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Filthy Rich


  • Filthy Rich

    This morning I was reading some news on the internet and I came upon this title: “How to Get Filthy Rich”

    My immediate thought was, “Why would I want to be filthy?”

    My next thought was more a realization concerning the use of terms in the article’s title. The words, “how” and “get” are utilized. Once this realization formed, my next thoughts were, “Why would I want to GET filthy and why would I want to know HOW to get filthy?”

    I looked at the word “rich” and this is when I understood how God has CHANGED me.

    I do not look at the world’s “riches” as anything of value.

    This is what the Word of God says,

    Matthew 6: 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    In verse 21, I understand WHY God has had to change my heart. I think we’ve all valued the riches of this world. We have all looked at what the world can offer to us and have desired to posses, to have and to OWN, riches of the world.

    But do I want to get filthy?

    Do I want to know how to get filthy?

    There was a day when I would have said, “You bet!”

    I would have listened to the speaker with my eyes, ears, and even my heart WIDE open to the information and the methods to be utilized in “getting” filthy.

    My heart would be in the world even though I might have been saying, “Lord, Lord!”

    Even though I’d be singing (lies) at church as I worshipped, even though I voiced prayers up to heaven, even though I’d be talking as a Christian is expected to talk… my heart would be in the world and thus, FILTHY! I would not be WALKING, as a Christian is to walk.

    What’s really sad, I’d be doing this - ALL IN THE NAME OF CHRIST!

    Yet, I sit here right now at my desk, this computer before me; here I am not caring about the riches of the world. I have been provided for BY God, all the needs that I have are provided for and I have no wants. Except a new camera but even in this, God knows my heart and in time when I have saved from the provision that He’s given to me, I will be able to purchase that camera and it will be a blessing to me and to all those who I will bless with the photos that I take.

    I think about 22 months of unemployment and while provision continued to be given by God, I had to… “WE” had to learn how to trust God each day. I know now that if I trusted the world, that I would not have been able to make it financially all those months. I’d be trusting in the world and I’d be filthy. Even know, with a job that is a blessing, we still enter and end each day trusting in God.

    I understand that where my heart is, is where God wants my heart to be… where He is!

    God is Good, God is Faithful!

    Final thoughts: To be filthy rich means I would not be serving God… I’d be serving mammon and thus, I would be filthy before God because I cannot serve both!

    • Proverbs 3:5-7
      Proverbs 3:5-7 commented
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      Re: Article: Filthy Rich

      Originally posted by Sojourner55
      Good stuff, Slug. It's critical that we have the right perspective of what true riches are--from God's point of view, rather than the world's. I'm reminded of what Jesus told the Laodiceans:

      "You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. "

      We believers who are now poor by the world's standard, and who trust in God rather material wealth have unimaginable treasures stored up in heaven. And those who lust after filthy lucre alone will one day find out too late that they have traded their souls for it.
      & commend you for making these very important points

      greedy pursuits of financial gain should NOT be a priority of Believers & especially NOT for those in Church leadership either...

      {Titus 1:7 AMP} For the bishop (an overseer) as God’s steward must be blameless, not self-willed or arrogant or presumptuous; he must not be quick-tempered or given to drink or pugnacious (brawling, violent); he must not be grasping and greedy for filthy lucre (financial gain)

      so it's understandable that God's perspective on the world's $$$ would consider it to be filthy lucre, you know?...
      {1 Timothy 6:10 NLT} For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

    • WithoutSin
      WithoutSin commented
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      Amen! God is so good to those who ask for little! if you ask God for little you will never be disappointed!

    • Proverbs 3:5-7
      Proverbs 3:5-7 commented
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      Re: Article: Filthy Rich

      Originally posted by WithoutSin
      Amen! God is so good to those who ask for little! if you ask God for little you will never be disappointed!
      I DO acknowledge & appreciate how much God does bless us... I simply DON'T think greedy financial pursuits should be a Believer's priority, you know?
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