Thursday, August 1, 2013

Riches 2

Greetings, My Friends;
Today we continue with the series by talking about more of the probable pitfalls of riches.
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve 2 masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon".
The ancient Hebrews regarded rich people as being blessed by God.In the teachings of Christ, he condemned the love of money to the exclusion of God. As most of us probably realize, the people who are so-called superstars are basically single-minded. To achieve success in the eyes of the world, you have to devote your life to your pursuits. It isn't only God, that gets ignored, families are torn apart, left to fend for themselves, and lives are pretty much destroyed. One of the normal costs of achieving wealth.
Another problem is that a lot of the so-called self-made successes, become prideful and arrogant. They get to the point where they feel they don't need anyone. They even ignore God. A lot of them look down on other people, by considering them lazy or stupid. They have a tendency to not help anyone because of their superior attitude.
A person who has things beyond the ordinary, also has in most cases, a problem with anxiety. The more they have, the more anxious they get. The majority of wealthy people worry about their investments. What is going on in the world, and with business, currency, stability in countries. They worry about all kinds of things that they feel might diminish their wealth. If for brief periods of time, everything is looking good, they worry about ways to get a better return on their investments. It seems they can never relax.
Ecclesiastes 5:12 "The sleep of the laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep."
In my own personal opinion, whenever you devote yourself to anything, to the exclusion of God and your family, you live in a prison of your own making. Life is short, eternity is long. Devote your life to serving God and looking after and teaching the family He gave you to take care of. Sleep will be sweet and nightmare free.
Until next time, God bless you and remember,
Jesus loves you.
Prayer of Salvation;
"Oh God in heaven, I believe with all my heart that Jesus has been raised from the dead. I receive your Word, and I repent of sin. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness . I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus.Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus name. Amen."