Increasing Faith through “Buying & Selling”
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
A middle aged man wakes each morning scanning the Wall Street Journal while he enjoys his caffeine charge. On the train to work, he pours over his latest business magazine, one of many, soaking in the new trends seeking to be the best leader he can be. He’s proficient in implementing what he has learned and is seeing some results; though not enough for the advancement he wants, so he pushes on. After putting in extra hours at the office in hopes to earn a promotion (adding to his responsibility, time at the office, and stress) he heads home and gives the leftover energy and time to his family. He works hard and makes extensive sacrifices for the sake of his family. The next day the hamster wheel begins again. As the years close upon him, he battles between pushing harder and growing apathy as the youthful competition is at his heels. On the weekend, he goes to a conference in his industry in hopes of gaining insight on how to obtain his goals; the ultimate goal being to rest, enjoy his accomplishments and relax. But for now, the sacrifices must be made; it’s just the way it is, or is it?
Another middle aged man wakes each morning and spends time in communion with God as he enjoys his cup of steaming coffee with cream and sugar. He seeks for wisdom and prays for his employees. He receives specific counsel and instruction on pending business issues. He heads out to the office enjoying a relaxing drive after rush hour. He handles problems with astuteness, formulates creative business solutions with ease and proficiency. Because he trusts that God is in control and the provider, an atmosphere of joy, true care for the employees, and rest permeates the office. After a productive day, he heads home at 4PM before the traffic and enjoys an engaging evening with his family. On the weekend, he enjoys doing what he wants and continuing to abide in peace and rest.
Faith is acting on a concept or idea because we believe it will fulfill a hope. One man had faith in the wisdom of “successful” business practices of his effort, the other in God’s wisdom and His work.
Faith is increased in an idea by “buying and selling”. This exchange is how we manifest “our truth”.
We “buy and sell” when we learn a concept, then mix our belief with it (faith), then act on it and see the results thus gaining more faith than we started with (selling). The process continues, back and forth. One man learned a business concept (put in more hours at the office), believed it would help him reach his goals, and acted on it. If you receive (buy) the concept that working 12 hours a day will advance you in your career, then you mix your belief with that concept, and act on it and see results and continue in that direction, you are “buying and selling” that concept. When you see some results, your faith grows that you are on the right path even though your end goal hasn’t been accomplished. Thus, your faith is established and increased in that concept.
We can “buy and sell”, or establish faith, with one of two kingdoms, which I mentioned in a previous post. One kingdom and all its ways are of God, and the other is counter to God. Thus, when we are buying from one, we can’t buy from the other.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
When we buy from one kingdom, we sell back to the same kingdom with our actions thus we serve that kingdom because we serve its wisdom and ways. Which kingdom we have cultivated a relationship with, or “buy and sell” with, is the one we have faith in, thus serve and bear the mark or name of. Revelation 13:17, Deuteronomy 30:19
We glorify and worship with our lives the kingdom we “buy and sell” with. The first man chose the kingdom of worldly wisdom, thus serving its ways and king. 1 John 5:19 John 8:44 The second man chose the kingdom of God’s wisdom, thus serving its ways and King.
In Revelation, Christ Jesus tells us to buy gold refined in the fire from Him. Revelation 3:18 He is instructing us to “buy and sell” faith in Him. Gold is our faith. 1 Peter 1:7 The refinement in the fire is the purifying of that faith that occurs as we continue to “buy and sell” and increase our faith through acting on His ways and truths in our lives.
Here is how it works. We learn a concept from the Holy Spirit. With our current level of faith, we act on that concept; we see the positive results and our faith is increased. As we continue this back and forth exchange, faith in God and His ways grows in our lives and our lives bear the fruit of it: peace, rest, joy, satisfaction, purpose, and unchanging value.
We “buy and sell” from one of the two kingdoms in all areas of our lives; health, relationships, work, hobbies, purpose, value, etc. Our lives will reflect which kingdom we’ve been fostering faith in and much more as the Day of the Lord dawns.
Which kingdom are you buying and selling with? Are you buying gold, which has been refined in the fire, from Christ? Do you experience the riches from having that precious gold? Or are you a serving the one that will never deliver what you truly seek but manipulates your hope to keep you holding on? Only an investment in the Kingdom of God will return to you what you ultimately seek.
Psalm 57:2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
January 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Hi Rachel, nice stories…the 2nd story is a much better path. I guess having faith in God makes life easier and is probably much easier than trying to do what man thinks. Great job as always.
January 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Hi — following God’s way, much better in every way. 🙂
January 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm
I get it! I’m buying and selling in the kingdom of God again!
January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am
Hi Bethany … it’s the only place to “buy and sell” if you desire true life now 🙂
January 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm
i guess everyone when theres a mention of mark and name on hand and forehead they think, Rev 13,v 16-17,..and it only applys to the ‘beast’
The Father Himself divides His Own Words,..for in the very 1st Verse of next and 14th Chapter He Very clearly Tells, that when His Son is Gathered,with His Remnant they have His NAME and His Sons Name,..on their Foreheads
from Deut chp 6 v 8 through to many of the Psalms by David the king, ..Proverbs 3…the New Testaments,….we are told to write His Commands, statutes and ways on our hearts and heads,…and then our lips shall say what our hearts thinks,..and also it will show in our actions with what we do with our hands…..and to make them the ‘apple of our eyes’….and it will show out through them aswell!..
He also tells what to eat to nourish our hearts daily on,..and thats His Bread,.. His Father gives us,daily,!..thats if you wish to purchase!
and for those with an ear,wash it down with the free wine!
we are also warned in Proverbs, NOT! to eat the dainty food/meat of the evil eyed one!,..the profit from him,… is a waterless pit
January 18, 2012 at 11:42 am
Hi Brian – … there is a lot of misunderstanding and false doctrines about the mark .. thanks for sharing what it is truly talking about.
January 17, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Love this, Rachel! 🙂 The hearing a concept from the Holy Spirit, acting on that concept, seeing the results and thus gaining more faith. . . what a beautiful thing how that works! 🙂
God bless you and your love of Him and His Kingdom!
January 18, 2012 at 11:42 am
Hi Debbie – don’t you love when it becomes so clear?!
January 20, 2012 at 9:42 am
Hey Rachel! I want to thank you for all your work. You have been an inspiration to me over these last few years of blogging. Thank you. I do not know whether or not you receive awards but I have nominated you for the 7×7 link award. I hope you will accept. Also may i put you on my blog roll?
January 20, 2012 at 10:38 am
Hi Jelillie – I too have enjoyed reading your thoughts of your journey through this life. Thank you for your words of encouragement and support. Absolutely you can put me on your blogroll. As for the award sounds wonderful, but I’m not sure how all that works :-\.
February 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Wow, Rachel, I am late to the party and just catching up and your wisdom and spirit is so describing my life of at one time having my faith in mammon and the world’s gold and now enjoying the bounty of God. God is so amazing and His Word is so true. May your ministry continue to show the way and I pray many learn to buy everlasting gold!
February 2, 2012 at 11:13 am
Hi Tom – the buying and selling is such a great description of how faith is increased … how perfect God’s analogies are of teaching us spiritual truths. 🙂