Christianity: The Can’t Keep, Can’t Lose Conundrum

Are you putting your hope in God, not wealth?

While most want to live a comfortable life without financial worries, be very careful that ‘all your stuff’ doesn’t become what defines you. Seek first the kingdom of God. Strive to build and maintain a Christian character which allows you to accept life’s storms, knowing who’s truly in control. God.

Placing your hope in wealth, not God, is not spiritually wise. At best material things might give you some temporary happiness. Do you know anyone who is permanently happy? I don’t.  Your financial satisfaction can be hindered in the blink of an eye. A job loss, an illness, or a pandemic can change your life dramatically in a matter of a few months.

  • To put it simply, your Pastor not your tax accountant or banker, is a better advisor on what really matters in the life (and afterlife) of a Christian.

Your joy on Earth and your eternal salvation relies on being a God-fearing man or woman. Remember, however wealthy you are when you perish you surely can’t take anything you possess with you! Moreover, when it comes time to go to the Pearly Gates, those of low or average wealth are not worst off than the extremely rich. If you follow the scripture below (Matthew 19, 1 Timothy 6) the wealthy can fare poorly in achieving eternal salvation; they’re often ‘camels’ trying to squeeze through the tiny eye of a needle. Your relationship with the Lord is all that matters.

  • Do you have an effectual prayer life? Do you pray for others often or just for yourself? Do you study your Bible more than once a week?

WHO gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose?

  • The Bible (Matthew 6, Ecclesiastes 2) tells us you can “trade the things you can’t keep (your life, your money, your possessions) for the things you can’t lose (eternal life, righteousness, a relationship with God).” (Weekly Wisdom, May 11, 2020,
  • The key to not being flummoxed by this conundrum lies, I feel, in studying and manifesting the principles in these two chapters.

Seek first God’s Kingdom and know that living a God-centered life puts you on a trajectory of perfect peace, Christian assurance, occasional happiness, and eternal life. Constant happiness, a life with no trials or troubles, is a fantasy. If it were an achievable reality, I suspect there’d be fewer people sitting in church pews on Sunday morning.

  • Study Romans 8 and Psalms 34 closely to understand what a Christian can expect.
  • The article cited above expressed it this way: ‘Only a fool gives up what he can’t keep to gain what he can’t lose’.

To God be the glory.


  • Ecclesiastes 2:1-2,9-11 (NIV)
  • Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
  • Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)
  • Matthew 19:24 (KJV)
  • 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV)

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  Matthew 6:21 (KJV)

And again, I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  Matthew 19:24 KJV

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:33-34 (NIV)

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NIV).

I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.  “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?”.   I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me. I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; Nothing was gained under the sun.   Ecclesiastes 2:1-2,9-11 (NIV)


Photo credits:  Jerry Worster/flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), Cross

Chris Smith/flickr  (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Choose Wisely

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“Stand By Me” / The Kingdom Choir (Gospel)


  • Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir.
  • Performed at the Royal Wedding in 2018 where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were wed.
  • The debut album of the London-based choir was released later that year.  Gibson is the Choir Conductor.  They have a way of giving a spiritual dimension to secular songs. I knew “Stand By Me” (1961) as a song sung by Ben E. King.  Karen and her anointed choir add a different dimension to his classic, soulful love song!

“Gibson says she doesn’t recall a black gospel choir performing at a royal wedding. The group’s performance and the sermon given by Bishop Michael Curry made the ceremony particularly inclusive, she says”.  After Royal Wedding Spotlight, The Kingdom Choir Releases Debut Album (NPR, November 3, 2018)

Loving the Lord: Jeremiah, Joshua, & John

  • Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.1 John 4:15-16 (KJV)
  • But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”Joshua 22:5 (NIV)
  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NKJV)

In memory of my late Mother, Jennette, this post on Jeremiah, Joshua, and John seemed a fitting tribute to her Lord-loving life.  In Heaven since August, she -thank God- avoided what’s going on down here now.  To God be the glory!

  • Accept Jesus Christ as your Personal Savior.
  • Keep the Lord’s Commandments.
  • Be obedience to his instructions.
  • Hold fast to him and serve him – with all your Heart & Soul.
  • Love the Lord, who loves you – and has ‘plans’ for you.

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Happy Mother’s Day


The Aeolians Virtual Choir: We Shall Overcome! (Covid-19)


  • If your only sacrifice is staying at home, count your blessings, lean on the Lord (link), and listen to Dr. Tony Fauci.
  • God’s a ‘very present’ and essential help.
  • We shall overcome.  Shall doesn’t mean might or could. Shall means it will be done!

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God’s Essentialness (Scripture)



    • Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
    • Psalm 34:15-19 NASB
    • Isaiah 43:1-2 NASB
    • Daniel 3:23 – 24 LXX
    • Hosea 14:9 NIV
    • Romans 8:31 NIV
    • Revelation 22:13-14 KJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:15-19 NASB

But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn youIsaiah 43:1-2 NASB

Then these three men, Sedrach, Misach, and Abdenago, fell bound into the midst of the burning furnace, and walked in the midst of the flame, singing praise to God, and blessing the Lord. And Nabuchodonosor heard them singing praises; and he wondered, and rose up in haste, and said to his nobles, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? and they said to the king, Yes, O king. Daniel 3: 23 – 24 LXX

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Hosea 14:9 NIV

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  Revelation 22:13-14 KJV

Hold on to God’s unchanging hand and pray in Jesus’ name. Late in your next ‘midnight hour’, he’ll hear you and be able to come to your rescue.

To God be the glory!

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Be blessed, stay safe

God’s Essentialness: Rescue Me (Gospel)


“Hold on to God’s unchanging hand and pray in Jesus’ name.  Late in your next ‘midnight hour’, he’ll hear you and be able to come to your rescue”. (God’s Essentialness: An Encouragement Devotional)

    • Lamar Campbell and Spirit of Praise, “Rescue” (I Need Your Spirit)

Hold On

You Can Make It

It’ll Get Better!

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