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Topic: Spam (not the meat) (11/03/11)
TITLE: The Fortune Seekers
By Tracey Brown
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The Bible is our ultimate source of wisdom, a strong tool against any of Satan’s fiery darts. God’s way does not promise instant riches or fame. Instead, the humble servant receives the chosen reward. Jesus revealed that the “first will be last and the last will be first,” a revolutionary statement then as now. (Matthew 20:16 NIV)
Considering others above ourselves may fly in the face of conventional wisdom of selfish ambition, yet yields a much greater return. Rather than pursuing happiness we can gain joy. Rather than pleasing self we can gain contentment. Rather than being ruled by ever changing fleshly desires and emotions, we can gain strength as we trust our Master to lead us not into temptation.
We can avoid the trap of lust and other worldly desires through following the advice given in God’s Holy word. The Bible says not to dwell on earthly treasures: money, power, fame or fortune, but to trust God to provide for daily needs. Instead, we should stay focused on heavenly treasures: love, peace, joy and contentment. The treasures of this world will one day disappear. The treasures of heaven will last forever.
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