Evening, December 3
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Bible League: Living His Word
Keep your lives free from the love of money. And be satisfied with what you have. God has said,
"I will never leave you;
    I will never run away from you."

There is nothing wrong with money per se. We need it. We need it most every day. It's a very useful tool with which to conduct commercial and financial transactions. Without money we would have to go back to the days of barter. We would have to lug our possessions around every time we wanted to improve ourselves financially. Money is one of the best inventions of humankind.

The problem is not money, but the love of money. The Apostle Paul said, "The love of money causes all kinds of evil" (I Timothy 6:10). The problems begin when people live to make and receive money. Instead of living to serve and love God, they live to acquire as much money as they can. That's why Paul went on to say in I Timothy that some people have even "turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money." Instead of living meaningful lives in obedience to God, they squandered their lives "trying to catch the wind" (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

Money is like the wind. It's difficult to hold on to. You never really catch it. You never really catch as much as you want. It has a way of eluding your grasp and slipping through your fingers. The minute you think you have enough of it the stock market dips, or the banks fail, or thieves steal some of it, or inflation reduces its value. Chasing after money is like trying to catch the wind because, like everything else in created reality, money is here today and gone tomorrow. It doesn't make much sense, therefore, to build your life around its acquisition.

It's much better to serve and love God than money, because He will always be there for you. When we place God first in our lives everything else falls into place, everything else falls into the subsidiary positions where they belong. When we place God first we still make and use money, but we don't live for it. We still do what we can to improve ourselves financially, but we're also satisfied with what we have. We're satisfied because we trust God to take care of us, not money.

Unlike money, He will never leave us; He will never run away from us.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Daniel 1, 2


Daniel 1 -- Ashpenaz Takes Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to Babylon; They Refuse the King's Portion

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Daniel 2 -- Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Unspoken Dream

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New Testament Reading
1 John 2


1 John 2 -- Christ 's Comfort; Keep His Commandments; Do Not Love the World; Beware of Antichrists

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Insight
God called the universe into existence out of nothing; he declared that it was to be, and it was. Our faith is in the God who created the entire universe by his word. God's word has awesome power.
Challenge
When he speaks, do you listen and respond? How can you better prepare yourself to respond to God's word?
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Psalm 24:8  The Lord mighty in battle.

Well may our God be glorious in the eyes of his people, seeing that he has wrought such wonders for them, in them, and by them. For them, the Lord Jesus upon Calvary routed every foe, breaking all the weapons of the enemy in pieces by his finished work of satisfactory obedience; by his triumphant resurrection and ascension he completely overturned the hopes of hell, leading captivity captive, making a show of our enemies openly, triumphing over them by his cross. Every arrow of guilt which Satan might have shot at us is broken, for who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? Vain are the sharp swords of infernal malice, and the perpetual battles of the serpent's seed, for in the midst of the church the lame take the prey, and the feeblest warriors are crowned.

The saved may well adore their Lord for his conquests in them, since the arrows of their natural hatred are snapped, and the weapons of their rebellion broken. What victories has grace won in our evil hearts! How glorious is Jesus when the will is subdued, and sin dethroned! As for our remaining corruptions, they shall sustain an equally sure defeat, and every temptation, and doubt, and fear, shall be utterly destroyed. In the Salem of our peaceful hearts, the name of Jesus is great beyond compare: he has won our love, and he shall wear it. Even thus securely may we look for victories by us. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. We shall cast down the powers of darkness which are in the world, by our faith, and zeal, and holiness; we shall win sinners to Jesus, we shall overturn false systems, we shall convert nations, for God is with us, and none shall stand before us. This evening let the Christian warrior chant the war song, and prepare for to-morrow's fight. Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Hebrews 10:22  let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Exodus 30:18-21  "You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. • "Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; • when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the LORD. • "So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations."

1 Corinthians 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

1 Corinthians 3:17  If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

Job 19:26,27  "Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; • Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!

Revelation 21:27  and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Habakkuk 1:13  Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?

Romans 12:1  Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

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