Daily Spirit & Word: 529: The Dangers of Desiring Wealth.
And The Biblical Secret of Contentment.
Good morning my friends. It’s FRIDAY: Praise the LORD Sunday’s Coming. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I’m going to share a teaching (Doctrine) from God’s Word today, that you will not hear or read about very often in society, in the world, in schools or colleges or even, sadly, in churches. Because it seems the whole world is given over to the pursuit of WEALTH. However, today we’ll see that far from giving us the freedom and peace and joy that it promises, God shows us today that it’s a deadly trap that will ultimately destroy us; IF we fall into it.
Instead of God’s teaching you’ll encounter endless messages encouraging people and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ alike to sow a seed and reap a harvest of wealth. Messages that foster a hunger for wealth and financial security and prosperity. My friends, we must first recognise a truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 8:20 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
I.E. Christ, whilst He was on the Earth possessed nothing. When He departed this life on earth to enter into Heaven, He left no great fortune behind, apart from a wealth of teaching entrusted to His Disciples that would transform the world.
But this teaching from God’s Word today will highlight or put a spotlight upon the very obvious dangers and terrors that await those who fall into the deadly, harmful and hurtful traps and snares set from them regarding the desire to get rich, be rich and stay rich.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
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 pierced themselves with many griefs. “
LACK OF CONTENTMENT:
First of all, If we start desiring to get rich, we’re showing or exhibiting a deep lack of contentment with our life. Also there will be an accompanying and steady decline in godliness (righteousnes, god-likenes, Christ-likeness).
As soon as we begin to desire wealth, to acquire more than we need, we’re on the slippery-slope into the traps set for the foolish people who’re unaware of what’s happening to them. The desire for wealth is a deadly deception. The ultimate end of those who continue on it’s pathway is a wandering from the faith and an even deeper discontentment in life. Don’t let SATAN or your own FLESH and the examples in the WORLD deveive you my friends.
Focus Verse: Verse 9:
I want to focus upon this verse today because the LORD has put it on my heart to show me what life is like for those who want to BE RICH and that I must STOP wanting more than I need:
“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge (Baptize) men into ruin and destruction.” 1 Tim 6:9
What does the verse mean by “RICH”?
It is that position in life where we’ve got much more than we actually need to survive and thrive in this world.
We’re DECEIVED into believing that RICH people are happy people:
- They’ve got everything they need and more besides.
- They’ve got freedom to do what they want, when they want.
- They can have the best food money can buy.
- They can have luxury furniture in their homes.
- They can build a house to suit their particular desires or wants in life.
- They can travel all over the world for pure enjoyment.
- They don’t have to struggle in life.
- They can stay in bed all day, every day if they want to.
- They can afford the best doctors and medical treatments.
- They’ve got it all COVERED.
- They don’t have to worry about paying for the mortgage or rent.
“Oh” we think to ourselves, “They must be sooooo happy” and “How I’d like to be RICH like that”. Do you remember the pop-song in the 80s “I want your money, that’s what I want, I WANT YOUR MONEY” Well we don’t really want their money, we want the LIFE that we think money can buy, am I right?
Being rich is living is a state where we’ve got more than our necessary needs: If we’ve got food, clothes and a roof over our heads, then we’ve got what we NEED to enjoy life and be completely content. What more do we really need besides that? God is indicating that those who’re walking with Jesus will be completely content with having; food and clothing. I would add, because of our climate here in the UK, shelter, but the Bible tells us to add nothing to scripture or to take away from scripture; so let’s let it stand as it is: “Food & Clothing”… We’ve got ALL we need to survive and the freedom to be content.
WANTING TO GET RICH?: What does God say?
When we’re wanting / desiring to get rich we’re showing that God’s plan for us is not enough, we want more than our necessary needs. That’s the sin of greed my friends.
When people get more than they need what do they tend to do with it? They’ll waste it on more things they don’t really need. When people have got much more than they need, they’ll waste it on even bigger things than they could ever really need.
When people have got more than they need, they’ll also STORE IT UP, because they can’t use it all, the’ll find places to store it: Property, Investments, Insurances Schemes.
They’ll have private swimming pools: What’s that all about? They don’t want to share their water with the crowds, so they’ll build one just for them and their family. Instead, that money could be given to people who don’t have enough food or clothing.
They’ll have LuXury transport: More than they actually need, bigger, better looking cars. They’ve moved beyond practicality to beauty and style and elegance. It’s a way of showing off to the world that they’ve got LOTS of MONEY. Having flashy cars is a way of displaying opulence (Having more than you need and rubbing it in the faces of those who don’t).
What does our verse call that?
A FALL into Temptation.
It’s not like normal temptation; temptation is where you’re tempted to do or think something, but you have an ability to resist it. But when we’re desiring to get rich, we’re FALLING INTO TEMPTATION. What the passage is telling us is this my friends; when we’re tempted to get rich, we’re falling out of control, like a sky-diver who’s left the safety of the plan and plunged into the air with nothing at all to grab hold of. Or like a man out walking in the woods who’s fallen into a bear-pit once you’ve stumbled by “Desiring to get rich” your falling, falling, falling my friends.
But where do you fall into?
“Fall into temptation and a TRAP”
A trap is something you cannot escape from. You can’t get out of a trap. Picture a little rabbit caught with a snare around it’s little feet, there’s nothing the rabbit can do to escape. It tries with all it’s might and strength to get free, but it’s doomed for the dinner plate. Desiring to get rich is a a DEADLY TRAP my friends. Wanting more than you need will imprison you. Jesus said that when we LOVE money we’re serving a different MASTER: A Master is someone who’s got control of us. We’re definitely trapped when we desire to be rich.
