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Money Matters: Money Blind

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

Right in the middle of talking about money, Jesus drops in two sentences about light and darkness. Then He goes right back to talking about worrying about money. No, He didn’t lose His train of thought. He’s making a huge point about how money-love blinds us spiritually.

money_350When its dark inside my house, I turn the lights on. If the power goes out, I find a candle. My eyes are fine; I just need more light. But when my eyes go dark, I can’t fix that. All the light in the world can’t break through blind eyes to help your mind see the truth.

When I just can’t stop believing that more and better stuff will make me happy, I’m blinded by money-love. My spiritual eyes go dark. I can’t see all the good things God has given me — I can’t trust Him to provide what I need next — because all I care about is the money (or stuff) I don’t have, yet.

Think: Have you ever felt like you were so fixated on something you wanted that you couldn’t “see” anything else? Why is the want for money so powerful for some of us?

Pray: Ask God to help you have a healthy attitude toward money and material possessions. Ask Him to help you not to be blinded by greed.

Do: Make a short list of five good things God has given you today.

Posted September 29, 2014

Money Matters: I Heart Treasure

Posted September 28, 2014

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be […]

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Wisdom Says: The Wisdom Life

Posted September 27, 2014

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:17-18)

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Wisdom Says: False Wisdom

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“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:14-16)

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Wisdom Says: Stupid Is

Posted September 26, 2014

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13)

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Wisdom Says: Wisdom Favors

Posted September 25, 2014

“For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:35-36)

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Wisdom Says: Wait for Me

Posted September 24, 2014

“Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” (Proverbs 8:32-34)

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