Money Not Enough?

Well…recently we have this locally produced movie MONEY NOT ENOUGH 2. It spotlight on the lives of the everyman in Singapore while poking fun at our uniquely Singaporean mentality and our government policies. At the same time, the movie hits home on common predicaments faced by families while addressing our eroding virtues.

For a believer, this is what the bible says about money.

In Proverb 23:4-5, we are specifically warned not to work to be rich:

“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches surely make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.  

And in Timothy 6:10-11, we are warned about the love of money.

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteouness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

We are constantly challenged and whenever we hear how rich and famous our peers are, we tends to feel pangs of envy and wonder how we measure up to their success according to the world’s standard. Do you experience that? At times like this, we can surely be comforted by Psalm 73 where the psalmist admits his envy over the seeming prosperity of the wicked, but in the end, he is reminded it is good to draw near to God and declare it is His work and not our own.

A psalm of Asaph.

 1Surely God is good to Israel,
       to those who are pure in heart.

 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
       I had nearly lost my foothold.

 3 For I envied the arrogant
       when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

 4 They have no struggles;
       their bodies are healthy and strong. [a]

 5 They are free from the burdens common to man;
       they are not plagued by human ills.

 6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
       they clothe themselves with violence.

 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity [b] ;
       the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.

 8 They scoff, and speak with malice;
       in their arrogance they threaten oppression.

 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
       and their tongues take possession of the earth.

 10 Therefore their people turn to them
       and drink up waters in abundance. [c]

 11 They say, “How can God know?
       Does the Most High have knowledge?”

 12 This is what the wicked are like—
       always carefree, they increase in wealth.

 13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure;
       in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.

 14 All day long I have been plagued;
       I have been punished every morning.

 15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
       I would have betrayed your children.

 16 When I tried to understand all this,
       it was oppressive to me

 17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
       then I understood their final destiny.

 18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
       you cast them down to ruin.

 19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
       completely swept away by terrors!

 20 As a dream when one awakes,
       so when you arise, O Lord,
       you will despise them as fantasies.

 21 When my heart was grieved
       and my spirit embittered,

 22 I was senseless and ignorant;
       I was a brute beast before you.

 23 Yet I am always with you;
       you hold me by my right hand.

 24 You guide me with your counsel,
       and afterward you will take me into glory.

 25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
       And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

 26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
       but God is the strength of my heart
       and my portion forever.

 27 Those who are far from you will perish;
       you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.

 28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
       I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
       I will tell of all your deeds.

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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Struggling with Faith

We all struggled with our faith one time or another, especially when are are facing challenges in our life and when we are going thru tough times. We ask questions…like, Why me? Why it happened to me? It God real? Does he exist? Why did he let this happen?

And many a times, we put our faith in our fellow humans and they failed us. But the good news is, if we put our faith in the finished work of Christ at the cross, He CANNOT Fail. What is Faith? Faith is just trusting God, believing Him. There is nothing mysterious about faith. When we decide to believe God absolutely, then supernatural life and power enters our lives. One of the practical results of faithis that it makes weak people strong! Hebrew 11:34 says ” Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens”.

To live in the hall of faith, Do 2 things today:

1. “Lay aside every encumbrance” Yield everything to Christ.

2. To believe that Jesus is trustworthy. When we do, we have given up the sin that so easily besets us-for that is the sin of unbelief. We give up that sin by “looking at Jesus”.

Only ONE type of human being in the world can please God. Who is it?

Hebrew 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is , and that he is a rewarder of them that dilignetly seek him.

How awesome is our God! Simple things are Powerful!

God showed me Hebrews 11 while I was doing my devotion and I trust that it will build your faith as much as it has for me!

Please feel free to leave a comment on this topic! God Bless!

Children…do not worry

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Mark 6:25-34

An Anointed Man of God in Singlish (Singapore English)

Pastor Mark is a Mandarin/Hokkien congregation pastor but occasionally he does preach in English despite not being his mother tongue. This man is really an anointed speaker and his sermon has blessed and transformed many lives thru the “foolishness of preaching”.  His sense of humour has made his sermon very interesting for those who can identify with. Enjoy :)

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