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“Don’t be greedy, for... the things of this world.”  Colossians 3:5 NLT 

A big credit card company once had a TV commercial with the slogan, ‘You can have it all now!’ Sound familiar? Not much has changed. Satan said to Adam and Eve, ‘If you want that apple, take it.’ Leave payday till ‘some day.’ Go ahead; put it on your credit card. Better yet, get this new, low-interest card and pay nothing for one year. That’s right, no interest and no payments for one full year. If you’re an overextended family carrying a large credit card debt, don’t take the bait. It’s time for getting out of debt, not deeper into it. If you want help, try using these four Bible principles: 

1)    Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Stop craving things you don’t need. Instead, try enjoying what you’ve got. 

2)    If you’re not tithing, start now! You’ll be switching from the world’s faltering economy to God’s dependable financial system. When you tithe He promises to protect your interests and send blessings ‘there shall not be room enough to receive’ (Malachi 3:8-12). 

3)    “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1NIV) and He guarantees to “supply all your need…” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). So before you go shopping, try praying! Ask God for what you need and then wait for Him to respond.

4)    Begin giving away some of what you’ve got. “It is possible to give away and become richer… [and] to hold on too tightly and lose everything… the liberal man shall be rich!” (Proverbs 11:24-25 TLB).  

As we approach this 2009 Holiday Season, we’ve got to be very careful not to be overcome by “Greed” and the “I Want it Now” syndrome.

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA


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