Proverbs 30:7-9 (ESV)
Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full and deny you
and say, a “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
Have your prayed lately to ask God 'not' to make you monetarily rich? Even in my good intent I sometimes think about all the wonderful Christian things I could do with that money; how much I could advance His kingdom. And by the way, if you're having those good Christian thoughts in your head such as "I know I'm rich in Him, I don't need the money" don't fool yourself in thinking that you're immune to the flesh, I have. Lately, I think I'm more scared of having that one random lottery ticket I buy once a quarter actually coming up good; seriously. I told myself that it's not a sin since I barely spend any money and just do it for fun. However I now look at it much differently, it's not the gambling that is a problem (for me anyway) it's what could happen to me if I actually win.
About a thousand years after that proverb a revelation from Christ was given to the church in Laodicea: (Rev 3:17) "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 think I'm done with the lottery ... because now I'm worried about actually winning it ...