God's Words of Comfort


A Portion of God's Holy Word Regarding:

Affluence – Extravagance – Materialism – Money – Finances – Property – Riches – Wealth

Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it. Leviticus 25:23 (GNT)
Take care that you are not turned away from the Lord your God and from keeping His orders and decisions and Laws which I give you this day: And when you have taken food and are full, and have made fair houses for yourselves and are living in them; And when your herds and your flocks are increased, and your stores of silver and gold, and you have wealth of every sort; Take care that your hearts are not lifted up in pride, giving no thought to the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 8:11-14 (BBE)
You might say to yourself, "I am rich because of my own power and strength," but remember the Lord your God! It is He who gives you the power to become rich, keeping the agreement He promised to your ancestors, as it is today. Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NCV™)

Sierra Gold LakeIf you obey the Lord your God and faithfully keep all His commands that I am giving you today, He will make you greater than any other nation on earth. Obey the Lord your God and all these blessings will be yours: The Lord will bless your towns and your fields. The Lord will bless you with many children, with abundant crops, and with many cattle and sheep. The Lord will bless your grain crops and the food you prepare from them. The Lord will bless everything you do. Deuteronomy 28:1-6 (GNT)
"This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful." Joshua 1:8 (NRSV)
The LORD causes poverty and grants wealth. He humbles people; He also promotes them. He raises the poor from the dust. He lifts the needy from the trash heap in order to make them sit with nobles and even to make them inherit a glorious throne. The pillars of the earth are the Lord's. He has set the world on them. He safeguards the steps of His faithful ones, but wicked people are silenced in darkness because humans cannot succeed by their own strength. 1 Samuel 2:7-9 (GOD’S WORD®)
For if you carefully obey the rules and regulations which He gave to Israel through Moses, you will prosper. Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic! 1 Chronicles 22:13 (TLB)
Wealth and honor come from You, and You are ruler over all, and in Your hand is power and strength; it is in Your power to make great, and to give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:12 (BBE)
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those of us who reverence the Lord will never lack any good thing. Psalms 34:10 (TLB)
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:3-5 (KJV)
It is better to have little and be godly than to own an evil man’s wealth; for the strength of evil men shall be broken, but the Lord takes care of those He has forgiven. Psalms 37:16-17 (TLB)
I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging bread. He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing. Turn away from evil and do what is good, and dwell there forever. For the Lord loves justice and will not abandon His faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed. Psalms 37:25-28 (HCSB)
Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found. Psalms 37:34-36 (NKJV)
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalms 41:1 (KJV)
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. Psalms 52:6-8 (KJV)
All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living… He gives freely to poor people. His righteousness continues forever. His head is raised in honor. Psalms 112:5, 9 (GOD’S WORD®)
I delight in following Your commands more than in having great wealth. Psalms 119:14 (GNT)

Lead me in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Turn my heart to Your decrees, and not to selfish gain. Psalms 119:35-36 (NRSV)
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them! Psalms 135:15-18 (ESV)
Give honor to the Lord with your wealth, and with the first-fruits of all your increase: So your store-houses will be full of grain, and your vessels overflowing with new wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (BBE)
I love those who love me. Those who seek me diligently will find me. With me are riches, honor, enduring wealth, and prosperity. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; My yield than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice; That I may give wealth to those who love me. I fill their treasuries. Proverbs 8:17-21 (WEB)

El Capitan mirror riverWealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death. Proverbs 10:2 (BBE)
He becomes poor who works with a lazy hand, But the hand of the diligent brings wealth. Proverbs 10:4 (WEB)
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV)
Riches will do you no good on the day you face death, but honesty can save your life. Proverbs 11:4 (GNT)
Those who depend on their wealth will fall like the leaves of autumn, but the righteous will prosper like the leaves of summer. Proverbs 11:28 (GNT)

Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. Proverbs 13:11 (NKJV)
Better is a little with righteousness, than great wealth with wrongdoing. Proverbs 16:8 (BBE)
How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold, and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver. Proverbs 16:16 (GOD’S WORD®)
He who gives heed to the Word finds prosperity. Whoever trusts in the LORD is blessed. Proverbs 16:20 (HNV)
Rich people trust their wealth to protect them. They think it is like the high walls of a city. Proverbs 18:11 (NCV™)
Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted. Proverbs 19:1 (BBE)
Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend. Proverbs 19:4 (ESV)
He who has pity on the poor gives to the Lord, and the Lord will give him his reward. Proverbs 19:17 (BBE)
The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you. Proverbs 20:21 (GNT)
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)
He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13 (RSV)
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. Proverbs 21:17 (KJV)
A good name is more to be desired than great wealth, and to be respected is better than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 (BBE)

