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Money-Part III

Money-Part III
Exposing Satan's Lies With God's Truth

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. John 13:17 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series on "Money," and 10-worldly views of what it will bring us if we have enough of it.  These worldly views are lies from Satan that tempt and lure us to become distracted from seeing the truth of God's Word.  In Part II we exposed Satan's lie that money would somehow bring us "Peace of mind," and that it "Establishes our worth."

Let's take a look at our next two "Lies" from the enemy in the "Worldly views" of having riches.

  • Money will make you successful.

The view that money will somehow make you "Successful" is closely related to that of it determining the "Worth" of a person.  In this 5th worldly view, it is believed that money will allow one to be "Successful" in the world in whatever they choose to pursue - it will somehow open doors and give opportunities that would otherwise not be available.  This view fosters the thought that our success can be assured if we have enough resources to throw at whatever we are challenging.  

I will not attempt to argue that money cannot be used to open doors and opportunities in this world or to do things because that is obvious, but I would argue that what is believed, as "True Success" is little more than temporary gain.  We must understand that we can do nothing of worth on our own, even with money (John 15:5).   Every good gift comes from God, not money - money is simply a tool.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

We must understand that if a door needs to be opened, then God will open it as a part of His plan for our life.  If God chooses to open a door, then "No" man can close it (cf. Rev 3:8) - it will not be based on our possession of money.

We are given a recipe for "True Success" in the book of Joshua as God gave His never-changing principle. He was speaking of His written Word when He said,  "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Joshua 1:8).  And we have that same promise today if we choose to read it, meditate upon it, and apply it to our lives.

Let's take a look at our next "Lie" from the enemy or "Worldly view" of having riches.

  • Money brings you happiness.

Here is another biggy in the "Lie" department of Satan.  It is a subtle and even palatable lie that has deep roots and implications.  As we have previously stated, money is simply a tool that can be used to purchase and obtain various needs and resources - it is an inanimate object - the evil lies in the heart of its user.  Money can also be a tool of temptation from the enemy to entice and trap us into believing that we will be "Happy" if we have a little more.  Truth of the matter is that along with money come various trials.  We can see the results of those who had much and misused it in the Book of James.

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. James 5:1-5 (NKJV)

Money does not bring us a true joy and happiness that is lasting.  We are told that our joy comes from God and that it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22).  And Jesus tells us that His Word is the source of our "Joy," and that it is what keeps us continually happy in the highest capacity.

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, our success and happiness is not dependent on money - it is dependent on our relationship with God, and our abiding in His Word.  Jesus told us, if we know these things, we will be "Blessed if we do them (John 13:17).  It is not enough to simply hear the word of God and to agree with it - we need to apply it to our life.  Only then will we be "Successful" and "Happy."

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures in this devotional with regard to truly being successful, and happy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking to the world to achieve your success and happiness?  Are you finding these successes and happy periods to be temporary?

APPLICATION: Seek God daily.  Read the Bible and pray that God will show you what He desires to show you as you read it.  Ask Him to open your eyes to His truths and then walk in them.  

Father, Thank You for Your gift of happiness, and the knowledge that my success lies in my obeying you.  Help me this day in every area where I am walking independent of You and where I am being willfully disobedient. In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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