Jul 24, 2012

More money ,more problems

Now days we live in a materialistic world , where looks and possessions play a big role to fit into this modern society or aleast thats what we been told.
Advertisers spend millions of dollars to entice us to think that if we buy more and more of their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, more comfortable,they make us think that we need this things! The question is ,How do you respond to the constant pressure to buy?
As a single young lady back in the past I would spend my wk money every week  in new clothes,shoes and all this (unnecessary) things  to feed my vanity, to fill that void that I didnt know that only Christ can fill.This things momentary would make me feel good and happy but later on I would feel guilty for spending , its just like a drug, also, living in a entertainment city such as L.a. I would look at celebrities lifestyle and say to myself "I want that car or I want that house. I would do anything to get it".(rich and famous people are not merely happy nor satisfied with their lifes)
Chasing after money and things got me nothing but problems, affliction to my soul and sorrow.

Jesus advertise us in the bible to not fall into this trap.
  •  He said: "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." (Luke 12:15) The good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so be on guard against greed (desire for what we don't have).
  • " Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought NOTHING into this world, and its certain we can carry NOTHING out.And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into TEMPTATION and a SNARE, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in DESTRUCTION and PERDITION, 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 6:6-10) (I could relate myself in this verse)
  •   “Do not lay up for yourselves TREASURES ON EARTH, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;but lay up for yourselves TREASURES IN HEAVEN, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt.6:19-21)
  •  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon(god of money)."(Matt.6:24) (to God there`s not in between line he said no one can serve two masters)
  • Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world.(1 John 2:15-16) (if we go after the things of the world we living carnally and not spiritually, because we are guide by sight and not by faith)
Now you can say Ok ,if I don`t chase after money, what am`I supposed to chase? Chase after Christ! He is all we need ! He said:
  •  Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
  • “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things(not riches). But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things(food, and clothing) shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. (Matt.6:31-34) (just chill and trust Him)
 God tells us to no go after riches but it also tells us that he will provide for our needs, all we have to do is trust Him and believe Him , but sometimes we doubt him at being God the provider ,and we decide to do things our way and we fall into the trap.We cannot doubt God at being God, everything He said in the bible, He said it for a reason, he knows whats best for you because He created you! He is a jelaous God and He doesnt want you to go after the god of riches(satan). The society, the media, might say the opposite but the only opinion you should consider in how to live your life is God`s .
We must learn to tune out expensive enticements and concentrate instead on the truly good life--living in a relationship with God and doing his work.
 Now lets take this good advice from a rich and wise man :
 Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
“All is vanity"

"Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil"  -King Solomon 
(Ecclesiastes 12:8,12-14)( I highly recommend you to read the book of Ecclesiastes)

To God be the Glory now and Forever.

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