Friday, November 11, 2016.

Author : Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day : Do not trust in what you can gain by oppression! Do not put false confidence in what you can gain by robbery! If wealth increases, do not become attached to it!- Psalms 62 : 10

LISTEN : Wealth is good if it is not ill-gotten. However, one must not put confidence in his or her wealth, because wealth like every other thing on earth is temporary. Do not be too certain of the durability and reliability of your wealth. One of the foolish things people do in this life is to trust in their riches. They are of the believe that life will be complete when riches are greatly increased, but that is not true. Everything in life is uncertain, including riches (Psalms 39:6 ; Proverbs 23 : 5). So, you should not oppress others to amass wealth, or be fraudulent in your pursuit of it. The bible warns us to never trust in oppression. This means that we are not to trust in anything but God. We are not to oppress others to be wealthy; nor trust absolutely in men of any rank. We should not be like the ungodly people who are accustomed to rely on wealth and mere mortals as their source of strength or place of confidence. The Psalmist by inspiration says that we should put no confidence in wealth or man in respect to the help which we need, or the things which we can accomplish by them. Beloved, are you in search of wealth? Therefore, have determined to get it fraudulently? Are you out to marginalise, cheat and oppress others to be rich? It ought not to be so. We must not hope to accomplish our object by oppressing others; extorting their property or their services; making them subjects to us by force, and subservient to our wishes. Although, many people like the ungodly Conquerors, tyrants and owners of slaves do it; that should not be the practice amongst us the children of God. Besides, we children of God should not resort to theft or robbery, and depend on that for living. Sadly, that is what the ungodly do.

On a daily basis, we see and hear of these evils happen in our homes, roads, schools, society, etc. Many find pleasure in theft, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and robbery – high way robbers, kidnappers, thieves and burglars, people who seek to defraud others of their earnings; they who withhold wages from laborers, and they who cheat in trade. Ultimately, you should avoid the temptation of being carried away with the increase of your wealth. The bible says, “If riches increase, set not your heart upon them” (Psalms 62 : 10b). What does that mean? It means that, if you become rich without oppression, robbery, or any evil means; if your riches seem to grow of themselves do not rely on them as absolute source of confidence. Yes, people are prone to do this. The rich man confides in his wealth, and supposes that he has all he needs. However, none of these things constitute the true reliance of man. None of them can supply our real needs; none can truly defend us in the great perils of our existence; none can save our souls. What we need, over and above all these is a God and Saviour; only Him can meet our real need. Henceforth, do not put your confidence in your possessions no matter what; rather put your confidence in God. (1 Timothy 6 : 17).

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. To avoid the act of extortion, cheat and fraudulent activities in your quest for wealth.
2. To never put confidence in your possessions as they increase.
3. To learn to serve God and humanity with your possessions and not use it against them.
4. To acknowledge that it is foolishness to put confidence in one’s riches which is uncertain and temporary.

Daily Task : Do not accomplish your object by oppressing others; extorting their property or their services; making them subjects to yourself by force, and subservient to your wishes, instead, serve others with your possessions.

Daily Reflection : Wealth is good if it is not ill-gotten. Acknowledging the temporality of everything in life will cause us to put not our confidence in wealth or man but in God.

Prayer : Blessed Father, I thank you for your word today, help me to overcome the sin of greed and putting confidence in wealth. Cause me to daily resist this temptation in Jesus’ name, amen.

Prophetic Word : Today, I prophesy over your life, may God release upon you His blessings. I decree today that God’s blessing in your life will not lead you to sin, but to a good and righteous living in Jesus’ name.