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Sin is sin.

There’s no way around it. Some ridicule those who fear it. Some try to hide it. Some look forward to doing it. Some suffer horrible consequences because of it. Some do their best to avoid it. Some can’t get enough of it.

Some have ways of classifying sins. One sin, to some, may be worse than another sin. “If you do it, it’s a sin! But if I do it, well, it’s a mistake or something that could not be avoided.” Or, “God was testing me, and it was more than even the best Christian could resist. It got me!”

Many consider the rich, wealthy, or prosperous to be devious and dishonest, sinister and sinful, unable to be honest and helpful because they are successful. They cannot believe that what the rich have is a result of clean living, hard work, honoring God and serving others. However, this position cannot be supported by Scripture.

There is nothing wrong with being wealthy or rich or successful. What makes the difference? “Those who trust in their riches will fail, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

Many who have riches are also very righteous. They recognize that what they have comes from God, and in turn, honor Him from the abundance of His gifts and with hearts that are pure. What we have and do with what we have, proves our motives and what we love.

The Bible clearly states that the problems of the rich do not come from their riches, but from the way they relate to worldly wealth. Thank God for their wealth if they use it to honor and glorify Him. However, it’s not what they do with God’s blessings, but what I do with mine.

Prayer: Father, whatever I have are gifts that come to me from Your love and grace. What I do with them, and how I use them, proves how much I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Those who trust in their riches will fail, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

Sin is sin.

There’s no way around it. Some ridicule those who fear it. Some try to hide it. Some look forward to it. Some suffer horrible consequences because of it. Some do their best to avoid it. Some can’t get enough of it.

Some have ways of classifying sins. One sin, to some, may be worse than another sin. If you do it, it’s sin - but if I do it - well, it’s a mistake or something that could not be avoided. “God was testing me, and it was more than even the best Christian could resist. It got to me!”

Many consider the rich, wealthy or prosperous to be devious and dishonest, sinister and sinful, unable to be honest and helpful because they are jealous. They cannot believe that what the rich have came from clean living, hard work, honoring God and serving others. However, their position cannot be supported by Scripture.

There is nothing wrong with being wealthy or rich. Those “who trust in their riches will fail, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”

Many who have riches are also very righteous. They recognize that what they have comes from God, and in turn, honor Him from the abundance of His gifts and their hearts. What we do with what we have proves our love.

The Bible clearly states that any problems of the rich do not come from their riches, but from the way they relate to worldly wealth. Thank God for their wealth if they use it to honor and glorify Him. They can do for Him what many of us would enjoy doing if we could.

Prayer:  Father, whatever we have are gifts of Your love and grace. What I do with them proves my love for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 11:28 Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

“I need to come talk with you,” he said nervously. “I have everything anyone could ask for, but I’m miserable. I think you are the only hope I have. As soon as I get back from this trip I’m taking, I’ll be in to see you.”

“Well,” I said, “I don’t have any answers for your problems, but I believe strongly that God does. And if you seek Him sincerely and honestly, He’ll give you the right answer for any problem. We have His Word on that.”

The trip is over, He returned safely and had a “good time,” but has found no time to look for God’s answers to his miserable condition. Perhaps the trip was so enjoyable that it has relieved him, temporarily, of his distress. It may also have been a “gentle” forewarning from God that, when his misery returns, he will not escape His wrath.

God does everything He can to bring people to a place while they still have time to make things “right” with Him. Our God is not only gracious, He is patient and inviting. But, as Solomon wrote, “Wealth is worthless in the day of God’s wrath.”

When that “day of wrath” arrives, no amount of this world’s wealth will make any difference. In support of this David wrote a warning to the wealthy who have no time for God: “The foolish and the senseless also perish. People, despite their wealth, do not endure.”

Righteousness and right living has its own rewards. It is a life with God’s presence, power and protection now, and a life with Him in eternity forever. He promised us that He will deliver us from destruction and death.

Prayer:  Thank You, Father, for Your eternal Word, the gift of eternal life with You and a hope that comes with it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Two men met for prayer early one morning. After reading a passage of Scripture they knelt in prayer. Said the first, “Lord, it’s hard for me to pray. You know that I am at the end of all my resources. I have nothing left.”

Upon hearing his brokenness, his prayer partner put his arm around his shoulder and shouted, “How wonderful! Now you are at the beginning of God’s resources.”

Mark’s Gospel has an interesting story about a ruler and his resources. It reminds us of the importance and necessity of eternal values rather than earthly riches.

Jesus, in speaking of the emphasis we place on money said, “People with wealth will have a difficult time in getting into heaven.” In astonishment his disciples asked, “Well, if money won’t get us into heaven, what will?”

Calmly He replied, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

Material possessions and our desire to acquire them tend to fix our hearts on the things of this world. When this happens, we lose sight of what is truly valuable: our relationship with God. He becomes unimportant.

For many, it is easier to pass the test of adversity than the test of prosperity. Prosperity places the focus on ourselves while adversity proves our need for God.

Prayer: Help us to realize, Lord, that without placing our trust in Your saving power and the redeeming love of God, we will never be with You in heaven! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
An architect designed a cluster of office buildings around a central green area. After they were built he called a landscape architect and asked him to plant grass in the area among the buildings.

Puzzled, the landscape architect asked, “But where do you want me to allow space for the walks?”

“Don’t worry about that. Just plant the grass,” said the architect.

A few months later the buildings were filled with occupants. As the people went from one building to another they made pathways in the grass. The architect then decided it was time for the walkways.

“Do you see those paths created by the people?” he asked the landscape architect.

“Yes,” came the reply.

“That is where I want you to place the walks,” said the architect. “It was important for me to see the needs of the people going from one building to another before we located the walks.”

That’s the way our Lord works. When we have a need, He is ready to respond to us from His riches.

When we are afraid, He will increase our faith. When we grieve, He will give us His unending grace. When we are overcome with the world’s problems, He will give us His peace. His riches will match our needs.

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to trust You completely for all that we need. We have the promise of Your Word that if we ask, You can and will meet our every need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.