Fear of God 3 components.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- God sees
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good
13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
- He cares
even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you.I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
- He Acts
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.
Deconstructing the lies about having wealth.
- Being rich or wealthy is not the problem. Lacking humility in the context of wealth is the problem.
- The problem is that if our heart is not healthy we will dismiss kingdom principles in favor of wealth.
- Being poor does not automatically make us humble and being wealthy does not automatically make us favored.
5 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
13 The Lord has taken his place to contend, he stands to judge peoples. 14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: “It is you who have devoured the vineyard,
the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15 What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord God of hosts.
Faith of a Mustard Seed
- We want to get the God story for our finances.
- I want all the money that God wants me to have, not one cent more or one cent less.
- It takes faith to walk in a supernatural lifestyle, believing for miracles. It takes that same faith to grow in trusting the Lord with our finances.
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
- A mustard seed is the beginning of faith. We do small acts.
- God intervenes in small ways that help increase our faith overtime
- It creates a history in God that we can rely on to build our faith and trust in God for greater miracles.
- We step out in small ways to begin that story. Pray for the sick and give 10%.
- The reason God asks for a percentage is so that giving doesn’t burden us when our life circumstances change.
Give and it will be given. We have to give. Give with Expectation
- Giving starts the conversation
- ALL ARE QUALIFIED! Skilled, unskilled, ADD, dummies, smarties.
- Giving welcomes the Lord to influence our finances
- Giving breaks covetousness off of our hearts
Luke 6:38 New King James Version (NKJV)
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
- Ancient merchants shrewd
- Shrewd to get the upper hand
- Shrewd as in savvy.
- Jesus gives according to his vast riches. He gives a good measure.
- He presses down the produce in the container to remove the air pocketts.
- He shakes the produce together to make more room
- He fills the container again
- Then he fills up our bosom or Lap. A pocket in the clothing.
- He wants us to then give, like he gives.
Wealth is in finances and in honor
- Our heart has to grow in humility at the same level of our position of honor.
- The deeper questions we ask, the deeper answers we get.
- Jesus is waiting for us to ask.
It’s harder for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven
- Jesus warns that it is difficult to be rich in money and in honor.
- Why? Because our hearts are attached to the money we possess.
- It’s How we use finance that staggers our our hearts.
- If we use our finance primarily for self indulgence it bends our heart to crave self indulgence.
- If we use our finance as an expression of compassion and our heart grows in compassion.
- This breaks off break off unperceived bitterness and Covetousness.
- I’m not bitter! or covetous! Delayed money is the ultimate test of bitterness and covetousness.
16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
- Teacher, what good thing must I do to be saved?
- Which ones?
- All of these I have kept, the young man said
- What do I lack? I know many believers that say they don’t really get convicted about how they spend money or what they watch or how they spend their time. But I would ask, are you persistently asking Jesus for direction.
- It takes the rich young ruler to go three questions deep before he gets the answers he is looking for.
- Jesus is not addressing every single person that has acquired wealth, nor is it a comprehensive teaching on what to do if you are wealthy.
- Jesus is convicting the rich young ruler of covetousness, presumption and misguided honor.
- This provides a model for prayer.
- If we ask basic questions we get basic answers if we ask challenging questions we get challenging answers.
Questions we can ask Jesus!
- Jesus what do you think about how I manage my finances?
- Jesus what do you think about how I manage my time?
- Jesus what am I lacking that would be a great help to me to walk in deeper places with you and have deeper experiences in the Holy Spirit?
- Giving first and formost. Obedient in giving and generosity.
- Giving doesn’t simply release wealth it releases strategies to make wealth.
- Pay off debts that you can and be aggressive about it. It relieves a weight and burden that helps up hear the Holy Spirit more clearly.
Budget testimony – Consumer credit counseling
Truck alternator testimony.
$10 Mouse testimony.
Nike soccer shoes testimony.
Wallet giving. Nobody rejects it.
Some people believe God does not love them and he wants to break that off through blessing them financially.