December 17, 2018: Prosperity not s sign of God’s blessing

 

Isaiah 2:7-8 (NIV)
7  Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. 8  Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.

 

Deuteronomy 32:15 (NIV)
15  Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior.

 

How often do we deceive ourselves thinking that if we only had more of this or more of that we would be content?  The enemy has done a number on our soul when we think to ourselves if I only had more, I would be happy.

Israel discovered through her history that whenever she grew prosperous she ran from God.  How is it that prosperity causes us to lose our walk with God?  When we have stuff, we do not look to God to be our source of joy and gladness but to our stuff.

It is not long that we see our lives slowly losing their spiritual anchor.  The stuff that we have eventually ends up dominating our lives.  We have the regular service on the car, the dentist, and the doctor appointments.  There are lawns to mow, clothes to mend, and houses to paint and repair.  The enemy makes us think we need more, knowing all along that the more we have the less we will find ourselves in front of the Word of God.

Listen to Luke’s great advice given to us.  Luke 12:15 (NIV)
15 Then he said to them, “Watch out!  Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Instead of asking for more this season why not give away more of your stuff so you can concentrate on who and what really matters.

Here is to having less that we might have more of Him,

 

 

Pastor Phil

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