Cash, Cars & Cribs
“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 (ESV)
As we continue on the topic of Cash, Cars & Cribs, lets reiterate what it looks like. Too much of either one of these things can single-handedly rip your life apart. But, for some reason people think that too much of either of these things can improve your life tremendously. Well, maybe in the tangible areas, but what about emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically? We have a tendency to base things on what we have and not what things can possibly do. Money in the hands of an emotional person just makes their emotions more expensive. What we tend to do is think that money can save our lives, but money doesn’t. Although the bible says that “Money answereth all things“, that’s from the stance of financial issues and not the issues spoken of earlier. Money can pay your rent, but money can’t teach you how to be a virtuous women or teach a man how to be a Godly husband. For some reason we look pass the damage it brings and think that with it, we can accomplish anything. You may not see it, but unfortunately this is where the enemy is doing some of his best work, “Pride of Life” and “Lust of The Eye“.
In 1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) it says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” If those things are NOT from the father, they have to be from satan…there is no in between. To see truth right in your face, you have to be able to accept it. Many of us like to make excuses for people and the things we do to ourselves. John 14:21 (ESV) says, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me…” This scripture promotes action, so it’s in what we DO that shows the seriousness of where we want to be. Once we can open our eyes to the reality of things, we become aware of the conditions of people around us and even ourselves. Cash, Cars & Cribs can only do so much and go so far. 1 Timothy 6:8-10 (ESV) says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” To understand words like “rich” and “wealth” in the bible, we have to first understand the spirit of God.
The way that we view things is NOT the way that God view things. Because He can see down the roads of our lives, God doesn’t “rescue” us when we feel we need it. Often times after the storm is over and we felt we had to endure it all, at that point we realize why God didn’t remove it. Maturity in Christ is something that’s required because until you mature, God can’t show you things prematurely. Right now ask yourself, “Do I really want all that God is trying to show me? What am I doing to mature in Him”? There is no greater love than the love Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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