And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen (Matthew 6:13, KJV).
Evil is woven into the fabric of the universe, a black thread weaving its way through our lives, an earthquake destroying the old and the new alike. Market upheaval can destroy our positions in an instant. How do we discern whether our losses are the result of random market action or evil?
Did greed whisper in your ear to put a large amount of money on a trade that didn’t have at least a 55% chance of being a winner? Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Greed can turn you into a gambler, an addict rather than a trader. Greed is evil’s tool. Don’t let it destroy you.
Do you have the talent to become a successful trader? Do you believe that talent originates from your ego or is a gift from God? If you think you cause your success as a trader then you may be suffering from the sin of pride, another of the seven deadly sins. Pride can open the door to evil. Viewing yourself as a superhero trader can reduce your enjoyment of life, cripple your relationships, and erase meaning from your life – leaving you alone and afraid . . . a prime target for evil.
It is easy to fall into excess. For example, overtrading could be considered a form of gluttony, another of the seven deadly sins. Pride can be considered an excess of ego: egocentricity. And greed is wanting too much money. Maintain balance; cherish God; keep evil at bay.