“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 10:28-30 NIV
Pleasures Are Meaningless
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 NIV
I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless,
a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man. Since you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-25 NIV
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
and adds no trouble to it.
Proverbs 10:22 NIV
Write Your Obituary!
If you were to write your own obituary right now,
what would it say about you?
What would you be remembered for?
Everything you do for yourself will be forgotten.
Only what you do for others will be remembered.
Where is your eternal home going to be?
In your grave or in heaven?
Their tombs will remain their houses forever,
their dwellings for endless generations....
Psalm 49:11 NIV
You can be overcome by evil or
You can overcome evil by doing good.
Romans 12:21 NIV
If you claim that you are a Christian;
would there be enough evidence to convict you in a court of law?
See: Alfred Nobel Obituary Handout
Restoring and Sharpening Your Soul
There was a woodcutter feverously working to cut down a large tree. After much laboring his axe began to get dull and the work became harder and harder, a wise older woodcutter said to the tired woodcutter,
“Why don’t you take some time to sharpen your axe to make your work go faster and easier?”
The overworked, stressed woodcutter replied incredulously,
“I can’t stop working I have to finish cutting down the tree!”
· The Sabbath is a day to remember you are not your own,
but of God.
· The Sabbath is given to you for worship;
to Restoreth Your Soul.
· You need the rest. You need the rest from work,
rest from even the thought of work.
· If you do not take the time to enjoy the fruit of your labor,
the fruit will spoil, all of your work will be in vain.
· The Sabbath is a gift; do not be reluctant to take the gift.
One Sunday, Blair suggested that on Sunday we try:
· Make it a real family day.
· No shopping!
· Do not even wear a watch on Sunday.
· Actually eat dinner together!
I ask, would it be possible to even have a day of no television or video games? Would this be going too far???
Quit Complaining About Your Job!
It could be worse... it could be raining!
Dollars & No Sense
A Texas oil millionaire once said. “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” He also quipped, “There is NO disgrace in being poor; but it Ain’t NO honor either.” There is no virtue in being poor. There are dishonest poor and dishonest rich people. Being rich is not a sin; but mishandling money or preoccupation with money is. Money can do good and money can do bad.
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
The Bible does not say that “Money is the root of all evil.”
Being rich or poor does not affect our relationship with God. God does not love rich people more than poor people! The Bible mentions money many times and Jesus spoke parables about money on many occasions.
...Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Other wise I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV
God know your needs.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father know that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Matthew 6: 31-33 NIV
“You cannot serve both God and Money.”
The Parable of the Rich Fool
Luke 13-21 NIV
13Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."
14Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'
18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '
20"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed,
a man’s life does not consist in the
abundance of his possessions.”
Luke 12:15 NIV
Some “ground” rules:
"The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
The Jews believed, as so should we, that the earth and everything in it belongs to God. We are just stewards of the land. The ground belonged to God. The ground produced a good crop. This “good crop” was a gift, blessings from God.
Bigger Barns: The “Rich Fool” had the “I” “My” disease – greedy self-centered selfishness. He lived in a delusional world of “I” and “My.” The rich man was completely self-absorbed, self-centered, and selfish, only thinking of himself! He was arrogant, he believed that he had done the entire harvest by himself. He had no thought of giving thanks to God for the blessings of a good harvest.
He was only thinking of himself, (I’ll) Take life easy; (I’ll) eat, (I’ll) drink and (I’ll) be merry.’ He completely forgot about the workers in the field that brought in the harvest, the workers that did the backbreaking work!
When he died he couldn’t take it with him. Where was his treasure? He had built no treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy. He had not build any treasures for eternity!
Treasures that are here today and gone tomorrow:
· One day that new car that you want so badly will become old.
· Some day a teenager will be embarrassed to drive that car!
· Some day that car will be in a junkyard surrounded by weeds.
· Some day that car will be sold for scrap and will be recycled!
The Parable of the Rich fool/Bigger Barns is about a person who had everything! Everything, but was not thankful or grateful. Habakkuk’s Prayer is about a man who had LOST everything. Look at the startling difference!
Habakkuk's Prayer excerpt:
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
“Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do not destroy,
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
“If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
What good is it for man to gain the whole world,
and yet lose or forfeit his very self.”
Luke 9:23-25 NIV
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant....
Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NIV
Command those that are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 19:23-24 NIV
Whoever loves money never has enough money;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV
Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone. - Proverbs 23:4-5 NIV
MAKE ALL YOU CAN
SAVE ALL YOU CAN
GIVE ALL YOU CAN
One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
Proverbs 11:24 NIV
The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.
Proverbs 29:7 NIV
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously.
Psalm 37:31 NIV (I am still very wicked.)
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it to you tomorrow” – when you now have it with you.
Proverbs 3:27-28 NIV
But for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Psalm 73:2-3 NIV
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
Psalm 112:5 NIV
TOO MUCH + TOO LITTLE = ENOUGH
Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.
At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need.
Then there will be equality, as it is written:
“He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”
2 Corinthians 8:13-15 NIV
“From everyone who has been given much,
much more will be demanded;
and from on the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
Luke 12:48 NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding....
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
His splendor will not descend with him.
Psalm 49:36-37 NIV
Be Sheppard’s of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve....
1 Peter 5:2 NIV
Boasting About Tomorrow (MONEY)
13Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
15Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." 16As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
How to Manage Your Money
By Larry Burkett
Do you own your possessions??? Or do your possessions own you?