Friday, November 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 November 2019

The Root of All Evil

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.(2 Kings 5:20-27)

Today’s Morsel:  Money, money, money; money!  Okay, almost went worldly on you.  That was a song sung in the 60’s by a group called the O’Jay’s to stress the danger of money.  But of course, the apostle Paul had already told us, “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.(1 Timothy 6:10)  When money becomes our love and the love of the church, evil is bound to happen.  Yes, we need money to live and to do things in our lives, but we must not fall in love with it.  Many today are suffering with ill health, sorrow, and pain because they allowed themselves to fall in love with money.  Somewhere along the line Gehazi, Elisha's servant, like Judas, fell in love with money and they both suffered because of their choice to go after it.  We must never allow money to take preeminence over Jesus in our life.

Sing: Jesus be the Lord of all. Jesus be the Lord of all. Jesus be the Lord of all, the kingdoms of my heart.

Thought For Today: Don’t allow money to control your heart. You control it.

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