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#2983387 - 10/15/12 09:25 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Thank you Tom, I look forward everyday to your devotionals.
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#2983491 - 10/15/12 10:32 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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These are one of things I miss most about not being able to get the time to get on here like I once did..
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#2983892 - 10/16/12 09:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Greed!


This week in our study at church "7 daily sins" we are looking at greed. Ouch. We are a greedy people if you get down to it. If you have ever been to another country or even go to places right here in the states it is easy to see how greedy we are when others struggle to make it day by day.Look at these verses:



Ecclesiastes 5:10-12



10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;

Nor he who loves abundance, with increase.

This also is vanity.



11 When goods increase,

They increase who eat them;

So what profit have the owners

Except to see them with their eyes?



12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet,

Whether he eats little or much;

But the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.



Matthew 19:23

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.



Money and things are not evil in themselves. When they consume our lives instead of God they become sin. We tend to think we are not greedy because we compare ourselves to somebody to has much more than we do. That is the wrong thing to do. When we have money and things they tend to take our eyes off off God and onto self which is the reason for Matthew 19:23. Look also at this:



Mark 10:17-22



17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”

20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.



We are much more like this young ruler than we want to admit. Think about it. If you lost all your possessions and wealth today, would you still be happy, content, and not mad at God? This young man could not do what Jesus asked and I wonder how many of us could? This shows our own greed! I pray and hope I would be like Job and stay faithful to God even after losing all including my family!



Let us not get our lives so oriented around things that we lose our focus on God! Take a moment right now to see where greed lies in your own life and make adjustments where needed!



Tom
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#2983893 - 10/16/12 09:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Hope to see you more Tiny!
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#2984455 - 10/16/12 02:56 PM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Excelleant one PMT and I do hope to get around here more often. Been real @ Church lately almost 2 busy but have been Blessed.

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#2987221 - 10/18/12 08:53 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Tiny]
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Greed #2


Continuing from last devotion in looking at greed. Have you ever noticed how greed seems to be unsatisfiable? We want more and more and more stuff or money. Once you get what you think you need, shortly there after something else is in your sights that you know need or think you need anyway!



Look what this verse says:



Ecclesiastes 5:10

10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.



Wow is this ever true! Let me be clear here, there is nothing wrong with making money! BUT when it becomes your primary focus you have a problem! Greed can grab a hold on you and not let go!



There is a deceiving going on that says "once I get to enough then I will stop pursuing". The problem is where is "enough". We never get there! Look what Jesus says in Matthew 6:24:



Matthew 6:24

24 “No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money.



Plain and simply put here! Who is our boss...God or money? This will slap you in the face really quick when you stop and think about it!



So this morning it is short and too the point...where you at my brothers and sisters? Be honest with yourself. God or greed?



Tom
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#2988662 - 10/19/12 08:31 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Greed #3


Lets close this week out by continuing our look at greed. I don't know about you but it has really hit me between the eyes! Our greed leads us to may kins of sin that is a result of our greed. Look at what Paul said here:



1 Timothy 6:10

10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.



This verse has been quoted many times. Look at what is says....loving money is root for all kinds of evil! It goes on to say this greed brings many sorrows (like debt). Wow how many of us have had to find that out the hard way. Just think about what you see and read in the news and how much of it results from greed for more money or things. Murder, robbery, unethical business practices and the list goes on and on.



The main point here is this: when we open the door to greed, we also let in all types of other sin that goes along with it. Also we worry about non-eternal things when our minds should be on the eternal things of God!



Brothers and sisters, when you hear greed knocking at your door, don't let it in!



Tom
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#2988731 - 10/19/12 09:07 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Very good one PMT... It's one I think about often as it seems our country has now adopted the thought process that it's ok to take what you want because they believe they "deserve it"... in my shallow mind I take from this: Matthew 20:25
"But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.'"
and what I take from it is that we are here to "serve" and "work" not demand and take(Greed)


Edited by Kimber45 (10/19/12 09:09 AM)
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#2988817 - 10/19/12 09:52 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Kimber45]
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Right on brother!
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#2992737 - 10/22/12 07:51 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Struggles!


It seems I am in a time of my life where so many people that I love and care about are struggling with various things. The big item seems to be cancer. I have an Uncle and a step sister who are giving it there all against cancer. Several friends who are also battling cancer. Then I have several folks in my life who are battling other sicknesses. Then there are those who are battling spiritual sickness, not having a relationship with Jesus which is the WORST SICKNESS of all.



So what do we do about all this? I have 3 suggestions for us this morning as I know many of you are struggling with the same things I am this morning.



1. Pray.



Matthew 18:20

"For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”



God is listening to His followers. Pour your heart out to God. Join with your brothers and sisters at church and pour your heart out to God.



1 Thessalonians 5:17

pray without ceasing



Keep praying yourself every time you can. Our God loves us, he hears us, and he will answer!



2. Know God is in control.



Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.



One thing we must remember is what God decides is good and best may not always be what we think is best. God is much smarter than we are. He loves us more than we can fathom and what ever He decides we must give Him glory and honor!



3. Trust God



I will be the first to say this is very hard when you or a loved one is suffering. We often want to question God instead of trusting Him. Resist that temptation to not trust!



2 Samuel 22:31

As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.



Psalm 62:8

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.



1 Timothy 4:10

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.



Oh my brothers and sisters, struggles are here, the devil wants us to lose hope and faith in our God, but I agree wholeheartedly with the scripture that says:



Joshua 24:15c

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord



Pray for me as I pray for you my friends!



Tom
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