Saturday, March 28, 2020

What Is The One Thing That Will Keep You From Being Wealthy

If there was one thing or attitude that is keeping you from being wealthy, wouldn't you want to know what it is so you can avoid it?

We have attitudes or behaviors that help us live a successful life, and because we are complicated human beings, we have attitudes and behaviors that undermine our quest for success.  We have to challenge ourselves to turn from things that keep us from blessing.  There is one thing that keeps us from success, and the Bible tells what it is.

"Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich." Proverbs 21:17.

Here are four short observations about what the Bible says.

This verse does not single out the rich, the poor, or the middle class.  What is says it says to everybody, we see that because it starts with the word, whoever.  So no matter who you are, the statement applies to you.

Pleasure is not bad, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying life and the blessings God gives us. The danger is for those who live for pleasure or are consumed by it or motivated by it.  It could be the one who has a "live for the weekend" attitude.

If you are rich, then loving pleasure will make you poor. Perhaps as you pursue fun, you miss out on business opportunities. Perhaps you spend more than you should on pleasurable pursuits and business suffers from inattention.  Perhaps you lose your focus on good financial decisions. There are many reasons, but whatever they may be, loving pleasure will take your wealth away.

This scripture was written in ancient times when wine and olive oil cost huge amounts of money.

  • Possessing them signified status. 
  • Wine and olive oil can refer to the freedom to consume.  
  • Wine and olive oil gives us an image of one who loves food and drink. 

There is nothing wrong with being well thought of and admired, or of having nice things or of being able to provide food and shelter for yourself and those you love. But if status, possessions, and self-gratification are your focus, then you will never be rich.

Jesus reminded us who we should love, "He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:36-40,

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(c) Adron 7/28/18

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Do Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? Proverbs 6:6-8 Answers.

Can we expect good things to come to us if we sit just around and wait while hoping for some good fortune to change our lives like winning the lottery?

The wisest man in history didn't seem to think so. King Solomon wrote, "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8.

Proverbs are different kind of teaching style than we are used to in western thought. It uses poetry, imagery, and other literary devices to make a point. What counts is the point that it makes.

Ants do not have a big corporate structure, a huge master plan, or agenda. What they do have is a work ethic. They work day after day without ceasing. They do not take vacations, holidays, personal days, me time or call out sick.

They have something and it is not just a work ethic, but it is because of their work ethic they have storage filled with provisions.

Ants work hard and long so they have what they need.
Be like the ant and:
  • Be the hardest worker.
  • Don't wait for the right time, to them the time is now.
  • Look for opportunities.
  • Make opportunities if none are available.
  • Do not disregard the small stuff.
  • Work with your team.
  • Work toward your goal.
  • Take time off when you need it not when you want it.
  • Don't consume what you have gained but set aside for the future.
  • Don't wait to be told to work.
Maybe the wind will blow a winning lottery ticket to your doorstep, but don't count on it! Be like the ant and work every day and store up as much as can; someday you will have storehouses full of provisions ready to use and share.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

What is The Secret to Contentment With Your Income? Insight from Psalm 23:1

How can we find contentment? 

Our human nature is rarely happy with what we have. We are like the toddler who sees something and as he reaches out for it and screams, "Mine!" It is cute in a toddler but can lead to misery as an adult. Does the Bible teach how to be content? It does, and you may already know the passage.

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want." Psalm 23:1

The first two words of this verse are the most important ones.  They begin this psalm with a view of God which is a good attitude for everything we do.

A "lord" is one who has the authority to rule, and he has the highest status and power over those in submission to him. When you call God your Lord, then you have made the most serious declaration you can make.

We need a shepherd...
  • The shepherd provides by making sure that the sheep have food and water.
  • The shepherd guides the sheep to safe pasture and brings them to freshwaters.
  • The shepherd leads the sheep. They follow him to those safe places. he goes ahead to find the best and safest way.
  • The shepherd shelters the sheep by protecting them from dangers.
  • The shepherd watches the sheep not only as a guard but out of love for them.
  • The shepherd never leaves the sheep, without his presence they are vulnerable to attack and injury.
People recite this famous verse of poetic scripture and think they are covered by some universal grace. The truth is you must personally make the Lord your shepherd. God is love so He will not force himself on you since that would not be loving. He waits for you to come to Him and choose Him. Until you do, you cannot honestly say that the Lord is your shepherd.

If you have invited God into your life (to understand more about this see the link above for the Gospel) then God is your shepherd and He does all these things for you. Your needs and wants are in His care.

If your needs and wants are in the care and custody of the Almighty Creator of the Universe, who is also the Lord of all Heaven and Earth and Lord of all time then you can be confident that you have enough, because as your Lord, He knows your needs and He knows what is best for you.

You may feel something is missing, but because the Lord is your shepherd, you lack nothing.
Because He is All-Wise, He knows what is best for you and will either give it or withhold it.
Because He is All-Love, what He gives is given out of love and what He withholds is withheld out of love.

The person who wrote the 23rd Psalm was content not because he has a lot of stuff, or a full dinner plate or a beautiful house, (indeed he may have been sleeping in the open and eating roots),  but his contentment came by viewing the Lord's provision as all he needed.

