Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Guard Against Greed

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Luke 12:15 (NET)Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

It didn’t take Gbemisola long to realize that he was operating under a limiting spiritual force(A Curse). His forefathers were idol worshipers, and they left a legacy of misery and generational curses for their children. After he accepted the Lord Jesus, he wanted to walk in his freedom in Christ. This he did through knowledge (see John 8: 31-32). After learning of his family’s history of idolatry, he hated idolatry with passion. He wanted to serve God and God alone because he wanted to leave a legacy of blessings for his children.

One of the undeniable manifestations of the power of the gospel is deliverance from the stranglehold of generational curses and limitations. In most cases, especially in Africa, one manifestation of such curses is poverty and reproach. When a person who was under the dominion of curses receives the gospel, he receives deliverance and will be free to live an unlimited life; manifesting his potential and being a blessing to his generation.

This is one of the reasons the gospel is called by some "the Gospel of Prosperity". It delivers people from poverty and brings them into the prosperity of God.

But prosperity and financial upliftment are not the main thrust of the gospel message, the Kingdom of God is. So when people lose focus of the kingdom of God and begin to focus on worldly riches, they become covetous and begin to serve mammon rather than serving God (see Matt 6:24). This is idolatry. Remember that idolatry eventually brings people under the power of curses.

Go into today guarding your heart against all forms of greed. Greed is a spiritual disease that brings people under the authority of Mammon—the god of this world.
Prayer: Lord, deliver me from all forms of coveteousness. Help me walk free from the dominion of mammon.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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