Ecclesiastes 5:10 Never Enough

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Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10 

Chasing after wealth is one of the greatest dreams of many people. People want to get rich as quickly as possible. Gambling and lotteries are mega-billions of dollars a year industry, because people want the money and think that they can get it.

Those working always want a higher paycheck, more money per hour than what they are getting. When a person gets a pay raise, he is excited at the moment, but a few months later wants another pay raise. People often view another person’s pay and want that much or more.

It is often viewed as though a person deserves more than what they have or can get. This is regardless of how much one already has.

The richest man who ever lived realized that loving money is meaningless. One can never have too much or even ‘enough’, he always wants more.

Money and wealth are things that are very temporary. One can have a lot of money today, but tomorrow after a disaster strikes, be completely broke.

And there is never ‘enough’ money. No matter how much a person has, there is always something else that he does not have and would desire. There is no contentment.

Believers are often seen being discontent with their finances and wealth. They are desiring more, because their neighbor has more.

However, the believer should put all of his desires into God and His kingdom. Money and wealth are very temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. The souls of men are eternal.

Living for God and building His kingdom gives satisfaction and eternal results. Fighting for money and wealth only lasts a short time.

One must put his trust in God and be content with what God has blessed him with. God will give each person what he needs.

God has blessed you in many ways. The greatest blessing is eternal life, if you believe in Jesus and follow Him. Hold onto that blessing.

With salvation in mind, chase after building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus everyday. These things will have an eternal impact and last for eternity.

Don’t chase after things of this world that will only last a short time and never really satisfy your soul. You are made for greater things than money and wealth. Chase after God.

 I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find purpose in God; that you will find satisfaction in serving God; that you will chase after the things of God; and that God will help you keep money and wealth in the right perspective.

Psalm 144:15 Who Is Really Blessed?

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Blessed is the people of whom this is true; blessed is the people whose God is Lord. Psalm 144:15 

The majority of the world looks at things, bank accounts and positions for signs of  one being blessed and successful. Getting the newest and best ‘toy’ on the market is exciting to most people. This ‘toy’ can be a new car, a pay raise/bonus, a new title, or some other object but it is something new that they always desired.

When these things are received, people feel blessed. These things can often appear to make life easier for the person and remove some struggles, or be a sign of overcoming some major struggle. It shows accomplishment.

David sees blessing as one thing–that God is the Lord of the person.

It is even very common among believers that receiving things and positions are often considered a great blessing. While it is true that they are or may be a blessing, they are not the greatest blessing a person can receive.

All the things and positions that a person has are only temporary. They last only a short time on this earth then are gone. Bank accounts can dwindle quickly, positions get eliminated, and things break down. None of these things are guaranteed to last and fulfill a person’s life purpose.

The greatest blessing that a person can have is having God as their Lord and Savior. It is the salvation and forgiveness of sins that Jesus provides. It is the peace, comfort and direction that God is providing through His Holy Spirit that will last and be a permanent blessing.

Everything else that a person has can be taken away, but God can never be taken away from him. One can give up his salvation and relationship with God, but no one or nothing can take it from him. It is a secure blessing for all eternity.

Take a moment to realize how temporary the things and positions you have are. They may be great for a moment, but the will disappear eventually.

When God is your Lord, He is the One who is in control and is the master. He will guide you in the best life you can ever possibly have and it will last for eternity and can never be taken away from you.

What can be better than this? This is a true blessing that will last for all eternity.

You are blessed when Jesus is your Lord!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule your life; that you will see the blessing in having a relationship with God; and that you know the blessing of God’s daily presence in your life. 

Psalm 135:5 What Do You Know?

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I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. Psalm 135:5 

Knowledge is something that every person has. Everyone has some knowledge about some things and very little to no knowledge in other things.

In today’s society getting knowledge is easy. However, getting good, true knowledge is something else. One can look online and Google something for some knowledge on subject. With just a few words in the search, millions of hits can come up. Some of those things are true and have to deal with the original thought, while many have nothing to do with the original thought or are false information.

