“For we are the circumcision, who worship God
in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have
no confidence in the flesh,” (Phil.3:3 NKJV)
We are not going to be here forever, although we are in this world but we are not of this world (John 15:19, 17:14 & 17:16), for our citizenship is in heaven (Phil 3:20). What gives us joy as believers is the fact that Jesus Christ is coming back (John 14:3). If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable (1 Cor. 15:19). The scripture warns us not to love the world or the things in the world, for to do otherwise, is an indication that the love of the Father is not in us (1 John 2:15).
Our affections must be set on things above, and not on things on the earth. The things of this world cannot provide eternal security for they are temporal, and beyond this world, we have no need for them (Col. 3:2). The scriptures also inform us that there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1) in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13), for the first heaven and the first earth shall pass away (Matt. 24:35).
For us to be established in 2017, we must not only overcome mammon, but we must also be determined to pursue those things whose builder and maker is God (Heb. 11:10). For godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of life that now is, and of that which is to come (1 Tim. 4:8). It is the spirit of mammon that makes us to love the world (1 Tim. 6:10).
When our ways please God, it is impossible for us not to be blessed and be prosperous (Gen. 39: 2-3). When we are blessed by God, we are truly blessed indeed, with riches that add no sorrow with it (Prov. 10:22). In 2017, we must be determined to renew our minds (Rom. 12:2) and seek only those things that have eternal value (Matt. 6:19-20). God is looking for a people which He can use to expand His kingdom and His righteousness on earth.A people He can entrust with His riches (Luke 16:11-12).
In 2017, we must not only put our trust in the living God (Ps. 18:2 & 31:14), we must also be ready to give and be willing to share whatever God has blessed us with (1 Tim. 6:18). By doing this, we store up for ourselves a good foundation for eternity (1 Tim. 6:19). Jesus Christ came that we might have eternal life (John 3:17), and this should be the ultimate goal of every believer.
Remember, God loves you (John 3:16 & Eph. 2:4), for He has given you richly all things to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17).