What do Las Vegas, Macau, Atlantic City, Mississippi, and Connecticut all have in common? According to Casino City Times, they’re all part of the top 10 worldwide gambling destinations. Bright lights, easy money, and hopes of winning big, entices in excess of 100 billion Americans to this toxic industry which destroys families, shatters dreams, and in severe instances, claims lives.
The American Gaming Association’s gross gambling revenue data reports the industry grossed $84.65 billion in 2005. These figures, which include the amounts wagered, minus the winnings returned to players, don’t include the $5.5 billion generated in 2005 by the fast—growing online gambling industry (CBC News Online). These are just numbers to some; however, to me these numbers represent precious people who’ve placed their hope in the gambling system, as opposed to the Kingdom of God’s system. Dictionary.com defines gambling as “an act or undertaking of uncertain outcome; a risk.”
The question I pose for you to ponder is this: Why gamble in the world, when Jesus is a sure win? Gambling is a game of chance, and it’s a risk. Yes, sometimes you’ll win, but most of the time, you’ll lose. The above gaming association figures support this fact. However, in the Kingdom of God’s system you never lose—you win every time! Everyone wants to have enough money to live well, travel, and take care of their family and expenses.
However, not enough people are willing to do what it takes to obtain what they desire. We’ve got to liberate ourselves from the jackpot mentality that says we can obtain success without work. Vince Lombardi said it best: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Hear my heart on this. The Kingdom of God’s system works, if you’ll work. God is not a magician and the Bible is not a book of magic tricks. Just because you pray doesn’t mean God’s going to drop money out the sky. That’s not how He works. God operates by principles He set in motion before the foundation of the world. When you pray, you’ll get wisdom, enlightenment, and favor. Then, when you activate your faith by working, these will produce money and whatever else you need. I love you, and I am sharing this insight with you because I want you to win every time.
Today, I implore you to get rid of the scratch—offs, lotto tickets, side bets, and every other get—rich—quick scheme you ponder. You’ve been taken out of the world’s gambling system and planted in the Kingdom of God system. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light; seek Him, and He’ll give you the direction needed to acquire everything you desire. Why gamble and put your trust in luck when you can win every time? Experience “Your World with Creflo Dollar”! Everyone faces challenges in life, and with every challenge we face, there is a solution. “Your World” is passionate about empowering our viewers for positive change through the Grace of God. We invite you to tune in weekly!