Devotional: ‘Keeping a Proper Perspective on Prosperity’

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1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. The Bible does not say that money is evil. The Bible says that ‘the love of money’ is evil. According to Paul in the book of Colossians, whenever someone begins to love money more than they love God, they are actually practicing a form of idolatry. “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Colossians 3:5) Consider these words of warning spoken by Moses to the children of Israel, just before they entered the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 8:11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; I’ve counted at least twenty times in Scripture where the Promised Land was referred to as a land flowing with milk and honey. We know that milk and honey did not literally flow down its rivers, but that this was figurative speech to describe the abundance of goodness that God was about to give them. The Bible says that God gave them cities they did not build, houses filled with good things they did not produce, water from wells they did not dig, and gardens to eat that they did not plant. The Promised Land was truly amazing. Yet there was danger hidden in all this prosperity. “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God…” The danger was that once they began to enjoy all their blessings, they might forget the One who had blessed them.  Here are three principles that can help us keep a proper perspective on prosperity: 1) WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT IT IS GOD WHO HAS BLESSED US

Deuteronomy 8:18 And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth…

It is God who provides us with a place to work and the ability to prosper. As Jesus said, it is God who “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)  

2) WE MUST ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS

Deuteronomy 8:10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. 

To bless God means to kneel before Him and praise Him. Every day should be Thanksgiving Day for the believer.

3) WE MUST SHARE OUR BLESSINGS WITH OTHERS

Acts 20:35 And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Perhaps the best way to not get caught up in our prosperity is to keep in mind that God has not given us these blessings to hoard. He has blessed us so that we might be a blessing to others.

I pray that today’s study has been a blessing to you. Join me again tomorrow as we continue our study. Until then, God bless you brethren. * Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.

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