Our Money Not Our Own
(1 Timothy 2:9) In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
(Psalm 15:5) He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Money. We all need it. It is what helps us to acquire the needful things of life such as food, shelter, clothing. Yet many a time money is also used for negative reasons such as drugs, prostitution, gambling etc. This begs the question: what should money be truly used for? The answers will vary according to your personal belief system. So I will give my answer according to what I believe, which is God Almighty and His Word, which is the Holy Bible. As seen above with the quoted texts from the Bible, money is not to be used frivolously. In fact the following writer puts it across in it’s proper context:
“Money is a trust from God. It is not ours to expend for the gratification of pride or ambition. In the hands of God’s children it is food for the hungry, and clothing for the naked. It is a defense to the oppressed, a means of health to the sick, a means of preaching the gospel to the poor. You could bring happiness to many hearts by using wisely the means that is now spent for show. Consider the life of Christ. Study His character, and be partakers with Him in His self-denial.” [Ellen G. White; The Ministry of Healing; pg 287]
So before you take the money you have and spend it on things that, when you really and truly consider it, is satisfying your selfish desires, think of the good that you can accomplish with it. Blessings to all
Following Our Own Way
(Proverbs 16:25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
There are time where we must make decisions. That is part of life. However, who do we lean to when making our decisions? Divine help or self? As a Christian, I strive to lean on God, but unfortunately I do not do it all the time. And, without fail, the times that I lean on self are the times I make the biggest blunders. No wonder the Bible has stated the dangers of leaning on self, with the outcome being rather detrimental. The writer Ellen G. White has this to say:
“Ignorance is no excuse for error or sin, when there is every opportunity to know the will of God. A man is traveling and comes to a place where there are several roads and a guideboard indicating where each one leads. If he disregards the guideboard, and takes whichever road seems to him to be right, he may be ever so sincere, but will in all probability find himself on the wrong road.” [Ellen G. White; The Great Controversy; pg 597, 598]
So let us strive to lean on God for the various decisions that we are to make each and everyday. Blessings to all.
What Is The True Light?
(Matthew 5:14-16) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As a Christian who would believe in the Word of God which we believe is the Holy Bible, it states that we are supposed to be a ‘“light of the world.” I was reminded of this and paused to contemplate “what does it mean to be a light to the world?” In talking to one of my young friends, I realized what that meant. In all the times I have had interactions with him, I didn’t know I had such a big impact on him for the positive until he started saying things such as “you have been like a tower of strength to me”, “you are a blessing to me you know”. It brought those words above from the Bible home to me. The following words also resonated in my soul when I read it:
“True character is not shaped from without, and put on; it radiates from within. If we wish to direct others in the path of righteousness, the principles of righteousness must be enshrined in our own hearts. Our profession of faith may proclaim the theory of religion, but it is our practical piety that holds forth the word of truth. The consistent life, the holy conversation, the unswerving integrity, the active, benevolent spirit, the godly example,–these are the mediums through which light is conveyed to the world.” [Ellen G. White; The Desire of Ages; pg 307]
Are you a light to others? Are you fulfilling the criteria that the Holy Bible has laid out? Just something for you to ponder on. Blessing to all.
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