Jeremiah 9:23-24 What To Boast About

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This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 

Boasting is rampant among people in all areas of society. It is not just with the wealthy or the poor, but most people boast about something. Often it is a boasting when they have something or do something better than someone else.

People want to look better in the eyes of others, so they boast about themselves.

God tells the people to not boast, unless they are boasting about knowing and understanding Him and who He is.

Strength and wealth are temporary things of this earth. The wisdom of man is worthless compared to the wisdom of God. Yet people will boast about themselves in these three areas on a regular basis. It makes them appear as though they are something, when in reality they are nothing without God.

Boasting like this can even occur inside the church. Some will boast about their being a member of a certain group, or boast about their position in the church, or how much they give.

God does not like boasting in this way, because without Him, none of these things would be possible. It is God who gives a person strength, wisdom and wealth.

Believers need to boast about knowing God and who He is. There can never be enough said about who God is and what He is like. When Jesus is lifted up, He can then lift the believer up and reach the world for the lost.

While you may have accomplished many things, none of them were accomplished without God’s help in your life. You do not even have the ability to breath without God giving you the breath.

Take a moment to think about what you are talking to others about. Are you boasting about yourself and things you have accomplished? Are you boasting about other people? Or are you boasting about God?

Think about all the things God has done in your life. Count all the blessings He has already given you. Now talk about these things. Boast about His great love, mercy, and grace in your life. Lift Him up, not yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love in your life; that God will help you remove all boasting about yourself in your life; and that you will lift God up every chance you get.

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.

Proverbs 23:4 Chasing Wealth

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Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Proverbs 23:4 

Striving to gain wealth is the desire of many people. Many people are willing to try to do anything and everything to get wealthy. Most want to find an easy way to gain extreme wealth. They want more for less.

Some people will search the internet to find ways to gain wealth in a fast way. Some of these ways may be legitimate, while many are just scams to make someone else wealthy.

Others will work hard at their job, fighting to climb the ladder of position and pay. They will work several jobs or extreme long hours just to make a few dollars more.

However, gaining this wealth can be lost in a matter of moments very easily. Sickness or disaster will drain the wealth. The economy drops causing a loss in value.

Solomon, being the wealthiest man who ever lived, warned to not wear oneself out to gain wealth. He even adds that a person should not trust his own cleverness to gain that wealth.

A person may be wise enough to gain some wealth, but in the end it costs him much more. It costs health, family, position, marriage, integrity, and much more.

When a person is so focused on gaining wealth, he will often forget those around him and he will forget about God. Everything else gets put on the back burner at an expense to his life and wealth.

Real wealth is not found in the temporary material things of this world. Gaining all the money in the world will never save a soul. It will not put one in a better position with God.

The focus of the life of a believer should be on becoming more like Jesus and making more disciples of Jesus. Gaining wealth should be one of the least concerns of a believer.

Take a look at your life and see what you are working at getting or doing. How much time and effort are you working at gaining wealth? Now compare that to how much time and effort are you working at becoming like Jesus and making disciples?

One will gain you, maybe, some temporary pleasure, but many troubles. The other will gain you eternal life, joy,  and peace.

Focus your efforts and energy on what is of lasting value, rather than the temporary losses of this world.

I pray today that you will work hard at living for God; that you will make every effort to make disciples of Jesus; that God will provide for your every need in abundance; and that God will protect you from being led astray towards temporary wealth. 

Proverbs 11:4 Worthless In The End

Holding money

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. Proverbs 11:4 

Seeking extreme wealth is the goal of many people. They feel that being wealthy is the greatest goal in life and that wealth will solve all their problems.

Having great wealth gives the appearance of security. When one has a lot of money, believe that they can purchase whatever they need, whenever they want.

While wealth can purchase a lot of things, it cannot purchase everything. It cannot purchase peace, joy, or the greatest need on this earth–life. Many wealthy people are lying on their deathbed with a sickness that cannot be cured. Many who are wealthy have ended their life out of depression or stress of striving to gain more wealth.

Solomon was the richest man who ever lived, yet he said that wealth was worthless in the end. It could not save during the day of wrath, nor could it purchase righteousness which delivers from death.

The thing people search for in wealth can only be found in the righteousness of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth to bring true life that every person is seeking. He wants to provide joy, peace, comfort, strength and eternal life. The very thing that every one who is seeking wealth desires.

Every person needs to seek the righteousness of Jesus in their lives. He is the one who brings about forgiveness of sins and gives eternal life. As a person is living in the righteousness of Jesus, he will have peace, comfort, security and eternal life, the very things that people seek in wealth.

On the day Jesus returns to judge the earth, all material wealth will be completely worthless. It will be unable to purchase forgiveness of sins. It will be unable to purchase righteousness before God. Only belief in Jesus can do those things.

Instead of seeking to gain more wealth in your life, strive to gain the righteousness of Jesus. Strive to be more righteous and holy as Jesus is.

In living in His righteousness and holiness, you will be able to stand on the day of judgement and wrath of God. His righteousness will deliver you from death and the wrath of God.

It is not your works, money or abilities that will save you, but the righteousness of Jesus. Make His righteousness the goal of your life. Seek His righteousness as much as some seek wealth and see what God can do in and through you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness of Jesus; that you will strive to be holy as God is holy; and that you will seek God with all of your heart, soul and mind above everything else.

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor God With Your Earnings

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Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 

Bringing in more money is the goal of many people. The goal is to get more money so that they can do more with it or to have a better retirement in the end.

While the majority of people do not make money to save and make more money, most people want to have more so that they can spend it. They want to be able to get things that they desire or that makes them look better. Others want to be able to do more things of their hearts desire.

In order to do this, they use one hundred percent of what they earn for their own personal purpose and goals.

Solomon tells the people to honor God with their wealth, with the firstfruits of their crops. The purpose of this, is so that God can overflow their barns and vats with more.

During the time of Solomon, wealth was most often found in crops and animals. The giving of the first fruits was an early concept of tithing to God. The first and best of a person’s earnings were to be dedicated to God.

God has not changed that method of honoring Him. Today one is still supposed to honor God with a tithe off of his earnings. This is the first ten percent of all he has earned.

Giving of tithe is to be done out of love for God. It is to be done to provide for God’s house (the physical church) and the work God has being done.

While many see this as a ‘work’, it is not. It should be seen as an honor to God. It is giving back just a small portion of what God has blessed one with. God has given the believer eternal life, why not give back a little of the money? This way He can bless one with more.

Each time you receive some pay for your work, take the first portion of it and give it to God. Trust God in providing for all that you need and more.

As you pour into His kingdom, God will then be able to pour more into you. Don’t be selfish with what you get. God owns it all and can give you more as needed.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand of provision in your life; that you will trust God with all that you own; that you will be generous in giving to God; and that you will trust God to provide abundantly for all that you need.