God or Money? [Podcast]

In this message, Doug teaches us how to put money in it’s proper place and how to put God first in your finances.

Notes: 

“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 6:24

“For the love of money is the root of ALL KINDS OF EVIL. Some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:10

“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” -Luke 12:34
1.) Serving Money will Leave You Unfulfilled

“Money won’t make you happy, but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” -Zig Ziglar

Idols ask for more and more, while giving less and less, until eventually they demand everything and give nothing -Andy Crouch

2.) Serving God will fulfill you 

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:45

Success is:

1.) Knowing my purpose in Life
2.) Growing to my Maximum Potential
3.) Sowing Seeds to benefit others
3.) The Purpose of Money

7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-15

TITHING is TRUSTING that God can do more with 90% than we can do with 100%. – Mark Batterson

1.) Will you tithe
2.) Will you do what I tell you with your money

8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say,“They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”[d]

The first purpose of money is to provide everything we need

The second purpose of money is to give it generously!

10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[e] in you.11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.

A Vision for Increase

Psalm 113:7-8 – He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, even the princes of his own people!

*From the Least to the greatest, from the dumbest to the smartest, from the poorest to the richest, from the least influential, to the most influential!

God needs people with right hearts to have a vision of changing the world for Him!

The Outcome of Money

And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[f] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

**The secret of life is to give your life away

Actions:
1.) Evaluate Your Heart toward money
2.) If you’re not tithing, start
3.) Memorize Psalm 113:7-8/2 Corinthians – Meditate on it
3.) Ask God everyday how you can be generous

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