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The god of Possessions

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The god of Possessions

Any addict will tell you the very thing they worship does not and cannot satisfy. It is a mean, demanding, demeaning and controlling god.

“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.

For the world offers only a craving for everything we see.

The god of possessions cries out, “more, more, more,” but it cannot ever have enough. The craving for more is insatiable.

At least Madonna was honest; “We’re living in a material world, and I am a material girl.” (She is the wealthiest female artist in the world at $700m.

And she is somewhat right, we are living in a material world. It does take money to live. Life is easier if you have a little money than if you don’t have any, but money does not satisfy. Money is not our hope. It is not our deliverer. It is not our source. It is not our provider.

P Diddy was honest—“Mo money, mo problems.” He is the wealthiest rapper in the world at $735m.

The god of possessions is very subtle. He promises satisfaction but never delivers on the promise.

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them?”[1]

One way to deal with the god of possessions is to give some of it away, and the more you have the more you need to give away. It’s true!

Generosity helps to destroy the god of money and possessions.

You can be sure the god of money will never coax you into giving some of it away. Instead, he will grip your throat with the fear that if you give it away you won’t have enough for yourself. He’s wrong.

Listen to the complete message here.

[1] NIV

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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