Who Told You That? Part 3

Who Told You That?
Part 3
God Wants Your Money

Key Thought: Even if something isn't true it can still affect us if we believe it.

Psalm 50:9-10 “I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.

If God doesn’t want my money then what does he want?

4 things…

1. God doesn't want your money… God wants to be first.

Matthew 22:37 “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Matthew 6:21 “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Giving is the proof of loving!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.”

2 Corinthians 8:9 “ You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.”

2 Corinthians 8:8 “Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us[c]—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 8 I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches.

2. God doesn't want your money…God wants you to grow.

  1. When we give we learn to trust

Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

b. When we give we see God’s power at work

c. When we give God stretches our hearts

Acts 20:35 “It is more blessed to give than to receive"

3. God doesn't want your money… God wants you to be blessed.

God doesn’t want something from you, He wants something for you.

Psalm 25:12-13 “Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best.13 He shall live within God’s circle of blessing, and his children shall inherit the earth.”

Galatians 6:7 “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”

2 Corinthians 9:10 “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”

4. God doesn't want your money… God wants to use you to meet the needs of others.

Genesis 12:2-3
“I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

2 Corinthians 9:10-12 “God is the One who gives seed to the farmer and bread for food. He will give you all the seed you need and make it grow so there will be a great harvest from your goodness. 11 He will make you rich in every way so that you can always give freely. And your giving through us will cause many to give thanks to God. 12 This service you do not only helps the needs of God’s people, it also brings many more thanks to God.”

if giving does all of these things, then what should we do?

1. Start with the tithe.

2. Gradually raise your level of generosity.

Who Told You That? Part 2

Who told you that? Part 2
God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

Key Thought: Even if something is not true, it can still effect us if we believe it.

I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

I want to show you 3 reasons that God will sometimes allow us to have more than we can handle?

1. So we will walk in God’s presence.

Jonah 2:2 “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.”

Jonah 2:7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.”

We must never let the presence of a storm cause us to doubt the presence of God.

Psalm 145:18 “Lord is near to all who call on him. To those who call on him in truth.”

2. So we will work with God’s people.

Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 “I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. 8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

Exodus 18:17 “This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. 18 “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself.

Galatians 6:2 “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”

3. So we will witness God’s power.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Who Told You That?

Who Told You That?
Part 1
God Wants Me Happy

Key thought: Even if something is not true, it can still affect us if we believe it.

Psalm 97:12 "May all who are godly be happy.”

If you believe that Gods greatest goal for you is happiness then…

1. Whatever makes me happy must be right, and whatever makes me unhappy must be wrong.

2. Problems must not be God's will.

Acts 20:21-23 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.”

3. We unknowingly begin to worship the false gods of comfort, money, pleasure and things.

2 times when God doesn’t want us to be happy.

1. God doesn't want you happy when it causes you to do something wrong or unwise.

I Peter 1:15 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do…”

"But just as He who called you is happy, so be happy in all you do."

2. God doesn't want you happy is when it's only based on the things of this world.

Better possessions + peaceful circumstances + thrilling experiences = happiness.

I John 2:15-17 "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in them/ For everything in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires, they pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever."

God doesn’t want me happy, God wants me more than happy.

John 16:33 “In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome this world.

Psalm 97:12 “May all who are Godly be happy in the Lord."