Greed Tag

The Faces at Golgotha

David Dykes

INCONCEIVABLE The Gospel writers don’t go into minute detail about the crucifixion because all of their First-Century readers had witnessed the horror of crucifixion with their own eyes. We really don’t have a modern frame of reference for it. It would be like me going back to the time of Jesus and saying there was a head-on collision on Loop 49 and none of the passengers were wearing seatbelts. You get the picture—but they wouldn’t. We can’t begin to imagine the wickedness and cruelty of Roman crucifixion. John 19:17-27.


God’s Promise to Provide

Are you satisfied with what you have? That’s contentment. And contentment is the greatest tent you’ll ever live in. There are some people who can never be content or satisfied. They are always wanting more, so they can never enjoy what they have today.


What You See Is What You Get!

What are you looking at right now in your life? If you focus on climbing the ladder of success so you can have more money to buy more toys, you’ll probably get it, but what will you have? I’ve known people who spent the best years of their life scaling the ladder of success only to discover toward the end of their lives that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall! There is something more to life than just this physical existence, and if you focus you eyesight and attention on knowing Jesus, then that’s what you’ll get as well. What you SEE is what you get.


How Much Can God Trust You?

The main reason God gives us worldly wealth is to test us. He wants to see how well we manage that kind of wealth. Jesus speaks of another kind of wealth. He calls it “true riches.” If you are trustworthy with a little, God knows you can be trusted with a lot. If you prove to be trustworthy with worldly wealth, God can trust you with true riches. True riches have nothing to do with money. They include spiritual blessings like peace, security, and strength that are so valuable they can’t be bought at any price.


A Fool’s Formula for Failure

You can chase the wind, but you’ll never grab it. You can seek for happiness and purpose in accumulating wealth and possessions, but you won’t find it. The truth is, life will never be trouble-free. The only stress-free people are in the cemetery! Job said, “Man is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)

Some people’s motto is, “Live as if there’s no tomorrow.” When what they really mean is: “Live as if there is no eternity.” Compared to eternity, this life is very brief. James 4:14 says: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”


Don’t Let Greed Spoil Your Miracle

We may think greed isn’t as evil as some of the more evident sins of the flesh. But God catalogs selfish greed right beside those physical sins. Greed is actually idolatry. You would never picture yourself bowing down before a statue or some man-made god. That’s idolatry! But when you hang onto your possessions and refuse to give them up you are basically saying, “I trust my wealth more than I trust God.” People say, “well, you’ve got to save for a rainy day.” But, my friend, you can trust God during your rainy days.


The Difference Between Real and Counterfeit Love

Wherever God has something genuine, the devil has his cheap imitation. Satan takes God’s pure agape love and offers a cheap imitation to the world. A lot of people think that they are in love or they think they know what love is and it’s just a cheap imitation of the real thing. Agape love is never demanding, but perverted love is always dominating and demanding and controlling.