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Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do”   Deuteronomy 3:24

Moses and his people had quite a walk through the desert. They endured much hardship, but it was all in God’s plan. Moses had a lot of spiritual encounters and great things of God. He saw God’s face. He saw the burning bush. He saw water gush from a rock. He received God’s law. He saw the parting of the sea.

These were all a preamble of greater things yet to come. God let Moses peer into and see the Holy Land, but denied Him the opportunity to set foot on it. Moses view of the land across the Jordan was a sign of greater things yet to come.

Regardless of how difficult the times, those who have been born again by the grace of God, redeemed and forgiven by the blood of Christ, adopted into God’s heavenly family, indwelt by and sealed with the Holy Spirit, given an eternal home in Heaven and empowered by God for significant service have no right to be anything but optimistic.

Here’s the point. When things looked hopeless for Israel, God was about to do something amazing.

When it looked like Israel was finished, their best days were still ahead. Greater things were yet to come and greater things were still to be done in Israel.

When your eyes are on the problems and you can only see the victory of wickedness in this world, lift up your eyes. Jesus is alive and greater things are yet to come and greater things are still to be done.

Moses saw and experienced many great things, but the real power of God was following Moses death. Moses planted the seeds for the Promised Land, but he never saw the greatest of miracles when God sent His son to die for the remission of sins and then reappear to assure His followers and then ascend into the heaves to sit at the right hand of God.

Remember that God is still at work in this world and for those of us who are saved by His grace, greater things are yet to come.

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“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

What do you seek most in life? Often it is possessions….. things ….. that cause us distraction and become our mission. Our possessions require maintenance and steal our time and energy. When we own more than we need, we begin wasting our finite resources maintaining our stuff.

We clean, categorize, organize, rearrange them, lose, spend hours trying to find them, move them in and out of storage and work extra hours to make the payments on them. Physical possessions can take a toll on our lives before we even own them! We obsess over buying them, we spend hours researching and comparison shopping, and we go out of our way to find the best deal on them.

On the other end of the consumerism cycle, we spend time trying to sell our unneeded possessions, posting them on Facebook Marketplace, or driving them to local donation centers. Again, the more we own, the more of our lives we waste maintaining our stuff and diverting our attention from more important things.

These items take energy from us and our greater pursuits. Consumerism causes burdens in many areas of our lives: financial, relational, spiritual, and can also impact our health because of undue pressure.

But there is a better way to live. An intentional, minimalist approach to life provides the mind with the ability to focus more on the spiritual as our mission in life. It paves the way to less stress, more time, more focus, and more fulfillment and happiness.

Jesus told His disciples to seek first the Kingdom of God in contrast to those who are filled with anxiety over provisions for daily life, and therefore, focused on material, temporal things to the neglect of spiritual, eternal things.

What does it mean to seek first the Kingdom of God? It means putting Christ and the things of the Spirit first in our lives. Every day, we are faced with choices and opportunities to put our time and energy into temporal things that have no lasting spiritual value or to invest in things that are related to the kingdom of Christ.

There are only so many hours in a day. How many of those hours do we spend focusing on spiritual activities like meditating on God’s Word, prayer, worship, etc.? And how much energy do we expend in some way or another advancing the cause of Christ in the lives of others and in the world? Let’s be honest, too many Christians are putting way too much of their time and energy toward the things that, in the end, won’t matter in the least. Don’t let that be you.

Twenty centuries ago Jesus of Nazareth challenged His disciples not to worry about tomorrow, worldly possessions and provisions, or to seek the things that pagans seek. Rather to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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So the sisters sent word to Jesus,Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
John 11:3-4

When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother and Jesus’ friend was gravely ill and requested that He come, Jesus delayed going. The family went through the entire funeral process and by the time Jesus got there Lazarus had been dead four days.

Mary, knowing the healing power of the Master said, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” That would be correct. If He had come and healed Lazarus, they would have learned nothing new about Jesus, but by waiting four days, it allowed Him to show even more power. His delay and silence was not rejection. Rather it was an opportunity to know more of himself than they had ever known.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, already wrapped in grave clothing, it was quite a spectacular event, far greater than healing a live person.

Have you ever been frustrated when you didn’t hear from God? Perhaps it is because He wants to teach you a new revelation about himself. Whenever silence comes, continue doing the last thing God told you while you watch and wait for a fresh encounter with Him.

