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Victory Over Strongholds

Understand that contentment is the opposite of greed

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of Greed – Part II

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:8-21

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 6:9
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.

The Bible helps us to understand that contentment is the opposite of greed:

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you, (Hebrews 13:5)

The last phrase of this verse helps anyone struggling with greed. God provides all we need, and He will never leave nor forsake us.

The lie that hides under the promise of greed is that somehow more money will satisfy us. But if we believe this lie, we soon find ourselves chasing after the illusion of having enough. When we do not demand of ourselves contentment, we spend years longing for enough … but that never comes.

John D. Rockefeller had a net worth of about 1% of the entire US economy. He owned 90% of the oil and gas industry of his time. Yet, when someone asked him, “How much money is enough?”, he answered, “Just a little bit more”.

Look at the Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:6)

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about what it would be like to have lots of money?

I have. I recently started demanding that I stop those silly thoughts and focus on all God has given me.

It is so easy to look at someone else’s stuff and think it’s is better. Those thoughts can lead to discontentment and eventually the stronghold of greed. Here is an oft-misquoted verse:

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. (1 Timothy 6:10)

Too many people say that money is the root of all evil, but the verse says it is the love of money that is the problem.

People, even Christ-followers, seldom quote the last part of this verse: “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs”. That is the best reason to demand that we be content: greed can cause such damage that believers wander from their faith.

Remember Jesus’s words:

“You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

Join me in being content with what God provides in our lives (Philippians 4:19).

Father, I know that if I need something, You will provide it. Help me to be content with what You say I need. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.