TAKE YOUR HAND OUT OF THE COOKIE JAR!
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, come out of her , my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).
There is a familiar story about the monkey who stuck his hand in the cookie jar to get a cookie. But he could not get the cookie out of the cookie jar because he was holding the cookie in hand, and the cook jar’s mouth was very narrow. It was simple to put his empty hand in the jar, but it was difficult to pull his hand out of the cookie jar with the cookie in his hand. What was the monkey to do? The monkey did not know he had to let go of the cookie in order to be free!
Millions who proclaim to be followers of Jesus Christ are finding it quite difficult to release the things of this world. Well, how can they, when preachers are preaching about prosperity? The church has never been the same, since this get rich scheme “Name It and Claim It” prosperity gimmicks entered into God’s house. How can a people with this type of thinking and teaching come out of the world, when all they are being taught is to live lavishly in the world?
God teaches the opposite in his Word. “Come out of her.” God is calling his people out of the world. Yes, we are called to labor in the world for the kingdom of God, by teaching and preaching the Gospel. But we are forbidden to love the world or to embrace it. “Be ye in the world, but not part of world.” Christians are not called to conform to the world, but to be transformed, by the renewing of our minds! Many are caught with their hand in the cookie jar, and they refuse to release the world’s cookie, to be free to serve the Lord as we were called to do. “Where their treasure is, so is their heart.” They have not been taught to walk away from the world. They have been taught that the world is their piggy bank; and this is the only place to find happiness and prosperity. True love, joy and peace is found only in Jesus Christ. Everything else is temporal and unfulfilling.
Christians who lust after the things of the world, the Word of God states: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life it is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1John 2:15). False teachings about “Name It and Claim It.” Is going to backfire for many followers of this erroneous teaching. When Christians keep investing their paychecks, pension, social security and child support finances into these deceitful practices. They are going to find out that this is not God’s doing, but a greedy and demonic human heart! Greed is driving so many to keep their hand in the cookie jar and refuse to release the false riches!
What are the preachers who taught and teach worldly riches, going to do when they see the world around them collapsing? What will be left to name and claim, and their prophetic word is proven to be a great lie? Worthless money, which is depreciating every day. Worthless gold that will not fill their stomach’s when there is no food to buy. Fine cars that have a high monthly note and beautiful homes with high mortgage payments and interest rates. God said to his people “Come out of her my people that ye receive not of her plagues.” Take your hand out of the cookie jar and live a humbled life. If it is possible, owe no man. Clean up your debts and allow Jehavoh-Jireh, The Lord will provide, to furnish your needs. God is able to allow your pension, paycheck or social security meet your needs.
This is about spiritual idolatry. The call for Christian to: “Love not the world.” God’s people have forsaken the true and living God. The lust of the world has drawn the hearts of God’s people away from him. “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” (I John 2:17). Many Christians’ minds and hearts are consumed with worldly pleasures, which will pass away. We should be preparing our hearts to live in the presence of the Almighty God for eternity. Too many have lost sight of their true calling and have been detoured and derailed by their lust for the world. Take your hand out of the cookie and return to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The wickedness of the world is very great. The world has not only forsaken the true and living God, but has set up idols of false gods of bronze and stone and gold. Also, with the great body ink industry, the world now uses ink art on their bodies to worship their gods! Thereby, has now drawn all sorts of people into spiritual adultery; and by her wicked imagination, has retained them in her interest. Idolatry is the cookie in the cookie jar! Release it and come back to God.
Fair warning is given to all who have spiritual ears to hear from God. They should come out of her, don’t assist the demons of hell in the destruction of man soul. Take your hand out of the cookie jar! This is coming like the call to Lot before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: “Up, get out of this place, for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” (Genesis 19:12-14).
God’s people are being called out of the world and God has told his people to stay where he has placed us. All those who are committed to partake with the wicked men in their sins will receive in their plagues. This is in God’s Word that a man will reap what he sows. There will be no getting away from the fact that punishment surely follows sin.
Take your hand out of the cookie jar. If you do not you are going to suffer with the world in famine, plagues, disease and death and mourning. Put your hand in Jesus hand, he is able to take care of his people through the power of our Father, God the Almighty!
For the record, this is written for all Christians who don’t see the very danger of lusting in the temporal riches of the world. God bless you and amen!
Written by Rev. Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor