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Distractions from the Word of God
The Love of Money is the Route of all evil.

When we have or get a lot of money, we think we do not need God or not has hungry for Him any longer and we tend to forget God. Nor is our hunger and thirst for his word is as important anymore. Be careful not to drift away. Satan will give unbelievers money to keep them right where they are at. He knows exactly how to keep people away from following Jesus, and money is a big distraction. If He cannot get you with addiction to Alcohol and drugs, money is the next best distraction to keep you from God. Riches lead to self-confidence and security, which cause a man to forget the LORD.
When the Lottery or Mega Million is ridiculously high, people run to those stores, some do not even have much money, but they will put this last on a chance in the Millions they are trying to win. Some people are so eager for money, that they broken off from following the Lord, and have turn to sinful acts to get rich. For believers, I am asking where is your trust? For the Bible says, For the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. We need to be content in all situations. Sometimes it might be God, who knows your heart, and knows that if you ran into a lot of money, that will be the end of you.

People get into their heads that Rich people should have no problem getting into heaven, they show up to Church with their fine clothes and fancy cars. Some look at them as if they were really blessed by God, so know doubt they are going straight into Heaven. Remember, they can only enter Heaven if God lets them in, not their wealth. There is not going to be an offering plate at the Gates of Heaven. God already gave the offering for that one.
Faith in Christ, not in self or riches, is what counts. On what are you counting for salvation?

Matthew 19:23
Jesus said to his disciples, I tell you the truth, It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you; it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pieced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5
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,

Proverbs 30:07-09 “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Having too much money can be dangerous, but so can having to little. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich is not the answer. Both rich and poor people can be preoccupied with money. As Jesus pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s Kingdom.

Proverbs 17:16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it.

We see here a person who is trying to buy himself an education. This is really a good example of our society today. Many people cost their parents an awful lot of money trying to get them a degree from college.

These same people will not put out any effort to learn and have no business going to college. It is a waste of time and money because they have no desire to learn, only to get the degree. Even wealth cannot buy wisdom for those who do not love it.
Luke 12:15-21
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ‘ 20 “But God said to him,

‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Jesus says that in his kingdom the good life has nothing to do with being wealthy, so we should be on guard against every kind of greed (the desire for what we do not have). Society usually says the exact opposite. Advertisers spend millions of dollars to entice us to think that if we buy more and more of their products, we will be happier, more fulfilled, or more comfortable.

How do you respond to the constant pressure to have more? Learn to tune out the constant enticement to have more and concentrate instead on the only way to lasting satisfaction discovering great abundance in a relationship with God, who supplies blessings and fulfillment beyond our wildest expectations.

The rich man in Jesus’ story died before he could enjoy what was stored in his big barns. Planning for retirement—preparing for life before death—is wise but neglecting life after death is disastrous. If you accumulate wealth only to enrich yourself, with no concern for helping others, you will enter eternity empty-handed.

Bible Study by
Rob Henry


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 21:17 He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.

An easy way to get richer is to stop spending (Pr 21:20)! It is not the high cost of living that hurts people, but the cost of high living! The typical American is addicted to an extravagant lifestyle that keeps him poor and stressed. The pleasure, wine, and oil of Solomon’s day are the entertainment, toys, and eating out of today. Individuals, businesses, and the nation are financially sick and dying due to excessive spending.

Most spend more than they need to spend. But many men crave pleasure and luxury, and they spend themselves into poverty. These people are always in financial trouble, but they never stop wasteful spending. They are convinced they deserve and need the things they buy. They will always be poor. Though many of these people have adequate or better income, they spend it all and then some. Bankruptcies of all kinds are on the rise.

Ben Franklin, a founding father of America, summarized Solomon by saying, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Reducing your spending is the same as raising your income. If Ben were writing today, with the average marginal tax rate at 28%, he would say, “A penny saved is 1.4 pennies earned,” reflecting income taxes. If that lost you, reducing expenses by $1000 is the same as increasing income $1400 for the average taxpayer.

