Is there satisfaction and contentment no matter the circumstance?  Is there an underlying compulsion to purchase more and better things?  Is desire for money and things choking out the desire for relationship with God?  Beware of greed as it comes and goes in life.  Guard your heart.

Acts 20:35 - In everything I showed you that by working hard in this way you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 Corinthians 9:14 - So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 - One who loves money (faith, confidence, trust in money) will not be satisfied with money, nor one who loves abundance with its income. This too is futility.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 - Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.  (give generously and charitably)

Galatians 6:5,6 - For each one will bear his own load.The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.

Hebrews 13:5 - Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER ABANDON YOU

1 John 2:15,16 - Do not love (take pleasure in) the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Luke 14:28 - For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

Luke 16:9-12 -  And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it is all gone, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings. “The one who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and the one who is unrighteous in a very little thing is also unrighteous in much.  “Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true wealth to you?  “And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?

Luke 12:34 - “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 - Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:24 - No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Matthew 13:22 - And the one sown with seed among the thorns, this is the one who hears the word, and the anxiety of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 

Philippians 4:11 - Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. (ask God what I can learn, whether I have plenty or little, b/c there is a connection between faith & money)

Proverbs 3:9,10 - Honor the LORD from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Proverbs 10:4 - Poor is one who works with a lazy hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Proverbs 19:17 - One who is gracious to a poor person lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed.

Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil. 

Proverbs 21:13 - One who shuts his ear to the outcry of the poor will also call out himself, and not be answered.

Proverbs 22:1 - A good name is to be more desired than great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold. 

Proverbs 22:4 - The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor, and life.

Proverbs 22:7 - The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave. (get out of debt)

Proverbs 22:9 - One who is generous will be blessed, because he gives some of his food to the poor.

Proverbs 23:4,5 - Do not weary yourself to gain wealth; Stop dwelling on it.  When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

Proverbs 31:16 - She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.

Psalm 24:1 - The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who live in it.

1 Timothy 4:4,5 - For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 6:7-10 - For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it, either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.  But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 - Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.  Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

To love the world:  Take pleasure in, to long for.  To prefer living by the worlds systems and rules; being invested into & living in obedience to its ways.  This is the opposite of putting on and living in Christ Jesus and actively doing what He prefers (faith).  What is preference?  It is an affectionate discrimination, a Godly discernment that involves choice.  We must learn to perceive, to pick up on the differences between how our culture and the world thinks and what the Lord values and prefers.  We need to be aware of the external and internal cues, those subtle hints and ways of things and then to learn what is the outcome when those cues are embraced and given authority in our lives.

  1. Do thoughts centered on worldly things overwhelm and exceed our reflections on God?
  2. What types of thoughts begin and end our days?
  3. What is the focus and content of our daily conversations?
  4. Are we truly satisfied in Him no matter what our circumstances are?