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{September 30, 2007}   Chapter 10

Are you worshiping money or God?

This chapter made me do some soul searching.  Why?  I wanted to ensure I was not allowing money to dictate me, but rather God is my dictator.  I will explain. 🙂

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And If you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give your property of your own.?  No servant can serve two maters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money. Luke 16:10-13 (NIV)

There is a phrase in the book that I will quote, "You know it isn’t ‘money that is the root of all evil’, but ‘the love of money that is the root of all evil.’ God doesn’t care if we have money as much as He cares if money has us."

There are several factors, different for each of us, that control how we handle our money, Self-esteem, covetousness, and self-discipline.  The influences around us or that we allow into our lives.

As the book pointed out, money can be a very good tool to have around.  Considering our society has made to where you must have money to survive.  You know to pay bills, buy groceries.  This chapter discusses how money reveals the integrity and stability of a person.  Selfishness, greed, power hungry is usually dormant in the individual who has it, money only helps it to be revealed.  It spoke about someone like Hitler.  Did his power drive him insane, no, more than likely he was already insane, but give him power and look was harm it can cause others.  People are either bad or good.  They either believe in Jesus Christ or they don’t.  Oh how simple that is to say, but I know of people who claim to be Christians and their actions prove otherwise.  I don’t mean to imply a Christian’s life is perfect, on the contrary.  It is far from perfection,in fact more tribulations and persecution is brought upon those that believe verses those that do not.

I began to think of ME, "What about ME, oh GOD?"  I cried out.  I began reading this chapter in the parking lot of church this past Sunday, did not finish.  Began it again in the middle of the week, did not finish.  Last night began it again and made it through.  Why did I stop and start over those few times?  I wanted to make sure I was learning the lesson God had for me and to make sure I was not allowing Money to control me.  I was comforted with thoughts of how I have been faithful with little things.  This last week we had the Fall festival at my son’s school.  I had to mann the booth for his class.  I had purchased tickets for him to partake in the events.  When he came over to his booth and saw the glowing light necklaces, rings and bracelets, he of course wanted one.  I told him I needed either one ticket or two depending on the one he chose.  He was out of tickets.  I said well you can’t have one until you get more tickets.  With him being 5 years old I did not trust him enough to send him to the ticket booth alone, and I couldn’t leave the booth.  I told him to wait, but by the time clean up came around, he had forgotten about it.  LOL.  That was most recent.  Then the Lord showed me different things in my past, both in my marriage and out, where I had been faithful.  Although, my savings has dwindled due to lack of work, I know God has a plan for me and will once again help me to rebuild my storehouse.  One day I will be able to help a person in need without wanting repayment.  One day.

On another note, power, people have often accused me of wanting control.  God showed me of those times when I was sent to help others whether at work or volunteer group.  Having good leadership skills are not signs of being power hungry.  God reminded me of all those times when I tried to encourage my ex-husband to rise up and take his place in the home.  Those times in a group, when every one would sit around and no one wanted to take responsibility, but someone had to get things moving, but how I listened to other’s ideas and opinions and would encourage others to get involved.  That is leadership, not control.  Or those times when I had a finger pointing at me and had to defend myself, or in my divorce when I merely defended the boys and myself.  There are some who would claim I was controlling, but God showed me of how defending myself or wanting to improve something or get something done is not wrong, controlling, or power hungry.

As I type this, I am reminded of:

"Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you."  Deuteronomy 31:6

The best way to master money and not let it control you is to pray about what you do with it.  Take control of it, meaning don’t let it dictate you.  When it is time to retire, can you?  Are you controled by debt or do you have control over it?  Can you walk in a store and buy only what is needed or must you hit the sales every time?  Even when the bills are behind? Ask yourself these questions, pray about the truth to these questions.  Only God can help you.

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