“Jesus’ disciples should do what God’s Word tells us to do, and avoid what it instructs us to avoid.”
That quote immediately coincided with my own perception of what this subject of gambling really is! First as a genuine practicing faithful Christian any such person should simply be asking, “am I seeking to do God’s will in this act or behavior I’m about to embark on!” In this case I ask would God will me to do this, to actually play games that involve high stakes and great risk or jeopardy in this case large sums of money; which really should only be used and looked upon as a tool or even a necessary evil of this material life; and I can unequivocally see as plain as day that God does not want me gambling, and would not inspire me to do so!
But the very pertinent matter to me in all of this which you explained extremely well, is that just last evening at a retail store I had a discussion with a very good woman about money and wealth! The topic came into the conversation when we talked about Christianity and her mentioning how her husband is very mediocre about religion overall. Me as usual wanted to mention what I had just written about regarding Elon Musk and how I generally saw him as a man with so much but not using it very well, as I didn’t see him promoting Christianity or God period. Yet his having a huge platform with which to do just that, and that to me is a failure, so I’m not too impressed with the man! I told her how I had been thinking that just last week and while online I saw at the very top of my email messages there was one from another woman who had a new posting which included a video clip which I immediately watched and just as it completed a horizontal pop-up was providing a listing of a few more suggested video clips to watch, and the very first one was about Elon Musk, in which this theological author who had just written a book titled “How to be Free from the Fear of Death,” and specifically he was addressing the video clip title, “Is Elon Musk a Christian Now?;” I had to admit I gasped and thought, “oh my God is Elon really turning to God for his direction and believing in Jesus Christ as his Savior!” As it turns out because Elon had appeared on the Christian show Babylonbee.com and by the end of that interview was admitting he finds it likely true that Jesus is who he said he was and the two hosts of the show basically asked him, “can you accept Jesus as your Savior,” with Elon to me thankfully for him, but also very importantly how many others he can effectually bring to Jesus; I was very pleased by this presentation to see what happened with Elon Musk!
I explained this to the woman last night and told her personally I would find it more of a curse to have too much wealth and would not want to trade places at all with Elon or any rich person, and I’m quite happy having my means to survive and stay humble over having wealth, so money means nothing to me other than what I earned working for it the old fashioned way of deserving what I get; as earning my keep. The woman said, “Well it’s up to the individual and some people can be wealthy and it’s not that big a problem,” but I said there would be too much temptation and the negative power of money could change me for the worse, so no thanks, I don’t need more temptation in my life! But she was so enthused and happy to have talked about the matter of Elon and how I was suggesting that her husband should watch the interview and check my own essay out too, because I bet he is a man that maybe had not been inspired the right way toward religion, and actually seeing the Truth of Jesus, and how this Elon thing of even him becoming more inspired, may very well be the helpful inspiration he needs now, in order to commit like Elon Musk appears to have done!
I parted with this new friend/neighbor and headed on over to the hardware as my next stop doing my errands, as it closes early. As I was making my purchase of the supplies, paying for the items with my credit card; when the purchase was approved and the card reader started beeping to remove the card I said to this woman cashier; “a winner every time,” as if it was a gambling transaction, and she laughed, to which I added, “you know how it’s always so easy to spend our money but so much harder to earn it; but this is good because we appreciate and respect the value of earning it versus just winning it, so I prefer working for all I own honestly with integrity and respect for all God gives me in this life.” The woman said, “I agree and I feel the same way;” to which I jokingly said, “that’s great because I know some characters who are the opposite of us and would say, win it or get it easy I’m game for that!”
You see the snares of the Devil abound in this troubled and sinful world and to play with fire or tempt the Devil is totally foolish in my mind and heart, so why not just do like the old adage; “a good days work for a good days pay” and be done with it; not looking for an easy bonanza!
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 ESV
I know what I’m talking about from experience as I have always worked hard for all I have, and I liked working hard just like my Dad and Grandfather and they always worked for everything they had earned, doing great good by “the sweat of their brows” to provide that good to their families! Whereas I have another relative who actually went looking for that bonanza gambling in the casino, and put his home up to continue looking for the big win, and lost it along with his marriage and all of his children who were very damaged by the whole ordeal and subsequent years of unnecessary suffering they all went through; so very sad!
“In Titus 2:4, for example, the word ‘sober’ is the Greek word sophronizo, which means to make of a sound mind, discipline, or correct. This word comes from the Greek word sophron, that is self-controlled, discreet, and temperate.”
10 Benefits of a Sober Mind
It is vital for believers to be sober-minded for so many reasons. Here are just ten benefits of having a sober mind:
1.Greater knowledge of God
3.Being grounded in Truth
5.Staying steadfast in ministry
6.Suffering well through trials and tribulations
7.Protection from false doctrine
8.Ability to resist temptation
“When we’re not being sober-minded, we’re self-focused, unstable, emotional, doubtful, and unfaithful. That’s exactly the person I was before I learned how to be sober.” dailyhisdisciple.com
Speaking of C.S Lewis which I must say like my experience last evening with the nice Christian women being able to have profound inspiration that way; this posting of yours today is the best, because it too is profoundly inspiring of course, but, it’s a great confirmation because I’m always seeing God’s handiwork or connecting of events or specific things He is teaching me and others! And another huge one is how I see the internet or in particular the social media aspect of it as being a huge opportunity or snare even of the Devil, to tempt people and cause so much waste of time and energy playing “Games or Gambling” in a sense with their lives chasing rainbows and petty nonsense often times not necessarily for money but for adulation or popularity and a caressing of their twisted or disturbed egos’ which “is not sober minded or doing God’s will” and there is so much of this afoot on these platforms; to me it all trivializes the meaning and purpose of our being here and will not serve God’s purposes, if we allow ourselves to float around in cyberspace when there is a real world around us that we must remain fully engaged in and “working to accomplish the most good we can while here on earth!”
This Scripture just came to me for a reason.
“6That is why the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged as men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and sober, so that you can pray. 8Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:6-8
Here are the essay’s I wrote that pertain directly to all I’ve mentioned here within this very helpful posting today!
This next one where I feature C.S. Lewis’ great quote which is what I meant about all of the waste and foolishness of the social media frenzy leading many souls down one rabbit hole or another and that coupled with the fact that we live in this out of control media blitzkrieg coupled with Industrial Scale Abortion we are on the sheer precipice of hell as the Devil using all of these opportunities to snare and cause conflict among us in an already unbalanced and very unhealthy chaotic world getting more confused and out of control by the day and even hour!
All I can say to Y’all is keep yourselves aligned with God’s will only, and cut the malarkey totally out; or any one of you could become a lost victim to a snare of the Devil’s that you never saw coming, but, like that roaring lion, stealthily it comes upon you and then it’s too late! Get Sober!
God bless you.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
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