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Money-Part II
3/9/2010

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

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,  Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series on "Money," and 10-worldly views of what it will bring us if we have enough of it.  These worldly views are lies from Satan that tempt and lure us to become distracted from seeing the truth of God's Word.  In Part I we exposed Satan's lie that money would somehow bring us power and security.

Let's take a look at our next two "Lies" from the enemy in the "Worldly views" of having riches.



  • Money will bring you peace of mind.

It is amazing to me how we can allow our bank account to determine our state of mind.  We might say that it doesn't but I would bet that every one of us has struggled at some point with having peace when lack the money to pay bills or to buy food.  Deep down at heart, we are all a little like The Apostle Peter walking on water when we have money - that is until we see the 60-foot wave curling over ready to pounce on us when it is gone.  When we don't see a light - albeit flickering - at the end of the tunnel we can lose hope.  Somehow, money has come to represent this light for many people as it gives them great hope!

Obtaining money will not bring us peace of mind, it will simply bring on a whole new set of potential temptations ranging from how to use it properly, to the temptation to feel secure in something other than God.  Furthermore, the lack of peace that is experienced from the lack of money will only be replaced by another lack of peace for the next thing we feel we aren't getting enough of, such as love, fun, excitement, contentment, happiness, etc.

Although lacking money can bring about anxiety, I believe this to be an indicator of our misplaced security.  We are told in God's Word to be anxious for nothing. to pray to God for our needs, and to thank Him for what He has already given us (Phil 4:6-7).  But then watch what it says directly after that, and notice what we will be given if we do what we are told.

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

We're given an unbelievable "Goldmine" as we are told, "The peace of God, which surpasses "ALL" understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  This means we will be given a peace that surpasses even the understanding of an individual who had billions in the bank. God's peace "Surpasses all understanding!"

We are further told in Isaiah 26:3 that God gives a "Perfect Peace" to those whose mind is "Stayed" on Him, and who "Trust Him." 
That is where we get our peace from - not from money.

Let's take a look at our next "Lie" from the enemy or "Worldly view" of having riches.
 

  • Money is what establishes your net worth, and your worth as a person.

This is probably the saddest of the 10-worldly views we are studying.  Many people believe that money will ultimately dictate whether they are successful in the eyes of the world - both as a businessperson, and as an individual.  Some look around at others and see their perceived success and somehow feel inadequate, as though they are a failure to their family and themselves.  Again, this is a lie from Satan himself because our "True" worth is never based on our worldly accomplishments or possessions.  

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

God doesn't look at the outward appearance of us He looks at our heart.  If our heart is right, then our outward actions will follow.  One need only know that Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners (Rom. 5:8).  He did this willingly so that we could be reconciled unto God (Rom. 5:10) and have an intimate relationship with Him.  Why would He do this if we weren't extremely valuable to Him?  Would you die for someone who wasn't worth anything to you?

Our "Net worth" isn't in our money, or our accumulative possessions - it is in God.  We have been given a great inheritance in Him, and we will be blessed with eternal salvation because of our relationship and faith in Him.

In Part III 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 our peace of mind and our self-worth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you experiencing a perfect peace?  Are you experiencing feelings of failure, or low worth?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in prayer.  Thank Him for everything that you are experiencing - knowing that He is going to use it for good.  Keep your mind on Him and His Word, and you will have a perfect peace.  Know that Jesus died for you because He loves you - that is your worth!

Father, Thank You for Your perfect peace.  Thank Your for allowing Your Son to die for me.  I can clearly see that I am very valuable to You, and I choose today to walk in that truth and not that of the world's opinions.  Help me to continue to learn all that You want me to learn as I study Your Word, and spend time with You.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
 


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