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Learning to be content!

Scripture reading for October 1st: 1 Timothy 6, Psalm 46, Proverbs 11

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 6:6-10  “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.”  

Paul encouraged his son in the faith to continue to be godly and learn contentment.  The pull of our world toward riches and fame is strong.  When the desire to become rich in this world replaces the desire to be rich in our relationship with God, nothing but ruin and destruction can follow.  We will take no riches of this world into the next.  If we lose our soul for earthly gain, we have lost everything.

Faith Confession:  I choose to be a godly man and live in contentment with God’s provision for me in this world.  I am thankful for daily food and clothing and a place to stay.  Lord, deliver me from the trap of seeking earthly riches and fame.

Proverbs 11:4-5 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.  The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.”  

 

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Faithful in the ‘Little’!

Scripture reading for March 25th:  Luke 16

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 16:10-12  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”  

Worldly wealth is given to each person as a trust by the Lord.  Some receive little and others receive much.  From this teaching of Jesus, He taught that all worldly wealth was ‘little’ in the heavenly view of life and the kingdom.  Our faithfulness to use worldly wealth to bless others and give to God’s work is a test that prepares us for ‘true riches’ in the eternal kingdom that is here and soon to manifest.  If we are dishonest in our use of money, God will not trust us with the eternal.  Our faith is demonstrated in all our dealings with money.  If we love money, we can’t really love God!  (Luke 16:13)  We are stewards of His property not owners!

Observations for over-comers:  God calls His people to give the tithe and offerings as acts of worship and obedient faith.  Giving is a spiritual discipline that helps keep God first and breaks the love of money.  “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.”  (Proverbs 22:9)  

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Beware of loving money!

Scripture reading for October 27th: Luke 16-18

“No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money.” “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus.” Luke 16:13-14

In Christian circles today, there is a popular variation of the Gospel called the “prosperity” teaching.  This teaching takes the verses about God’s blessings and twists them to say that God wants you to be rich and to use your riches as a testimony to the world of the blessings of God’s kingdom.  God’s word does proclaim blessing on God’s people for obedience and faith, but He is more concerned about our hearts.  He said it is impossible to serve two masters.

The Pharisees of Jesus’ time had a teaching very similar to the prosperity message of today.  They taught that God’s blessing was on the rich and if a person was poor, he was under a curse.   (Deuteronomy 28:1-13)  Jesus told a story about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus.  These two real people lived on earth and both died.  At death there was a great reversal.  The rich man ended up in the torment of Hell, the place of the wicked dead.  The poor beggar, Lazarus, ended up in Abraham’s bosom, a place of comfort and blessing. They could see each other but were separated by a great gulf.  (Luke 16:22-26)

Jesus went on to tell about the conversation in the underworld between this rich man and Father Abraham.  The rich man asked to have Lazarus come and bring a drop of water to comfort him in his torment.  It was impossible!  This rich man then asked about sending Lazarus back to earth to warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in Hell.  This request was also denied.  The Law and Prophets provided all the warning that God was offering.

We have this Word from Jesus to warn us as well!  Pursue the kingdom of God and His righteousness, not money!  Beware of the spirit of the Pharisees, who loved money.  Beware of those who preach a false prosperity gospel!  Love God and serve Him only!

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Godliness is gain!

Scripture reading for October 21st: 1st Timothy 6:1-21

The false teachers of Paul’s day often used their religion to make money.  The idols of Ephesus supported a large trade union of silversmiths who made a living off of selling idols.  The keepers of the idol temples made money from prostitution that was used to worship.  Some of the so-called ‘Christian’ teachers also taught that God wanted people to be rich.

“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing.  He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (1st Timothy 6:3-5)  These teachers used words, controversial doctrines, and promoted envy and strife in the body of Christ.  Paul warned Timothy to beware of their tactics and instead teach and model the truth.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1st Timothy 6:6-10a)  Paul told Timothy that godliness was great gain for those who were content in Jesus Christ.  A focus on obtaining lots of money could easily become a trap of Satan.  The love of money was a strong force driving people into idolatry and away from God.

Timothy must flee from this love of money and the trap of the devil by pursuing righteousness and godliness through faith and love.  “Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life to which you were called,” (1st Timothy 6:12a)   Paul wanted Timothy to have a great reward from Jesus Christ when He appeared!

We must keep pressing on to conform our lives to that of Christ.  Godliness is great gain when Christ appears in His glory!  We must use our money, possessions, gifts and faith to produce good works that will bring eternal riches!

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Fight the good fight!

Scripture reading for December 7th: 1 Timothy 4-6

Do you fight to keep your focus on Jesus Christ?  Do the things of this world compete for your attention?  Timothy, a young pastor, was encouraged to wage a “good fight” by the great Apostle Paul.

In Timothy’s day, as ours, one of the distractions was money.  Many got caught in the pursuit of riches and the love of money became a driving force in their life.   They fell into temptation and the trap of the Devil, opening the door in their lives for ruin and destruction!        (1 Timothy 6:6-10)  Some had wandered from the faith and brought grief into their lives!

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)  Paul encouraged his young pastoral protege to flee from this trap.  He was to pursue righteousness and all the qualities of godliness.  We get what we focus on!

The strategy for those who do have money is to fight the fight of faith by generous giving!  (1 Timothy 6:17-19)  Timothy was to be faithful to warn them not to put their faith in riches.  Riches are very uncertain and can soon vanish or become worthless.  The only way to insure eternal value is to use your riches to win people to the Lord.  A firm foundation for the future of life with the Lord will be eternal riches of those won to the Kingdom through generous giving!

“Timothy, guard what has be entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

The war is waged in every-day living.  We must always be on guard.  Some claim knowledge that is opposed to God’s word, causing them to wander away from faith in Christ.  We must know the true word of God and live by it to keep from being seduced.  Profession is not always possession!   We must guard the truth and stay away from distractions like gossip and false doctrine.  Fight the good fight today and lay hold of true riches!

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Godliness and gain!

Scripture reading for October 21st: 1st Timothy 6:1-21

The false teachers of Paul’s day often used their religion to make money.  The idols of Ephesus supported a large trade union of silversmiths who made a living off of selling idols.  The keepers of the idol temples made money from prostitution that was used to worship.  Some of the so-called ‘Christian’ teachers also taught that God wanted people to be rich.

“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing.  He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” (1st Timothy 6:3-5)  These teachers used words, controversial doctrines, and promoted envy and strife in the body of Christ.  Paul warned Timothy to beware of their tactics and steadfastly teach and model the truth.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1st Timothy 6:6-10a)  Paul told Timothy that godliness is great gain for those who are content in Jesus Christ.  A focus on obtaining lots of money can be a trap of Satan.  The love of money is a strong force driving people into idolatry and away from God.

Timothy, as a young minister, must flee from this love of money and the trap of the devil by pursuing righteousness and godliness through faith and love.  “Fight the good fight of faith.  Take hold of eternal life to which you were called,” (1st Timothy 6:12a)   Paul wanted Timothy to have a great reward from Jesus Christ when He appeared!

We must keep pressing on to conform our lives to that of Christ.  Godliness is great gain when Christ appears in His glory!  We must use our money, possessions, gifts and faith to produce good works that will bring eternal riches!

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