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Sep 13, 2019

When Good Things Are Bad for You (Filling up on Chips and Salsa) Part 2

Jeff Cavins

Jeff continues to unpack what happens to us when we are too preoccupied with worldly things and neglect to keep our eyes on heaven. He uses the metaphor of filling up on chips and salsa to illustrate this point, and draws on multiple biblical examples to go ever deeper. 

Snippet from the Show

“I am defined by Jesus Christ, I am defined by my heavenly Father, and I am defined by truth. And Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

SHOWNOTES

Genesis 13:6 – (Lot & Abraham) “so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together”

Genesis 36:7 – (Jacob & Esau) “For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together; the land of their sojourning could not support them because of their cattle.”

Psalms 49:10 – “both wise and stupid leave possessions to others.”

Proverbs 28:7 – “He who keeps the law is a wise son, but a companion of gluttons shames his father.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 – “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. “

Numbers 11:18-20 – “And say to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, ‘Who will give us meat to eat? For it was well with us in Egypt.’ Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall not eat one day, or two days, or five days, or ten days, or twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the LORD who is among you, and have wept before him, saying, ‘Why did we come forth out of Egypt?’”

Ecclesiastes 5:10 – “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves

wealth, with gain: this also is vanity.”

The Cost of Overindulging

Matthew 19:22 – “When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

James 4:2 – “You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not have, because you do not ask.” 

Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” 

CCC 2113 – “Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, ‘You cannot serve God and mammon.’ Many martyrs died for not adoring “the Beast” refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.”

Matthew 24:47 – “Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.”

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”

Colossians 3:1-2 – “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”

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