Prince or Pauper?

In 2 Samuel, we read about Mephibosheth, who was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of Saul, the first king of Israel. Saul and Jonathan were killed, and Mephibosheth’s nurse ran away with him to hide him. In 2 Samuel 9, Mephibosheth is an adult with lame feet, living as a pauper, in abject poverty. David, who was the king, has him brought before him. Mephibosheth was very afraid. But David said that what he wanted was to bless him, to give him land and servants, and to live near him (David) in Jerusalem, as one of his own sons.

Most people would argue that Mephibosheth would be foolish to turn down King David’s offer. Mephibosheth had to choose between physical riches. But the choice before us this morning is spiritual blessing and riches, those of the kingdom of heaven.

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1)

“Oh, the depth of the riches
both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments
and untraceable His ways!”
(Romans 11:33)

“3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires.” (2 Peter 1)

“1 Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him.” (1 John 3)

To be children of the King is to be rich. As Jesus said, His kingdom is not of this world. God’s peace keeps and protects our hearts and souls regardless of what our circumstances are. He always causes us to triumph in Jesus Christ.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5, KJV)

The phrase shed abroad is redundant. It means that His love has been poured out, double!

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4)

Even in a very dark situation, we still have a choice. We can live in His peace, or we can listen to the enemy of our souls, worrying in turmoil. Which choice? To live as a spiritual prince, or spiritual pauper?

When satan talks to you, do what Jesus did: Talk back with scripture. Remember that even Jesus had to do this more than once – you must persist. Every time you face a crisis, you face a choice: prince, or pauper.

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