Fallibility of FEAR (Greed/6 of 10)

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Fear as Greed

Greed comes from a fear that God’s provision will not be enough. People gather resources at the expense of others to ensure that their needs will be unconditionally met. They gather provision that will ruin over time. Just like in the wilderness when the Israelites were told to gather manna for the day. When they attempted to gather more it spoiled overnight. God provides more than we need. He does this in the hope that we will use that provision to provide for those around us. He could provide for them specifically but when His children do His work, the recipient can give glory to God. The world is full of people who prosper and refuse to give credit where it is due. Know that God gives abundantly for the purpose of His glory. He provides for His children. He promises this so there should be not room for fear reflected as greed in a believer.

Love and Temptation (2)

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Love over Greed

Love cannot coexist with greed, it doesn’t insist on its own way. Love is selfless. Truly loving people means putting their well-being before your own. There is freedom in making your concern for other outshine the focus we put on ourselves. We must share in the unlimited wealth and provision of God. If God provides abundantly to you, it is because He has chosen you as a steward to share that with people He has put in your life. Keeping and stockpiling that provision causes you to ignore the plan God has for you. You will miss the abundant life God has for you and find yourself miserable among all of your possessions.

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(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.