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When Materialism Becomes a Disease within Your Heart

A new missionary in Africa wanted to hit the ground running. His initial goal was to take a spiritual inventory by talking to community and village leaders. To his surprise, the greatest barrier in this culture was materialism. Trying to make sense of materialism in a land plagued by hunger and poverty, this man asked, “how could this be?” The elders pointed to a spirit of coveting, not satisfied by and with their own possessions, always wanting more.

Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, From where did you come? Then Satan answered the Lord, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it, Job 1:6-7.

No matter where or when you enter this earth, there is an invisible adversary looking to prey on weakened souls. While not everyone is tempted by materialism, a fallen angel known as Lucifer is eager to uncover your most vulnerable areas. The Bible is littered with spiritual forces of evil ready to pounce on isolated individuals on the verge of giving up. This is when you need to lean on a community of believers, to overcome temptation and weakness, by asking Jesus to be strong, 2 Corinthians 12:7-12.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5.

As my father once said, you never have enough money no matter what your annual income may be. Thus, you have to reach a point of contentment, finding that balance between work and play. Perhaps, this explains the words from the author of Hebrews listed above. As someone who has struggled with being a workaholic in the past, balance is essential to preventing me from becoming burned out. While most Americans have been stuck at home, I’ve spent the last 10 weeks working over time. Although the extra cash has been a blessing, money disappears quickly. Therefore, until you yield control of your money over to God, materialism will continue to linger as a dreaded disease within human hearts.

by Jay Mankus

Dying Nations

If you study geography, globes and maps appear to be in a constant state of flux.  Portions of Africa and other regions of the world go through transitions as individuals wrestle for control and power.  Depending upon the ruler and their worldview, citizens are at the mercy of its leaders.

According to Psalm 135:15-17, vital signs can be detected  by the finger prints left by mankind.  The images of a culture reflect their aspirations, priorities and ultimately, their god.  When idols cripple a nation, Acts 17:16, its only a matter of time before empires fall like Rome.  If America continues on its current path, the inevitable will happen, erasing any impact it has as a world leader.

To change course, nations have options if they wish to survive.  Civil wars, rebellions and revolutions are just a few of the usual suspects.  However, if 1799 is any clue from the past, only a spiritual revival can save countries from vanishing from the pages of modern textbooks.  As concerts of prayer began to change the mindset of Christians in America, God began to ignite a fire within lost souls.  May history repeat itself, giving life to dying nations across the globe thereby fulfilling the great commission in the process, Acts 1:8.

by Jay Mankus

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