Jesus knew taxes were unfair back
then, but was a man of peace in all areas of living -Matthew
17:25-27 ".....What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the
earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers? Peter
saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children
free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and
cast an hook and take up the fish that first cometh up and when thou hast
opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take and give
unto them for me and thee."-Taxes were
originally a method to ensure others were remaining compliant;
example. They always were
and still are a way to transfer wealth to selfish rulers. Unconscionable
leaders generally ensure benefits for themselves far above that allowed
for the peons supporting them. Many
understanding true economics believe them unnecessary.
The biggest problems in the world
could have been solved when they were small!
This short existence here is for
moving from here into the highest reward we
each can achieve. The devil's part in all
this is in providing the trials and tests
necessary for ultra high character development, mostly by using our errors
to the maximum.
people just harp and harp on things causing strife -Proverbs
The devil wants
between people (1Timothy 3:7),
but people must rely on each other to make it in life.
It's a great opportunity to learn
and practice those necessary character qualities that build strong loving
10:3; Proverbs 27:17.
Our strength is either in nothing
and we are depressed, or in ourselves and
we struggle with pride, or in God, who's
There is an honor in handling people
who cause strife (Proverbs 16:28)
the right way -Proverbs 20:3;
14:19; Psalms 34:14. Always
with others helps to
confusion and the tempers of misunderstanding, which are some of the devil's
weapons -Acts 13:10; James
3:16; 1Corinthians 14:33;Revelation
Keeping involved with others can alleviate
both of these potential causes of wars. It's important to be involved with
others, but it takes effort to build a strong relationship -Proverbs
One way to love your enemies, is to
not only have concern for them but pray for them, that the blessings on
God will be upon your enemies. Why? Reason
#1; Reason #2 -Matthew 5:44,45;
6:27; Galatians 6:10.
The devil loves to get you off balance.
When you're off balance it's easier for you to fall over -James
1:8. Again, none of the negative things the devil can bring are necessary
if we would judge ourselves,
pray to God (talk to Him as real) and study to
learn how to be closer to your spiritual friend -John
Otherwise and because God loves you
so much and is concerned about your overall spiritual direction, He may
just choose to use the devil to tune you up -James
The devil works with those who feel
they lack – something -Proverbs 28:16.
If you have God, you've really got
it all and aren't anxious for just everything out there that the
world has to offer (see 'Prosperity'). You've
closed another door on an 'in' for the devil to influence your mind.
You trust in God that He'll look after
you. When you're sure that Christ reigns in you (see 'Belief'
and 'Righteousness') then you can be equally
as sure that the devil has (needs) no influence over your concerns. See
2:14. Also 1John 3:8.
How can you love your enemies? -Matthew
5:44 (the original Greek word here for pray means 'to be all for wanting
the best for another').-...continues
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