Friday, December 16, 2011

Are you greedy? Check out the Bible and judge yourself

Are you GREEDY? If you want to know, read on...

I. Some Biblical references to greed.
    Ps. 10:3 - "the greedy man curses and spurns God"
    Prov. 11:6 - "the treacherous are caught by their own greed"
    Jere. 6:13; 8:10 - "everyone is greedy for gain"
    Lk. 12:15 - "be on guard against every form of greed; life is not in possessions"
    Eph. 4:9 - "Gentiles...practice every kind of impurity with greediness"
    I Thess. 2:5 - "we did not come with pretext for greed"
    I Tim. 3:8 - (deacons) "not fond of sordid gain" (cf. Titus 1:7)
    II Peter 2:3 - (false prophets) "in their greed they will exploit you with false words"
    II Peter 2:14 - (false prophets) "have hearts trained in greed"

II. Defining and describing greed.
    A. Greed is inordinate desire to acquire and possess
        1. lust and envy - James 4:2
        2. covetousness - Exod. 20:17; Rom. 7:7,8; I Cor. 5:11
        3. selfish immoderation of desires - "Me-ism"
        4. patterning of the "flesh"
    B. Greed is sin - contrary to character of God
        1. Listed in the Bible with the gravest of sins - Mark 7:22; Rom. 1:29; I Cor. 6:10; Eph. 5:3
        2. Roman Catholicism identified as one of seven "deadly sins"
    C. Greed involves the "personal aspiration" of the "lust of the eyes" (I Jn. 2:16)
    D. Greed is related to materialism
        1. living for possessions - Lk. 12:15
        2. get rich quick - I Tim. 6:9
        3. love of money - I Tim. 6:10
        4. Rockefeller - "How much is enough? More than I presently have."
    E. Greed is idolatry - Eph. 5:5; Col. 3:5

III. Practical expressions of greed.
    There may be greed if you:
    ...keep "wish lists" of desired objects to purchase.
    ...can't say "no" when offered money to do a job.
    ...are always seeking ways to make more money.
    ...feel resentment when someone acquires what you would like to have
    ...have fallen for several "get rich quick" schemes. ...joined a multi-level marketing?
...are disturbed after losing a relatively small amount of money.
...become perturbed when you purchase an item and find it cheaper elsewhere.
...feel good and find relief in going shopping.
...would rather have a high paying job than one which is interesting and rewarding
...despise paying taxes and have sympathy for those who find ways to avoid such.
...feel uneasy around people who are wealthier than you.
...make disparaging remarks about people who are rich.
...engage in the "one-up-man-ship" of topping another's accounts of acquisitions.
...go to an "all you can eat" buffet and feel obliged to eat as much as possible to get
your money's worth.
...give something wanting to be properly credited or reciprocated. through neighborhoods with exclusive homes yearning to live in such.
...ponder how much it is going to cost when a family member gets sick.
...feel imposed upon when one of your children asks for money to buy something.
...insist on controlling the family finances and the checkbook.
...argue with your mate about how much they are spending on personal items.
...brag about the "bargains" you got, how "thrifty" you are, or how little you paid for
...boast of how clever you were in getting the best of another in a business deal.

IV. Solution to greed.
A. Deriving the character of God by faith.
B. God's character involves contentment. God lacks nothing, wants nothing.
Lk. 3:14 - "be content with your wages"
Phil. 4:11 - "content in whatever circumstances I am"
I Tim. 6:6 - "godliness is means of gain, accompanied by contentment"
I Tim. 6:8 - "food and covering, with these we shall be content"
Heb. 13:5 - "content with what you have"
C. We are to be fulfilled and satisfied in the abundance of Christ's life -
John 10:10 - "life more abundantly"

I just smile while going through the list but I thank the Lord for giving me a humble heart and realizing that I fall short of his standard. I repent and pray that day by day He changes me for the glory of Him.

Blessings ♥

Monday, December 12, 2011


Today, I am the strongest in JESUS mighty NAME!!!!!!!!! No one can separate us from the love of GOD!!!! And there is HEALING IN HIS NAME!!!!

Blessings ♥

Day 12 - 30-Day Blog Challenge

Day 12 of my 30-Day Blog Challenge

If you could wish for anything that would come true, what would you wish for?

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Honestly, if I could wish for something that could come true in an instance, I'll wish for the end of starvation in all parts of the world especially Africa. That everyone will enjoy the blessing of good food, nutrition.

