For those who are fit and able, which means there is no physical mental or emotional reason why you can’t work, please go get a job!
God is not telling you to NOT work, or for you to sit at home and look for people to take care of you!
One thing God has rebuked me for, is in times passed, I have helped persons who could have helped themselves.
Listen, people are only disconnecting from you because they tired of taking care of you, not because they hating on you, or they are jealous of you.
Some of you have no reason not to get a job, and God is not calling you to sit at home looking for people to take care of you and your spouse and your children.
God didn’t call you to become somebody’s burden. A lot of those who say they are Apostles and Prophets are sincerely operating in error in this area.
You are able bodied men and women with no sickness disabilities or handicaps to keep you from providing for you and your family.
He has given us the power to get wealth and that requires more than you acting like a panhandler.
Those of you in leadership are setting a terrible example for those operating with you by being lazy and begging.
If you don’t have a understanding, let me give you several versions of a scripture that is needed for this hour (2 Thessalonians 3:10).
“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule, the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” NIV.
“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order, if anyone is not willing to work, then He is not to eat, either,” NASB.
“While we were with you, we used to tell you, whoever refuses to work is not allowed to eat,” GNT.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat,” KJV.
People, this scripture is showing you the importance of not sitting back just letting people take care of you.
It shows that you need to have a willingness to provide for your own livelihood. Even those leaders that get a salary from a church, I believe you yet should have some kind of personal financial resource besides depending on the church.
People often, because of men and women who take advantage of the people, and who do have legitimate needs and ask for help, can’t get it.
We must correct this error which we have created in allowing people to live off of others, especially those who are not doing any ministry works.
I am from a generation that didn’t like handouts and I am seeing too many able bodied and healthy people who have nothing wrong with them, persons who have no desire to help themselves, but yet they are demanding that others take care of them!
Listen, faith without works is dead. Even the Word lets you know that even in faith, there should be some effort on your part.
Today I’m addressing this because so many leaders are being overwhelmed with taking care of persons who decided it’s the leader’s or church’s responsibility to take care of them, so they decided to get a title sit down and wait on them to do it.
People, especially those with family, it’s your job to make sure your household is provided for.
See to it, that you do so, that you won’t be made shamed by your unwillingness to provide provisional support for yourself and your family.
For those that this doesn’t apply to, keep strolling, but if you have the ability to work and provide for your household, you need to be doing it.
I’m able to start asking for legal doctor reports of sickness, handicaps or disabilities and proof, when there is a mental emotional or physical reason why you can’t do something.
And for those who say they lost their job, He gave you power to get wealth, create your income, but don’t just sit there demanding people to pay your bills.
Don’t tell me God called you off your job and caused you to walk away from your income and hasn’t told you anything and yet you have a family to support!
When He called me off my job, He gave other avenues to obtain income to support myself while I did the work of God. He is a God of order!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, travelling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.