Tuesday, December 02, 2014

December 2, 2014 … A Root of Evil

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 336

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in the lyrics with the group, Hillsong, leading in worship, singing their contemporary song, Jesus, You’re All I Need, … reminding all Christians of our need to recognize that God has provided all we need in our relationship with Christ.

Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV 1st Timothy 6: 10 … Beware of loving money!! …
  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 
Highlight Context – 1st Timothy 6: 6-10 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Paul warns that money is not bad … but THE LOVE OF MONEY is a big danger zone

Reference Passage #1 – Matthew 6: 19-24 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Jesus teaching that mankind cannot serve both God and money [see verse 24]

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV Matthew 6: 33 … Jesus stanchly teaches where our life priorities should lie …
33 Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things [the needs of life] will be added unto you. 

Reference Passage #3 - NKJV Philippians 4: 11-12 … Paul had learned to be content no matter what his status in life … with plenty or in privation …
  11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Marvin Williams , takes ODB readers (me) back to the time when the Apostle Paul was mentoring a young Timothy to become the Pastor of the church in Ephesus. And Paul recognized one of the main dangers a church will face, … the reality of coming to worship money, riches, and power in lieu of the worship of the ONE & ONLY GOD. Hence the warning to the young Pastor [see 1st Timothy 6: 6-10 linked above] and to all Christians of the message Jesus also forcefully taught in His Sermon on the Mount [see Matthew 6: 19-24] … that man cannot serve both God and money.

 Paul had learned this lesson in living, telling of his ability to be content, no matter whether in plenty or in privation, … being able to find his strength in his relationship with Christ (see Phil. 4: 11-13). Jesus taught us to “seek first the kingdom of God;” and then all we need would be provided for us (see Matt. 6: 33). The question becomes … do we believe that and do we live out these truths (above) every day in our lives? I leave that self-inventory to you as I’m dealing with it here today from this ODB entry.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, … Jesus, You’re all I need. Amen

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