Tejon LupinesThe rich and the poor have this in common: The LORD is the maker of them all. Proverbs 22:2 (HNV)
The result of humility and the fear of the LORD Is wealth, honor, and life. Proverbs 22:4 (HNV)
He who has a generous eye will be blessed; For he shares his food with the poor. Proverbs 22:9 (WEB)
Don't weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird! Proverbs 23:4-5 (TLB)
Wealth is not permanent. Not even nations last forever. Proverbs 27:24 (GNT)
It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked. Proverbs 28:6 (NLT)
Rich people always think they are wise, but a poor person who has insight into character knows better. Proverbs 28:11 (GNT)
One who works his land will have an abundance of food; But one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. Proverbs 28:19 (WEB)
A stingy man hurries after riches, And doesn't know that poverty waits for him. Proverbs 28:22 (WEB)
He who gives to the poor will never be in need, but great curses will be on him who gives no attention to them. Proverbs 28:27 (BBE)
"I ask two things from you, Lord. Don't refuse me before I die. Keep me from lying and being dishonest. And don't make me either rich or poor; just give me enough food for each day. If I have too much, I might reject You and say, 'I don't know the Lord.' If I am poor, I might steal and disgrace the name of my God." Proverbs 30:7-9 (NCV™)
If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless. The richer you are, the more mouths you have to feed. All you gain is the knowledge that you are rich. Workers may or may not have enough to eat, but at least they can get a good night's sleep. The rich, however, have so much that they stay awake worrying. Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 (GNT)
If God gives us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God. Ecclesiastes 5:19 (GNT)

BandW MountainLakeThe Lord says, "Come, everyone who is thirsty— here is water! Come, you that have no money— buy grain and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk— it will cost you nothing! Why spend money on what does not satisfy? Why spend your wages and still be hungry? Listen to Me and do what I say, and you will enjoy the best food of all. Listen now, My people, and come to Me; come to Me, and you will have life! I will make a lasting covenant with you and give you the blessings I promised to David." Isaiah 55:1-3 (GNT)
"I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for." Jeremiah 29:11 (GNT)
And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 31:14 (KJV)
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2:26 (KJV)
"Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with the curse; for you rob Me, even this whole nation. Bring the whole tithe into the store-house, that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open you the windows of Heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for it." Malachi 3:8-10 (HNV)
"Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:2-4 (ESV)
"Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don't break through and steal; for where your treasure is, your heart will be there also." Matthew 6:19-21 (WEB)
"No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth." Matthew 6:24 (BBE)
[The following explanatory verses are in regards to the Parable of the Sower, found in Matthew 13:1-17 and Mark 4:3-9. Here the sower, or farmer, is anyone who brings God’s Message to others, trying to plant good “seed” within their lives. The seed refers to God’s Word, the farmer’s field represents the world, the various types of soil in the parable represents the different ways mankind responds to the Gospel, and the birds who devour the seeds represents Satan. Some ignore the Word, others are enthused but soon fade away for the cares of the world and other reasons, but some take it to heart and enthusiastically spread it to others.]
"Now here is the explanation of the story I told about the farmer planting grain: The hard path where some of the seeds fell represents the heart of a person who hears the Good News about the Kingdom and doesn't understand it; then Satan comes and snatches away the seeds from his heart. The shallow, rocky soil represents the heart of a man who hears the Message and receives it with real joy, but he doesn't have much depth in his life, and the seeds don't root very deeply, and after a while when trouble comes, or persecution begins because of his beliefs, his enthusiasm fades, and he drops out. The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the Message, but the cares of this life and longing for money choke out God's Word, and he does less and less for God. The good ground represents the heart of a man who listens to the Message and understands it and goes out and brings thirty, sixty, or even a hundred others into the Kingdom." Matthew 13:18-23 (TLB)
"If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for Me, you will find true life. And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?" Matthew 16:25-26 (NLT)