Totoo, yan ang nasa puso ko. The other day, my daughter would like to finish a bar fo Hediard chocolate in one sitting. I told her to just get enough and keep the rest on the fridge so she can still have some tomorrow. She doesn't like my suggestion because she said she is still hungry and really likes the chocolate so she has to finish them all now. In fairness naman sa bata, she is not into chocolates kahit her name is Hershey, she doesn't really crave or ask for a choc even when she has the chance. Candy oo pero tsokolate, di masydo. If she really likes to finish Hediard now, the chocolate must really taste better. :D

So going back I told her to save some for tomorrow but as usual she is waiting for my reason behind it. I said that too much of anything is not good as there are millions of people in the world who die of starvation. She is more than blessed to be able to eat whatever she likes so it's good to just enjoy what is available for today and share or save what is left for tomorrow because you wouldnt know what will happen in the future.

Yes, nangaral lang naman ako sa anak ko. LOL

I let her view the images of starving children in Africa and we both felt devastated. She agreed and kept the chocolate in the fridge. She checks on it everyday and she was able to finish them in 3 days - she gave some to us and to her nanny. She was satisfied. ;) 

Blessings ♥

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 11, The 30-Day Blog challenge

Day 11 of the 30-Day Blog challenge. Who can’t you live without?

I'm sure most of my friends and my family know... Who else but the Lord. ;) It's not an option to live without Him. Not an option, ever. ;)

The Notebook of Love
A relationship with God is the most important relationship you can have. Trust him and everything will always turn out fine.

Blessings ♥

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 9 - 10, the 30-Day Blog challenge

Hello. It's Saturday and I'm signing in for the 30-Day Blog challenge.

I'm sooo late but I'll try to keep up.

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Day 9    Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 10  A dream for the future

My plan for the next 365 days, that is after December 30th 2011, is that I will do my best to save up more. I think I already forgot how to add some dough in my bank account, grrrr! 

And my dream in the near future is to have our own home here in Singapore. Few more years and I know by God's grace and provision, we will have it. Yes, the Lord will do it for us. Nothing is too difficult for him anyway so I will just ask Him to do it in behalf of me. 

Blessings ♥

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Day 8 - the start of the 30-Day Blog challenge

I am blog hopping today and luckily saw a post from Mars  which is for me quiet interesting - about 30 day blog challenge. Today is already the 8th of Dec but I still want to join. :) I guess I can make up for those missed days but let's see. I want to do this, I hope i can, God help me. :-)

And the list....

Day 1    A photo that makes you happy
Day 2    20 of my favorite things
Day 3    A photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 4    Something you are OCD about
Day 5    Your dream house
Day 6    A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 7    My worst habit
Day 8    What’s in my handbag/purse
Day 9    Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 10  A dream for the future
Day 11  Who can’t you live without?
Day 12  If you could wish for anything that would come true, what would you wish for?
Day 13  Have you ever had your heart broken? Have you ever broken a heart?
Day 14  What do you like most about yourself?
Day 15  What do you dislike most about yourself?
Day 16  What do people notice about you?
Day 17  What’s something you wish you could say to someone?
Day 18  Whom do you admire the most?
Day 19  What is your goal in life?
Day 20  What are the 10 most significant events in your life?
Day 21  If you died tomorrow, what’s one thing you’d regret not doing?
Day 22  What’s an inside joke you have with someone?
Day 23  Two months ago, where were you and what were you doing?
Day 24  Do you have saved text messages?  If so, who are they from and why do you still have them?
Day 25  Write 5 messages to 5 different people without using names.
Day 26  What’s something you’re really excited for?
Day 27  What do you feel guilty for doing?
Day 28  Tattoos.  If you have one, post it and its story.  If not, what do you want?
Day 29  Picture of your makeup collection
Day 30  When were the happiest days of your life?

Day 8    What’s in my handbag/purse

Of course, I've already arranged it so it would look presentable. :D You see, I don't use a bag organizer, I have one coming - I ordered online but usually I don't use an organizer for my stuff. I instead have smaller bags so they won't clutter too much.

So inside my bag are - a brush, iPad 2 charger, pink card organizer, vanity pouch, wallet, brown envelop which has all paper stuff like receipts, letters, bank book, and then my iPad 2. I forgot to include my phone. :)

I am using a large long handle Longchamp le pliage and it's big enough for my stuff. 

What's inside yours?

Blessings ♥