Re: When did we stop believing God for souls and started believing Him for stuff?
Jesus didn't set Himself up in a palace and have the world come to His doorstep to hear Him. He and His apostles traveled and lived in some very rough conditions especially when compared to life in America as we know it today.
Jesus also could have created all of the money He wanted anytime He wanted to. Remember when He sent Peter to catch a fish and take the coin in the fishes mouth to pay the tax collectors? He did it so as to not offend and so the tax collectors might hear Him speak without animosity in their hearts.
That's a good lesson. Another good lesson that I think comes from this is that Jesus obviously didn't consider wealth all that important. But that when something is needed for the glory of God it will be provided.
I do believe that God has promised to bless us in this life and to give us what we need for His glory and to meet our needs. Some He blesses with money as they would be good stewards and will use it for His glory.
He blesses others with great faith and perseverance so that others can see them and marvel at their faith even when it seems that all of the difficulties and the weight of the world is on their shoulders.
He blesses others with a heart for prayer and intercession. These are the ones that have helped many people that they may never even meet in this life or even know why the Spirit has moved them to pray for specific things or people but they do it for His glory.
Others have been blessed with the drive to plant churches and others with the need to preach the gospel in these churches.
The point of all of this I have written is to say that I believe that God blesses us with what we need and what best suits us to serve Him for His glory and that no matter what He blesses us with, money, faith, intercessory prayer etc, it is for His glory.
God loves me, Brian, and I am an heir. He blesses me and loves me and I rejoice in this day that the Lord has made.
At the same time I, Brian, am also a tool my Lord's work shed. A tool to be used by God for God's glory and God decides what kind of tool I am.
And for those who are wise in the ways of teh interwebs, yes, I have just called myself a tool.
And I name that and proclaim it proudly because I am a God's tool!
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.