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The Danger of Money

Read | 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Money is a neutral commodity—it is inherently neither good nor evil. However, a strong yearning for wealth can cause great danger for our souls.

God created mankind to love Him, but ever since the temptation in the garden of Eden, people have given their heart to lesser desires. Love of money not only robs God of His rightful place in our affections; it also steals contentment, leads to various temptations, and can cause us to wander from our Creator.

The amount of money we possess is not the source of the problem. The root originates in the desires of the heart. We never seem to think we have enough, no matter what our financial situation is. The lure of wealth promises pleasures and security, but if we devote ourselves to the pursuit of affluence, we will find that it does not satisfy. Even worse, it will ultimately lead to ruin and grief.

Mark 4:19 speaks of the “deceitfulness of riches.” Think back to a time when you purchased something you really wanted. Remember the delight you had in that item when it was new? What about now-—do you still feel the same joy, or has the pleasure decreased? The satisfaction of possession is fleeting and, therefore, requires the pursuit of more in an effort to regain the same feeling of gratification.

Lasting pleasure and security are found only in God. He “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). But if we let His tangible benefits become our main desire, we’ll lose our contentment. Seek the Lord through His Word and prayer—as you learn to delight in Him, you’ll discover enduring satisfaction for your soul.

 

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  • June 26, 2013 01:04 PM

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    Thank you for this devotional it has brought me back to work me today I got off track seeking more work thinking I didn't have enough but got it give me plenty so thank you so much for opening my eyes and putting me back on track with God God bless your ministry
  • June 26, 2013 08:46 AM

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    Very good teaching, May the lord help us to focus on HIm only.
  • June 26, 2013 06:34 AM

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    Seeking and praying that I only find security in him!
  • June 26, 2013 06:23 AM

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    Thank you Dr. Stanley for bring all things into perspective.

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