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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Don't Become Possessed By Your Possessions!

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:3)

Fasten your seatbelt! There are those who think it a Christian virtue to be poor. This attitude arises from several statements made by Jesus. In Matthew 19, Jesus had just been asked by a young man, what good thing should I do, that I may have life eternal? Jesus told the man to give all that he had to the poor and come and follow Him.

Your possessions do not make you who you are!

Obviously, Jesus sensed that this young man was putting his material possessions ahead of his spiritual life; that he was making a god of his riches. The Bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. It says the love of money is the root of all evil.

No doubt about it, people who have this attitude may secretly envy those who are prosperous, and at the same time console themselves by feeling self-righteous. They often feel virtuous in resenting others who have more of this world’s good than they do. How many times do you hear people say, “Well, I’m struggling but clergy look like they have everything; why should I give them my money?” First, not understanding seedtime and harvest can be costly, but also resenting or coveting what another has impoverishes the self and builds a consciousness of lack.

God has called you to be rich!

What an opportunity! God has sent you angels of prosperity, but you must understand that money is love in action. Love and money go hand in hand. Rejoice in your good and God will bless all that you have and all that you share and cause you to prosper abundantly. This is your season to watch for the signs and to know that you never have to accept poverty as your destiny.

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