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As believers, we need to realize that we can have only one master. Matthew 6:24 NLT — 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. When it says “hate,” it means to have an enemy you can’t get along with.
You cannot serve two masters: it’s impossible. Sin is a master that leads to death; God is a Master who leads to life. Every choice we make today is predicting, shaping, molding our future. So, we get to choose whom we are going to serve. We can serve money and sin, or serve God and purpose to be a doer of His word. The choice is there for the making.
Idolatry is anything we put before God. For some, it’s relationships. They mean more to us than God does. We ignore God’s word in order to preserve a relationship. If we will choose God as our Master, the end result will be freedom from addictions, freedom from self or selfishness.
Either God is Lord of all, or not Lord at all. It’s an all-or-nothing proposition with Him. But it’s our choice whom we will serve. As you go about your week, begin to think and process: Who is my master? What do I think about the most, spend a lot of money on? Am I serving some sort of addiction, or am I serving self?
It’s your choice, but you can have only one master — only one. Choose wisely.
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Published on Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 6:58 AM CDT
Expectation plus reality oftentimes results in disappointment. If not addressed properly, it will result in negativity, pessimism, and bitterness. It may result in becoming critical of God because we will end up blaming Him for inaction or not being fair in our time of need.
Disappointment is unavoidable:
They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded or disappointed (Psalm 22:5 AMPC). Here is what we know: all of us will experience disappointment. Everyone does. It’s unavoidable, but how we deal with it is the key. So often people look for comfort and material blessings, but God is more concerned with our character development.
Training is painful:
Disappointment is the feeling of being unhappy because something that we hoped for or expected did not happen, or because someone or something was not as good as we expected. We hate testing and spiritual exercise that strengthens our faith, makes us stronger. God has no use for untamed followers, so He chooses to train us at times through tough, even painful, experiences. We may never fully understand God and His ways, so we must learn to hang in there, no matter what. It’s the process we must learn to embrace in order to better handle disappointment and discouragement.
God is working:
God is always working to help us, make us better. Our responsibility is to believe that. So, when disappointment comes, and it will, let’s continue to seek God, have a better attitude through it — knowing God is for us, not against us. Let’s begin to ask ourselves, How can I grow through this? What can I learn?
It’s our choice. Choose wisely which attitude you will cling to.
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Published on Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 7:25 AM CDT
Scholars say that in 11–16 of the 39 biblical parables, Jesus talks about money. Roughly 15% of His preaching concerned money.
A heart issue:
There are more than 2300 Bible verses on money, wealth, and possessions. Jesus spoke about money, not because He was obsessed with money, but because He knew that money was a heart issue, and that it is one of the most likely reasons not to truly follow Him or to give up on Him (Matthew 6:19-21). Money is essentially morally neutral and powerless. The devil uses money to seduce us, and that is when it can become powerful in a negative direction. He wants us to fall in love with it, so we will become a slave to money rather than becoming its master. The flip side is when we use money as it was intended to be used — as a tool to input into God’s kingdom — then it becomes a powerful instrument of good.
A spiritual condition:
The manner in which we think and behave with money reflects our spiritual condition. Jesus presents all of us with a clear choice in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.” Someone said it’s like chasing two rabbits at the same time: it cannot be done. Jesus knew that our relationship with God would be deeply impacted by our relationship with money. God wants nothing to come between Him and us.
A warning message:
Much of what God’s word says about money is a warning message. The Bible talks about money because God loves us, and He doesn’t want it to harm us. He wants to help us, but He wants to ensure He has our hearts. If we are worrying constantly about money, then it will be impossible to trust Him.
And if all we are doing is chasing after money, then it’s very doubtful that we are chasing after God, and trying to advance His kingdom.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 8:52 AM CDT
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