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God’s Plan for Wealth “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that he may confirm His covenant.

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1 God’s Plan for Wealth “But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that he may confirm His covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day” Duet. 8:18

2 Wealth and Prosperity comes through God’s blessing….. “Much wealth is in the house of the righteous but trouble is in the income of the wicked” Proverbs 15:6 “Much wealth is in the house of the righteous but trouble is in the income of the wicked” Proverbs 15:6 “Riches and honor are with me; enduring wealth and righteousness” Proverbs 8:18 “Riches and honor are with me; enduring wealth and righteousness” Proverbs 8:18 “I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, to endow those who love me with wealth, that I may fill their treasuries” Proverbs 8:20-21 “I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, to endow those who love me with wealth, that I may fill their treasuries” Proverbs 8:20-21

3 How does God see us? “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” 1 Cor. 4:1-2 Stewards of inheritances “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children and the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous” Prov. 13:22 Stewards of inheritances “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children and the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous” Prov. 13:22 Stewards of treasure for God’s Kingdom “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth….” Matt. 6:19 resources we accumulate on earth are for God’s Kingdom purposes Stewards of treasure for God’s Kingdom “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth….” Matt. 6:19 resources we accumulate on earth are for God’s Kingdom purposes

4 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:13 Mammon is not money but the driving force that demands service or the highest place for money in our life. “Your attitude toward money actually reveals your attitude toward God Himself” Derek Prince

5 10 signs of the mammon spirit influence 1) Worry and Anxiety over money …Rich fear losing it and poor fear not having enough 2)Money mismanagement.. I don’t know where it went…faithful management of very little things brings freedom from mammon influence. 3) Consistent Lack.. I don’t ever have enough …. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you” Matt. 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you” Matt. 6:33

6 4)“I Can’t afford it” mentality… no matter how much you have you respond to purchases by saying I can’t afford it …we are saying God is not my source. 5)Impulse Buying …. “Shopping malls are the temple of mammon and ATM’s are where we give offerings”. Shopping malls exist by impulse buying and credit card purchases. Signs of mammon’s influence

7 6)Stinginess… fear of giving or tithing. “..Ananias with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself…” 7)Greed … an inordinate desire to acquire or possess “Beware and be on your guard against every form of greed..”Luke 12:15 “A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live” Proverbs 15:27 Signs of mammon’s influence

8 8)Discontentment …Through Christ we can be content in all circumstances “..For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. I know how to get along with humble means and I also know how to live in prosperity..” Phil 4: )Bondage to Debt...mammon keeps people enslaved with interest payments and talks us into reasons to have more debt. 10)Exaggerated emphasis on money and its power… If God is your source, money is to be your slave to accomplish Kingdom work Signs of mammon’s influence

9 “And he sat down opposite the treasury and began observing how the multitude were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. And calling His disciples to Him, He said to them “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on” Mark 12:41-44 The Widow’s Mite

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11 How Then Shall We Live? “Instruct those who are rich in this present world…to fix their hope on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy...to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” 1 Tim. 6:17-18 “But just as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge…see that you also excel in the grace of giving” 2 Cor. 8:7

12 God’s plan for Wealth Acknowledge Him with our best and first “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord your God” Exodus 23:19 Acknowledge Him with our best and first “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord your God” Exodus 23:19 “Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce” Proverbs 3:9 “Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me...and none shall appear before me empty- handed” Exodus 23:14-15 Offerings are part of Worship Offerings are part of Worship “Give to the Lord the Glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts” Psalm 96:8

13 God’s Plan for Wealth Provision for the Kingdom Now Provision for the Kingdom Now - Aceh training center Tsunami survivors $3,000 for school. 40 new believers in last 6 months - Aceh training center Tsunami survivors $3,000 for school. 40 new believers in last 6 months - Hogar De Ninos for orphans and widows $3,000 for teen missions trip led by Steve Golnick and Paul Greenman on 5/10/06 - New pastors in India and Bible school $5,000 will fund up to 10 new pastors to preach Gospel through CP’s contacts - Christian Education with Biblical worldview; $15,000 to balance budget by year end 6/30/06 - Translation of Christian books and material. Doing business God’s way in Chinese and Spanish $10,000 - Support of the persecuted church go to Persecution.com. 100 pastors were arrested in China last week as we entertained their head of state Provision for the Kingdom in the future - Pledge of $40k for one year for associate pastor - $100k for teacher endowment fund to raise average salary from $26k to $30k - $100k for scholarship fund for underprivileged kids


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