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The Bible does not say directly that buying lotto tickets is a sin. But you need to examine your heart why you want to do it. There are questions that needs to be answered before buying a lotto ticket.
1. What is your purpose?
2. Why are you not contented with what you are receiving on a monthly basis?
3. Why are you not praying for God to open a door for you to get a job and be promoted?
4. Why are you in a hurry to be rich? Is this reflecting your impatience?
5. How can you explain this is truly for God to use you as a testimony for others?
6. How will this promote hard work and discipline in accordance to God’s will?
7. Why do you think God will use a game of chance (or luck) to bless you?
8. Can you explain why this action does not promote love of money?
9. How will you explain this desire to get filthy rich quickly is not covetousness?
10. Why do you believe this does not reflect loving Mammon (money) but loving God?
11. How will this practice be a good model to be followed by our young generation today?
Why don’t you carefully consider those questions above. As David prays,
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“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
Psalm 139:23-24, ESV
We are not here to condemn nor judge anyone who lines up for a lotto or lottery ticket. I understand that God can use us to bless many people including church workers especially if we are financially bless.
But is this God’s way to bless us financially?
It is my hope and prayer that we will not depend on luck and chances to make us rich. Whether one admits it or not but anybody who plays any game of chance involving money is trusting in luck. And to place our trust in “luck” is to place our faith on an imaginary Hindu goddess named “Lakshmi” who is the goddess of prosperity and luck. Will you place your trust on an imaginary vain idol or the God of the Bible who knows how to bless His people?
May our hope be always in God who divinely blesses and promotes His people making us contented in every way.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9, ESV
“A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat. People who waste time will always be poor. Honest people will lead a full, happy life. But if you are in a hurry to get rich, you are going to be punished.”
Proverbs 28:19-20, GNB
“If you make gifts to rich people or oppress the poor to get rich, you will become poor yourself.”
Proverbs 22:16, GNB
“Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5, ESV
“And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’”
Luke 12:15, ESV
“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 money.”
Matthew 6:24, ESV
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”