prosperity

The Deception of Wealth (Hosea 12:8)

“Ephraim boasts, ‘I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.'” (Hosea 12:8)

Have you ever wondered why some people who seem to be so wicked and stand for everything that opposes God, get filthy rich? I know when I first became Christian, it was a question I wondered about. But the more I learned about God, the deceitfulness of riches, and what truly constitutes as a blessing from the Lord, I realized that being wealthy often does more harm for someone, than good. (more…)

Keeping Up With The Joneses (Psalm 73:2-3)

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psa. 73:2-3)

“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psa. 73:23-26)

Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, who was the leader of one of David’s three Levitical choirs. All of the Psalms from 73-83 were collected and attributed to him in some way, and either he or one of his descendants wrote them. (more…)