Your best life only happens when you do life God’s way. . . .Problem with that is we don’t.
(Romans 1:21-25 NLT) They knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. … As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. …
√ Jesus talked about MONEY twice as much as HEAVEN & HELL.
√ 16 of the 38 parables Jesus shared had to do with MONEY & POSSESSIONS.
√ 500+ verses about PRAYER & FAITH.
√ 2000+ verse about MONEY & POSSESSIONS.
(Matthew 6:21 NIV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Luke 16:13 NKJV) “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Lie #1 – – More MONEY makes me more SECURE.
(Proverbs 18:11 NLT) The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety.
(Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT)Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
Lie #2 – – Things I OWN define WHO I AM.
(Luke 12:15 NLT) Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
(Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT) Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!
Lie #3 – – My STUFF is My STUFF.
(1 Chronicles 29:11-12 NLT) Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
(Leviticus 27:30 NLT) One-tenth of the produce . . . belongs to the LORD and must be set apart to him as holy.
(Malachi 3:6-12 NIV) “I the LORD do not change. . . Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. . . . “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse–your whole nation–because you are robbing me.
(Malachi 3:10 NIV) Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
(Malachi 3:11 NIV)I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty.
(Malachi 3:12 NIV) “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
• Tithing communicates GOD IS FIRST.
(Genesis 1:1 NIV) In the beginning God . . . .
(Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) . . .The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.
√ Tithing is a TEST of FAITH.
(Malachi 3:10 NIV) Bring the whole tithe. . . Test me in this
(Malachi 3:9 NIV) You are under a curse–your whole nation–because you are robbing me.
(Malachi 3:10 NIV) . . . the open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
√ The OWNER blesses the REST.
(Proverbs 3:7-10 NLT) Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.
(Genesis 12:2-3 NLT) I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”