Saved by Grace, Not Works
Chosen by God!
We are never to allow material possessions to keep us from making God and His will a priority in our lives. Money, or lack of it, does not ingratiate us to God, nor does it guarantee salvation, eternal life. The only way to salvation, eternal life, is through Jesus Christ. No one can buy, or work, their way into heaven.
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 HCSB)
We live in a world that values material possession to the point of assigning value to people based on their possessions. If we don’t clearly understand how salvation works it could become easy to base our conclusions on how things are done on earth. We must be careful not to assume that material possessions is our get into heaven card. Instead we must take steps to keep material possessions from standing in the way of our decisions to live in the will of God.
Once we’ve accepted Jesus as Savior and made Him Lord of our lives we must look at material possessions from God’s perspective. The Bible has a lot to say on this subject so it’s important to study the Word to get true perspective. God is not against money or material possessions. He is against money and material possession becoming our goal in life. As a believer our goal should always be a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Anything that causes us to be divided in our relationship with God is an idol. He must always be our priority.
I Corinthians 9:5-9 gives us some insight on how to handle material possessions:
God wants us to be givers and trust Him to provide for us.
He wants us to give with the right attitude.
He wants us to give generously so He can bless us generously.
He wants us to give cheerfully.
He wants us to believe that He will meet our needs when we give generously.
The more we give the more God will provide us with resources to give.
Our generosity causes other to be encouraged and to praise and honor God.
Our ultimate goals in giving is because God gave His Son so we could be redeemed from sin and destruction. He gave His best so we should give our best. A giving heart reflects a heart that honors and loves God.
Be Encouraged! ❤
Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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