Money-Part I

Money-Part I
Exposing Satan's Lies With God's Truth

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. 1 Timothy 6:10 (NKJV)

It is amazing how one simple word can trigger so many thoughts and emotions - such is the word, "Money."

It can be something that can evoke a superficial love in us as we are told the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  It can evoke anger or resentment in some people as they view themselves as a victim - they've been deprived because of their upbringing or someone's greed.  Let me just clarify something here; "Money" is "Not evil," it is an inanimate object - a tool used for commerce.  Nor am I saying that those who possess it are by default, "Evil people."  But while it is simply a tool to some people, it represents another's life ambitions.  It can mean and represent many things to many people.  

With that in mind, over the next series of devotionals, we will look at 10-worldly views that are associated with possessing the riches of money.  We will then look at what the Word of God has to say about those perceptions.  I believe we let our feelings and emotions dictate our actions much in our Christian walk.  And as a result we follow too many of the enemies lies because we can view these lies as truths and become ensnared in obtaining an illusion. I believe it is our responsibility to know the truth about each of these 10-worldly views as per the Bible.  Even if we have learned some of the truths by our own life experiences, we should be equipped to share this knowledge with others.

  •  Money will bring you power.

When we see a person with vast amounts of money, we view them as powerful people - people who can order others around, demand and obtain whatever they want, and achieve remarkable things.  But this money isn't true power; it is simply a resource.  We are told in God's Word that our true "Power" comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8, 3:1-10).

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

If we truly want "Power" that can be used to change our lives and accomplish great things in this world for eternal purposes, then we need God.  Only Christians can have this type of power, as it is a gift from God to help us to accomplish His will.  It is our responsibility to be asking God daily to fill us afresh with the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to do the things that He has called us to do.

The next worldly view of riches that we will look at is:

  • Money will bring you security

I won't lie about this; I have felt amazingly secure at various times in the past when I have had a pile of cash, and for that I am sorry Lord.  This is probably one of the biggest temptations from the enemy.  We somehow feel that we are going to be "Okay now" and we feel somehow "Safer" because we have enough money to meet our needs.  I can't imagine how bummed God must feel when He sees our eyes light up when we get our hands on a stack of dead presidents (money).

Truth be told, money is only a temporary security at best - it comes and goes.  Wealth can be a magnet to those who would stop at nothing to obtain it, and many wealthy men have died defending it, or have become physically sick from worrying about how to keep it.  Many men have lost their opportunity to know Christ as Savior because of their belief in money as their true security, and because of this lie from the enemy they are simply lost.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Mark 10:25 (NLKJV)

Our only true security is in knowing and trusting God; everything else, including money, is insecure a will quickly pass away.

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. James 1:9-11 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today; if you're looking for the "Power" to do amazing things, and you desire to feel "Secure," then make sure you have a saving relationship with Jesus and keep your mind fixed on the Word of God and you will find both.

In Part II of this study, we will continue to expose the lies of the enemy with the truth of God's Word.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to the security and power that money allegedly brings?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you feel more secure when you have ample money in the bank?  

APPLICATION: Tell God that you are sorry for feeling more secure when you have had money.  Let Him know that you have trusted Him with your soul, and that you will trust Him for all of your needs as well.

Father, Thank You for my security and all of the provisions that You have given to me.  I am sorry for those times where I have put my trust in my money and possessions rather than You alone.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit today and empower me to do all that You have called me to do.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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