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DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020

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4 months 1 day ago #9649 by thaiwohvista
DAILY MANNA WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020 was created by thaiwohvista
TOPIC: IMPOVERISHED BY PLEASURE

TEXT: PROVERBS 21:16-31

KEY VERSE: "He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich" (PROVERBS 21:17).

Wanton pleasure is the greatest bane of the modern world today. Both civilised and developing nations of the world are painfully groping under the burden of uncontrolled pursuit of pleasure. History has it that the powerful empire of the Romans was brought on its knees by reckless indulgence of her people in debauchery. Many modern societies are adrift into moral, economic and religious decline currently as a result of love of pleasure.
The text under consideration disapproves of the illegitimate pleasure seeking or wealth acquisition of the slothful. It forewarned of the dangers inherent in choosing an unrighteous path to amass wealth. Legitimate pleasure is scriptural and part of divine promise and provision for the righteous. It is the product of conscientious work and industry. This kind of pleasure fuels hardwork, growth, progress and success in all areas of life.
However, the warped view of pleasure wherein individuals in the society want the best in life without commensurate effort at achieving their desires is condemnable. This is the reason behind many folks falling victims to Ponzi schemes that promise great monetary gains with paltry sums. The rat race to amass wealth at all cost and by all means has left many individuals, families and communities in frustration and regret.
A lax attitude towards work, day-dreaming of wealth as well as spending hard-earned resources on "sweeties" are all negative attitudes no one should entertain, as such do lead to poverty and lack. We must learn how to invest our time, talent and treasure to create more durable wealth for ourselves and dependants.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 CHRONICLES 13-17

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