Ranuncula StripesNow behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"
     So He said to him,
"Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into Life, keep the commandments."
     He said to Him, "Which ones?"
     Jesus said,
"'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
     The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?"    
     Jesus said to him,
"If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
     Then Jesus said to His disciples,
"Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
     When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"   
     But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
"With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:16-26 (NKJV)
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.
     Then He called His disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." Mark 12:41-44 (NRSV)
"Even now the ax also lies at the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and thrown into the fire."
     The multitudes asked Him, "What then must we do?"
     He answered them,
"He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise."
     Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to Him, "Teacher, what must we do?"          
     He said to them,
"Collect no more than that which is appointed you."
     Soldiers also asked Him, saying, "What about us? What must we do?"
     He said to them,
"Extort from no one by violence, neither accuse anyone wrongfully. Be content with your wages." Luke 3:9-14 (WEB)
"If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving – large or small – it will be used to measure what is given back to you." Luke 6:38 (NLT)
[In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus teaches us to trust in God, not in our wealth or possessions. Often the rich solely credit themselves for their success, and not as a blessing, or a special ability or gift from God. Being rich toward God means to share what we have for the growth, or furtherance, of the Kingdom of God. Faith that saves us is one that looks toward eternal rewards, not worldly riches. Trade your earthly wealth for treasure in Heaven, our eternal home.You can’t take it with you, but you can definitely send it on ahead.And don’t ask God to make you rich so you can begin being generous. Just start where you are, because He also said that those who are faithful with a little will be given more. Those that aren’t faithful, even with what little they have, will have it taken from them. If you’re having difficulty tithing, and giving to help others, ask God to help you overcome your situation.]Fuschia Orchids
Jesus said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."
     Then He told them a parable:
"The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?' Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'"
     "But God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
     "So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
Luke 12:15-21 (NRSV)
 [The following is the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, offering us a very clear picture of the afterlife. Jesus told this to the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, and in this instance, they represented the Rich Man. Lazarus represented the poor people that the Pharisees despised, and Abraham represented the afterlife. Jesus was telling the Pharisees that He was sent to save sinners, rich and poor alike, and warned them that they should repent and humble themselves in order to find true riches. If you don’t repent, you’ll wind up eternally condemned. Since the rich man wanted to warn his five brothers back on earth, we see  that we determine our eternal destiny while we’re here on earth, in that, we can either accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, or not. All those in Christ, when they die, go straight to Heaven to be in the Lord’s presence. We who accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, have been given a full pardon, when we ask forgiveness for our sins, past, present and future. As it states in Matthew 7:13-14, ‘For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. How narrow is the gate and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.’]
"There was once a rich man who habitually arrayed himself in purple and fine linen, and enjoyed a splendid banquet every day, while at his outer door there lay a beggar, Lazarus by name, covered with sores and longing to make a full meal off the scraps flung on the floor from the rich man's table. Nay, the dogs, too, used to come and lick his sores.
     "But in course of time the beggar died; and he was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and had a funeral. And in Hades, being in torment, he looked and saw Abraham in the far distance, and Lazarus resting in his arms.
     "So he cried aloud, and said, 'Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'     
     "'Remember, my child,' said Abraham, 'that you had all your good things during your lifetime, and that Lazarus in like manner had his bad things. But, now and here, he is receiving consolation and you are in agony. And, besides all this, a vast chasm is immovably fixed between us and you, put there in order that those who desire to cross from this side to you may not be able, nor any be able to cross over from your side to us.'  
     "'I entreat you then, father,' said he, 'to send him to my father's house. For I have five brothers. Let him earnestly warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
     "'They have Moses and the Prophets,' replied Abraham; 'let them hear them.'
     "'No, father Abraham,' he pleaded; 'but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
     "'If they are deaf to Moses and the Prophets,' replied Abraham, 'they would not be led to believe even if some one should rise from the dead.'"
Luke 16:19-31 (WNT)
"Let your work not be for the food which comes to an end, but for the food which goes on for eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you, for on Him has God the Father put His mark." John 6:27 (BBE)
Peter said unto him, "Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." Acts 8:20 (KJV)
For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things. Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace. Romans 8:5-6 (WNT)
For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home He Himself has made, which will last forever. 2 Corinthians 5:1 (GNT)
You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though He was very rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)
Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (WEB)

My God will use His wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Philippians 4:19 (NCV™)
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. Colossians 3:2 (WEB)
Red Canyon walls and riverThose who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:9-11 (WEB)
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the Life that really is life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NRSV)
Your lives should be untainted by love for money. Be content with what you have; for God Himself has said, "I will never, never let go your hand: I will never, never forsake you." So that we fearlessly say, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid: what can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6 (WNT)
You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way, a way passed down from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb. Christ was chosen before the world was made, but He was shown to the world in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:18-20 (NCV™)
If any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18 (RSV)
"I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing,’ not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see." Revelation 3:15-18 (ESV)
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