Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:6-10 NLT
We all need money to pay for things in the natural world we live in. Most of us want more of it. Money, itself, isn't evil. In fact, is neither good, nor bad. It is inanimate (it isn't alive). Money is simply a legal tender that is recognized as payment for goods or services. The problem is with our sinful nature. The love of money is the issue. When we couple our fallen nature with the lure and power that money seemingly has, we lose our bearings. We must allow God to give us proper perspective and practice with respect to money. God's Word speaks more on money than faith and prayer combined. It isn't that it's more important, it is simply that it has such attraction and has such potential for harm. Show me your checkbook or your bank account summary and I'll see where your heart is. “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Matthew 6:21, 24 NLT Sure, we all have to buy groceries, pay mortgage or rent payments, electric bills, car insurance, etc. Many who are reading this are struggling to survive. There is too much month at the end of the money. However, there are also many who don't manage their money well and have misplaced priorities. Many people make "enough" money to live but they handle their financial affairs with such carelessness that they create a vicious cycle that only grows worse with time. This causes tremendous marital strife, terrible mental and physical stress, and even affects the spiritual condition. What we must do is recognize God as the provider (Jehovah-Jireh). He is our source, not money. Yes, money is a tool, but it isn't the source. God Himself should be our sole satisfaction and success. When we put Him first, all the other stuff of life falls into its proper place. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:33-34 NLT
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Rev. Curtis Norris