When you don’t hear from God, you can respond in one or two ways. You can become discouraged or you can patiently wait while God gives you a deeper knowledge of himself. The response you choose will determine your relationship with God.

Some responses are good enough to wait for. Never consider the silence of God to be the rejection by God. He knows the perfect timing for the maximum effect.

Perhaps you are not ready for His next step. Maybe He is waiting for you to elevate your prayer level or to deepen your knowledge of scripture. But when you are ready, He can use you in a mighty way.

Jesus was four days late to the grave of His friend Lazarus, but He was right on time.

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“Thus God used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.”  Exodus 33:11

The Bible is filled with role models, but I can’t think of a better mortal one than Moses. He was a leader, but also a listener. More importantly, he listened to God.

Here is the lesson we learn from Moses that we should apply each and every day: Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. God’s voice is the most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of assurance that he will listen to mine.

I once heard someone say that if we have only ten minutes to pray, we should spend the first half listening and the second half petitioning. Yet most of us rush into pray at a hundred miles an hour with gusts to one hundred fifty and rattle off out a list of I wants, but God wants us to listen to His wants as well.

Moses had a special relationship with God because he spent time alone with Him. With all he had to do in running the nation of Israel, he always took time to be alone with God.

We are the ones who don’t know how to listen or do not have the time to hear what He would say to us. We need to develop a habit of spending time with God that is undisturbed, focuses and determined.

In her book Listening to God, Joyce Huggett spells out nine steps to develop this spiritual discipline, especially in times of turmoil.

1. Physical relaxation and silence
2. Becoming aware of God’s presence
3. Surrendering to Him in obedience
4. Acceptance of ourselves as He sees us
5. Repentance and receiving forgiveness
6. Spending time in contemplation
7. Receiving grace and expressing gratitude
8. Listening to specific instructions
9. Moving to action

Can you find more space in your day to meet with God? We all prefer talking to listening and need His grace to talk less and listen more.

Have you approached listening to God today?

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Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” – Matthew 14: 31-33

It has been said that if you don’t know where you are going, you will always get there. Various forms of navigation have been used for years. Perhaps the most notable Biblical example is the star over Bethlehem.

I remember when I was going through flight training, my instructor said that no matter what my instincts tell me, always trust the instrument guidance system. After time had passed I remember when I was in very deep and thick clouds that I couldn’t see the wing tips. I wasn’t sure of up from down or left from right. My instincts told me to do one thing, but my instruments told me another. I followed the instruments precisely and was able to fly through the storm safely.

Life is like that. The world is full of advice on the direction of our lives, but often the Bible tells us something else. The Bible is the real guidance system of life. Yet the tug and pull of life is so strong which can so easily draw us off course.

Have you ever wavered in your belief that God would bring you through? Why? When you were seriously short of money… When the diagnosis shook your being… When people and relationships failed you… When the promise of your career tanked… Why did you doubt?

Crossing a stormy Sea of Galilee late at night, the disciples are afraid. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. They think they are seeing a ghost, but then they realize it’s Jesus! Peter asks to walk out to Jesus. As he begins to step out of the boat and walk on water, he begins to sink from fear of the wind and waves. “Lord, save me!” and Jesus pulls Peter out of the water. Then Jesus asked, “Why did you doubt?”

Before they call, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

You who are redeemed for heaven, God knows your circumstances. He knows when you think you’re going down, whatever the cause may be. He is already working on your deliverance and already knows the day of your eternal deliverance. Like Peter, the disciples come sooner or later to see the hints that God was indeed reaching down to save you. It’s then, when we start to get it, that He invites the introspective look back, “Why did you doubt?” We see God from behind. The more we look back at the times He’s delivered us, the more we’ll trust that He will save us in the present, even if we don’t yet see it happening.

Trust in God alone and you will never get off course.

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“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”  Matthew 25.19

Recently I met an Olympic medalist. He was excited and motivated about the Olympic competition. I was surprised to learn that combining the summer and winter Olympics that there are more than 400 Olympic events each requiring a different set of skills. His comment was there is something for everyone.

The heights of Olympic athletes ranges from 4 feet to 7 feet, each size adaptable to their respective sport. The man I met received a bronze medal in the ice-skating competition. He was thrilled even be on the Olympic team, much less to be a medalist.

He grew up with a background most unlikely to ever be Olympics skater. But he had a dream and his message was simply that everyone should live their dreams and use their God-given gifts to the fullest extent possible.

