You Can’t Keep What You Get

Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”

[Proverbs 30:8-9]

You don’t get to keep what you get in life. To drive home that truth, Jesus told this story in Luke 12: “The land of a rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’” (vv. 16-17). This man had too much. He didn’t know what to do with the excess. If he were alive today, he would say, “I am 60 years old, my 401k plan is fully funded, my mortgage is paid off, my kids are grown, and now I have all this excess income–what shall I do?” He could have given some money to his kids or to the synagogue. Instead, he said, “I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry’” (vv. 18-19).

Why was this man so intent on stockpiling his wealth rather than giving it? First, he wanted to have enough money so he would never have to depend on anyone, including God, for his future well-being. Second, he wanted to have enough money so he could quit work and live a life of pleasure. Both of those motivations violate the will of God.

God does not want you to have so much money that you think you have no need of Him. In Proverbs 30:8, Solomon wrote, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’” No amount of money can protect you from every adversity. And no amount of money can protect you from your death.

This man said, “I want to have so much money that I can quit work and live a life of ease.” Some of you are working and saving up all this money, and you are not giving to God’s work like you could because you have to get to a number so you can retire. God’s will for your life is not that you spend the last 30 years waking up every morning with no greater thought than, “What am I going to do to entertain myself today?” That is a prescription for moral and spiritual disaster.

This man had everything he thought he needed for pleasure and protection. He had planned it all out, but there is one thing he didn’t plan for: his own death. “God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’” (Luke 12:20). This man thought he had everything mapped out, but God had a different plan.

Do you realize the time is coming in your life when you are going to leave everything behind? Imagine the disappointment this rich man felt when he realized that he was about to leave behind everything he had worked and sacrificed for. Jesus said, “So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (v. 21).

~ Dr. Robert Jeffress ~

Meditate and Believe Right

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

[2 Corinthians 1:20]

Arise And Shine!

Beloved, because of Jesus’ perfect finished work at the cross, all of God’s promises of provision, protection and good success are yes and Amen! Meditate on this unchanging truth. Say these words out loud:

I declare that I am special in Jesus’ eyes, and He loves me unconditionally. I have an awesome destiny. Jesus has equipped me with gifts, talents and abilities. Today, I receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness to reign in life. I give thanks that His favor surrounds me like a shield and opens doors of opportunities for me. Because of Jesus, I shall be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, the lender and not the borrower. I shall not suffer lack but be surrounded by His abundance, His wisdom, His peace and His protection.

Thank You, Jesus, for Your finished work at the cross for me. I receive a fresh revelation of Your love right now and thank You that everything my hands touch shall be blessed! I believe with all my heart that I am greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved! Amen!

~ Joseph Prince ~

Evening Devotional

“For we who have believed do enter that rest…”

[Hebrews 4:3]

Enter His Rest

God promises that there are set times in our future, but He doesn’t tell us when they will be. Your set time may be tomorrow morning at 9:47. You’ll get the phone call you’ve been waiting for. Your set time may be two years from now. You’ll get a good break, and that will thrust you to a new level. My question is, “Do you trust God enough to believe that your set times are coming?” Are you willing to wait with a good attitude? Are you willing to get a new perspective?

Remember, that set time is already in your future. Don’t let the negative thoughts talk you out of it. The way you know that you’re really believing is that you have rest on the inside. You’re at peace. You know the answer is on the way. You trust that God is working things out.

Today put your faith and trust in Him and enter into rest. Know that He is good and He is for you! Your set time of favor is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

“Father, today I choose to enter into rest. I choose to trust You, I choose to put my faith and hope in You knowing that You are good and that You have good things in store for my future in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

~ Joel Osteen ~

Jesus Calling

LET ME INFUSE MY PEACE into your innermost being. As you sit quietly in the Light of My Presence, you can sense Peace growing within you. This is not something that you accomplish through self-discipline and willpower; it is opening yourself to receive My blessing.

In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness. However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me, placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places. You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work. You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

[JOHN 14:27]

“The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”

[ISAIAH 58:11]

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

[ISAIAH 40:11]

~ Sarah Young ~