HAVING THE UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, BEING ALIENATED FROM THE LIFE OF GOD THROUGH THE IGNORANCE THAT IS IN THEM, BECAUSE OF THE BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART. WHO BEING PAST FEELING HAVE GIVEN THEMSELVES OVER UNTO LASCIVIOUSNESS TO WORK ALL UNCLEANNESS WITH GREEDINESS. EPHESIANS 4:18-19.
Greed is ugly, because as we can see in this scripture above, it makes people blind in their heart. And people really cannot see what they are doing, because they want more, and more, and more. To a point where an “unclean” spirit comes upon them, and thinking becomes very extravagant, and people lose themselves to a point where they are no longer being ethical, in their dealings etc. It drives things to a point, where things get out of control.
Greed is something, that is really not brought up in Christian circles. Or at least, I do not hear anything coming from the pulpit. For we are taught to give. The Bible tells us God loves a cheerful giver. I hope by what I am writing, that we would look at the way we practice business, the way we do give, and at what extent will we go to, to get that dollar.
For it seems lately, integrity, honorable practices are pushed aside, and it seems like so many pursue getting your money, but at what cost? At the point of greed?
What if I told you, you would be in jeopardy of losing your soul, because greed, has turned into an idol for you. And, that is an abomination to God. MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH: FORNICATION UNCLEANNESS, INORDINATE AFFECTION, EVIL CONCUPISCENCE AND COVETOUSNESS, (GREED) WHICH IS IDOLATRY. COLOSSIANS 3:5
In the following scriptures, we see how much it offends God. EZEKIEL 22:12 IN THEE HAVE THEY TAKEN GIFTS TO SHED BLOOD, THOU HAS TAKEN USURY AND INCREASE, AND THOU HAST GREEDILY GAINED OF THY NEIGHBORS BY EXTORTION, AND HAST FORGOTTEN ME, SAITH THE LORD GOD. Have you forgotten God dear one? Have you forgotten to take him at his word, and to trust him? Or do you manipulate situations, to your advantage, so you can come out, with more? That is greed. We have to be very, very careful in things like this. Because if we do not, we will see truly the love of money is the root of evil.
I TIMOTHY 6:10-11 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. BUT THOU MAN OF GOD, FLEE THESE THINGS: AND FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, FAITH LOVE PATIENCE, MEEKNESS.
Have your turned from faith? Are you sorrowful, because you do not have, as well? We are called to be content, with what we have. And in all things, there is a balance. Read Phillipians Chapter 4. Here we are reminded to be content, and yet to know. God will supply all of our needs, according to his riches, in glory through Christ Jesus.
Having money, is not evil. Gods blessings can be poured on someone, and they can have very much so, and abundantly. But how it is gained, how it is prioritized, can be greed. How it is used, is greed. If you have, and you do not bless others, that is greed.
We see greed in our society, at the grocery store, in housing etc. Its all over the place. When I was growing up, and this may age me, but I could buy a soda pop for ten cents. A candy bar for a nickel, and a loaf of bread for about fifty cents. I even have photographs in front of a gas station, and gas was thirty two cents a gallon. Those days are gone, long gone. So, I may be getting older, but I see, we are not getting better in this, for there is a spirit of greed.
The other day, my husband and I, with our son, went to a prominent restaurant, and I ordered a hot turkey meal. The turkey was cold, and was not worth the $50.00 we payed for a dinner out. Quality is lousy, and I am not trying to complain, but what it does come down to, is that, there are so many out there, asking a high price for this and that, but people are not getting their moneys worth.
I see a lot of this. Whats happened to America? All I know, is that when we get to a point, where things are not working, like our economy, we have to ask ourselves, what is our motivator? The Bible tells us, seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, all things will be added to you. Luke 12:31.
We are not doing that. Forcing giving to the poor, and taking from the rich, is socialism. I don’t like that either. I want to earn a living, and be fair, honest, and present things honest in the sight of God and man. ROMANS 12:17. I don’t want to rip people off. I don’t want my government doing that to me either. I want to give because this is what God wants me to do. But I don’t want my government enforcing that.
I want to love, because I live, move and have my being because of my Lord. In just my thoughts, in my life, and in every aspect of business. I don’t want greed to ever be evident.
I just think even here, that we need to know, we reap what we sow. These are principles from God. In other words, what goes around comes around. I know I don’t want those kind of things coming back to me.
I just think by writing this, we need to look at it, from the pulpit too. Our churches, need to bring the principles of what the word of God says concerning this. Greed is a problem that we really need to look at, and see, and study within ourselves, to ask. Am I motivated by greed? Am I doing what God would want me to do?
We are called to love one another, if you love God, you will love your fellow person. So that means, you will think about the way you relate to someone. Is it by greed and what you can take from someone?
I tell you in all honesty, if that is you, I hope, you would consider, and reevaluate, whether or not you or motivated by greed? Or are you motivated by God, and his spirit…..
And if you do see greed, within, all you have to do, is go to our Lords throne. Repent, and ask him what to do. He may even have you restore. He will take away that sin, and the spirit of it, from you, as you seek his kingdom and his righteousness.
Just my thoughts, with love, in Christ. Elena Ramirez
A PRAYER OF HOPE….
Father, I ask for your guidance in this for all of us. Lord, we are in some strange economical times, as it is. I just have the feeling, and know, that if we did things differently, as a nation, and individually, we would not be in this predicament. I just know, if we tried to do things your way we would see the change. Lord, you tell us the enemy, comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Lord, I don’t think anyone of us, really would want that in us, unless, we would choose to disregard what Christ did. For Christ came to give life, and life abundantly. For each one of us. On earth, and as it is in heaven. Father, I know you had me write this for a reason. May it convict, but not condemn. For you are so merciful, if we just go to your throne, and ask for forgiveness. You do. Thank you Lord, for all of my blessings. Thank you, remind me to be a giver as well. In Jesus name, Amen
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