All over the world there are many things looked as the almighty thing to have. If one has fame or wealth, one has it made and is successful. If one follows this group or that person, one has made it.

The psalmist writes that there is one thing he knows. That one thing is God is great, not only just great, but greater than all other gods.

While all the things that the world looks at for success have some good points, there are just temporary and will not last. All of those things are little gods to people. Things that people worship and adore, live their life chasing after.

God is eternal and in control. He is the One who created everything. He is the One who sustains everything. And He is not an ogre, holding everything to Himself, but shares it all with mankind. God is loving and caring.

The things of this world are just that–things. They cannot love or help in themselves. They are not alive. At best they are tools to be used.

God is perfect love and alive. This makes Him greater than anything god this world can offer.

As a believer you must know that God is love and that He IS greater than anything this world has. God can and will meet every need you have. The things of this world will fail and fall short. People will fail and fall short. God will never fail or fall short.

While knowing this in the mind is good, you must also know and believer this in your heart. You must have faith that God is who He says He is and that He really does love you.

This knowledge will give you the strength and ability to make it through every tough situation that this life can give you.

Do you know God?

Or do you know about God?

I pray today that you will have a personal relationship with God; that you will know God in your heart; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will share knowing God with others. 

Psalm 121:7 Safe From All Harm

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The Lord will keep up from all harm–he will watch over your life; Psalm 121:7 

One desire that every person has is to be safe from all harm. No one likes to be physically harmed in any way. Most will seek to find ways to be safe in whatever they do.

Organizations and governments have set up many different safety regulations to keep people safe from harm. Despite all of the safety regulations, people still get injured in various ways. Many times it is due to lack of following the rules or someone else not following the regulations.

When injury occurs, people strive to find someone to blame for the injury. They often feel the those in authority did not do enough to keep them safe. God is the most common one to be blamed for allowing the injury to occur.

The psalmist writes that God will keep a person from all harm because He is watching over the life of the believer.

Many people have chosen to follow God and believed that no harm would ever come to them. They felt as though God would protect them in every situation. Then, suddenly they get sick or get injured. Now they get angry with God because He did not protect them from harm.

While physical harm is painful, it is only temporary. The worst that physical harm can do to a person is bring about physical death. However, it cannot bring about spiritual death or separation from God.

God is watching over every believer to protect him from spiritual harm. Harm that will destroy his belief in Jesus. Harm that will cause him to turn away from God.

All physical harm will be used by God for the benefit of the believer. He knows that it is only temporary and works for an eternal good. God will protect the soul of the believer.

You can trust that God is watching over your life. He knows what is best for your life. If you allow Him to, He will put a hedge of protection around your soul to protect you from any harm.

This protection may or may not include physical protection, but it protects what is most important–your soul. The body you have is only for temporary use while on this earth. Your soul will last for eternity. After death you will receive a new eternal body.

Do not worry about the physical harm you may receive, but trust God’s protection of your soul. He is watching over you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will remove fear of physical harm; and that you will know the protection God offers your soul. 

Psalm 102:25-26 This World Is Temporary, God Is Not

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In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Psalm 102:25-26 

Over time a person can watch the changing of the earth in small ways. Rivers wear down the banks, making it wider. Small hills are leveled down from erosion. Cliffs break off into the sea.

These are minute changes that can be physically seen within the lifetime of a person. Scientists often claim that the world will have to come to an end some day. While their reasoning may be off, the fact that the world will come to an end some day is true.

Just like the earth, people also will come to a physical end some day. The body wears down and eventually dies.

The author of this psalm recognizes that everything God has made will wear out and perish, but God will remain. God does not change, nor does He come to an end. He will remain for eternity.

Many people fear the end of the earth and death. They do not know what is next. God has provided for what is next. Sending Jesus, He provides a way to have life after the physical death on this earth.

Knowing that God remains forever can bring peace to the heart and mind of a person who believes in Him. God has provided for a way to man to live forever also. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, every person can live for eternity, long after the destruction of this world.

