Are You An Embezzler?
Do you acknowledge God’s blessings?
It’s impossible to be in fellowship with the Lord when we’ve forgotten Him in our hearts. If we give credit for our prosperity to anything but Him and we have a possessive attitude about money, we don’t understand who our true Provider is. God designed a system of economics in which He provided all things. He wants us to remember that everything belongs to Him and that we’re stewards of all He provides. If we believe that we’re the owners of money and possessions, we embezzle what’s rightly God’s. We become selfish and we think we deserve wealth. This leads to hoarding, covetousness, stealing, and self-centeredness. When we regard God’s blessings as more important than God Himself, we lose our sensitivity to his Spirit. Shortly before God brought his final judgment on Jerusalem, He told the King of Judah, “I spoke to you in your prosperity; but you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your practice from your youth, you have not obeyed me.” (Jeremiah 22:21)
God deals severely with bad attitudes because they lead to behaviors and actions that disrupt the entire economic system. People become lovers of the blessings instead of lovers of the One from whom all blessings flow. In Deuteronomy 8, God told the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18)
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