Enter into his gates with THANKSGIVING and into His Courts with PRAISE: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:4 KJV).
Have you ever met someone who can never truly be satisfied with the daily blessings God has bestowed upon life? I know I have. And, I believe it is one of the worse mindsets a person can possess. To me, it’s as if they have a “curse” upon their life. They seem to feel that the “world” and everyone in it owes them more and more. Lord, have mercy.
For a person to become so stricken with such “greed” that no matter what they have or possess on this earth it is never enough, they have first fallen into a “pit” of darkness not recognizing that “everything” on earth first and foremost belongs to God!
I am not referring only to those who possess great wealth and materialistic gain. For many with great riches honor, respect, and obey God daily with their time, talents, tithes, offerings, and charities. “Greed” is not a sin that affects only the “rich,” for even a poorer person can become stricken with “greed” believing it is by their hands and through their own efforts that they live and survive. But, the Bible clearly teaches that NO man lives or survives outside of God’s abundant grace, mercies, and provisions.
I love and enjoy being around those who have been blessed with a spirit of Thanksgiving and Praise. I have a friend who possesses great wealth, but one would never know it because they choose to live a more simple, satisfied, and thankful life-style. Naturally, any of us can become tempted to “want” more and not recognize all that we already have. But, there are those who make “wanting” and “seeking” more and more a life-style choice! No matter what they have, they are simply NOT satisfied!
I believe that you can recognize a person who has been given over to a spirit of “greed” by the way they always feel everything they possess is “newer,” “better,” or the “best” out there. I once heard about a person who purchased a new vehicle and drove it to a friend’s house. When the person arrived, to their surprise, the friend had also purchased the same exact car. As the two talked, the person could not concede that the two vehicles were the same. The person insisted that their car was the better; even though it was the same exact model and year! Greed!
Another way to recognize someone who has been given over to a spirit of “greed” is their unconcern of others. Whatever is on “their” plate at the moment takes priority; no matter what. “Greed” never changes its plans for others. “Greed” keeps people from being kind, caring, loving, trustworthy, giving, and forgiving. Life becomes all about “them.” As I stated before, “greed” isn’t always about who has the most. Some people become “greedy” when they “receive” from others but rarely give anything back unto others. We sometimes refer to these type of people as “takers” and not “givers.”
But, there is a cure for “greed.” It is found all throughout the Bible, but the one place that comes to my mind this morning is Psalm 100. “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD; all ye lands. SERVE the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God; it is HE that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into His gates with THANKSGIVING, and into His courts with PRAISE: be THANKFUL UNTO HIM, and bless his name. For the LORD is GOOD; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. Amen!! And, Amen!!
Truly, when we enter into His gates each morning with a thankful heart and a satisfied spirit we overcome the darkness of “greed” and the power that it can have over our hearts, minds, and lives. As we begin a New Year; let us enter into His courts DAILY with Praise and THANKSGIVING…For It is He who “hath made us, and not we ourselves.”
Prayer: “Thank you Heavenly Father this morning for your abundant blessings and your mercies that endureth forever and forever. Keep our hearts from a life-style of greed desiring more and more. Let us always come before your presence with a thankful heart and be more willing to “give” than to “receive.” Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author