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Happy is the person who is generous with his loans,who runs his business honestly. A good person will never fail; he will always be remembered. He is not afraid of receiving bad news; his faith is strong, and he trusts in the Lord. He is not worried or afraid; he is certain to see his enemies defeated. He gives generously to the needy, and his kindness never fails; he will be powerful and respected. Psalms 112:5-9 (GNT)

Here's a good example of true biblical happiness: a feeling of security in the love of the Lord. Far too many preachers and T.V. evangelists today preach a 'give to get' message that's not the Gospel. If I were to be kind to somebody only because I expected to be rewarded with interest, then I am not really being kind at all. No, in fact, I would be simply making another business deal from which I would hope to gain some form of material treasure. Far too many well-intentioned folks are drawn in by "seed faith" preachers who promise untold material blessings for some sort of financial commitment to their "ministry." Verses are pulled out of context from the Bible to support their non-Gospel message of gain. Such teachers must be exposed for what they are so they won't continue deceiving God's people and those with potential to become part of the family.. I am not saying that everyone who subscribes to some sort of "seed faith" doctrine has bad intentions in mind, I am sure many sincerely believe it and want to share what they think they have found with others. Examination of their 'crusades' and telecasts will show the viewer how little [if at all] they truly preach a message of salvation through Jesus and extend that invitation in the from of altar calls.

Remember what Jesus said to the rich man who wanted to know what to do in order to inherit the kingdom of Heaven? Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. -Mark 10:21-22 (NASB)

How about you? Would you have walked away saddened? I pray that I would not.

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