At Victory Church I’m currently in a teaching series titled “Stewardship, the Missing Piece to Successful Living!” Over the next several weeks in my teaching series, I will be speaking about money!
One of Satan’s most effective delusions is the idea that happiness consists in the things that we possess. Through his deceitfulness, he has erected a golden calf, an idol called materialism. Like a barker on the midway, he calls to every passerby, “come and worship at its feet, buy, sell, get gain, and possess, and it will make you happy.”
Christians are not automatically exempt from Satan’s schemes nor protected against infection from the deadening disease of materialism. Like a plague, it stalks us from every corner—on the internet, the printed page, the display window, the showroom, the Jones’ driveway. Everywhere the seductions of materialism fill the air and seek to come into our lives.
In a context that instructs us to live as aliens and strangers (1 Pet. 1:17-18; 2:11), and as a people who are to live with a view to a heavenly inheritance that is untouched by decay, unstained by evil, and unimpaired by time (1 Pet. 1:4), Peter also warns us to be sober and alert against Satan’s devices.
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Why? Because, if we are not on guard, Satan will distract us through possessions from our heavenly calling as a people for God’s own possession who are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness (the delusions of Satan) and into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9).
Money is a very little thing. Why? Because money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot give eternal life nor real meaning in life (Isa. 55:1-3; Rev. 3:16-18). Yet, there is nothing that reveals our spiritual orientation and relationship with God like our attitude toward money. Jesus Christ made it clear that a mark of true spirituality was a right attitude toward wealth. The mark of a godly and righteous man is his preoccupation with God and heavenly treasure.
Scripture has a tremendous amount to say about money or material possessions.
- 16 of the 38 parables of Jesus deal with money.
- 1 out of every 10 verses in the New Testament deal with money.
- Scripture has 500 verses on prayer, less than 500 verses on faith, but over 2,000 verses on the subject of money.
- Money is an extremely important issue because a person’s attitude toward it is so determinative of his relationship with God, on fulfilling his purpose in this life, and on his character.
This Sunday at Victory Church I will navigate and share with you the directions to get on the “Road to Financial Freedom!”
(Check back, I will post the 8 turns to take to get on the road to financial freedom!)
Join us at Victory Church in O’Fallon, Illinois this Sunday at 10:30 AM.