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Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,
As we start a brand new year we usually get excited about all the things we want to get accomplished. Most of us start very motivated but as time goes by for some reason we lose the enthusiasm when we do not see instant progress. One of the areas we all pursue is happiness. The world leads us to believe that money can bring us the happiness we want. But we must remember that the only way we can obtain true happiness is through God. Today’s devotional reminds us that God, not wealth, brings true happiness. I wish you the best in the New Year!

God, Not Wealth, Brings True Happiness
# 347

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT)
Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness!

I Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil.

Almost every person, if not everybody, desires to have money in this world. Many buy lottery tickets, gamble at casinos, hope to have a rich relative leave them a large fortune as inheritance, or dream of being a successful business owner. There is nothing wrong with having money or wanting money to live a good life, provide for our families, and help others. But the moment we start loving money, our hearts’ motives may change and money may eventually replace God’s place in our lives. Money has the ability to attract us to it, attract us to the things of the world, and to take us away from God. I believe the main reason money has that ability is because it can give us all the things of the world to a point where we think we no longer need God.

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12 (NLT) say, “Being wise is as good as being rich; in fact it is better. Wisdom or money can get you almost anything, but it’s important to know that only wisdom can save your life.” Wisdom takes us to the tree of life. It takes us to God where we find abundant life here on earth and eternal life in heaven. I believe wealth is a gift from God, but we must be mature in the Lord to handle and manage it for Him. It takes great effort not to get attached to money, but there are ways we can do it. When we put God first in our lives, dedicate our hard work to Him, and use our financial wealth to further His Kingdom, He entrusts us with material wealth. Giving, instead of hoarding, is the key.

Therefore, seek God with all your heart, not money, and give to wherever God leads you knowing He will never ask you to give what you don’t have. Then you will find true happiness.

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