Some men live within their means, but most do not. In economic theory, the desire to increase spending as income rises is the propensity to consume. In America, it is often greater than 100%. Spending increases faster than income, and they cover the difference with credit card, installment, and mortgage debt. They never pay off a house, for when they get close, they buy a bigger house, whether they need it or not, or they refinance the old house and take the equity out of it to spend for leisure and toys. The love of pleasure and luxury crushes them, for they have created “needs” they cannot justify or afford.

But some men can live modestly, even though rich. They do not love pleasure, wine, or oil. Sam Walton, the richest and most successful American when he was alive, continued to drive a pickup truck accompanied by his birddogs. Warren Buffet, the greatest investor and second richest man in the world, still lives in the same little house he bought over 40 years ago and is content with a burger and Coke for his daily repast.

Eating out is not a right. It is an extravagant and luxurious privilege. It is a terrible habit unless your income covers all financial duties with much left over. Your grandparents hardly ever considered it. Eating out hurts the budget more than most any other expense.

In one generation, Americans expect to eat out almost daily, or several times a day. Many women no longer cook at all, and they think it cruel and unusual punishment to hear about it. Brown bagging is considered an insult to the dignity of most Americans. They are in love with Solomon’s wine and oil in restaurants. Debt and poverty are coming.

Rejecting economy, most restaurants pander to gluttony. In a nation craving convenience and extravagance, they are the popular places to be. You must spend more to obtain the original pleasure (Pr 27:7). For $200, a couple is enticed to eat 5000 calories each with drinks, appetizers, soup, salad, entrée, dessert, taxes, tip, babysitting, and gas. For $20, they could have had a carpet picnic of wine, Italian bread, and cheese with candles in the bedroom. And they would not have been bloated and tired when they went to bed!

There are many things you think you need that you do not need – they are the pleasures of this proverb that you should restrict to fit your income. You do not need a cell phone, iPad, or related toys with expensive monthly contracts. You do not need more vehicles than workers in the household. You do not need cable, since you can stream anything. You do not need a gym membership; work out at home. You do not need to shop at the mall. You do not need trips, vacations, or recreation beyond what you can do at home. You certainly do not need a pet, especially a dog, for they can be expensive. Add it up!

The poor man who likes to spend money will always be poor, for he has no savings to take advantage of investment and business opportunities (Pr 14:4). It is only by reserved capital that a man can profit from those few situations in life that offer unusual profits. So again you see the law of nature and of God, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.

The cure for poverty is the virtue needed for most success – temperance, or self-denial and self-discipline. You make rules to curb spending, no matter how much you “want” or think you “need” something. All you truly need is food, clothing, and shelter. Anything else is luxury and pleasure. If you are wasteful, you are brother to the slothful man (Pr 18:9). If you are wasteful, you are brother to drunkards and gluttons (Pr 23:20-21).

You may need to be drastic. Throw your television out. You will save your soul and avoid aggressive advertising. Throw away your credit cards. You will hinder impulse buying and avoid the highest interest rates in the market. Vacations are not a right. They are luxurious privileges of those who have their finances in order. Reject the pride that says you cannot buy used cars, homes, furniture, appliances, or even clothing. Your children, especially infants, do not need the latest anything, and nor do you.

You live among spendthrifts. You face high advertising and peer pressure all day. Federal and state governments go deeply into debt to cover wasteful spending. Businesses and consumers follow, all greedily gorging on comfort, extravagance, luxury, and pleasure. God calls you to be financially temperate and to teach this virtue to your children. Real financial independence is living within your means and trusting your heavenly Father.

One good family practice, unheard of in this wasteful generation, is to see how cheaply you can live for one month. Cancel the newspaper. No eating out. No video rentals. No entertainment away from home. No unnecessary driving. Stick to a basic menu. Turn off lights, and set the thermostat back a few degrees. You can teach your children to appreciate what they are used to, and you can show how to economize when necessary.

Another good family practice is to live on a budget – something governments and most citizens no longer do. While budgeting can be made complicated and intimidating, there is a simple solution. Whenever you have income, such as a paycheck, pay God first, make your savings contribution second, deposit some into an account for household emergences, and pay all your bills or set aside the money for them. You are now free to indulge yourself on what is left! Most will realize they need more income, which means they have been living above their means and are fools on the way to the poor house.

