The love of money is what is the root of all evil not money itself. All the gold and riches of the world belong to God by virtue of creation. And in time will belong to the children of God as joint heir in Christ Jesus. Money is not evil but on the contrary can be used to glorify God and further the Kingdom of God.
But you can be guilty of the love of money and at the same time not have a red cent to your name. It is easy to unknowingly rely on money or even a natural ability that you have and stray away from relying on God alone.
When your trust is in anything other than God that's when you slip into idolatry and works of the flesh. Things will begin to go wrong. There could be different reasons for it but when things begin to go wrong it should be an alarm telling you to check your own heart.
Ask God to show you what it is. See if you are trusting in something other than God. Check for “the love of money”.
In Prov 23:17 it says,"Do not let your heart envy sinners" NKJV The Lord is talking about a condition in the heart, sins of covetousness, greed and lust, are in the love of money.
The Lord continues to say in 1 Tim 6:10 “some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Prosperity is a good thing but the deceitfulness of riches is the confidence, reliance and trust that you put in your wealth; The danger is a subtle heart condition of 'being independent of God'. That is when you trust your job, bank account, investments, your retirement fund, or have a reliance on anything besides God alone.
Those things are good in themselves but can disappear, your faith must be in God. Riches are deceitful in making you think you are safe because of your prosperity not realizing all could change in an instant. And you can loose everything overnight. Many have experienced this in our economy today.
If you experience this and lose everything and find yourself broken and sobbing at the feet of your Savior, then you may actually be in a far better place than before. It may not feel like it but you are actually in a much safer place to be totally dependent on God.
If the love of money has caused you to slipped into idolatry
just correct it. It can be done with Gods help. Burn down those idols in your heart and turn back to God with all your heart. Close the door to the evil one that you unwittingly opened by the idolatry. God can easily replace what the enemy has stolen. Return to Him.
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. Prov 10:22 NKJV No need to have a love of money, love God instead.
God can replace the material things but your eternal destiny that was hanging in the balance becomes secure when you find yourself relying on Jesus alone. It is not our works of righteousness, even if you are a “good” person it is not enough to earn eternal life. Rather, it is what was provided for us by the cross alone.
Please hear me. It is not your “goodness” or even your “badness” that determines your eternal destiny. It is His Goodness that we must believe in not ours. It is what Jesus did on the cross that makes you worthy to be saved. God and God alone is Good.
What Jesus did paid the price for you to be forgiven for your sins and be found righteous before God. Jesus took your place on the cross. If you have received Him as your Savior than God has made an exchange. The life of Jesus was exchanged for yours, then God is able to give you the gift of eternal life.
Renew your commitment to Him now. Or invite Jesus to come into your heart and surrender to Him completely.
He loves you more than I can put in words.
Beloved I will above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers. 3John 1:2
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