God does not change as this earth does. He does not wear down and die off, He remains for eternity. This can give the believer a hope, despite the wearing down of this world.

Instead of fighting for things of this earth, that will wear down and fade away, you can live for God and aim for things that last for eternity. Seek His perfect love in your life. Love will never fade away or die off, it is eternal.

See to bring others to Jesus by being His witness. Their souls are eternal and need eternal life in them. Do not focus or fear the temporary things of this earth. Everything temporary will fade away soon.

Put all of your trust in God and not this earth. In the end you will have eternal life beyond this earth.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that God will remove the fear of temporary things on this earth; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Psalm 93:5 Solid Commands

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Your statutes, Lord stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

Every nation, every city and village has a set of rules to help govern their people. The set of rules are guided by how they want the people to live and act within their boundaries.

Throughout time many of the rules that a nation, or some other place has, change. They change because people change and want something different. Rules change because people change. No one is able to stay exactly the same all the time.

It is very common today to see groups of people fighting over what rule should be in place, removed or changed. Rules are often made by the majority or those who are in power, so are subject to feelings, rather than eternal truth.

In this psalm it is written that God’s statutes, rules are firm. These statutes are done with holiness for all eternity, never ending.

God is a never changing God. He is the same today, yesterday and forever. Since He never changes He is able to lay down the perfect law or commands for men to follow.

Every command that God gives is given out of perfect love. They are given with the best interest of man in mind. Since they are given this way they are solid and stand firm forever. There is no changing of the laws of God as there are with the laws of man.

Many people despise laws and the commands of God. They see them as limiting and punishing. Yet, God’s laws are in place to build a person up and make him more like Jesus, not to destroy, kill and punish.

When one follows God’s laws, he is able to walk in peace and harmony. He is able to know a true life of joy and love.

Take time to look into the laws and commands of God. Notice that each one is set there to build you up and help you live your life for God. They are set to make you ore like Jesus every day.

You do not have to fear that God will suddenly change His commands. They will remain the same forever.

As you take time to follow the commands of God, you will begin to walk in His holiness and build His kingdom as He desires. You will know His great love for you and others more and more.

Hold on to God’s commands each day.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know God’s commands are holy; that you will know the value of God’s commands; and that you will obey God with your whole life. 

Psalm 54:4 What Keeps You Going?

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Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4 

In order to keep moving forward a person needs something to sustain him. The basics that every person on this earth needs are: food, water, shelter, and clothing. Without these things at a minimum he cannot keep going forward.

Beyond those basics one also needs some motivation to keep moving forward, especially during a difficult time in life. There has to be a reason to want to keep pushing forward and not give up. Many people call it quits when the going gets tough and some will even end it all if the struggle becomes too much.

Wealth, position, fame, and power are some reasons that keep many people moving forward. They hold on to the hope of these things to come or in their life to go through tough times. However, each of these things can and will fail in the end.

As David was being chased by his enemies, he was also being betrayed by a close friend. Instead of giving up, he holds on to the hope that God is his help and will sustain him, keeping him moving forward despite the challenges.

Instead of looking to the temporary things that the world seeks for sustenance, such as wealth, fame, and position, believers look to God to keep them going. He is the one who provides everything that is needed.

Along with providing food and water, God also provides a hope that is eternal. There is a reason for going through the struggles in this life that makes it all worth it in the end. This can also provide a joy and a peace that passes understanding.

These are the things that give a person strength to keep going forward when the world is fighting against him. They are internal and eternal motivations, rather than temporary and external as the world has.

Look to God for what you need to keep moving forward. You are on a path towards becoming more like Jesus every day. You are on the path God has set before you to get into heaven.

The greatest motivation you can have is knowing that God loves you and has great things in store for you some day in heaven. Don’t give up and get discouraged and want to quit. Keep moving forward.

Allow God’s love and strength and hope He provides to sustain you during the tough times in this life.

I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust in God’s provision for your life; that you will know God will help you in every situation; and that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward in His will.