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{October 29, 2007}   Chapter 11

Temptation and a Snare

I read this chapter a few weeks ago, but I didn’t feel prompted to blog on it until now.  I must say chapter 10 was a doozy, considering my situation with finding a job that will make ends meet.  Thankfully, I did not have a choice in which job to take.  I had two positions offered in one morning.  One was a temp fill-in as a substitute teacher.  I did enjoy the one day, but there was no guarantee of more days to come.  This job would have been ideal considering my youngest son attends school there.  There was a math teacher’s position open, but I didn’t major in education or teaching and did not have my certification, so I was wise enough to know my limits and did not pursue it.  I was offered a second position starting the very next day after my one day as a substitute teacher.  God is good.  This one, I have today.  It does not pay nearly the amount I need to make ends meet, but so far the ends are meeting.  Thanks to God.

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:9-10

I re-read this chapter today on my lunch hour.  I learned the meaning of a Greek word "phileo" which is "to love" and the Greek word "arguros" which is "silver."  When used together as "philarguria" it means "the love of silver" or better known as "the love of money." 

I tell you what, as a Christian, this chapter and the previous chapter will make you think.  Think hard about the simplest things.  Things the world has instilled in us as being okay.  Example, buying a car.  Growing up, I was told, "when you can drive and earn your own money, you can buy a car."  There are parents who tell their kids, "if you earn half, we will pay the other half."  My parents did not say that, but I can’t blame them.  Their first batch of kids were twins.  LOL.  My family, at the time of my teen years, we were not poor, but we were not overly wealthy either.  My parents basically stated that when I could make my own payments, then I could buy a car.  I was 16 when I bought my first car.  I never thought twice about it, until now, after this chapter.  In my life time, I have managed to pay off a car.  After a few months of owing nothing, I sold it to raise enough money to move back to Oklahoma.  I was separated from my husband, who is now my ex, but anyway I did what I had to.

Back to this chapter, 1 Timothy 3:1-5 talks about how we will become lovers of ourselves and how some have the form of Godliness, but deny the power and turn away.  Oh how I pray everyday for HIS light to not only dwell in me, but to shine through to others.  That they will see more of HIM and less of me.  I know there are times I fail at this.  There are times I am tempted in different ways.  Staying obedient and true to GOD’s word and HIS commands can be very difficult, especially undergoing persecution and torment.  As for the love of money, well I do not have a second income, and I don’t think it is right to date someone for support.  I guess you could say that is another reason I have not started dating.  I feel I should be on my own two feet before I consider a date with anyone.  Anyway, Chapter 11 is a continued discussion about the entrapment of money.  I have never been one to live trying to keep up with the Jones’ so to speak, nor do I feel the need to have every new gadget or thing.  Yes, I like having nice things, but as this chapter discusses, putting things on credit proves to have a "love for materialistic thing."  I like to have nice things, but would rather purchase things off hand instead of buying on credit.  Therefore I consider myself not one to be caught up in this entrapment.  

Then I read the part about mortgaging off the family’s future.  The home I live in is mortgaged.  That is how my ex-husband and I purchased it via a mortgage.  Now that I have read this chapter, I consider the possibility of doing wrong.  We should have purchased the home rather then buy on credit.  A mortgage is a form of credit.  Even my car and my college loans are credit.  Gee whiz, was this possible, not at the time.  I don’t have that kind of money in savings.  What do I do now?  It would be silly to move out.  Renting an apartment is just as expensive these days.  Perhaps one day, I can pay off the home, the car, and the outstanding debt, to remain debt free.  If God will bless me in this area, I would try my best to be more obedient now that HE has taught me this valuable lesson via this chapter.  I know God’s intention for his children is to live without being in debt anyone. 

I ask myself is it wrong to want a better job, there is nothing wrong with my current job, it just doesn’t pay enough.  According to this chapter, this is wrong, only if gaining this new job I have to lie, cheat, or steal to get there.  It never pays to step on anyone in climbing the ladder of success. I believe that is also stated in this chapter, but it is a pretty common phrase, but it is so true.  One might thing it is okay to put another person down, or to shame another person, but life is funny in how those things can return to the individual acting in such a way, paying back in return the same thing, but worse.  God is my avenger and will take care of those who do wrong to me or bring wrong into my path.  I know God knows my heart and knows that I desire to pay things accordingly, not to be a millionaire or anything.  To simply take care of of my own and to double what he gives me.  To give back to HIM according to scripture and when possible more.  I thank God and feel very blessed to be in HIS favor, I don’t want to imagine life without Him being the center.  Getting more money is not the answer, but would provide the basic needs such as clothing, food, and shelter preventing me from drowning in the processes.  Most people have family who can help in these times of need, I do not.  My church can not help.  I have asked my pastor, once over a year ago, he helped me out by giving me a $100 for electric via the church, and I have paid the church back.  I have did ask again only to be told the church didn’t have it.  There are a few at church who know my needs and well God has chosen not to provide that way.   I hold no harm towards them or the church.  In fact, I have found a stronger friendship with them and have gotten more involved in my church.  I know God will come through for me, as long as I remain obedient and seek after him.

Based on how this chapter and the previous chapter describe "the love of money" or "the love of materialistic things" I can see how these things are a tool the enemy uses to lead Christians into sin.  I can honestly say, I do not have a love for money or materialistic things and pray God guards my heart.

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