God has given each of us a multitude of gifts with a simple message of use them or lose them. God has given each of us all the gifts we need to carry out the mission that he uniquely created us to do here on earth.

A large part of our life is discovering the gifts that God has given us, and then using them to the utmost of our ability. If our eyes and our minds are not open discovering those gifts, which sometimes are right under our nose, we will pass them by and never be able to live our dreams and the dreams God has created us to enjoy and experience as we life.

Take time today to seek God’s presence and asked him what gifts he has given you and how He wants you to use them for his glory. Live life to the fullest. Use your gifts. Get ready for God to give you more than you could ever imagine. Live your dreams and get ready for new and more joyful ride through the journey of life.

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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:8-10

She was one of the great leaders of the 21st century, playing a vital role in the end of the Cold War in Europe. She was a strong woman in a man’s world. The movie entitled Iron Lady was recently released depicting the story of her courageous life.

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this film captivating the life and career of Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England. But, it was one particular quote of hers that resonated with me. In her declining years she looks back and says: “It used to be what we could do. Now it is all about what we can become or who we can be.

What are you living for? What is your ultimate goal? Who are you trying to please? The old catechism answer says that our chief aim is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. So what does that mean? Simply, it means our goal is to please God.

Who’s in control of your life? Who’s pulling your strings? For the majority of us, it’s other people – society, colleagues, friends, family or our religious community. We learned this way of operating when we were very young, of course. We were brainwashed. We discovered that feeling important and feeling accepted was a nice experience and so we learned to do everything we could to make other people like us and to be a big dog in the kennel of life.

In Ephesians 5 we are told that our goal is to “Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” If we try to live by the opinions of others, we will build our life on sinking sand. The person who tries to please everyone will only end up getting exhausted and probably pleasing no one in the process.

To be successful in God’s eyes is to do God’s will for our lives. After all, he created us with a purpose and for a reason. If we are driven by these values and not by the changing opinions and value systems of others in this secular world, we will live a more authentic, effective, purposeful and happy life. We will be actualized and successful.

Life is not about who makes history and headlines or who acquires the most power and possessions. Life is about pleasing the Creator of all of us.

Only one question remains – do you really want to be free?

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“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.”  2 Corinthians 5:8 (NLV)

We live in a world where some people find hope, but few things are certain. People change. Circumstances change. There is always the question of what lies ahead tomorrow and thereafter. This uncertainty often causes us angst. There are so few things we can rely on confidently.

But one thing we can count on as Christians is eternity with Jesus. Yes, we can be “fully confident,” as Paul says, that when we are absent from our earthly bodies we will be at home with the Lord forever.

The saved can count on this with absolute certainty. But being saved is more than belonging to a church or having head knowledge about the Bible and the Christian faith. It comes from a personal relationship with Jesus.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Salvation comes when we confess our sins and invite Jesus to be our Lord and Savior and live within us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

Today, as someone who is saved, you can have full confidence that what awaits you in heaven is far better than anything this earth has to offer.

Lord, thank You for the invitation to live with You forever. I confess my sins and surrender my heart and life to You again. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and impart to me assurance of salvation. Amen.

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He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm“. Mark 4:39

As our boat pulled away from Tiberius headed for Capernaum on the North end of the Sea of Galilee, it was a clear, calm and sunny way. Suddenly when we were in the middle of the sea, a tremendous storm suddenly hit. It was fierce. The boat rocked and I could only imaging what it would be like to be in a small fishing boat.

Recently, a man was cleaning our pool on a very windy day. The water was so blown on that he couldn’t see the bottom. Then, he pulled out a little vile and sprinkled a few drops on each end of the pool and suddenly it was calm. What a difference a few drops made.

The Bible tells us about storms, especially one on the Sea of Galilee one time when Jesus was aboard a small fishing boat. Everyone but Jesus was scared. The waves were breaking over the boat which was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion, but the disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” The Gospel of Mark 4:39 then states that: He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

We all go through storms in our lives. Some are fierce and we feel like we are about to sink. We look for places to run and hide and avoid the storms, but they follow us everywhere we go. We can’t escape.

Our life can often feel so chaotic. Juggling a stressful job, a number of relationships, financial woes, our present pandemic and a host of other demands can sometimes be just too much. It’s no surprise that we find ourselves internally screaming and begging for a moment of peace.

