Power, Sex And Money - Christian Daily Devotions

Power, Sex And Money - Verse of the Day :
But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, "You shall not return that way again." Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.
-Deuteronomy 17:16-17

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : John 9

Evening : Deuteronomy 17-18

Power, Sex and Money

Hundreds of years before Samuel anointed Saul as the first king of Israel, these provisions were made concerning the king's character.

First of all, a king should not be given to the lust of power. Leaders who are inwardly insecure are always clamoring for power, prominence and position.

Jesus says that leadership is not lordship, but servanthood: "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Matt. 23:12). Decide to be a servant-leader today.

Secondly, a king must now have a weakness for the opposite sex. Biblical leaders like Samson, David and Solomon all fell in this area. Next to the Lord, the most important relationship you would ever have is the one with your spouse. Communication is the key to life. Put aside quality time each day to share your thoughts, feelings, desires and visions with each other.

Have consistent, healthy sexual relations in your marriage. "Do not deprive one another except for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control" (1 Cor. 7:5). In other words, sex is effective spiritual warfare against the temptation for adultery.

March 18 - Power, Sex and Money - Christian Daily Devotions

What do you do when you have lost the "first love" for your spouse? Jesus says, "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works (Rev. 2:5). That means you need to go back to the beginning activities of your relationship. Start courting each other again. Keep the romance in your marriage strong.

Finally, a king must never have a soft spot for money. Paul says, "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:12-13).

While you are to desire the multiplication of your finances, learn to live within your means. Work out a plan to get out of debt as soon as you can. Be a tither and a generous giver in the Church. Giving is always effective in dealing with the lust for money.

A king should be a person of the Word, and a person of humility and accountability. These same character qualities are needed for all godly leaders in our time.

March 18 - Power, Sex and Money - Christian Daily Devotions

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