Loving the pleasures of this world will also make a man spiritually poor, for you cannot love this world and Jesus Christ. He demands your total devotion to Him (Matt 6:24; Jas 4:4). Lot chose the well-watered plain of Jordan and the city of Sodom, to the loss of his family and perpetual shame in the church of God. But Moses gave up the pleasures and riches of Egypt for the reproach and poverty of the people of God (Heb 11:24-26).

If you mind earthly things – the lusts and pleasures of this world, you are a belly worshipper (Phil 3:18-19). You have backslidden into soul poverty and spiritual prison. You do not love God, for you cannot do both (I John 2:15-17). It is the love of money and the things it can buy that steal and destroy the souls of men (I Tim 6:6-10). If you instead choose to lose your life for Jesus Christ, only then will you find it (Matt 16:25).


Under Gods Command

Proverbs 8:10 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice silver

How important is financial gain to you? How much effort do you put into professional improvement? Do you have a personal plan to advance professionally and improve your financial situation? How much concern, study, and time into savings or investments? Is your ultimate goal to be financially independent because you have acquired all you need?

Lady Wisdom speaks here, and she advertises her instruction and knowledge as better than silver and gold. Great efforts are made to acquire money during a lifetime, but men make very little effort in comparison to obtain wisdom and understanding. Are the priorities in your life geared toward instruction and knowledge, or toward income?

This comparison is made often in Proverbs. Solomon saw that most men were eager and diligent to pursue money, and he more than any man realized that wisdom is greater than any financial asset or accomplishment (Pr 4:7; Eccl 12:13-14). Both he and his father David exalted wisdom above riches (Pr 3:13-14; 8:11,19; 16:16; Ps 119:72,127).

America is a carnal and materialistic society. The rich are viewed as successful – the higher the income, the better the man, most believe. They spend years preparing for a particular profession, and some work many more hours than necessary to seek riches and success. But they neglect wisdom, which could save their lives from pain and trouble.

Money is a good thing to have, as it can eliminate many of life’s small irritations. Solomon wrote, “Money answereth all things” (Eccl 10:19). But it is far inferior to wisdom. For He also wrote, “For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it” (Eccl 7:12).

Instruction and knowledge are found in the Word of God. Do you value the Bible more than financial success? Does this show in your desire to read and study it? David said of the Scriptures, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward” (Ps 19:10-11). Do you love Scripture like he did?

Men are happy to work overtime. Are you as happy when the pastor preaches overtime? Successful men go beyond expectations and competitors in performing their jobs. Do you read and study more than the bare minimum and what your peers are doing? Diligent men never miss a day of work. Are you as faithful in reading the Bible? Examine yourself.

There are 168 hours in a week. There are 1440 minutes in a day. You know how many of them are spent pursuing income. How many are spent pursuing wisdom? You cannot study the Bible even close to the hours you must work, unless you are in the ministry. But how many minutes or hours in a week do you give the fear of the Lord and the pursuit of wisdom? Finding wisdom takes the diligence of hunting for hid treasure (Pr 2:1-5).

Wisdom loves those who love her (Pr 8:17). Can she tell that you love her? Or do you appear to be in love with mammon – the world’s god of money and success? You cannot love both (Matt 6:24; I Tim 6:6-10; Jas 4:4). Set your heart on wisdom and God’s Scriptures as your heritage and joy instead of the things of this life (Ps 119:111).

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding,” Solomon wrote (Pr 23:23). You buy these things by giving up other activities and pursuits in your life. You give up the carnal ambitions of the world to put more emphasis on wisdom. Jesus commended wise men, who sold all for His kingdom (Matt 13:44-46).

What if you gain the whole world, but lose your own soul (Matt 16:26)? If your priorities are out of line, the consequences are costly! Tell Lady Wisdom right now that you love her and appreciate her offer by confessing your slothfulness to God, and then alter your schedule to make more time for wisdom. God will hear the words, see the effort, and He will bless you with more wisdom or both more wisdom and financial gain (I Kgs 3:5-13)!