who is rich or poor? Who then is to say to one, Drink Water, and to another Drink Wine? Who among you is the judge of your fellow brother, who among you is to judge God? Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? (Job 30:25) For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. (Psa 9:18) God has not forgotten the clay, which He has formed, nor will He continue to allow the poor to remain that way. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. (Psa 40:17) Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. (Pro 19:1) ars.

Temple of Spirit & Truth Ministries A. R. Smith Ministries http://www.ourchurch.com/member/a/arsmithsermons/

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