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Loving God with all of our money

We  have to contend for what we want to keep.

First commandment, supernatural lifestyle.

Matthew 22:37-38

Our assignment and our circumstances were never meant to excite us.

If we prioritize our circumstances and assignment above first commandment love we are destined for burnout

We can discuss the practical steps to living a prosperous and free financial life. But the first thing we have to always address is our heart related to finance.

Its better to deal with our personal finances as an on road to the heart of God rather than a burden that we must be obedient to.

We don’t tithe because the Bible says so or Dave Ramsey says so. We tithe because its an on road to pressing into the holy heart of God.
All of our giving and blessing should be done in the context of relationship and the first commandment and not out of duty.

Luke 3

Revelation 3

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Karen’s declarations

Its easy to become content or lukewarm in our giving and not press into a deeper relationship with Jesus. The dialog matters more than the amount.

The question for the believer isn’t how do I get more money, its how do I love God with what I have? How will I respond once I am prosperous.

Revelation 3:14-21

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3:14-21

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.

  • Everything Jesus says is true and trustworthy. This is important because even as seasoned believers we can find it difficult to believe some of the things Jesus says.

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

  • The enemy uses a misunderstanding of this verse to condemn believers that by being spit out of Jesus mouth they are losing salvation.
  • Jesus is evaluating their spiritual condition not threatening them.
  • Hes contending for their greatness.
  • This verse is not about salvation, it’s talking about their spiritual condition.
  • Only Jesus can define our spiritual condition.
  • Lukewarm, means to no longer contend for the first commandment, but to be content with their circumstances.
  • Ideal circumstances and favor from God does not inherently mean things are going well spiritually
  • The Ladocians did not have a source of fresh water. They built and aqueduct that channeled water in from 2 nearby cities. Hieropolis for its hot springs and Colossae for its cold springs

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

  • The laodicians church and city was very wealthy (Their actual living condition)
  • Jesus reveals to them their living condition.
  • Its easy to think that if our business or ministry is blessed that we must be doing well spiritually. Jesus exhorts this church to not confuse the 2
  • Wretched – Calloused
  • Miserable – Spiritually bored
  • Poor – Lacking an intimate connection with God

18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”