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Our society places too much emphasis on money.

The evidence of this is that most of the time, people looks at the financial achievement of a person as if it were the true measure of success in life. This is a false standard and we must resist falling into the trap thinking that MONEY IS EVERYTHING.

It’s not uncommon to see or hear about people losing their lifelong savings, hard-earned money to scams out of their desire to get rich quick. Little did they know that when they fall for get rich quick schemes, the people who get rich quick are the ones who invited them.

The Bible says, “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. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). 

Does it mean it is wrong to think about money? Definitely not. Just make sure your money is your servant and not your master.

GOD AND MAMMON

 Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

What does it really mean to make your money your servant and not your master? It implies that money will always be connected to your heart. It is a heart issue after all.

Even the Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). So if you treasure money more than anything else, it will show in your life. 

Notice the behavior of some people who became rich “overnight”. These kind of people forget to trace their beginnings. Money did not really change them. It only revealed their true character. And everything springs from the heart.

The Psalmist said, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1). And that includes our possessions, including our money.

Treat your money as a God-given responsibility, not as something you are free to use or misuse as you please. 

When God gives us money, He wants us to be faithful stewards. This includes planning our finances carefully esp in our retirement years.

God recognizes that money is a practical tool that is why He gave us the Bible so we can learn from Him sound financial principles that will lead us to right living. 

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