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Pretending

July 13, 2016 Kingdom Daily Wisdom

Book: Proverbs 13

“Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.”

Both groups of “pretenders” in this proverb are focused on themselves not on what God desires. The poor spend what they have trying to look and act what they are not instead of using their scarce income to improve their situation. The rich on the other hand are fearful that others might steal their wealth and so they act as if they do not have anything. Both pretenses are wrong, selfish and do not focus on the Kingdom of God. Both groups are enslaved by money instead of receiving from the King.

Mathew 6:19-34 speaks to both groups ending with this exhortation in the last four verses,

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

As you “seeks the Kingdom of God” you are relying on the King to provide for all your needs, recognizing that all you have belongs to Him and receive from Him. You do not have to pretend to have or not have as it all belongs to the King and is for His purpose. In fact those who are in the Kingdom of God belong to the King. They are His children and He will provide all they need, including enough to be able to bless others. All they need to do is receive it. What freedom and joy this brings.

Ask the Lord if there is any area of your life that you are “pretending.” Then ask Him what truth is for you in that area. Tell Him you want to live in His truth not “pretending,” because you want to live today as a Kingdom builder.

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