The Bible offers us a host of verses about peace. A goal that any careful reader of scripture will recognize as one of God’s deepest desires for every one of us and for the world at large.

The message of these Bible verses is pretty simple: slow down, take a deep breath, open yourself to the presence of God, and He will reward you with the peace you seek. Spend some time with the Bible and it will point the way to the serenity we all need so desperately in these hectic days.

Only Jesus can calm the storms of your life.

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“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”  Psalm 56:3

In his book, “What Are You Afraid Of?” Dr. David Jeremiah writing on what God calls us to do says: “God has never called anyone to a task and then abandoned him or her by the side of the road. So if we fear what God wants us to do, our perspective needs adjusting so that we focus not on the size of the job but on the size of God.”

How do you know what God’s calling you to do?

Here are seven ways:

  1. There’s a burden on your heart you can’t shake.
  2. There is a specific person you know of who needs your help.
  3. The Scripture passage that you read encourages you to have faith and step out.
  4. When you pray, you have a sense that God is asking you to act.
  5. You don’t have time, but you have a seed of faith.
  6. God brings someone into your life to encourage your calling (your spouse, your pastor, a godly friend.)
  7. You feel as if you can’t do it alone.

There are many things that can occupy our time—there always will be. There are good things we can devote our lives to, but the most important things are the God things.

When you do decide to step out, your schedule won’t automatically clear. It never does. Instead, God will show up. He will give you extra wisdom, energy, resources and strength. But mostly He will give you Himself!

And when you have Him, you have everything. And when you give others the knowledge of Him, they can have Him too. And when lives around you are transformed, all the stuff you were busy with doesn’t seem as important any more.

And God is glorified because it’ll be clear to everyone that it’s Him doing the work!

How about you?

What do you feel God calling you to?

What are you doing about it?

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“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)

If you are struggling or stressed with life’s obstacles, look to scripture to feel God’s love and gain His perspective on the situation. The Bible is full of scriptures that show God’s unfathomable love for us, and discovering that His love is everlasting is the most important of them all.

The Bible tells us that His love is far greater than any human love imaginable. Nothing we do (or anyone else does to us) will ever separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:37-39)

He loves us so much that He gave His only son, and promises, that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. (John 3:16)

When we were dead in our own sin, through His mercy and grace He has made us alive together with Christ. By grace we are saved. (Ephesians 2:8) While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Not only does God love us, He also cares for us and wants to reveal Himself in the midst of all our troubles. He invites us to cast all our cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

He is a God of mercy and grace, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15)

No person can love or even understand the depth and breadth of God’s love, but we can accept it.

No matter what our circumstance may be or how great our sin, God’s love is always unconditional and His Power is always available to help make us more like Jesus.

Father I don’t fully understand Your love, but I freely accept it as a gift of Your grace and mercy. Thank You for loving me no matter how badly I stumble. I cast my cares on You and accept all the love You have for me. Amen.

Thought: Seek to understand and experience the love of God more deeply. Write some of the verses from today’s devotion on sticky notes. Then post them around the house in obvious places (the fridge or cupboard door, your night table, mirror, etc.) Then let the truth sink deeply into your soul each time you read the verses. God loves you so much!

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“As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.” 1 Samuel 17:48

During training exercises, the green lieutenant was driving down a muddy back road. He encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel. “Your jeep stuck, sir?” asked the lieutenant as he pulled along side. “Nope,” replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys. “Yours is.”

Now that story might give you a chuckle, but isn’t that the way most people want to handle their problems, but handing the keys to someone else? By nature we neither want to admit that something was our fault nor do we want to take the imitative and responsibility to fix it. Our tendency is to run from it and hand it off to someone else to solve.

One of the fundamental principles of sailing is that when you get into a storm, head into the wind. If you run from it, you will be caught from behind. If you turn sideways, you will capsize. But, by meeting it head on, you have the best chance to ride out the storm and overcome it.

Life is that way. We will never conquer our fears, sins, problems, the giants in our lives by running away. Those giants will always be there just like Goliath was there every day taunting, challenging, badgering. The only way that we can overcome and conquer the giants in our lives is to do as little David the shepherd boy did. He quickly ran out and faced his giant. So we must face our problems. Face your giant. Acknowledge it and address it. Only by facing the giant can we overcome.

