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SCRIPTURE:  1 Tim. 6:17-19(ERV) -  17 Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy. 18 Tell those who are rich to do good—to be rich in good works. And tell them they should be happy to give and ready to share. 19 By doing this, they will be saving up a treasure for themselves. And that treasure will be a strong foundation on which their future life will be built. They will be able to have the life that is true life.

Ever realized that you were hoping in money, and not God?  Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters, and one of those just so happens to be money, or mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord].  I was reminded this morning of Joshua 24:14-15, "14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”  Money can easily take the place of our faith in God, it's tangible and it gets us what we can see, NOW!  Then we buy into the cultural lie of 'more' and find a life wasted chasing after the gods of culture!  One is NOT rich by the amount in his bank account; one is rich when he finds favor from the Lord; don't believe me, look up the promise of a blessed life in Psalm 1:1-3
PRAYER FOCUS:  Lead us not into temptation, so we do not become high and mighty or place all our hope on a gamble for riches; instead, help us fix our hope on You, our Father, the One who richly provides everything for our enjoyment.” Guide us to use our wealth for good things; so we are rich in good works! Give us willing hearts to give generously and share everything, and turn our spirtual eyes to focus on great treasure for ourselves to build our futures to take hold of eternal life.