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Luke 16

Father, thank You for Jesus and the life I have in Him!


“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? … God knows your hearts.  What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (v 10-12, 15 NIV)

Everything that I have belongs to You, Lord.  You’ve supplied all my possessions and money.  You’ve allowed me to have them for use in this world as I follow You.  You’re interested in my attitude toward the things and money You’ve entrusted to me.  Will I be like the rich man who was too selfish to help the begging man? (v 19-21).  Will I be like the other rich man’s manager who was dishonest in his dealings and was accused of wasting his master’s possessions? (v 1-2).

My use of money is a great test of Your lordship in my life — how well do I place YOU as Lord over my life?  Or, am I a slave to money?  You pointed out the following note in the NIV Life Application Bible:

“Money has the power to take God’s place in your life.  It can become your master.  How can you tell if you are a slave to Money? (1) Do you think and worry a bout it frequently?  (2) Do You give up doing what you should do or would like to do in order to make more money?  (3) Do you spend a great deal of your time caring for your possessions?  (4) Is it hard for you to give money away?  (5) Are you in debt?” [see Prov. 22:7] (NIV Life Application Bible, p. 1839.)

Father, teach me how to trust YOU completely for everything.  Center my trust on Your providence not on my own abilities.  My ability to meet my needs can’t compete to the vastness of Your supply and generosity.  Help me to stop trying to figure out how to manage and instead help me to rely on YOUR management of all that pertains to me.  As I step toward a more complete surrender to You, keep on making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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