Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 23rd

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True Riches. I just finished reading a book titled, True Riches What Jesus Really Said About Money and Your Heart, by authors John Cortines & Gregory Baumer. I wanted to share some things about this book and hope that you will want to read it.

“Financial success is never as fulfilling as we think it will be. When money controls our decisions, we find momentary satisfaction but lasting discontent. When God controls our decisions, we find momentary challenges but lasting peace.”

“Our handling of money can lead us to the true riches of a deeper relationship with Jesus himself, marked by gratitude, contentment, trust, and love. But if we pursue money for its own sake, we’re chasing false riches, and our lives will become marked with Pride, coveting, anxiety, and indifference, fostering a tragic separation from God and the joy he offers.”

Have you ever asked the questions….How much is enough? Would I ever stop seeking more money, power, and influence? Is there a point in my life when it would be okay to stop pursuing more, smell the roses, and enjoy family and other pursuits?

“Contentment, in contrast to the endless striving reflected above, is a posture of the heart that rests peacefully in our present circumstances, no matter what they look like. It’s a healing balm that helps us feel satisfied, rather than restless. But it can be hard to grasp, especially when we live in a culture driven by so much by a consumer mentality.”

Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which down men in destruction and perdition. 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.”

I have learned and continue to learn the Biblical truths about money and finances. I have seen first-hand in my own life that sometimes the more money and “stuff” you have the more anxiety and discontentment you have. This book has lots of Biblical truths and scriptures to help remind us of the importance of how we live our lives and spend and earn money.

Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“God has given you three eternal goals: serving the poor, strengthening believers, and saving the lost.”

I want to say there were times when I wanted to put the book down because the truths pierced me and I didn’t want to read them. I get caught up in the worldly desires and know that they do not bring contentment. I need to be reminded of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

“He meant that wherever we send our money, our feelings and emotions will eventually go there too. If we send money toward the things God cares about, our hearts will start to look more like God’s. Generosity is just a means to an end; it is an investment in the love of God for us and for others.”

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