“Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow.” (2 Chronicles 25:8)
Whose side are you on? What is your motivation? Are you fighting a battle you were never meant to fight? There is a fine line between presumption and faith. Do you want to serve God or do you want Him to bless your plans. One is true Christianity the other another form of paganism.
That does sound harsh, but consider it for a moment. Will we do what He wants us to do, or do we serve Him in order to have our agenda met. The word says to “seek first His Kingdom”, and then we will get all the other things we need.
He has the power to help or to overthrow, lets not treat lightly the call to which we are called.
Quick Prayer. “Help.” Amen
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21)
We honor God by serving Him and being faithful to what He has called us to. Those of us in the marketplace have a responsibility to honor Him in all the arenas of life.
Our focus should always be on Him. Our focus is driven by our priorities, and our priorities are driven by our hearts. Our hearts will shape and mold our behaviors by what is truly important to us.
This Scripture says that our hearts, and therefore our motivations and behaviors, are driven by where our treasure is. What is our treasure? It obviously has financial implications, but I think it goes beyond just money. Our treasure is all that is important to us. If we invest time, relationships, and finances into the Kingdom of God, that is where our hearts will be.
Quick Prayer: Keep my heart and my resources focused on Your kingdom, Lord. Amen.
“Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.’” (Luk 3:14)
We live in a world that constantly demands more. Why have one car when you can have two? Why have the old model when you can have the latest? Upgrade, up-spec, trade up, get the latest, don’t miss out, etc. With all these demands on our income, we always want more.
When we have a want for more, our motivations become financial. This can lead to shortcuts and a focus on making more regardless of consequences. Very few people set out to steal, cheat, or damage their families. It is a slow, insidious process.
There is nothing wrong with a profit motive or monetary blessing, but it must be constrained. It is balanced by a generous heart and contentment.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the income I already have. Amen.