Dear Friends,

Recently a story out of the Los Angeles Airport shocked air travelers all over the United States. An undercover operation had revealed that baggage handlers at that airport had been going through baggage that had been entrusted to their care and were stealing items out of the baggage. People were rightfully outraged. When you buy a ticket and turn your luggage over to the airline you expect everything you give the airline to be there when you arrive at your destination. If it gets stolen along the way you feel cheated, robbed and violated.

Yet so many infected by Affluenza are doing just that to God. In Malachi 3:8-10 we read the following, “Will a man (or a woman) rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts. ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessings that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”

Affluenza is that disease where a person refuses to give from what God has given them. This plague which has swept through America is deceiving its victims into believing that happiness can be bought and the accumulation of things can somehow fulfill a longing within. The plague of Affluenza has so poisoned the soul of our culture that the identities of many have been formed by the possessions that have now come to possess them.

Infected by the disease of Affluenza many now dread the thought of leaving this world because this is where their heart, possessions and identity exist. Jesus said in Matt. 6:21, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” That is why…

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