To Him that woke us up this morning and gave us the peace of mind we can go on throughout the day. My brothers and sisters in the Lord and in the power of His might greetings.
Let us read the scripture for this morning’s message from the book of Proverbs 28:19-20
19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Honest work will always be rewarded, while those who scheme to get wealth will not go unpunished. Gambling is one of the oldest addictions in the world. Like alcoholism and drug addiction, compulsive gambling drains national and personal economies. Families are the ones who suffer the most. Many people feel gambling is an enjoyable pastime, and even some Christians support lotteries, horse racing and casinos. Video poker has become so popular it is referred to as “the crack cocaine” of gambling. However, Scripture is clear that it is a snare that can lead to poverty. It is the ultimate get-rich-quick scheme, and Christians should pay attention to the Biblical instruction regarding it.
Anyone attempting to gain money at someone else’s certain loss is definitely not practicing Christian principles. A casino preys on the weakness of people. Gambling is contrary to the principles of working, saving and giving. Gamblers ignore discipline and accountability for their spending. To many, gambling is a scheme to escape work. Some do not realize the gravity of their sin, justifying it because their present income does not meet their needs. God desires these persons to look to Him to meet their needs. He will give a plan for becoming debt-free, if they seek Him and search out His economic principles in the Bible. The Lord can bring deliverance to those caught in the web of compulsive gambling. He will break the bondage of all who call upon Him.
Doing an honest day’s work is the way to earn a living. Faithfulness to a job brings its own reward. God’s blessing upon honest labour goes beyond any paycheck. No man can buy peace of mind, health, protection, or joy in the Holy Spirit.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1 Timothy 6:6-11).
Let us pray
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for Your many blessings, and help me to be content with Your daily provision in my life. Deliver me from all worry and anxiety. Lord, help those who have fallen into the snare of gambling. Deliver them and set them free so that they will be able to trust You for their needs. May we all be content with Your daily provisions. Thank You for Your wonderful gifts of love, joy and peace, which cannot be purchased with any amount of money. I am most grateful. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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