A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
A characteristic of human nature is the uncontrollable desire to accumulate property and wealth. What seems to have begun as a simple but necessary self-preservation instinct, storing supplies for the days of scarcity, is uncontrollably unleashed in a compulsion for the accumulation of wealth, which goes beyond what we really need to live a comfortable and secure life. The prevailing economic style of our consumer society takes full advantage of this weakness of character and we get bombarded with advertising and promotion of lifestyles that only a few can achieve and maintain. Competitiveness, which has also been instilled from our earliest infancy is combined with this merciless advertisement attack to make us bend our knees before the despicable idol of money . Every way we look at it we lose because our own forces are nothing compared with the strength of the message that the world uses to control our lives.
The Lord Jesus warned us: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The apostle Paul complemented: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The times of shortage we have been given are not for us to endeavor to leave them but to learn “what it is to be in need, and to know what it is to have plenty. To learn the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” These things also happen to us so that Christ’s power is perfected in our weakness. Let us, then, be forever grateful for the circumstances we have to live, for God has everything under his perfect control and everything that happens to us is for our own good. Only to God be the glory!
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All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Of all the people, the rich are those who think they have the right to be arrogant. There is no denying that according to the criteria of the world, they have been very successful, presumably by their own efforts. This, they say, is what gives them the justification for their pride and boasting as a peacock. Many of them say: “While on this earth, I’ll worry only about the things that belong to this world. There will be time to worry about other things later.” This argument presupposes that they have the opportunity to change their style and philosophy when they leave this world, which is absolutely untrue. Unfortunately for them, after this life there will be no way to change what was done in this world. But this is of little concern to them because while they are entertained with the things the world offers they do not have time to consider what the word of God teaches or what preparations are necessary for the future world and eternity.
When the world ends , without exception, everybody will have to offer honor and worship to Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. The difference will be that some of us will do it voluntarily and others will do it by compulsion. In any case, at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. To which of the two groups you want to belong, to those who will be forced to bend their knees to surrender or those that will praise and worship with all their heart? The decision is in your hands, that is in your heart, that is in your mouth, for “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Do not delay. Put aside everything that hinders you from getting closer to Jesus, such as attachment to human institutions or predilection for the traditions of men. Only God saves. Only to God be the glory!
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
We live in a world dominated by the keeping up of appearances. Everything is done under the concealment of a mask. Fierce wolves disguise as tender and humble sheep to hide their true intentions. The rich spend their lives complaining that they do not have enough money when in fact they spend huge sums of money to satisfy their carnal desires. Drug traffickers carry out social action works to put the ignorant people on their side so that they facilitate the execution of illegal activities. The corrupt behave as if butter would not melt in their mouths. Politicians, experts in the art of mimicry, camouflage their personal interests for power, fame and wealth under a blanket of sacrifice in defense of popular interests. Pedophiles and perverts move freely in society without being detected because they wear honorable faces full of falsehood. But none of this should be surprising to us since the word of God reveals that the world is under the temporary control of the evil one, who as the father of lies has covered with tinsel all the misery and destruction that are part of his diabolical plan. The enemy’s strategy is successful because most people are naive and cannot tell good from evil and on the few occasions that they can clearly differentiate between good and evil they choose the latter, obeying the impulses of their sinful nature.
It is very easy to get carried away by attractive but adulterated appearances. With little effort, but at high risk it is possible to construct a facade of wealth and prosperity which has no firm foundation since it is based on money that we cannot be sure that we will have in the future as we are not masters of our lives and our destiny. The reality is that we are under the control of unscrupulous lenders who finance our excesses far beyond our real financial capabilities. God does not judge by appearances. God knows very well what is in the heart of man and therefore he cannot be deceived. Make sure, then, that our exterior accurately reflects what we have in our heart so we do not fall into the vice of presumption. Who has Christ, has everything and lacks nothing. To God alone be the glory!
Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than the rich whose ways are perverse.
Humanity in general has committed the grave error of equating personal success with the ability to accumulate wealth. The rich are always viewed with admiration and they have become idols and models whose conduct many want to imitate. No one is concerned if the rich happens to be dishonest or lacks values and principles, all that matters is how much money he has been able to accumulate and how one could achieve the same “success” that he has achieved. The problem is not the money or the amount of it that one may have. The problem is that we let ourselves be trapped by the glitter of gold and the illusion of the many things that we could get if we had large amounts of it. The problem comes when our lives are captivated and dominated by the love of money and we lose all scruple and all sense of decency in order to seek and accumulate enough treasure for us to live “the good life.”
The apostle Paul said it very clearly: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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.” 
Let us be aware lest we fall into the subtle trap that the world puts us in our path to have us caught in its nets. As children of God we must trust in God’s providence and the love he has clearly demonstrated to us all. We will never lack anything because God will always supply us with abundance. Let us not focus on money but on the goodness of God and his infinite love. Seek his face and he will honor our attitude of respect and obedience to him with rich blessings.To God alone be the glory!
 1 Timothy 6:9-10
The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
Some people think that wealth comes from cunningly conducted business and that it is a demonstration of the wisdom of those who have become rich this way. Nothing could be farther from reality. While it is true that the word of God speaks of certain financial principles that will help us not to fall into debt and enjoy a healthy economy, these principles by themselves cannot guarantee financial success. The wise man honors God with his wealth and the first fruits of his crops. God knows the hearts of all men, so he knows the spiritual condition of he who presented the offering. The gift that someone “honors” God with may be ineffective if the heart of he who offers it does not act with sincerity and devotion. God gives us wisdom that allows us to make good decisions on any area of our lives, including our finances. Let us remember that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord, which is obedience and reverence to God.
So wealth does not depend on cunning or a supposed “financial wisdom” but on the will of God that is good and pleasing and perfect. While there are many non-believers who “enjoy” the accumulation of money and apparently are happy, in reality they are not. Their alleged joy is only a facade behind which they hide their misery. As the apostle Paul told Timothy, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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.” Let us act wisely and let us follow the teachings of the Word of God with grateful hearts for all the blessings, financial or of any other kind, that we have received from the mighty hand of God . To God alone be the glory!
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