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Luke 16:10-13: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man*s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Have you learned yet that money is not very important? Have you learned that compared with the riches of Christ it is false? Have you learned that the value of it is tiny? Have you acquired the better things, the true riches? Do you recognize the true riches? Do you have the blessing of God? Is money your replacement for God? Which do you spend more time seeking, money or God? Which one will last forever? Does money control God? Or does God control money?

Colossians 3:5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Mortify means kill. We are to kill the covetousness which is part of our flesh. The verse says that covetousness is idolatry. An idol is a substitute for God.

Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

We are to put God first. God promises to bless us if we put him first.

Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

He wants to be first. He deserves to be first.

Luke 12:15: And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man*s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

1 Timothy 6:7: For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Proverbs 28:20-21: A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

If we hurry to be rich we shall not be innocent. If we do get wealth quickly it shall not be blessed. It may sometimes appear that people enjoy their ill-gotten gain. Don*t believe it. The wise proverb says men shall not enjoy their ill-gotten gain. Many people have wealth their whole lives. Look closely friends . . . they are the unhappiest people.

Matthew 19:24: And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Proverbs 23:4: Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Proverbs 28:22: He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

If our goal is to be rich, sometimes we shall be poor financially but we are certain to be poor in the important things.

1 Timothy 6:9: But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Scripture passages like those ought scare us out of trying to get wealth quickly. They warn us to keep away from get-rich-quick schemes. They should keep us away from lotteries and the like.

Proverbs 16:33: The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

It means the Lord controls which gamblers win. But when they look like winners they are losers. I sometimes say that I don*t bet on anything but a sure thing. The Lord is the only sure thing. The Lord says in a multitude of ways and places that there is no good result from these things. Do we believe Him? There is a proper way to work for the proper wealth. Hard work, wise spending and saving against a rainy day are proper.

Proverbs 13:11: Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Stinginess is not the path to true wealth either. Giving to the needy is blessed. Giving to the Lord and His work is blessed. We ought to work to be able to do those things rather than trying to selfishly acquire wealth for ourselves.

Ephesians 4:28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Malachi 3:10: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Please be aware that the blessing is usually not the money. Too much money is a curse. One of my favorite Bible teachers, J. Vernon McGee said he knew the reason the Lord never made him wealthy. He said the Lord could not trust me with it.

Do we entrust things to people who cannot be trusted? Of course not and God doesn*t either.

Luke 16:10: He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Psalms 37:16: A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

Proverbs 15:16: Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 16:8: Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Hebrews 13:5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Proverbs 10:22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

We should not only fight covetousness in ourselves we should not admire those who practice it. We should avoid them lest we learn their habits.

1 Corinthians 5:11: But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

No one with Christ in his heart has any unmet need. If you don*t have something, you don*t need it. Friends, these thoughts have hit me right between the eyes, how about you?

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