Friday, December 15, 2017

BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS


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Hebrews 13:5 (NET)
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.”

God’s word to us today is quite straight forward. God does not want His children to be controlled by the love of money. This is only possible when we are contented with what we have.

Being contented with what you have is different from being satisfied with where you are and becoming complacent. A contented person is a thankful person. He is grateful for where he is and is thankful for where the Lord is taking him. An uncontended person is an ungrateful person. He compares himself with others and is easily deceived by the deceitfulness of riches.

The 'deceitfulness of riches' says that all a person needs in this life is money. That is not true. You need much more than just money in this life. Ask those with lots of money who are still dying of incurable diseases.

Jesus says in Luke 12:23 (NET) that there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. This means there is more to life than what money can afford.

It is because of the mindset controlled by the deceitfulness of riches that the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21 lost his life. In Mark 4:19, we see that those who subscribe to the deceitfulness of riches cannot be fruitful in God’s Kingdom. Such people cannot serve God because they serve mammon. Wheras, those who serve God will not lack anything.

Many go to church, not because they love God, but because they love money and want God to give them money. Such ‘Christians’ will not have power with God (they cannot be rich toward God) and will always be at the mercy of time and chance.

Go into today remembering to watch against covetousness and the love of money. Thank the Lord for where you are and where He is taking you.
-Pastor SD Abraham

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