With the lottery amount being where it is, all kinds of people are coming out to buy tickets. Of course this means the religious folks are doing their campaigning against it yet those who will buy a ticket, will. Please understand, I am in no way condoning gambling or telling you to go against God’s word but I am saying this … whatever you decide to do, pray about it. Am I playing? Yep! But get this, I don’t desire to be rich but I desire to be financially stable. The same way I don’t base my chance of winning on luck but I base it on, if it’s meant; it’ll happen. See, the bible says in 1st Timothy 6:9, “But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” If I sought after riches and glory down here what need would I have for Heaven? This is why my prayer is for financially stability. You do know there is a difference between financial stability and being rich, don’t you? Well there is. Being financially stable means you are no longer the borrower but you’re now the lender, you no longer live paycheck to paycheck but you can now save for a rainy day or broken refrigerator, you can afford to miss a day from work without it jeopardizing your household and you help those in need without it causing harm to your checking account. Whereas being rich means you have more money that you know what to do with, your head becomes so big you can only walk through double doors after someone opens them for you, you start turning your nose up at people who come to you for help, you throw money around because you want people to know who you are, you care more about fame than a good name and you become a breeding ground for the enemy.
This is why you have to be careful with the things you do, seek after, pray for and play with. You have to be careful what you speak into existence and what you long for. Desiring riches opens up more doors for the enemy to come in who then ups his tempting of you and then it leads you down the wrong road, if you aren’t careful. This is why 1st Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” This is why again I say, don’t pray nor work to be rich but pray and work to be financially stable. If being rich means I cut off the blessings from a God of a second, fifteenth, and one hundred chances; I don’t want it. If being rich means I forfeit my right to Heaven, I don’t want it. If being rich means giving the enemy more access to me, I don’t want it. If being rich means I have to change whose I am, I want no parts in it. Beloved, we don’t have to wish upon a star when we have access to the star creator. We don’t have to wish for luck when we have access to the one who owns everything. Do this, look up gambling in the bible and you’ll see the majority of the scriptures are about the love of money, for it is the root of all evil. Read and digest the word for yourself in order to get an understanding. Don’t allow your attention to be so caught up in getting rich that you miss getting righteous.