“Fall into temptation and a trap and MANY FOOLISH AND HARMFUL DESIRES”
When you want to get rich you’re not just falling into the trap your also falling into many foolish and harmful desires. What are the desires of the rich? The foolish and harmful desires? Once you let go of God and fall into the traps of the rich, your desires will change. You’ll no longer want what God wants.
One of the foolish things about the RICH is an even bigger lack of contentment. When they get rich they’ll be looking for places to store their wealth. Because they’ve got much more than they need they will require somewhere safe to keep it from people who have nothing. So they’ll invest it in a Bank or in Shares or in Property: What does that produce? More MONEY, more to be worried about. So their treasure chest will get bigger and bigger and bigger, they’ll be more worried about their money than anything else in life. Why? Because they ‘rely’ on that money to keep them in luxury. Money becomes their god in whom they trust. But it’s also a Master and the Master’s Desires must be obeyed: So desiring to get rich is a form of idolatry. A desire to be trapped and tempted and kept in it’s grip. You’ll never be content when you get rich, because it will never be enough:
Harmful Desires: They’ll be so discontented that they’ll begin to desire the NEW THINGS. Having the novelties in life, the new things, the newest things. The sad thing about that is that once you’ve got the new thing, it’s no longer new and so the foolish thing, the trap is that you’ll be on a continuous cycle of buying novelty, but after a few days it’s novelty wears off and we want more. This is a total DISSATISFACTION with the tinngs in life. I watched a TV show the other day, about an Auction House in London, and the clients let the TV cameras into their homes and lives. Some of those people had so much, but they just wanted more, better, bigger glittering things. One lady said, “I saw it, so I just had to have it”….
PLUNGE INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION:
“Fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires THAT PLUNGE MEN INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION.”
What a powerful sentence of the bible this is: PLUNGE: The word for plunge is, BAPTISED. Look at the King James rendering of this same verse for a moment:
1 Timothy 6:9 (KJV) “But 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.”
It’s literally like drowning in the foolish and hurtful lusts of the flesh. You can’t breath when you’re drowning.
We always think the opposite of this verse don’t we? When people loose a great fortune, they often say, “I’m ruined”, but the reality is that they’ve just got their complete FREEDOM back again. Because the desire for wealth or to be rich is to be DROWNED and DESTROYED and RUINED.
We think that being RICH is such a noble thing to desire, but the reality is that God wants us to be free from the foolishness and the deceitfulness of wealth and the destructive things that come with being rich.
“THE DESIRE FOR WEALTH IS A DEADLY DECEPTION”
When you came into this world, you were naked, needed help, nourishment, warmth and care. Without this you wouldn’t have survived through infancy. As a toddler, your parents or guardians cared for you, provided for your need because you couldn’t; and you survived your toddler stage. As a youngster and teenager you were beginning to learn that you needed to work in order to benefit in this world, but still your loved ones provided for your needs. As an adult, you began to work and hopefully you’ve become convinced that God cares for your EVERY need in life: He provides for you in this world, so that you’ll always have just enough.
MONEY IS NOT EVIL:
Jesus didn’t say “money is evil”. It’s the LOVE of Money. When we’re desiring to ‘be rich’, we’re desiring to be independent of God or self-reliant or money-reliant. It’s then that money becomes our master, that’s when Jesus declared the following;
Matthew 6:19 (KJV) “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
Matthew 6:24 (KJV) “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
If we’re in love with being rich and having more, we’re revealing a deep discontentment with our walk with Jesus. Our life is NOT full and abundant the way that Jesus wants. We need to get a reality check, a Biblical reality check on the condition of our hearts today. If you secretly or openly desire to be rich then you have already begun to fall my friends. Cry out and Jesus will SAVE you, Cry out before it’s too late.
God is not foolish with His wealth, He will never lavish wastefully upon you what you cannot possibly use for your needs and for His glory. Just like you, being a good parent, you wouldn’t give your child £/$10.000 pounds or dollars to visit a theme park or zoo. My friends, your Heavenly Father has promised to supply you with ALL that you need. But He’s encouraged each of us to seek as a much higher priority in our lives, His Kingdom, higher even than our own needs, because He’s showing us, He’s already taken care of them.
God isn’t saying it’s wrong to have things, but let’s just make certain that things haven’t gotten hold of us, that we’re not trapped by them. Could you give your stuff away? Could you give everything that you posses away to the poor who have nothing? Would you give it all away? That’s what Jesus encouraged a RICH young man to do in the Bible. Why? To show the man that he wasn’t as right with God as he thought he was. He was trusting in MONEY, but Jesus showed him that he needed to trust in God.
Your Heavenly Father LOVES YOU
He knows your needs and wants you to trust Him to meet them.
Matthew 7:7-11 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Desiring to be rich is to fall into a trap that will snare you in such a way that it will be almost impossible to get out of. But it’s possible for the LORD to save you. Be contented with what you have and give thanks for everything. Be grateful and generous and give away more that you think you can. You need very little to live the ABUNDANT life that Jesus promised. You will have: food, clothing and shelter, but more than that and YOU ARE RICH, so use your riches in service of the Kingdom.
“When you DESIRE to BE RICH, you are FALLING into a DEADLY TRAP“
Repent of your foolish desires, you’ve been deceived if you are desiring to be rich. It’s a DEADLY trap my friends. I wouldn’t walk past anyone who’d fallen into a bear-trap, I’d reach in a pull them out, that’s what God is doing today: He’s pulling people out of the TRAP OR SNARE of the DESIRE to be RICH.
Call upon Jesus now and let go of that foolish desire.
After you’ve called you’ll find the freedom to be content with your life, your world and your future will be secure. TRUST HIM with your everything again today.
Seek to serve Him with the riches that He’s already lavished upon you and then you will be trusted with much more.