But there is more for you between facing your giants and personal victory. We have to turn from facing to focusing. Don’t focus on the giants…focus on God. The miracle of overcoming giants is to trust in the Lord…focus on Him!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5&6)

Face your giants, rather than running from them, but then focus not on your problem but rather focus on God. With that formula for dealing with life’s problems, we can overcome anything that we may face in life. Just remember to focus on God in all times, in all situations and in all ways.     (a thought on life from John Grant )

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But he said to me,“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

Life is balanced between hills and valleys. It is not all honey and no bees. It is not all roses and no thorns. There are good days and bad ….. high experiences and low ones.

The view from the top of the mountains of life is awesome, but the growth comes in the valleys. Sometimes God puts us on our backs in the valleys so all we can do is to look up.

Recently I heard a story about one man who told another: “I wish you enough.” When asked to explain, here was his response.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”

Our life is often like that. God gives us enough difficulties to help us appreciate the joys of life. He gives us the hard times so that we may enjoy the good ones. Times of trouble are times for spiritual growth.

God gives us times of weakness to develop the spiritual muscles needed for times of strength. God gives us a balanced life to prepare us for an eternity with Him where there will be no more tears and an eternity of joy with Him.

By John Grant
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“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  Jeremiah 23:24

The lady sitting next to me pulled out her electronic tablet and said she wanted to see who showed up to work and what they were doing. Her business was several hundred miles away. She explained that she had cameras throughout the business and key by key she took role and observed what people were doing, as she cruised from department to department. It was indeed a new kind of surveillance system, but it made me think of and older and more comprehensive one.

God sees every single thing we do. He even knows what we think! God is omniscient, a big word that means all-knowing. God sees the good things we do – those things please Him. He also sees the bad things we do – those things displease Him. God wants us to do the right things, like telling the truth, being helpful, using kind words, forgiving people who hurt us, and obeying authority. God sees us make right choices and is pleased when we follow Him instead of others who want us to do wrong.

On the other hand, each one of us has done wrong things that displease God. God has seen our sins and must punish us for them. In love, God sent Jesus to take the punishment for the sins of those who turn from their sin and trust Jesus.

Proverbs 15:3 tells us The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”  He knows and sees all.

God has given us freedom of choice and is grieved when we sin against Him. He wants us to do right and most important of all, He wants us to accept His Son so that we may have eternal life with Him.

Yes, Jesus sees everything we do.  It is useless lying to God or trying to hide from Him because He knows everything and He sees everything. He can see right inside your heart. As my pastor recently said, “Aren’t you glad others don’t know what Jesus knows about you?”

It is important to remember that Jesus loves you. He wants to spend time with you and for you to spend time with Him. That’s why He died on the cross and pay for our sins. We all do things we’re ashamed of at different times. But we can turn to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and to help us not to do those things any more.

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“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

The headline caught my attention: “Wealthy Plan to Shun Materialism.” I was drawn to the article that went on to say that wealthy shoppers, according to a recent survey, plan to refrain from scooping up expensive handbags, shoes and other discretionary items, even as the economy recovers.

The rich say they will reign in their spending of material things and seek out experiences that may garner more satisfaction. The study found that people are less interested in expensive personal items and more interested in building “lasting memories.” Apparently luxury goods and services are considered less important in today’s economy. Pricy designer items seem to have lost some of their appeal.

The road they are travelling is nothing new. It has been in the Bible for years. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5.

There are many verses warning about materialism, but they are summed up in five major conclusions:

1. It is idolatry. Materialism puts something other than God as an idol to be worshiped. Materialists make sacrifices to their idols in terms of time, money, energy and passion.

2. It is all consuming. A person who obsesses about owning possessions will become too consumed with pursuing it that they will neglect more important matters in life.

3. It is counter-productive. The whole point of materialism is supposed to bring happiness by possessing, but in the end it only causes deeper and greater unhappiness because it produces only temporary bouts of superficial elation, much like a sugar or caffeine high. There’s always a crash.

4. It is unsatisfying. There is never enough. Having wealth or being rich is not a sin, but putting it above God is.

5. It is ultimately futile. In the end, everyone is going to die. When they do, all the money, possessions, education and whatever else they have accumulated will be left here on earth, regardless of where they ultimately go. The Rembrandt painting will stay on the wall. So will the collection of rare coins or the library of first editions. But, most importantly, none of these will be there for eternity. Everything material will be destroyed.

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.” Matthew 6:19-21.

Question: Have you considered these points and evaluated your priorities?

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