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Affluence

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Literally, “flowing” with prosperity. Wealth is not condemned in Scripture but is seen as a good gift of God. However, affluence has its dangers.

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Godly affluence

Exodus 3:8 ESV
and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
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Examples of affluence

Eden; Abraham; Isaac; Jacob; Job

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Hezekiah; Joseph of Arimathea

The dangers of affluence

Pride

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Reliance upon riches

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Over-attachment to riches

Matthew 19:22 ESV
When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Greed for more riches

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

Temptation

1 Timothy 6:9–10 ESV
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Cares and anxieties

Matthew 13:22 ESV
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.

Spiritual complacency

Revelation 3:17 ESV
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

Contempt for God

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Contempt for the poor or unfortunate

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Affluence is temporary

It is for this life only

1 Timothy 6:7 ESV
for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
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It is often lost

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Spiritual affluence

The riches of God

Philippians 4:19 ESV
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
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Spiritual wealth

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The shared wealth of the church

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The wealth of heaven

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