Guard Against Greed

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Tell me what you think about money, and I will tell you what you think about God, for these two are closely related. A man’s heart is closer to his wallet than anything else. It is a staggering fact that for the past few years people have spent ten times as much for luxuries and non-essentials as they have for all charitable and religious purposes. This is a commentary on our shallow and superficial religious faith.

While the Bible warns us against greed and selfishness, it does encourage frugality and thrift. Even Jesus said to His disciples after He fed the multitude, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” Although our Lord had the power to create, He Himself lived frugally and without luxury. John Wesley had a threefold philosophy about money. He said, “Make all you can; keep all you can; and give all you can.” Most of us get all we can, spend all we can; borrow all we can; and give meagerly to God.

Audio: Billy Graham on the love of money and eternal consequences

Prayer for the day

Lord, give me a generous heart so that others may know Your love and compassion.

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41 Comments

  1. Renee says:

    I would like to thank you for the word, and ask for strength to be strong for those around me that ask me to pray for them and for my advice in certain life situations. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  2. Sawa Celine says:

    I really need to learn to give excessively because blessed is the hand that gives than the one that takes.

  3. Billy White says:

    Thank you for all you do for the great work for Jesus!

  4. Gerry says:

    Hold your money loosely but use it wisely. Share your blessings gladly with those in need. Don’t take your material blessings lightly. God loves a cheerful giver. Always thank God for the blessings as He is the ultimate source.

  5. Iris says:

    I also ask for player for my son Miguel for finances and marriage problems.

  6. Wise Witness Amaglo says:

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God.

  7. Paul A Bailey says:

    Please pray for Dad who is in a nursing home. My Dad’s name Harold Bailey Sr. Then please pray me, I hurt my lower back recently. God bless and thank you.

    1. Lauren says:

      Paul A. Bailey, Praying for you and your father 💙

  8. Rockson oppong says:

    Thanks for words of exhortation.

  9. Barbara says:

    I would like to receive the daily devotional.

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