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I hate ticks. It seems that every year I hear of another strange disease carried by ticks. And tick season is here again. I helped on a service project recently where we cut and hauled brush. It looked like prime habitat for ticks. I wore long pants and sleeves. I also sprayed my shoes and legs with repellent. When I got home, I showered and checked that none of the critters were sucking my blood.
We need to have the same attitude in relation to money. We have to work with money. We need to use money. But money is an environment where evil lurks, just like grass and brush can harbor ticks. We must guard against the love of money. The love of money is like a tick. It sucks our spiritual blood and spawns all manner of spiritual ailments. Hebrews 13:5 says, ‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”’ (NIV)
Rather than loving money, we need to be content with what we have. I know, contentment is hard at times. But contentment does not flow from being financially secure. The verse says we can be content because God will never leave or forsake us. Trusting God is the repellent that wards off the love of money. Keep your faith in him.
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