Greed, The American Dream

‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ‘

Hebrews 13:5 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/HEB.13.5

The American dream. A patriotic dream that speaks of prosperity. We are taught from childhood that we want to grow up and choose a good paying job. We get married, have 2.5 kids, and get a dog (or cat). We live in the suburbs with a white picket fence. We work a 9 to 5, and we keep working until we are filthy rich. All of your dreams can come true here in America.  But there is a dirty secret that fuels each American to achieve the American dream. Greed.

It has infected the church. It is preached from the pulpit and many prosperity preachers have gotten rich teaching this false doctrine. The “name it and claim it game.” Why? Because we are not satisfied with what we have. We treat God as if He is a genie. Here to grant your every wish. Scroll through your timeline and see how many people claim material blessings. But God tells us this:

‘ “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ‘

Matthew 6:19-24 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.6.19-24

Look at your life. Do you feel like you are satisfied with where you are at? Content?  See God wants us to love Him no matter what. If we were to lose everything here on earth, could you still worship Him? If the answer is, no, check the mirror. You might see someone who’s a slave to greed.

Confession: I would not say I am the greediest person, but I know being content where I am at, is not 100% apart of my vocabulary, yet. Financially, I am not where I want to be, and currently having to learn how to be happy here, but it’s hard. I want to comfortable for once.

Commitment: I want you to understand. There is nothing wrong with desiring better, but you have to be ready if it never happens. That’s what I am currently trying to learn. To be content where I am. Knowing that God will provide for where ever it is He is taking me.

Thank You, Father, for this day’s daily bread. Father show me how to be conent in my current financial situation. That I trust you will meet every need. That I do not have to yearn for more than I need. Thank You, for not providing more than I need, because I know I would squander it on things I want. Teach me to be frugal, and not love money, but see it simply as a necessity to satisfy my needs.

In Yeshua’s (Jesus) Name, Amen

 

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