We should be content because God is watching over us, He is our shepherd.
(c) Adron 7/28/18

Friday, March 2, 2018

What Should You do When You Get Wealth? Psalm 62:10

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

We all say something like, "If I only had a million dollars I would do..." and then we describe something that fulfills a dream, a longing, or creature comfort.  But what does the Bible say you should do if you did inherit or win a million dollar? Here is a suggestion from the Bible.

"Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them." Psalm 62:10.

Do not set your heart on it. That sounds lofty and ideal but what does that mean?
To set your heart on something means:
  • That thing is the object of your affection.
  • You dream about it.
  • You see that thing as the fulfillment of your hopes.
  • That thing is essential to you.
  • It begins to define you.
  • Your identity and the thing you set your heart on start to become one and the same. 
  • It becomes your motivation and the basis of your choices.
The list above is not bad if your heart is set on something wise and healthy, like family, God, church, and community. But to set your heart on wealth for the sake of wealth or to serve only yourself is not wise. Our hearts should be set on loving God, family, and serving our community. To set our hearts on wealth puts wealth in competition with God, creates selfishness, puts at risks the best things in life and opportunities to serve and know God, ultimately you risk eternity and the blessings of heaven.

This Bible verse is not just a proverbial saying. The Holy Spirit moved the patriarch to pen these words so this is not merely some advice that you can take it or leave it.

Scripture addresses the issues of your heart in many places because God has a right to it and everything you are and have. As a loving Father, God cares for our wellbeing and knows a heart set on wealth for the sake of wealth is unsatisfactory to meet our deepest need. Even Jesus affirmed this when he said,  "Where your heart is there your treasure will be also." Matthew 6:21.

The scriptures do not say to refuse wealth or deny your inheritance. It does not say we should choose to become destitute. Our hearts were made for better things than gold, silver, houses, and vacations. Our hearts were made for God and will only find fulfillment in serving Him.

So, if some wealth comes your way affirm to God that He alone has your devotion and demonstrate your devotion to Him by acts of charity, tithing, and service.

(c) Adron 3/2/18

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What Does The Bible Say About A Fool And His Money? Psalms 49:20

The Bible says a lot about money, but what does it say about a foolish person and money?

"A man who has riches without understanding is like the beast that perish." Psalm 49:20.

At first glance, you think this is all about money, but riches can be many things. Riches can include all manner of property; you can be rich in talents, education, friendships, and other things of this world. Therefore, we can all consider ourselves to be rich in some way or another.

To have understanding is more than just an education or a broad knowledge base. 
  • It is having insight into how things work. 
  • It is to know the effect of your actions. 
  • It is the result of experience, thoughtfulness, and imagination. 
  • It is to possess an awareness of potential and possibilities. 
  • It is the result of purposeful intelligence.
  • It is intentional, it is not an accident and it doesn't just happen. 
We must understand wealth, how it relates to the world and what is God's purpose for our wealth.

In God's creation, humans are set apart from the beast. In the Bible, we see God creating beast by His command, but when He created man He had greater care and intention because it says God formed man out of the dust of the ground, not by command.

The opposite of the beast that perishes is being made in the image of God. If we are in the image of God we are intended by God to be noble and virtuous, a reflection of his nature and character, we are to do great things not just to exist.

To perish is to come to an end, it is the final conclusion. The wise author of Proverbs used these words as a statement of value or judgment; it is to say that without understanding your wealth makes you less than God intended you to be.

You must get understanding. It is foolish to possess a powerful resource and not to understand it.  You must take time to learn about your wealth, gifts and blessings. Seek out advisors who are expert in these things. Read literature that teaches how to handle your wealth. Resolve not to be like the beast who perish.

(c)Adron Dozat 12/21/17

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Does God Promise To Give Back What You Give To Charity? 2 Corinthians 9:6

If you give money to God you will get that money back? Some say you will and that you may even get more back, but what does the Bible say?

Consider what it says in 2 Corinthians 9:6.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6.

We have problems with forgetting, especially the good and right things we should do. Who remembers to thank God every day for His blessings? We need to remember the important things, and resolve to do those things and giving generously is one of those things.

Anyone who is stingy is known as such and anyone who is generous enjoys a good reputation. This is true of all people not just some or people from one culture or time.  It is not just the rich or the upper class but anyone.

Generosity is illustrated here as a farmer sowing his seed in the field. When the farmer cast seed in the field he can anticipate a certain result.  Once the seed is tossed on the ground he has little power over it but must trust God to send the rain and the sunshine to produce a crop.

Sparingly is like giving the left overs or the extra, it is giving the little you can spare after your own needs are met. There is no sacrifice or heroic sense in it.

To give sparingly has a predictable result. If you toss a lot of seed into the field there will be a lot of plants if you only put out a few seeds you will have a few plants. How big a harvest you have depends on how many plants you have in the field.

The purpose of sowing seed is only one thing and that is to get a crop. The purpose of God's gift of wealth is not to consume them but to sow them and to do good.

This is the word we want to see. We would like to receive generous blessings from God.

There is no guarantee that you will receive money if you give money. God may bless your financial giving in other ways. He may bless you with deeper friendships or bless you with richer experiences, or a fuller walk of faith, or He may defer the reward for heavenly treasures.

We should make gifts of the blessings that we have but not to receive gifts in return, we do it out of love for God and his creation.

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