WORLD EVANGELISM MINISTRIES

Money

 

Luke 16:10-13

Malachi 3:8-12

2Kings 5:20-27

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Matthew 25:14-30

 

Money is a means to live to provide a standard of living.

 

Many of us have made decisions in our life that end uplimiting the amount of money we make restricting/limiting our life style.

 

God does not mean for it to be an idol

 

One of the leading causes of problems in the home ismoney.  It is the vocal point ofarguments, robbery, divorce, murder, suicides, loss of friendships and jobs.

 

Manage well what God gives to you.

 

All we have belongs to God. There are two truths we need to know about money for our properunderstanding and our profitable use of it.

 

One is: All we have belongs to God.  Haggai 2:8 states:  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,saith the LORD of hosts.”   TheLord says He owns all the silver and Gold.

 

Psalms 50:10 says: 10         For every beast of the forest is mine, andthe cattle upon a thousand hills.

11      I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wildbeasts of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and thefulness thereof.”   God says that He doesnot need to ask us for anything.

 

God knows our financial needs.  Philippians 4:19 states:  9But my God shall supply allyour need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

 

God gives you the ability to get wealth.  Deuteronomy 8:18 says:  “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it ishe that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenantwhich he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day”.

This doesn’t mean to every person or cause thatpasses your way!  We are to be goodwatchmen with what He entrusts to us.

 

As we give to others He gives to us Luke 6:38reads.   ”Give, and it shall be given untoyou; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shallmen give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal itshall be measured to you again.”

 

The second is: God entrusts us with the money He gives us.  Luke 16:10-12 reads;  He that is faithful in that which is leastis faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also inmuch. 11If therefore ye have not beenfaithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the trueriches? 12And if ye have not beenfaithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is yourown?  

 

There are four lessons for us to learn.

 

1.      Faithfulin least is faithful in much

2.      Unfaithfulin money-will not be trusted in true riches.

3.      Unfaithfulin what belongs to someone else (boss) will deprive us of our own.

4.      Wecannot serve two masters.  You will hateone and love the other money or God.

 

Consequences of loving money.

 

·       Do you work to live or do you live to work?

·       Do you chase money; does it attract you to it?

·       Does money give you power, prestige, and prominence?

·       Do you work over time every opportunity provided?

·       Do you tithe?

 

What does God say about tithe?  Malachi 3: 8-12 reads,  8Will a man rob God? Yet yehave robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes andofferings. 9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, eventhis whole nation. 10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORDof hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out ablessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11And Iwill rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits ofyour ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in thefield, saith the LORD of hosts. 12And all nations shall call youblessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”

 

You will never have enough and never besatisfied.  Ecclesiastes 5:10 says: 10He that loveth silver shallnot be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: thisis also vanity.

 

Do not over work to be rich Proverbs 23:4 reads:  “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine ownwisdom.”  Your familywill suffer.  Working two jobs, lots ofovertime, or both spouses working damages the family.  If you say you are doing it for them it will not hold up to closescrutiny.  It is a self-serving reason.

 

The desire for money will leave us unfruitful.  Mark 4:19 states:  And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, andthe lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomethunfruitful.”  

 

What we have to ask ourselves is not,  “How much money do you have?”  But,

 “How much of youdoes money have?”